Monday, November 12, 2007

A Speech of Hope - The Fierce Urgency of Now

On Saturday night, Barack Obama delivered a speech for the Ages to a few thousand of his closest friends in Iowa. He was the last speaker of the evening, 7 hours after the evening began. No matter the American political bent, this speech received tremendous praise from Iowa's political glitterati because of its resonating rhetoric and outstanding presentation. The beginning comes with the voice of the Chicago Bulls doing the second introduction after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's. Obama's speech was so profound, the jaded Dean of the Iowa press corp writes glowingly here about the Democrats and Barack in particular, The Money Quotes:

Five of them gave really good speeches.

Barack Obama’s was excellent.

It was one of the best of his campaign.

Obama was particularly impressive Saturday night. Should he win the Iowa caucuses, Saturday’s dinner will be remembered as one of the turning points in his campaign in here, a point where he laid down the marker and began closing on Clinton, the national frontrunner.
Oratory that transcends and transforms a campaign. It is a great piece to study for cadence and pacing. Obama's ground organization along with the citizens in Iowa was a sight to behold. It is the rationale that sets the gold, platinum and titanium standard for explaining why run for president. Barack Obama was just that astounding.

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