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post #1 of 12
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Barack Obama is a brilliant speaker, and I listened to his speech earlier this week in rapt attention. It was good...but he missed the chance to put his problems to rest. Here are the paragraphs he should have included in it:

The Lines Obama should have put in his speech:

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I am a United States Senator. As such, I have the privelege of calling government officials to testify before me, under oath. For that reason, I can say with certainty that the government did not invent HIV-AIDS to commit genocide on people of color, and the government did not invent or distribute crack cocaine to enslave young black men.

To say that the U.S. government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks is ludicrous and has been amply disproved. And to say the U.S. deserved those attacks is to accuse a rape victim of being responsible for the rape.

These facts I have communicated to Reverend Wright.

I do not condemn America, nor do I believe God does. In fact, I believe our country is uniquely blessed by God, for in no other country could my story be such as it is. Even in my father's native country, I could not seriously aspire to the Presidency. For that reason, I say, "God bless America, and may he continue to do so."
post #2 of 12
Good statements, to bad he doesn't feel that way or he would have said something similar.

Those conspiracy theories that Wright espouses for his own hate-filled reasons are getting so old. Not everything is a conspiracy.
If Clinton couldn't even keep his little Oval Office tryst a secret how in the heck do people think that a 9-11 government connection could be kept secret? It defies imagination IMO. And the HIV thing is just crazy.
post #3 of 12
I would have liked to heard him lecture the black community on such hate speech. He should have been strong in not just his condemmation of what was said, but even the fact that it was said at all.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Good statements, to bad he doesn't feel that way or he would have said something similar.

Those conspiracy theories that Wright espouses for his own hate-filled reasons are getting so old. Not everything is a conspiracy.
If Clinton couldn't even keep his little Oval Office tryst a secret how in the heck do people think that a 9-11 government connection could be kept secret? It defies imagination IMO. And the HIV thing is just crazy.
And Watergate? The President at the time couldn't even cover up a little break in. And yet they somehow pulled off something as big as 9-11. Being from Okla City I still hear how the gov was the behind the bombing here. You really think they could pull that off and not one person would talk?
post #5 of 12
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Here is a basic rule of thumb:

When someone says, "'They' have a big secret that no one else can figure out, but I'm going to tell it to you because I'm smarter than all of them," everything that follows is wrong.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Barack Obama is a brilliant speaker, and I listened to his speech earlier this week in rapt attention. It was good...but he missed the chance to put his problems to rest. Here are the paragraphs he should have included in it:
He missed his chance, when he should have walked out of racist church 20 years ago.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
He missed his chance, when he should have walked out of racist church 20 years ago.

Yeah, that would have really been the thing to do.
post #8 of 12
I think it is one of the most intellectually honest and refreshing speeches I've ever heard from a politician. The one thing I like most about him is his insightful intelligence.
post #9 of 12
I especially liked the part where he threw his Grandmother under the bus, compareing her to Wright with Wright coming out looking better then her. That was a nice touch.
post #10 of 12
i really liked the parts where he admitted he had been lying about being a racist.
but i guess i am a typical white person(what joke). Obama needs to go away, and go back under the rock with skinheads, and the kkk.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
I think Obama's first problem is his own confidence in his speaking skills. He either is not letting others look over his speeches, or he has a tin ear when it comes to a number of subjects.

But I'm curious how anyone could call the speech "intellectually honest" when it's clear he first denied knowing about these speeches, and now admits he knew something about them. If it turns out he was present during some of them, is he still "honest?"

I just wonder if I can vote for "none of the above," since Kinky Friedman isn't running?
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
IBut I'm curious how anyone could call the speech "intellectually honest" when it's clear he first denied knowing about these speeches, and now admits he knew something about them. If it turns out he was present during some of them, is he still "honest?"
In 20 years of attending that church, I think the odds are pretty good Obama heard lots of Wright's "sermons".

It should be clear to everyone that this is not an honest man.
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