“People of the world — look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one,” Obama said at Berlin’s Victory Column in the Tiergarten park.
“The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope. But that very closeness has given rise to new dangers — dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean,” he said.
Obama said people of all nations must stand together to face challenges of the 21st century — from terrorism to global warming to genocide.
“We cannot afford to be divided. No one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone. None of us can deny these threats or escape responsibility in meeting them,” he said.
And so the world’s introduction to Obama to complete. Now pretty much everyone knows who he is and what he stands for.
At least for those outside the U.S. Inside the U.S. there is still plenty of work being done to reduce his candidacy and the man himself to a simple concept. A basic label. This process is now complete.
Obama is “The One”.
Yup. The Annointed One. The Saviour of All that is Good and Holy.
Not a bad label, really, when you compare it to some of the previous attempts.
Much of this was solidified by his speech last week in Berlin.
More on this one later. As with many things that illicit a strong reaction, this one is probably best processed personally.
Update: 8/7/08…just got back from driving across the country with a friend who was moving across the country.
Read more for some analysis…
So I haven’t had a chance to update the site and/or finish this post. After reviewing the week’s news and laughing consistently at the coverage, I watched the speech again and noted that Obama “played the race card” in this speech at the beginning for a laught. I put “played the race card” in quotes because IT’S A GODDAM STUPID THING TO SAY, and is a way overused label in the political analysts tool bag. Heck, in some of them it’s the only tool.
The race card is only a negative when used as a victim. As in, excuse this because of this. It’s like playing any number of card games…it’s a trump card. It ends the hand or the trick or whatever.
That’s not what’s happening when Big O mentions that he looks different that other Presidential candidates. What he is doing is laying his hand on the table (it’s about a minute into the speech). That’s a far cry from trying to play a trump card. He thinks he’s got a good enough hand to win as it is. No trump needed.
I was just perusing some of the comment on the YouTube video. YouTube is fairly infamous for having ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE discussions. However, in a few months, this stuff will get you a visit from the SS.