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Obama's Race Speech « Previous | |Next »
May 7, 2008

This is Barak Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech delivered at the Constitution Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 18, 2008. The text is here. It was a major speech.---more than the soaring rhetoric, his talk of a new politics and declarations about change and transformation.

He focused on an uncomfortable topic that most Americans would rather leave unspoken. He turned the topic over and examined it from several different angles and made it personal, and sparked a conversation about race relations that doesn't invoke the spectre that haunts America: racial violence.

Hilary Clinton, in contrast, has gone from supporting the civil rights movement and weeping for Martin Luther King to racial dog whistling in her Rambo-style appeal to the redneck blue collar Democrat working class. The Rambo stuff is about the world ganging up on America and she is going to go and sort them out.quick fast. She is the tough guy.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:48 AM | | Comments (2)


Terry Mancour has an interesting op-ed in The Guardian on race and The Clinton's dog whistle politics on race. He sums up by saying that:

Obama's victory here [in North Carolina] is so sweet - because the tired old tricks didn't work this time. Hillary never had a real core constituency here - but she handed Obama his, one sickening soundbite at a time. In doing so, she doomed her chances at the presidency - because even if Obama has a hard time connecting with working-class whites in industrial swing states, Hillary cannot win the general election without huge turnout from the African-American electorate - and that's a bridge that's well and truly burned, now.

its pretty clear that hillary is done for. this is in the bag for Obama! get on board with his campaign at and make a difference