The Video of the speech is here
The text of the speech is here
Grouchy rightwing response here
Andrew Sullivan drooling here
and a bunch of US liberals having a full body orgasm upon hearing the speech here
Me? Well, I liked it. It was a good speech and Obama is a terrific politician. However, I do wonder if people would be talking about how great this speech was if (and yes I am going there) Obama was white, his pastor was white and his pastor's remarks were sometimes racist against blacks. Saying that black racism is a reality and part of the african-american experience is true, because, let's face it, we are all racist to one degree or another. The flaw is, however, that we do try to disavow that. That while we do recognize that racism has been part of our experience growing – not just the african-american experience-, we also recognize that its bad and that we should try our hardest not be this way, and even shunning it when we can. Obama is not saying that. He is saying that it's part of the African-American experience and that he can not disavow that anymore than disavowing the entire black community. I would find this personally troubling if I were a US voter. Other people don't seem to for some reason. They also don't seem botherd with the idea that this is the man who introduced him to christianity, that this is the man who baptized and spiritually guides his daughters and this is the man that he won't cut out of his life, no matter what. I mean Hagee was equally shit but McCain isn't running around saying "I can't disavow this man, he is my spiritual guide and I will keep him around because, well, he comes from a difficult background and therefore his views are not excusable, but understandable". Hell, he would be eviscerated for it, no?
As for arab obamaniacs, I wonder how they felt towards his shout out towards Israel and his summation of the Palestine-Israel conflict of it being a product of Radical Islam and Radical Islam alone. If they paid attention, then the honeymoon is over, but they didn't, which is why their support is still incredibly funny!