Sunday, January 27, 2008

Barack Obama's YES WE CAN victory speech in South Carolina

This is a great speech, worth listening to. Obviously Obama and his supporters are all fired up. Because he has got a huge morale boost ahead of the February 5 Super Tuesday, when most probably the lineup for Nov 8 should be clear.

In South Carolina, it must be remembered, the African-American voters make up make up almost half the electorate, and majority of them support him rather than Hillary.

Reports say S Carolina voting was polarised along colour, gender and age. It's funny that in the world’s greatest nation people can’t look beyond these physical attributes. Probably it’s because there'sn't anything else to choose, with both Obama and Hillary speaking pretty much the same thing.

Obama is, I guess, aware of this, and tries his best to dispel it, when he says in his speech, “So understand this, South Carolina. The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It's not about rich versus poor, young versus old. And it is not about black versus white. This election is about the past versus the future. It's about whether we settle for the same divisions and distractions and drama that passes for politics today or whether we reach for a politics of common sense and innovation, a politics of shared sacrifice and shared prosperity."

Any way, the contest is in no way over.

4 comments:

  1. "It's funny that in the world’s greatest nation people can’t look beyond these physical attributes"

    Its much more funnier to experience America living here. On the politics and anywhere else color is very important. Religion is, too. Not si much as Modi though, the politicians here "swear" they are practising Christians. Not just Republicans. Democrats too - and the latest was for again the same Obama - a couple times.

    When I restart my blog, I should start mentioning the strange - funny is not the right word - that I see here. 200 year old democracy vs. 50 year old is not a good comparison. But still we can still try to see where India stands

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  2. thank you posting this speech...it was worth listening to

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  3. To Muhammad Riyaz: 'sad' is the right word to describe discrimination in America or any country.

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  4. What black person wants to risk having to tell their grandkids, "Obama was the first black president, but I didn't vote for him."

    After America has a black president, race will matter less.

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