Chris Matthews says Obama’s speech was better than King, better than Lincoln, first graders should see, college grads should see before going into the world, up there with the Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn… (a word to the wise, don’t go watch the video if you’ve eaten recently)
There are moments — increasingly rare in risk-abhorrent modern campaigns — when politicians are called upon to bare their fundamental beliefs. In the best of these moments, the speaker does not just salve the current political wound, but also illuminates larger, troubling issues that the nation is wrestling with. (again, bring the urp bag before reading it all)
Alas, I cannot give a more considered response right now as I have to get on the road. But I do want to say that this searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching, loyal, and deeply, deeply Christian speech is the most honest speech on race in America in my adult lifetime. It is a speech we have all been waiting for for a generation. Its ability to embrace both the legitimate fears and resentments of whites and the understandable anger and dashed hopes of many blacks was, in my view, unique in recent American history.
Associated Press reporter Nedra Pickler does some, er, editorializing disguised as a news story:
PHILADELPHIA – Barack Obama confronted the nation’s racial divide head-on Tuesday, tackling both black grievance and white resentment in a bold effort to quiet a campaign uproar over race and his former pastor’s incendiary statements.
Newsbusters has a roundup on the networks’ fawning.
Not the media per se, but one has to finish this up with a screencap from the HuffPoos…
Daily Kos takes the lead… Get this: He’s now our Lincoln.
Barack Obama is nothing less than our era’s Abraham Lincoln. I do not think this is an exaggeration. In his words, temperment, and actions, there is no figure in American history that Barack Obama resembles more than Lincoln.
We should have known this all along. A 33-year old man does not write “Dreams From My Father” without being unusually emotionally intelligent, grounded, courageous, reflective, and sincere — just as Lincoln could not have written his Second Inaugural without these attributes.
We thankfully are not in the midst of actual Civil War, and so an Obama presidency will never be as historically important as Lincoln’s was. …
But — and I say this as someone who first prayed that Al Gore would jump in this race and then later on supported Hillary Clinton — Obama is not an ordinary politician. He is not even an extraordinary politician. He is on a different plane entirely. To call him a “politician” of any kind is inapt.