Mar 18 2008
Barack Obama

Barack Obama Speaks on Race in America. This is Why he Should be President.

After a weekend of appearances on the news circuit, this morning Barack Obama addressed the Jeremiah Wright controversy head on. All morning there has been a somber, negative, and funeral-like tone on cable news. Didn’t matter what channel you switched to or who was saying it, there is no way he can overcome this one, was the message. I’m the kind of person, once I hear something cant be done, now I want it with all my heart.

Barack Obama stood at that podium and proved that he is the only person we, as in Black, White, Chinese, Hispanic, you know the flavors - Barack Obama showed why he should be our next President. He put Jeremiah Wright’s words into the context of a man who grew up only knowing a racist America; circled back to why blacks in general might feel disaffected; then spoke on whites disaffection as well. Then he stuffed it all in a beautiful package labeled with the message that his campaign has been about from the beginning - the belief that things can change.

Over the next few days, the nature of the media, will slice what he said into easily consumable sound bites. I didn’t even want to write the previous paragraph.

It’s a disservice to what was said. Kick back and watch.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The way he handled this controversy has truly solidified my belief in his candidacy.


☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 in the know Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 3:07 pm

This muslim liar is toast!!!!

2 To in the know Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 3:19 pm


3 Chris G. Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 3:53 pm

I see we’re all getting along here. :T

4 Fla Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 3:55 pm

Blah, blah… another empty O-blah-ma speech.  Step down now, Obama!

5 ny Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 5:24 pm

Until the color of a mans skin has no more significance than the color of his eyes we’ll see free Americans speak this way.

6 www. Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 5:30 pm

Obama is half white and half black, now explain to me why these two races are still fighting against each other. Just go’s to show we’re never satisfied.

7 to www Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 6:18 pm

The reason why there is still a beef is because white america doesn’t want you to have an ounce of black in you. Once you do they want nothing to do with you. To them you are all black. It’s not the blacks that are racist it is the white people on this site. One person posted “A black president, no way” not even acknowledging that Obama is half white.

8 Morgana Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 11:23 pm

I think this incident might have actually benefited him in some way, because this finally gave him the chance to talk about the “elephant in the room”. And when Obama gives a speech, he always is able to go above and beyond and really reach the voters. So I really think he transcended this situation and was able to turn things back in his favor.

9 undecided (but moved) voter Tue, Mar 18, 2008 - 11:45 pm

my question: could hillary or john have given such a speech? could they address such a difficult and unpopular topic?  barak was not going to win over white voters or black voters with this speech.  he stood to lose more than he stood to gain from it.  it was a statement of the mangled truth of race in america.  i don’t think that either of the other candidates have the philisophical maturity or the balls to address this incredibly complicated issue.  here is your evidence of judgement.  so now, does that mean he should be president???

10 Paulanthony60 Wed, Mar 19, 2008 - 11:57 pm

Barack Obama is a Liar

To all
Obama speech ,,,, Not sure if you caught it, Not only did Obama,,, Refuses to denounce him,, but even More,, He say in his own words,,,
Barack Obama was in church when Jeremiah Wright,, was spewing Anti-American, Racist ism ,,,, Those were his own words,,, barack was there
After going on keith Oberman ,Show obama said he would denounce that if he heard that language he would leave and not tolerate it , and denounce it
After he went on MSNBC,, he went on FOX CNN ABC< all the news station saying he was never there,,, in his church when he said these things,,
But Now today during his speech,,He states flat out Say’s HE was there,,, Last week Barack Obama Lied,, went on all the news stations, and Lied,,
But your not reporting that,,,, You can rest assure,,, cnn ,,, Fox , ABC,,, Msnbc,, are getting more on this ,,, they will be reporting on this, and we will see
If you chose to report, Obama Lying on tv,,, If this was Hilary clinton lying and caught lying on all the new station,,, you can be sure,, you would talk about it every hour
people will be on your station debating this,,,, people analysing , if it is hilary clinton but it was not her it was Barack Obama, ,, it bad enought He lied, about being in church
With Jeremiah Write, when he said these anti american ,,,,,and still refuse to denounce him…all the news agency want to do is speak on how good his speech was,
Not that he lied,,, Last week on all the news agency ,, He was never there today in how own speech He say I was there,,,,should play all Obama videos from last week
stating he was not there,,, or heard any of the anti-american Jeremiah Write, said in his churc then play his speech today saying he was there and he did hear him in church and refuse to denounce Jeremiah Wright,,,,

11 MsMoni Sat, Mar 22, 2008 - 11:41 pm

This is in response to Paulanthony60:
I watched Obama on Keith Olberman, what he said was that he was not present when Jeremiah Wright made the particular comments in question.  What he admitted to in his speech on race was the fact that he was present in church when Pastor Wright made comments that he disagreed with.  Furthermore, Barack denounced the rhetoric of the pastor and expressed his disdain for his choice of words.
Moreover, he has parted ways with pastor Wright.  But his opponents want him to completely bury someone who’s had a profound impact on his life and thats unfortunate.  None of us can say that we haven’t had friends who’ve made less than tactful comments. I don’t condone Mr. Wrights comments, but he is human and the last I’ve heard we’re all allowed to make mistakes.