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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Roger Clegg of The Corner (the conservative National Review's blog) on Obama's speech:
RIGHT SPEECH, WRONG CONVENTION [Roger Clegg]
Barack Obama gave a fine speech, but it was not a speech that reflects the current Democratic Party. It celebrated America as "a magical place"; it did not bemoan our racism and imperialism. It professed that this black man "owe[d] a debt to those who came before" him; it did not call for reparations. It spoke of an "awesome God"; it did not banish Him from public discourse. It admitted that black parents, and black culture, need to change the way black children are raised; it did not blame or even mention racism. It quoted "E pluribus unum" and translated it correctly as "Out of many, one"; it did not misquote it, as Al Gore infamously did, as "Many out of one." Most of all, the speech celebrated one America, "one people," and rejected the notion of a black America, a white America, a Latino America, and an Asian America--a notion completely foreign to the multiculturalism that now dominates the Democratic Party.
Show of hands, all of you who could picture someone at the RNC convention referring to "gay friends in the Red states"?

That's what I thought.

Not only is this hackery, but it reveals something far more amusing: A Republican whining about a speech that does not conform to their party's preconceived charicature of what a Democrat is supposed to say.

And it didn't mention racism?
They know that parents have to parent, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white.
What speech was Clegg watching?

(here's the full text of Obama's speech)

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