Friday, August 29, 2008

NYT: Barack Obama Rocks the House & Off Come the Gloves

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party presidential nomination on Thursday, declaring that the “American promise has been threatened” by eight years under President Bush and that John McCain represented a continuation of policies that undermined the nation’s economy and imperiled its standing around the world.

The speech by Senator Obama, in front of an audience of nearly 80,000 people on a warm night in a football stadium refashioned into a vast political stage for television viewers, left little doubt how he intended to press his campaign against Mr. McCain this fall.

In cutting language, and to cheers that echoed across the stadium, he linked Mr. McCain to what he described as the “failed presidency of George W. Bush” and — reflecting what has been a central theme of his campaign since he entered the race —“the broken politics in Washington.”

And just one little note, here's a memorable quote from Barack's speech:

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.

The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives – on health care and education and the economy – Senator McCain has been anything but independent. He said that our economy has made “great progress” under this President. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. And when one of his chief advisors – the man who wrote his economic plan – was talking about the anxiety Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a “mental recession,” and that we’ve become, and I quote, “a nation of whiners.”



William Wallace said...

My wife and I think that if Senator Obama’s speech can be believed, he represents the very best of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Santa Claus.

And this is not intended as a snide remark but as the thoughtful view of an honestly impressed but skeptical/realistic couple.

Omyma said...

It's true that politicians have to be all things to all people in order to be elected. That's the nature of the game. And Obama is running against rather formidable odds, the main thing in his favor, other than himself and his speaking ability, being the self-immolation of the GOP and Geo W Bush.

However, since we are now duty-bound to hire a new President, Obama's direction looks more likely to work in America's favor than that of John McCain. McCain, for all his experience, is too emotional and interest-tied for the job, as was George Bush.