Obama on Race

According to Intrade, the person most likely to be the next US President is Barack Obama (their current prices suggest Obama 44%, McCain 40%, Clinton 16%). He’s just given a speech on race in Philadelphia that Nicholas Kristof calls the best political speech since 1960. The NYT has posted the transcript here, and video (with accompanying transcript) here. This ability to speak so eloquently about race is one of the reasons I think he’d make an extraordinary President – and something that makes me wish Australia had a leader who could speak in such a pitch-perfect manner about the Indigenous/non-Indigenous divide.

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5 Responses to Obama on Race

  1. conrad says:

    I’m amazed at what a good chance John McCain has (60/40 it appears). Some people must really like war and going bankrupt.

  2. INGY Q BINGLEBOP says:

    IF YOU PEOPLE DIDNT GIVE RON PAUL THE TIME OF DAY, LET ALONE A CHANCE FOR HIM TO PROVE TO YOU WHY HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE SUITED TO BE THE PREISDNET OF THE UNITED STATES, THEN I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR ANY OF YOU. IF YOU DO NOT SHARE HIS LOVE OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PASSION FOR AMERICA THEN YOU MIGHT AS WELL HEAD ON OVER TO GUANTANAMO WITH THE REST OF THE UNPATRIOTIC PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE.

  3. Matt Canavan says:

    I just don’t think race is as central an issue in Australia. Aboriginals are a much smaller proportion of Australia’s population, than African-Americans are of America. Accordingly, interaction between Aboriginals and white Australia is not as frequent and hence not the personal issue that it is in America.

    That is not to say we don’t have racial issues in this country but there is no real analogy to America’s legacy of slavery.

  4. Sinclair Davidson says:

    The most interesting message coming out of the betting market is that the probability of an US recession is now greater than than of Obama becoming the Democrat nominee.

  5. Verdurous says:

    Obama’s speech was remarkably free of weasel words and cliche’s which is more than one can say of Australian political speechmakers in recent times. At the same time Obama called upon vivid language and evoked many images to stir the conscience of the populace.

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