Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Obama and Shakespeare
Obama delivered his moving Democratic nomination acceptance speech earlier this evening. His speech dealt with a moment in time that we can reflect and remember how we succeeded over a challenge. A change in administration is one thing but a change for Washington is another. It is a poetic example of a true king's speech. If you take step back you can even hear the words of Henry V coming through his message.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again...Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.
The evening has been charged with politics and it's night's like this that I'm proud to be a part of this country.