I have noy said much about the recent developments in the Democratic nominating race, mainly because, until the incident with Reverend Wright, things had been pretty boring. And I did not say much about that incident because I wanted to see how Obama would handle it. As did many others as well.
We got our answer a couple of nights ago in Philadelphia, where Obama delivered an extraordinary speech that addressed the issue of Reverend Wright and a whole lot more. Here’s a link to the video of the speech and the complete text so you can follow along as you listen to him speak: A More Perfect Union.
My friend Jeff, a staunch conservative, sent me a “Quote of the Day” spoof that has a quote from one of Obama’s speeches, probably taken out of context, that has Obama saying that America is the greatest nation in the world and then saying here’s how we fix it. The implication is that if it’s the greatest it does not need fixing.
But, as the speech the other night makes very clear, there is a big difference between being the best at this point in time and space and being perfect. Only those things that are perfect are beyong improvement, beyond fixing. And it is apparent from his remarks, Obama understands the difference.
Political canpaigns in this country too often come down to sounbites. It is as if Americans were all autistic – short attention spans and only able to process small bits of information at a time. Both Obama and I have a much more positive view of the American people.
Both Obama amd I think that Americans can listen to and digest a whole speech or a long article. We think you can see past the soundbites and understand the big picture. Obama paints a beautiful big picture in his A More Perfect Union speech. Please go watch the video/and or read the complete text. Leave the soundbites to the clueless conservatives.