Obama Delivered and Then Some

Friday, August 29, 2008

Senator Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech last night in Denver before a crowd of 85,000. It was a speech that was in-your-face and and specific. A highly detailed, centrist buffet, served up with unflinching aggressiveness.

Taking aim at his Republican rival, John McCain, Obama’s words surprised even his most ardent supporters.

“I’ve got news for you, John McCain,” he said in one passage that was typical of his direct tone. “We all put our country first.”

Obama questioned McCain’s judgment.

“John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than ninety percent of the time?”

The toughness seemed to suggest an awareness that Obama, who maintains only a small lead in the polls, had to make a stronger case against the Republicans.

On energy and McCain’s long tenure as a Washington insider.

“Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them,” taking direct aim at McCain’s enthusiasm for off-shore drilling, “In that time, he’s said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.”

“Now, I don’t believe that Senator McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know,” a swipe at McCain image as just another rich, out-of-touch Republican, “Why else would he define middleclass as someone making under five million dollars a year?”

“It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.”

Obama proved he wasn’t afraid to break the Senate’s code of silence and go after McCain’s temperment.

“And just as we keep our keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America’s promise abroad. If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.”

Obama left no doubt that not only is he ready to lead on day one but that John McCain should be afraid, very afraid of the general election campaign to come.

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14 Responses to Obama Delivered and Then Some

  1. joost says:

    The best speech I have ever heard and now I understand what my parents told me throughout my childhood regarding their reaction to JFK’s “Ask not what you can do for your country” speech and how it changed their lives.

    On Wednesday night, when Bill Clinton said he thought Obama was on the right side of history and you can be too, it all ties together and makes perfect sense.

    Obama must be elected president. This country needs to heal and rebuild the awful damage from the eights years of neglect from Bush and the Republicans in Congress

    As Obama said, “We’re better than this.”

  2. A Regular Patriot says:

    A magnificent, spectacular speech.

    Barack Obama is precisely the right person for this moment in our nation’s history. As a conservative, I was especially impressed with his call for increased personal responsibility.

  3. Harry says:

    And away we go! I admit I was worried about the upcoming debates. Now, I can’t wait to see Obama eviscerate McSame!

  4. Rachel says:

    I think Obama heard our voices and knew we were worried he was being too nice to the Old Coot. As a result, he left McCain have it between the eyes and in the process, reassured his supporters that we had nothing to worry about. If this is what Obama can do before a crowd of 85,000, I can’t wait until he needles the old man in the three debates.

  5. TOM339 says:

    Watching Obama last night was like watching a prize fighter. He punched and jabbed and danced and finally went in for the kill.

    The remarkable thing to me is, Barack Obama did this on hos own. He’s not the son of a former president, or a vice president climbing up the food chain, or the product of a wealthy family, Barack Obama is a self-made man, a decent, intelligent man who cleared life’s hurdles and obstacles and reached for the improbably brass ring and caught it.

    We are witnessing an extraordinary moment in our nation’s history.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    If the American people fail to elect Barack Obama the 44th president, then this nation is really beyond all hope and deserves to fall into the dust bin of history.

  7. Jamal says:

    If you wanna chase your dream, sometimes you gotta break the rules.

    No one understands this better than his “O” ness.

  8. Idaho Librul says:

    A truly impressive speech.

    Even my arch-conservative father-in-law was impressed by Barack Obama’s chops and said he could see himself voting for him.

    I really was impressed by the number of themes and topics Obama touched on and he went after McCain, which was what I wanted to hear.

    Very, very impressive.

  9. Woodcliffe says:

    When Obama can win over uber-conservative, Pat Buchanan, you know you delivered the goods.

    Here’s what Buchanan said:

    “It was a genuinely outstanding speech. It was magnificent. It is the finest – and I saw Cuomo’s speech, I saw Kennedy in ’80, I even saw Douglas MacArthur, I saw Martin Luther King – this is the greatest convention speech, and probably the most important because unlike Cuomo and the others this is an acceptance speech. This came out of the heart of America and he went right at the heart of America…”

    This could’ve been written by Keith Olbermann.

  10. Aunt Peg says:

    All I know is I’m old enough to remember JFK and as I sat listening to Obama last night, I kept thinking, it was like Kennedy has returned to lead us out of the darkness.

    I am filled with hope today.

  11. Jim says:

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!
    I’m so glad I could witness this speech live on television!

  12. Winnie H. says:

    I completely agree with Brigadoon –

    “If the American people fail to elect Barack Obama the 44th president, then this nation is really beyond all hope and deserves to fall into the dust bin of history.”

    This is a defining moment in American history — on a par with any of the others in our past. I don’t think it’s too dramatic to conclude that our nation rises or falls with this election.

  13. Rastamick61 says:

    Wait till his speech in January if you think that was great. They had to cut off Buchanan’s raving in mid foam, what does that say ? Our next great President I think.

  14. stradella says:


    A beautiful job on this! We’re almost there.

    In 68 days, the election and Barack Obama will be the president elect. The Bush nightmare is almost over.

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