A truly great American speech

(Canscene) — On Tuesday March 19, in Philadelphia, presidential contender Barrack Obama gave more than a campaign speech. In is own words, not those of a speechwriter, he spoke to a nation of the need to move forward from the baggage of the past.

I’m not going to excerpt the speech here. If you can use a computer and you can because you’re reading this, Google the many sites that carry the speech in full.

And then, before you criticize our US neighbours’ attitudes, think of how much of what Obama said applies to us Canadians and how great is our opportunity, as a multicultural nation, to mend our own differences

2 Responses to “A truly great American speech”

  1. Bill Says:

    Thanks for the nudge, Ben. I just went and read the whole speech and I agree; it is a great one.

    It’s refreshing to hear things spoken of as they are, not glossed over or sanitized. I was especially impressed to see described “a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.”

    That may be harder to correct than the racial problems that dominate the speech.

  2. Frank deBrune Says:

    From a Canadian perspective, it’s striking to see how U.S. politicians still feel it necessary to bang on about their Christianity and their faith.

    You’re a film buff, Ben. Do you remember the line in Gore Vidal’s 1964 movie The Best Man? A seasoned politician notes that ““you have to spread God over everything, like ketchup.”

    Plus ça change…