"I have never felt more convinced that this man's candidacy - not this man, his candidacy - and what he can bring us to achieve - is an historic opportunity. This was a testing; and he did not merely pass it by uttering safe bromides. He addressed the intimate, painful love he has for an imperfect and sometimes embittered man. And how that love enables him to see that man's faults and pain as well as his promise. This is what my faith is about. It is what the Gospels are about. This is a candidate who does not merely speak as a Christian. He acts like a Christian."
Whoa there Andrew, lets not have the "O" man walking across the swimming pool just yet.
But still, that speech the "O" man gave here in Philly today almost had me completing the title of this post. Today, finally, the "O" man became a "black" candidate. I even think he pulled the good Reverend from under the bus a little bit (Although I think his shoelaces might still be stuck). The "O" man embraced his race, and confronted some of A-merry-ca's racial demons. And this all happened just a few blocks away from where the concept of liberty was supposedly crafted in these divided states of A-merry-ca. He gave it a stones throw away from a bell that is as cracked as some of the bigots attacking him. Fittingly, it was right in front of the U.S. Mint, because his speech was on the money.
The "O" man had to know it was coming, and it seemed that he was ready (The shit about his racist maternal grandmother was classic). He said all the right things, and he tried to appeal to the best part of our nature. He even came at his own peeps a little. But it's cool "O" man, we get it, this isn't about us, you have our vote. This is about letting the rest of A-merry-ca know that you don't bite. "Ahh come on field, he had to say what he did, it was a calculated political move and nothing else" Yes, but he could have kept up the whole I am the Tigerlike politician act, but he didn't. He stepped up to the plate, and talked about race and what it has meant to this country. I have been killing the guy since day one to get just a little real, so when he does, I am going to give him credit.
"..And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part — through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk — to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time..."
OK "O" man, now you have me at least checking the ingredients in your "O" Aid. Do you happen to have Orange flavors?