2008 Listen to Barack Obama’s Iowa Speech
posted by December 9 at 10:25 AMon
Like I said yesterday, Oprah Winfrey gave a better speech than Barack Obama at their joint appearance in Des Moines, Iowa—which is saying something, since Obama is by far the best orator in the Democratic field this year.
But to his credit, Obama did have one of the best spontaneous jokes of the event. While he was talking, someone in the audience called out: “Oprah for Vice President!”
To which Obama replied:
You want Oprah as Vice President? But that would be a demotion, you realize that.
(Those keeping track of America’s various cultural hierarchies, please note that Michelle Obama also introduced Oprah yesterday as “the First Lady of Television”—a position apparently higher than almost any elected office in the land.)
It seems like Slog readers enjoyed the audio I posted yesterday of Oprah’s Des Moines speech, so today I’m going to post audio of Obama’s speech. If you’ve heard his stump speech before, this one will sound very similar but with a lot of Oprah references added. If you haven’t heard Obama speak this year, it’s definitely worth a listen.
Due to long-distance technical challenges, for the moment the place to go to hear my recording of Obama’s Des Moines speech is
my personal blog. But in short order the Stranger tech wizards should be able to grab the audio file, just like last time, and host it on this site.
[Tech Rescue! Listen here for a blisteringly high-fidelity mp3 of Obama’s Iowa speech.]
Obama’s speech is longer than Oprah’s (about 30 minutes) and, like I said, not quite as good. But if you’re an Obama fanatic, or just someone who’s wondering what all the fuss is about, it’s really something you should check out.