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Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Reading an Obama speech always pales in comparison to hearing one, but the closing remarks of his speech claiming the Democratic nomination are breathtaking and inspiring. This is the time indeed.
"America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.
"The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment - this was the time - when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
After what seems like an eternity of campaigning, Barack Obama has finally clinched the Democratic nomination. We'll hear it until we're tired of hearing it, but this is truly a milestone in the history of this country. And I think it's important that we not remember only the depths to which this campaign sank toward the end, but that we recapture the feeling we had months ago, the feeling of hope and optimism and passion and possibility that made this race exciting.
And whether Hillary Clinton will admit it or not, she's lost, and the primary is over. I'm no fan, as any reader of this blog will surely know (look two posts down), but even I was dismayed at the tone and content of her speech tonight. In the face of insurmountable odds and definitive mathematics, she still refuses to concede defeat. When she should be rallying her supporters around the Democratic nominee, she continues her thinly veiled attacks on him and her insistence that she is the better candidate--and, by default, that he is not fit to run against McCain.
But the most pressing matter at hand now is for Obama to resist all calls to allow her to slither her way onto the ticket. No no no no NO. This cannot happen. The Clintons are toxic, and her presence in the #2 spot would only undermine him and all he hopes to do. And that's saying nothing of Bill's effect. Please, Barack, please, just tell them and anyone else with this fool idea NO.