The third anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in history

Thanks, theboysisters, for the reminder. It’s been three years ago today that then Senator Obama was “forced to save his campaign” by giving a speech he so wanted to give anyway, and turned it to a momen so momentous – watching it now, three years later, still gives me goosebumps.

And just like listening in retrospective to any of his speeches, it’s just amazing how consistent he always been and how there’s virtually no difference between the man who run for president and the man who *is* the president.

Here it is, the wonder that was Barack Obama’s speech on race:

28 thoughts on “The third anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in history

  1. OMG! I remember listening to this live thinking this is the man I want to run my country! He understands the big picture. Thanks for this great reminder!

  2. One of his best and that’s saying a lot! He’s always teaching the masses when he speaks. I find him absolutely amazing at this. Just another one of his great abilities – communicating the truth.

  3. OT, but I just came across this news:

    “A Wisconsin state judge temporarily blocked a law that would strip government employee unions of most of their collective-bargaining power.”

    //

    “At a hearing today in Madison, Wisconsin, Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi granted a temporary restraining order to block publication of the measure signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on March 11. Publication gives the law full force and effect.”

    “Dane County District Attorney Ismael R. Ozanne, acting on complaints by three other public officials, had asked the court to bar publication. He said a group of lawmakers had violated a state open-meetings law in gathering to craft compromise legislation that was then passed.”

    //

    “The case is State of Wisconsin Ex Rel. Ozanne v. Fitzgerald, 11cv1244, Dane County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court (Madison).”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-18/wisconsin-law-curbing-state-workers-collective-bargaining-blocked-by-judge.html

  4. That was a tremendous speech. It was especially meaningful to me because I have grandchildren of mixed race. It made me more mindful of my own bias and prejudice that I wasn’t consciously aware of, when he spoke of his own grandmother. What I also got from his words is that making judgments and expecting perfection from people is both unfair and unrealistic.

    OT but I also want to share that the immigration bills her in AZ, SB1308 &1309 which would redefine citizenship, SB1405 &1407 which would turn schools into ICE informants and the omnibus bill SB1611 which was aimed at hospitals and universities all FAILED TO PASS at this time. Enough Republicans sided with the Dems to block it.
    One victory for all of us fighting this. I’m doing my happy dance today.

  5. Repost:

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Biden gave the Obama administration’s most forceful statement of solidarity with organized labor in its current battles around the nation on Thursday, encouraging activists to continue fighting for workers’ rights.

    “You guys built the middle class,” said Biden in a virtual town hall conversation hosted by the AFL-CIO. “I would just emphasize what Hilda [Solis] said and say it slightly different: We don’t see the value of collective bargaining, we see the absolute positive necessity of collective bargaining. Let’s get something straight: The only people who have the capacity — organizational capacity and muscle — to keep, as they say, the barbarians from the gate, is organized labor. And make no mistake about it, the guys on the other team get it. They know if they cripple labor, the gate is open, man. The gate is wide open. And we know that too.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/17/biden-union-barbarians-labor_n_837346.html

  6. So it begins. Good news and good catch, CreoleChild. Thanks for sharing that info here. We got some good news here in AZ yesterday that those egregious immigration bills didn’t pass. Happy dance!

  7. 4 New York Times journalists found in Libya

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    The Times said his son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, gave the information to Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview. A Times spokeswoman said the newspaper had no immediate comment.

    Libyan government officials told the U.S. State Department on Thursday evening that all four would be released.

    They had last been in contact with editors on Tuesday from the northern port city of Ajdabiya where they were covering the retreat of rebels.

    The journalists are Anthony Shadid, The Times’ Beirut bureau chief and a two-time Pulitzer-prize winning foreign correspondent; two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who have extensive experience in war zones; and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell, who in 2009 was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was rescued by British commandos.

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  8. I still have a copy of that speech that I printed out. I have it in a scrap book for my grandchildren.

  9. By Zachary A. Goldfarb and David S. Hilzenrath, Friday, March 18, 1:08 AM
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is moving toward charging former and current Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives with violations related to the financial crisis, setting up a clash with the housing regulator that oversees the companies, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    SEC moves to charge Fannie, Freddie execs
    Ingegrity of report on SEC questioned
    The SEC, responsible for enforcing securities laws, is alleging that at least four senior executives failed to provide necessary information to investors about the companies’ mortgage holdings as the U.S. housing market collapsed.

    But the agency that most closely regulates Fannie and Freddie, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, disagrees with that assessment, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    FHFA officials think Fannie and Freddie’s financial disclosures, which agency staff members had reviewed before the documents were released to the public, were sufficient, the sources said. One source added that FHFA has sent a letter to the SEC opposing the filing of charges.

    An FHFA spokesman declined to comment.

    Over the past eight weeks, the SEC sent notices to the executives saying they may face civil charges. The SEC has not yet formally filed such charges and ultimately may choose not to.

    The agency alleged that executives at both companies misled investors about their exposure to dangerous mortgage products, such as subprime loans, sources familiar with the matter said.

    The executives include former Fannie chief executive Daniel Mudd, former Freddie chief executive Richard Syron, former Freddie chief financial officer Anthony “Buddy” Piszel and current Freddie executive Donald Bisenius, who recently announced that he would leave the company after he received his notice.

    The allegations are slightly different for both the companies. One of the chief allegations against Fannie executives is that it characterized mortgage loans as “prime” — meaning high-quality — when they should have been classified in a more risky category of loans.

    Meanwhile, Freddie executives are accused of not fully warning investors about the risks associated with subprime loans.

    Fannie and Freddie, on the verge of collapse as the financial markets imploded in the fall of 2008, were seized by the federal government. The companies, now owned by taxpayers, have needed $150 billion in aid to stay afloat.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/sec-moves-toward-charging-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-executives/2011/03/17/AB535zm_story.html

    But, Matt Taibbi said Nobody is being prosecuted! Whatever!

  10. Tee hee:

    @JohnFugelsang If Obama was a real man he’d be handling this situation by clearing brush at his fake ranch.

    *********

    The GOP needs to go sit down.

  11. THE SEEDS OF CHANGE, right there. Thank you, President Obama, for the courage of your convictions. Your impact will stretch outward forevermore.

  12. This is definitely one of his best speeches. Masterful from beginning to end. He showed America that yes, he gets it. I think it was this speech where I thought to myself, “Yeah, I think he’s acually going to win.” In April 2008, I knew he had won before all of the primaries were even done, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    I knew that there was still much to overcome, and I knew that he had a Senate to deal with, and I hoped and even dared to think that he could shape them up into doing what’s right for our country, and I was wrong at times. But President Obama knew this better than I did, and he has done quite well with the gauntlet that was thrown before him.

    I stand in awe of this man. He is a wonderful and caring genious, and is exactly what this country needed.

  13. I just watched that speech again, and it is more powerful than ever. The brilliance of it just blows you away.

    The ending story about the volunteer Ashleigh still reduces me to tears. The old black man says “I’m here because of Ashleigh” and the flood gates open. Then we hear then Senator Obama say the words: It is with this young white girl and that old black man where perfection begins. Breathtaking and beautiful….

  14. Thanks for reminding us of that speech. I’ve lived a long time, and it was one of the very best I’ve heard. He spoke to the heart of our problems. Eventually, its meaning will seep into even the hardest, most prejudiced hearts, I hope. I keep reminding myself, and my husband keeps reminding me, President Obama works for the long result, not the short spasm.

  15. ” … words on a parchment were not able to deliver slaves from bondage … ”

    Beautiful speech, Mr. President. Thanks again, BWD.

  16. Thanks Aquagranny911 for reminder all of us to keep this precious history in special books and other places for our grandchildren, in my case for my great nieces to have for many years to come. Knowing that we(their elders) took the time to keep these historical parts of our country’s history speaks volumes. I also want to thank BWD again for this wonderful site. I know that I say thank you a lot, but my dear mother and grandmother taught me to say thank you for every wonderful gift in life. I have never met anyone on this site, but I want to say, “Thank you.” You all make this Presidency such a joy to be a part of and to see all of the younger people so active, respectful in your conversations, doing diligent research and reading of great materials and sharing this history of our nation at this time, is priceless. So again, thank you, and a BIG thank you to our POTUS!! May God bless him, protect him, and give him wisdom in his daily decisions in that Oval Office.

  17. Consistent, indeed. And so decent and persistent in his quest to enable all Americans to rise, together. He will prevail; we will prevail, together.

  18. That is great news Aquagranny911 for AZ. You all keep up the good work there, and hopefully others will follow that path with victory. We will be encouraging to each other and speak good positive things as we send out our spoken words during our meditations, devotions, or just plain quiet times. We will speak these words in those settings for each state, our POTUS, Cabinet Members, and the Congress, even our world leaders. There is power is the goodness of our words when spoken alone as well as together. I like the coming together on this site. It gives me comfort to be here. Thank you all so much. Let us be thoughtful toward our POTUS as he travels to meet with those specific Latin American leaders also.

  19. Thanks for that information. Vice President Biden is a great Vice President for President Obama. He is one to really speak for the middle-class with such passion. I love that about him. And Hilda Solis is from my neck of the woods. She did some great things while she was representing CA on the state level. She comes from an area where the working class of America is very much in need of someone on their side. I believe that she will serve this President well. We will pray for her as well, especially now in this economy.

  20. Prudent, Precise, Pragmatic, Profound, and a Profuser of goodness toward others in a time of raw emotions in this country. What a gift!

  21. BWD, this is an awesome speech. The speech that moved me the most is his Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the Vermont Baptist Church. Check it out:

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