The speech Presidential candidate Barack Obama gave on March 18, 2008, was one of the best and most honest analyses of race I’ve ever heard. I was inspired by his wisdom, surprised at his candor, and impressed with his integrity.
This speech showed the type of leader Obama will be – one who lifts, leads and inspires. I appreciate his keen intelligence and applaud his self-revelation. We need someone of his caliber leading our nation. He gave honest appraisals. He didn’t let either whites or blacks off the hook, but also didn’t keep us on the hook!
He does not disown his past but chooses not to be burdened by it. As one who veers between light cynicism and deep cynicism, I found his words cleansing. They point towards a new path to healing racial division and preparing for this scary new world that will require all of us to work together to survive and ultimately triumph in.
Obama is a sterling example of the best of humanity. He is striving to be more and exhorts the rest of us to to be our best selves. I dig him. Right on! President Obama. Trying it on for size. I’m going to practice saying it.