Monday, February 12, 2007

Barak Obama’s Speech

I watched and listened Saturday as Barak Obama announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

There were so many great ideas and attitudes in his speech but the one that grabbed my attention and stuck with me was this one. “It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people — where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America.”

When was the last time you heard anyone talking about decency? It’s so nice to hear someone speak of decency in America. We are decent people and acting that way is long overdue.


Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

We have let the government divide us so much, that we've become docile and let it continue.
Perhaps, the times will change, only if those with the power to back their words, with action! ; )

February 12, 2007 1:46 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

As far as the Democratic Party goes, Barack is my favorite, so far. Obama/Kucinich would be a nice ticket for 2008.

February 12, 2007 3:21 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

I think that we *are* decent people, but decent people can be mislead by the ones they have chosen as leaders, whether they are religious or political. If you will be a follower, follow a wise person -- better yet, think for yourself! :-)

February 12, 2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

What Lew said......what a dream ticket!

February 12, 2007 4:41 AM  
Blogger JM said...

I'm impressed so far; he brings a fresh and needed point of view to the table. None of the others have the uplifting message and vision that he embodies. I'm sure there will be those who bring up his lack of experience, but that wasn't an issue for the current Preznut, and in his administration it's the "experienced" ones that have been the biggest problems. Let's hope Obama can build momentum and doesn't falter as the campaign progresses.

February 12, 2007 4:44 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

The news about Obama is great, and these honey to the soul. He might have a chance if he keeps appealing to qualities like our basic decency. I think the American people are ready to reverse the blight Bush has brought to our national soul. That is what I hope anyway.

February 12, 2007 5:15 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

He is making the right noises and he has captured some momentum but he is still named Obama and he is still black and he still comes from a Muslim family and there is no way America is ready for this man to be President. He could be the second coming and those three liabilities will keep him from being elected in America today. He could probably be elected as VP on a ticket with Edwards but otherwise the country is not ready to overlook the other stuff. That is the reality of our country today. The relentless chant of fear and hate that has been the mantra of the GOP for the last 6 years or so has poisoned this country for decades to come. It is too bad but the truth.

February 12, 2007 5:54 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

I think he stands a good chance. Democrats will not be concerned with his name or his family's religion. He was on 60 minutes last night and answered every question with candor and confidence. His family is beautiful and I think that many Americans will be drawn to his vision. I think he will overcome the name thing.

February 12, 2007 6:16 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

When I look at him, I really do think I am seeing someone who could be president. I'm not sure he'll get the nomination this time, but he will get it. I see him as a VP in 2008, and top of the ticket in 2016. My dream ticket is Gore/Obama in '08.

February 12, 2007 7:42 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

there are just as many americans who can look past his color and his beliefs, and see the right man.
yes, racism is alive and well. but not for all of us. he's it, for me.

February 12, 2007 8:10 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

There is hope for us, isn't there?

February 12, 2007 9:04 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I know, I was impressed as well, maybe there is a light at the end of the GW Tunnel?!?

February 12, 2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i too was impressed with his assesment of the things our country desperately needs to accomplish, but cannot begin to address until they end the war. i fear for the young man's safety though. truly. i wore a t-shirt i had made to an NBA game friday night. it says:

If You Kill Obama We Will Blow Shit Up.

two players asked me where to get one.

February 12, 2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger Handsome B. Wonderful said...

He has a passion that I haven't heard since RFK. His honesty and candor will carry him far. Along with his unifying words. His charisma is undeniable and strong but not manipulative.

When I hear him speak I think not only is he presidential material but also diplomatic and statesman like. He could really be the best one to repair our image abroad.

He's my candidate for sure. My horror candidate is Hillary. She tries too hard, comes off as arrogant and I just don't see her being electable.

February 12, 2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger Aikäne said...

It's a good sign that W's little pipsqueak buddy from Down Under has already entered the fray, isn't it?

Australia has suffered all of TWO casualties in Iraq - both accidental.

I have a suggestion: Howard should replace our soldiers with his. Add them to the "Christian soldiers" advocated by the nutty NC congressman, Robin Hayes.

Problem solved. We bring home our troops; Howard and Hayes take up the slack with boomerangs and Bibles.

February 12, 2007 10:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very refreshing....hope is quite different to sell than fear as we have become accustom thanks to the W, Rove and Co. Very refreshing.

February 12, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

What troubles me most is our campaign financing system. This is my favorite candidate so far too, but we really live in a capitalocracy now, not the democracy the founders envisioned. You have to be a mutli millionare even to run; to win, you have to have massive corporate sponsorship.

It's hard for me to get excited about words when the impediments to any real action have become so massive.

Paul formerly "Darius" of possiblegospel

February 12, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We have heard talk about decency, honesty, family values, ect., ect...before.

It has been the montra of the Republicans for years. They claim that only they have those qualities.

After Clinton was caught lying about a blow job, it was GB's cry, that we needed decency and honesty back in the White House.

I was impressed by Barak's speech. If this is the real Obama, he would be a breath of fresh air for the country.

Are we being duped again by a smooth talking politician?

Most of you are baby boomers, how many times have you heard this kind of talk before?

Yes, I'm a cynic. History of smooth talking politicians, has made me a cynic. Like the boy who cried wolf, will I miss the real thing because I'm so used to being faked out?

February 12, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

The only time you hear the word 'decency' is when the wingnuts whine about us potty-mouthed bloggers.

February 12, 2007 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But.... but..... wasn't Chimpy the choice for "decency" in 2004?

He's gonna makes them fags get back in their closets, and he'll see to it Jesus is in every American bedroom!

February 12, 2007 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Obama is electrifying too, even though I don't agree with him on every single issue.

I fear Fallenmonk may be right about latent racism. I don't know. I agree with Robin A -- Gore/Obama is my dream ticket too (or, less realistically, Gore/Feingold). But I can't see Gore getting back in the presidential stakes.

I agree with James about about Obama resurrecting the spirit of RFK. I don't remember it first hand (I was alive but too busy hurling citrus at passing cars to pay attention to politics back then). But Obama does have a charisma combined with basic decency that has been sadly lacking lo these many years.

February 12, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Obama is too religiously righteous for my taste. Yeah, yeah, I know that in reality, I have to put up with religious bullshit from candidates, but he's just too pious. In my ideal world, religious practice and references to "God" or "Allah" or WHATEVER would be completely private. It's a bunch of irrational superstitious claptrap, and it will contribute to the end of this planet. But I do realize it's very hard to do away with.
I like Al Gore.

February 12, 2007 5:32 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Nobody is mentioning Bill Richardson here, so I will. I believe he is the one candidate who isn't in the upper level (currently Obama, Clinton and Edwards) but who could gradually ascend to the top as the others implode. He is honest, he says what he means, means what he says, and has a fantastic repertoire. Check him out! There may some negatives, but I think they are vastly outweighed by the positives.

That being said, I like Obama too. I think the country is ready for Obama, but is Obama ready to be our next president? He surely would be a tonic for the foreign relations ills that currently plague our country. Is he really too green, too naive? He will make or break himself during the next year and a half. I hope he does well in showing he is ready and able to take on the job.

As much as I like Gore, I think that because he already ran and "lost" (heh... right!), it might make for a difficult task because he might be perceived as a "loser" and because the Rove-ites already smeared him once and he would probably be easier for them to smear again. Same with Edwards, he was Kerry's running mate for pete's sake.

I don't think Clinton can win in a presidential election... too many people hate her, and I think she would top out at 40% to 45% of the vote. Talk about fodder for the GOP smear machine...

At this point, I am a Richardson supporter, but I am also excited by Obama. I think they are two candidates who could win. The Rove types don't have much on Richardson besides criticism of his handling of the nuclear espionage business at Los Alamos or his claims that he was drafted by a pro baseball team when in fact he wasn't drafted, just heavily scouted. The Smear Machine doesn't have much on Obama so far, either... and somehow I think Obama would effectively fend off that kind of crap. I think Richardson would be able to fend it off too. I'd like to see Bill run for president and choose Barack as his running mate. After Bill wins and repairs some of our damaged foreign relations with his good negotiating skills, and after his term is over, then Barack Obama can run on his four years of successful experience as VP, and have two terms in office. It will work like a charm! 8-)>

February 12, 2007 6:47 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Now that is the way to get some discussion started. You can thank me later PoP.

February 12, 2007 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His honesty and candor will carry him far. Along with his unifying words.

Unifying words like referring to the 3000 troops that died in Iraq were a waste. Those kinds of unifying words?


February 14, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger TFLS said...

I’m with Minstrel Boy. Though I think his candidacy is terrifically important to America as a whole – I too fear for his safety. As I predicted – the racists are crawling out of the woodwork like carpenter ants; and they are undermining this country just as thoroughly. Now, at least we can identify the motherfuckers. I’ve yet to get behind any of the Democratic contenders. I tend to agree that the eventual ticket will in all probability have both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on it. I’m not sure that I agree with that particular configuration – but I do agree that Obama’s entering the race will affect its outcome; probably in ways we have yet to imagine.

February 16, 2007 1:34 PM  

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