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Mike Huckabee On Obama’s Speech, Rev. Wright, and Race Relations

Mike Huckabee on Obama on race and the pastor issue (note: this is taken directly from the XX Factor but I find it quite necessary to share it with as many people as possible):

 On Obama’s speech:  

… I think that, you know, Obama has handled this about as well as anybody could. And I agree, it’s a very historic speech. … And I thought he handled it very, very well.  

And on the Rev. Wright: 

… One other thing I think we’ve got to remember: As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say, “That’s a terrible statement,” I grew up in a very segregated South, and I think that you have to cut some slack. And I’m going to be probably the only conservative in America who’s going to say something like this, but I’m just telling you: We’ve got to cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told, “You have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus.” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would, too. I probably would, too. In fact, I may have had a more, more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Cheers,

Charlie

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Reaction To Obama’s Speech on Race

Over the past week or so I’ve been doing nothing with this weblog except posting links to other things, which is really a shame since I’ve been getting a decent amount of hits.  Tonight, sadly, is not much different.  I’m not linking to something, but rather reproducing it here.  I wanted to write a long post in regards to Obama’s speech today, but given a lack of time, it just cannot be done.  As such, a wonderful response to Obama’s speech, as found on Slate.com’s discussion board “The Fray” (from the_slasher14):

I’ve talked up Obama a lot in the past few months (though as an independent in New York State, I couldn’t vote for him) mainly because I felt he had a better chance of winning in November than Clinton. Since it is my belief that it will already take a generation or two for the country to recover from the damage done in the past eight years by the tax-cut ideologues, I would be supporting just about anybody whom I thought had the best shot of replacing these lackeys of corporations and the rich. 

As far as the man himself, however, I had my doubts. I think Paul Krugman was right in his critique of Obama’s policy positions vs. Clinton’s, and of course he has no track record at all of governing (though neither, in spite of the pretense, does Clinton). If John Edwards were still a viable candidate, I’d probably be for him.  

But not after today. Today, Barack Obama showed me what he is made of, and it’s stuff I never expected to see in a major party candidate. He spoke to the American public on the most explosive subject our country has — race — and he never once addressed them as anything but adults. I’m told he wrote the speech himself, which is all the more impressive. He reacted to the largest threat to his candidacy with eloquence, reason, and honesty. Rather than simply trying to deflect the issue, he used it as an opportunity to enlarge the discussion in a positive way.

There was no sugar-coating of the anger felt by blacks, and there was an acknowledging of the anger felt by whites. Finally, there was a depiction of his own place in it — as one from both sides of the divide — and of his desire to work it out peacefully.  

My gut feeling is that the country really isn’t ready for this kind of honesty. That FOX News smears will, in the end, triumph over reasoned dialogue. The forces which control the media have no interest in solving the racial dilemma. To them, all it would mean is more taxes to rebuild the cities that are being allowed to crumble around the ears of the underclass, and, as we know, these forces would rather lose a war than pay more taxes. If Obama gets nominated, the same twisted rich old men will be financing ads that he’s a closet Muslim AND that his Christian minister is the second coming of Hitler.  

But it was nice, for once, to see that my beloved country has managed to produce a leader of this level of quality and that he could reach a stage this high. It was my good fortune, as a young man, to see in action and get to know some of the generation of blacks who shattered Jim Crow — the bravest men and women I have ever known. I doubted very much that Barack Obama was one of them. Not after today.

And a quick note/link.  Hanna Rosin on the speech: Amen to That.  Hanna Rosin, Clinton supporter and ardent Obama skeptic, liked the speech?  Wow.

Cheers,

Charlie

The Full Audio and Text of Obama’s Speech on Race

If you’re paying attention at all to the news, you’re undoubtedly aware that Obama gave a speech today on race in America, and have most likely at least have heard snippets.  If that’s all you’ve been exposed to, however, I do implore you to listen to the speech in full. 

“I think that this will probably be remembered as the one of the most important speeches on race that a politician has ever given.” – Mara Liasson, NPR News

The audio, transcript, and accompanying materials are available here.

Cheers,

Charlie