Tuesday, November 4, 2008

President-Elect Obama Talks the Talk

Update (November 6, 2008)
Obama's victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park: complete video embedded in "President-Elect Obama Transition Website, Victory Speech" (November 6, 2008)
One thing hasn't changed in my opinion of Barack Obama: Now President-Elect Obama. From the first of his interviews that I saw, to tonight's acceptance speech, I am convinced that he is a very able speaker.

In fact, he may be the best political orator America has seen in many decades.

I appreciated the conclusion of his acceptance speech. After recalling many events from American history, he said:

"...This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we cant, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

"Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."

That's the sort of uplifting, emotionally-charged, rhetoric that President-Elect Obama excels at.

Barack Obama can certainly talk the talk. Now, we'll see how he walks the walk.

"Obama Acceptance Speech HQ 11/04 - Barack Obama Victory Speech November 4th 2008"
(Not really: It's a screaming, cheering throng in Chicago's Grant Park. Toward the end, they start chanting "Oh-Bah-Mah!")

CNN, via YouTube (November 4, 2008)
video (0:56)

"[HQ] Barack Obama Victory Speech November 4 - PART 1"

CNN, via YouTube (November 4, 2008)
video (2:51)

From "Hello, Chicago. - If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." to "We are, and always will be, the United States of America."

I couldn't find "Part 2" - not one that fit with this one, anyway.

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