2008 Obama’s New Speech
posted by November 12 at 14:57 PMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
Time’s Ana Marie Cox reports on the revived Barack Obama stump speech, which got another airing in Iowa over the weekend. Apparently she enjoyed the speech:
The speech mixed inspiration and contempt, passion and outrage, autobiography and attack. It balanced language that both harkened back to the rich, poetic phrases of Martin Luther King (he cited King’s reminder about “the fierce urgency of now”) and the less subtle patois of contemporary politics — his boast that “when I’m your nominee, my opponent won’t be able to say that I supported this war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran,” was a deft jab to the very center of Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses in the Democratic primary. Unless you think he got to the center of her weaknesses here: “Not answering questions because we’re afraid our answers just won’t be popular just won’t do it.” Or maybe here: “Telling Americans what they think they want to hear instead of telling the American people what they need to hear just won’t do it.” And yet he ended on a soaring note: “In this election — at this moment — let us reach for what we know is possible. A nation healed. A world repaired. An America that believes again.”This reported resurgence from Team Obama would seem to jibe with the newest polls out of New Hampshire: While Hillary still has a commanding lead of 14 points over Obama, she’s slipped from previous highs that had her support at 40% of eligible voters.
Here’s the video of Obama’s big speech on Saturday in Iowa: