Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Obama Victory Speech: St. Paul, Minn

The speech can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Here are some of my favorite nuggets from the speech:

-- And maybe if he (McCain) spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he'd understand that we can't afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That's the change we need in America. That's why I'm running for president.
-- So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.
-- So it was for the greatest generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.

-- So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom's cause.

-- So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that's better, and kinder, and more just.
And so it must be for us.

-- What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon—that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.

And my absolute favorite:

In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine.
Another home run. McCain should not be taken lightly....he should not be taken at all. I think Obama smokes him in the fall.


Bradda said...

It was a brillant speech across the board. I'm verklempt(sp?), I promised myself I wouldn't cry. Rising ocean temperatures are causing polar bears to die...sniff...discuss amoungst yourselfs.

Bradda said...

Sal, let's not count our chickens before they come home to roost!

Dean Wormer said...

It was so clear why he won the nomination watching his speech.

(and Hillarys)