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March 18, 2008

Obama's Big Stupid Race Speech in 15 Minutes, 10:15 Eastern

I know nossing, nossing!

LiveBlog:

FoxNews has a WATCH LIVE under the first headline.

Maybe he'll address the endorsement from the New Black Panther Party proudly posted on his website while he's at it.

Is It Normal... that the FoxNews live-stream box is dark? Do they wait until a certain story is beginning or what? It seems like they don't. So that feed seems screwed up.

CNN says they're also carrying the stream live.


Meanwhile...

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Mrs. Rodham-Clinton, I think you're trying to seduce me.

Thanks (sort of) to Slublog for finding that.

Slu writes: I found the picture frightening - I wonder if the guy she aimed that 'come hither' look at will die in seven days?

It's unknowable: She's never given a guy that look before.

Drew: "I am ready for my close up Mr. DeMille"

Or, along those lines: "I'm still big. It's the party that got small."

FULL TEXT OF OBAMA SPEECH: Leaked to Drudge.

Oh great. Now this speech will be even more boring and meaningless.

Pre-analysis:

The profound mistake of Reverend Wright's sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It's that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old -- is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know -- what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds – by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.

Dave in Texas notes the disconnect between para one and para two.

Para one: Everything that guy (Wright) said is bullshit.

Para two: But seriously, America is really fucked up and white people need to get on the ball.

Slu thinks it's as pablum-y as everything else this stutterin' prick* says. And: Basically, I don't think this speech will entirely quell the controversy, but I think it might be enough to set the hearts of Democratic voters a-flutter again.

Eh. The hearts of true-blue Democrats already were a-flutter. It's Reaganish Democrats and independents he needs.

*Where? Easy one.

Stupidest Fucking Email I've Ever Seen... comes from Slublog:

The media is going to love this speech.

Shut up, really???!!

Heh.

Surprise! [Slublog] - According to Lowry at the Corner, the AP is reporting "that Obama is 'calling for both sides to tone down its rhetoric.'" And Andrew Sullivan's reaction is typically over the top. Since we have a no linking Sullivan policy here, I'll link Allah's post and comments.


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