“THE SPEECH THAT LEFT THEM SPEECHLESS”
What a fabulous speech Barack Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. It was so good that Bill Clinton turned to his wife, Hillary, and said, “What do you think, honey? Wasn’t that the best speech you’ve ever heard that I didn’t give?”
“It was a great speech,” Hillary replied. “Almost as great as the one I would have given.”
Decades from now, people will still be raving about Obama’s speech, not just die-hard Democrats but also the die-easy ones. Many will wish they could have been at the convention in Denver to witness history. Never before have so many people, not sitting on a Chicago street, held signs asking for “Change.”
History was also made, of course, when Obama became the first African-American to accept the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, saying, “With profound gratitude and great humility, I thank Hillary Rodham Clinton once again. She is a champion of working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and yours, showing them that with hard work and determination, they too can finish second.”
Obama was quick to attack his Republican opponent, John McCain, branding a McCain presidency as an extension of George W. Bush’s eight years in office. “On November 4, we must stand up and say: ‘Eight is enough,'” Obama said, borrowing the title of a popular 1970s television series to appeal to older voters. “We must ‘Get Smart’ and climb aboard ‘The Love Boat’ for some ‘Good Times’ and ‘Happy Days.'”
Citing the economic struggles of everyday Americans, Obama criticized McCain’s response to the outsourcing of American jobs. “You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas,” he said, “and I will start giving them to companies that ship them to Mexico. It’s a smarter approach because, as I told Joe Smith, a middle-aged auto worker in Detroit, ‘If your job goes to Mexico, you can at least visit it from time to time.'”
Obama promised to give financial relief to many Americans, pledging to cut taxes “for 95 percent of all working families” and “96 percent of all non-working families.” For people earning salaries in excess of $100,000, he said, “I can’t promise that I won’t raise your taxes. But I can promise that I won’t tax your raises.”
Obama set several clear goals for his presidency, including one that received thunderous applause. “In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East,” he said. “We will do this, America! We will find our oil elsewhere!”
He challenged McCain to a debate to determine which candidate has the temperament and judgment to be the next commander in chief. “You know, John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell — but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives,” Obama said. “I’ve already been to that cave! I’ve already met bin Laden! I’ve already challenged him to a debate!”
Following his speech, Obama received a five-minute standing ovation that was, as a CNN analyst put it, “more deafening than the one John Kerry received in 2004.” Several Democrats interviewed on TV said they were “speechless,” which was indeed good news, because nobody really wanted to hear another speech. Not after this one. Not ever again.
(c) Copyright 2008 Melvin Durai. All Rights Reserved.