Obama spoke to a crowd of around 2,000 people in Beaumont yesterday. What I found interesting is not the fact that he was the first candidate to personally visit in over 30 years, but rather the tone of his speech. Speaking to mostly an African American crowd, (and a religious one at that), Obama didn’t fill his speech simply with empty promise of a perfect future, but rather challenged his supporters to rethink their own values.
That takes courage, every bit as much as the Sista Souldjah moment of 16 years ago. East Texas is not particularly gay friendly, and the African Americans among them are no exception. This is also not the first time he has done so. Obama has shown he is willing to tell crowds what they need to hear, rather than pandering.
The first link is to a video of the speech, the text beside of which reads:
This is the almost complete “short” stump speech for the many folks who couldn’t attend the “sold out” (tichets were free) town hall meeting.
I haven’t had a chance to watch the 17 minute clip, and there is a chance the part of the speech referred to is edited out. I’ll let everyone know when I have a few minutes, but until then, I do not assume verification of the speech in the first link.
I listened to the video, and the comments referred to are apparently edited out. Numerous campaign reporters refer to them, though, and the Martin Luther King day speech is further evidence that the point of my post stands.