Just Words by John Cole| May 25, 20087:01 pm| 19 CommentsThis post is in: Election 2008FacebookTweetEmail Transcript here.
Man this guy is good. It is just amazing being fired up about voting for something for a change.
He’s Dean, only a hundred times better. I will be volunteering a whole lot of my spare time for this guy.
Yes we can, Hell yes we can!
I’ve read in a few places that Obama has actually given variations of this same speech at graduation commencements a couple of years ago.
I would not be surprised if we don’t hear too many “new” things from Obama over the next few weeks. It’s far too easy to let Clinton continue to hang herself.
But yeah, the guy is good. Really, really good.
kind of an off white
OMG he totally thru a old man under teh bus!!! NICE MESSIAH OTARDS
I agree. He can shovel that bullshit better than just about any other politician out there.
How long did he have to prepare to give this speech? Two days? Cut him some slack.
Politicians repeat themselves all the time. The fact that he’s re-using his (excellent) material is not an issue at all.
Besides, in this case it’s really not “just words.” It’s an admonition to the audience. So even if he said it before he hadn’t said it to those people before. So it was well worth saying again.
Shorter Dug Jay: Pay Attention to me!
she won’t stop until everyone just laughs at her bs which should be anytime now.
Senator Clinton Still Calling for a Debate
May 25, 2008 5:32 PM
ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Since the Pennsylvania primary Sen. Hillary Clinton has been calling for a debate with her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama.
She continued her plea in Penuelas, Puerto Rico, standing outside a restaurant while less than 100 people gathered on a dirt walkway. Obama has rebuffed these requests and has instead begun campaigning in states that would be important for him in the general election if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.
“I was informed that Univision will sponsor a debate between Sen. Obama and myself about the issues affecting Puerto Rico,” Clinton said. “I accept that invitation. Anytime, anywhere. That is the best way for the people of Puerto Rico to have their questions asked and answered and for the rest of the United States to learn more about Puerto Rico.”
Clinton reiterated her claim that she feels as though she has been a senator for Puerto Rico, because she represents so many of then in New York.
“I feel as though I have been your senator and now I want to be your president,” she said.
Uh, yeah, let’s just forget that Puerto Rico doesn’t have votes in the general election. By her logic she should also be campaigning in Israel because of all those Jews in NY…
she’s also the senator of everyone who’s ever urinated in public, because there’s a lot of them in new york, too.
It will be interesting to contrast this with the address from GWB on Wednesday at the AF Academy. I’ll make a few predictions:
“Stay the Course”
I think I’ve said this a million times before, but the emotional appeal of Obama to me is just that line: “I am asking you.” It just stands in such sharp contrast to what we’ve lived through these last few years, when everything seems to have served just to reinforce that knowing cynicism we know too well. I’ve quoted it here before, but Publius said it best at his old place:
Instead of asking us to really do for the greater good, he asked us to go shopping. And then took us to war.
People have mocked Obama as the Magical Unity Pony. But it’s not the Unity part, it’s the implicit challenge to, for lack of a better phrase, be all that we can be. I’m 31 years old. And the only people who have ever really asked me to “sacrifice” for something have been sports coaches. I hope I have something to give, but most of us need someone to ask, to direct us. Is Obama that person? I don’t know, but I hope so.
I can’t say that much for anyone else I’ve seen.
Snarky Shark:Man this guy is good.
I was there (pretty far away, but the sound was good) and it was really exciting. Big crowd standing on the hill above & outside the actual ceremony. I admit I got a bit choked up towards the end (lumpy throat, teary)–but that optimism about changing the world got to me.
Wait, are Puerto Ricans really hard working white people?
Does she paint them, or something?
Davis X. Machina
…to convincingly argue that the war in Iraq has “made us safer.”
It did postpone for a few crucial years the real threats to the Republic — a Democratic occupant of the White House, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and a Supreme Court that actually believes in the law, thereby sparing us, if only for a time, from the ravages of gay marriage and slightly higher marginal income tax rates.
So it was worth it.
Iraq — not so much a war as the world’s most expensive campaign commercial.
Davis X. Machina
oops, wrong thread…
I like Obama, but it is really obvious that this is just a campaign speech. I would have been more impressed if he hadn’t mentioned anything that sounded like a plea for support for his campaign. Yes, a good speech, but as a commencement speech taking place during a presidential campaign…ugh…I guess I am tired of this whole thing now.