"A More Perfect Union"

Here is a link to the full text of Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union."

We'll post a link to the video once we find a link to that as well.

I'll say this: it's a great speech but it will further agitate the agents of our society who are extremely frightened of change -- the people vehemently opposed to progress -- the people who won't give up their anger.

These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.

Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable. I can assure you it is not. I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.

But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.

The fact is that the comments that have been made and the issues that have surfaced over the last few weeks reflect the complexities of race in this country that we’ve never really worked through – a part of our union that we have yet to perfect. And if we walk away now, if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American.

Mike dug up the video link. Thanks, Mike:



Mike said...

Full video of Obama's speech.

Dr. Momentum said...

I liked this assessment of the speech:


Dr. Momentum said...

Oops - here it is as a link.

Julie said...

That was a once-in-a-lifetime speech.

Unfortunately, like anything else that takes more than 30 seconds to digest, it probably didn't connect with the people who most needed to hear it.

I remember reading Nixon's "Checkers" speech for a rhetorical theory class. It was assigned to us as an example of lovingly crafted bullshit.

Maybe someday this speech will get assigned to students as an example of something better.

Julie said...

Here's the Checker speech, if you're still euphoric from yesterday and need to cleanse your palate with something more cynical.