This is a beautifully crafted, complex, insightful speech that takes the risk of placing a higher value on integrity than on simplified sound bytes. St. Casserole's Aunt Bostick pointed out its loving nature, and the Post gives several perspectives that praise the Senator's choice to directly address the complexity of race relations (and perhaps the complexity of all relationships).

Updating to add that this NY Times Editorial had some good things to say about the speech, too.


  1. Aunt Bostick is correct. I'm so proud of Sen. Obama. Thanks for posting the video and commenting on Aunt Bostick's guest hosting.

    Very kind of you.

  2. And so many people DO NOT GET IT. It floors me.

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  4. Still don't like the guy, I will say he covered himself well though.

  5. He made me cry. I loved the speech. It was overwhelming to hear him utter such words - words I've thought.


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