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29 August 2008 @ 03:36 am
Obama's Historic Acceptance Speech  
You can find video and text of Barack Obama's speech at the Huffington Post. I heard that Charles Babbington of the Associated Press sent out a less than stellar review but on MSNBC they were raving and we loved it. Judge for yourself. I think that given all the jobs this speech needed to do and that it needed especially to draw blue collar rural white men in the battleground states--it was masterful! So many good lines, such a good balance of expressing the compassion that Democrats are known for but the steel on defense that Republicans try to appropriate solely for themselves. He hit McCain on not only judgment but temperament, a reference to his legendary tendency to lose his temper. As Al Sharpton pointed out, "You can't get any slick ads that can re-do your temperament." Reportedly, McCain's recent interview with Time magazine was "prickly" with McCain refusing to answer some questions and bristling over others. It might be amusing to watch him calmly try to refute that he's got a temper. Joe Scarborough did a hilarious imitation of what Obama was getting at: humoring a crotchety old man's temper and saying he's not trying to be mean.

I suggest that it's best to watch Obama's speech because of course he does a masterful delivery and that's the best possible way to judge it.

I predict a bump for the Dems. Double the bump if Gustav as a hurricane hits New Orleans during the Republican convention. Could that be God's judgment? Or perhaps the mere threat is meant to be a potent reminder of just how bad Republican rule has been--and that McCain did little to mitigate it. No, it's mere chance--we're not the party that sees Divine Retribution everywhere, however much we may have begun to long for it as we watched so many atrocities these past 8 years.

However, once again it's coming at the end of the month when poor people are completely broke and have no money for gas or bus fare to evacuate. Let's hope FEMA is on top of things this time around.
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labrys6 on August 29th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I loved it. And yes, I worry for New Orleans, although I think the state of Louisiana is being better prepared and not waiting on FEMA this time. I swear, if I believed in karma, I'd think it was coming to bite GOP butt---but I refuse to believe that the city of New Orleans could be required to so suffer again.
Tapatitapati on August 29th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, I don't think karma involves other people suffering too. But perhaps Gustav won't hit New Orleans after all--though just the appearance that it might is a powerful reminder of Bush's worst domestic screw up ever. I'm always amazed, though, that it took that event to get people to wake up to how bad he was. I was surprised they were surprised. But so many people in America are asleep at the wheel when it comes to the governing of this country. Imagine what it might be like if everybody really paid attention and thought through these issues carefully and voted?
labrys6 on August 29th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I find a lot of local Republicans still don't get it. They blame the Katrina debacle on the local Louisiana government! I can't believe how many seem to think staying GOP is a good idea.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 29th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I loved it. I watched it in bed and kept waking Preston up because I kept clapping. That one time I stood up and cheered didn't go over too well. LOL
Tapatitapati on August 29th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Fortunately we saw it in Pacific time so both of us were awake and of course clapping and cheering. My husband is often very cynical but even he got excited--that's a very good sign!
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 29th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome.