What a wonderful, inspiring speech from Barrack Obama. I thought for an excited moment that he was going to include atheists in his list of marginalised people. Gays, Afro-Americans, Hispanics were all mentioned and I was hanging out for the ‘A’ word – but no.
We here in Australia have been watching the campaign progress with interest. Most here couldn’t believe it when ‘G.W’ somehow made it back into office (and I guess many americans feel the same way) and it was becoming obvious that the republicans had their chance but had blown it – not just with their economy but the ‘head in the sand’ approach to global warming was very, very disturbing.
Not a trace of insincerity – just a fantastically well delivered (and presumably memorised – no teleprompters will be needed for this president) speech from a sincere, down to earth, intelligent man. In comparison, G.W always came across just the opposite. His body language betrayed his (written by others) words and we just ignored anything he said as rhetoric nonsense. Good riddance to bad rubbish as my Mum would have said.
Any downsides? David Letterman will have to find a new segment. No more ‘Great Moments in Presidential speeches’ for a start!
His inclusion of the words ‘science’, ‘technology’ and ‘knowledge’ were all promising as well. Maybe finally this will be the death knell of the I.D nonsense and the U.S will be able to claw back some of the technological expertise and intellectual standing that they have lost over the last few years.
Here’s Obama’s Victory Speech. Part 1: