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OBAMA SPEECH IN FULL: A MORE PERFECT UNION  —  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”  —  Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.
Charles Murray / The Corner:
Have I missed the competition?  —  I read the various posts here on “The Corner,” mostly pretty ho-hum or critical about Obama's speech.  Then I figured I'd better read the text (I tried to find a video of it, but couldn't).  I've just finished.  Has any other major American politician ever …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Full Text Of Obama's Big Race Speech: A Big Break With Political Precedent  —  We have a full transcript of Obama's big race speech for you after the jump.  He's set to deliver it in Philadelphia within moments.  —  Reading it, you can't escape the fact that in various ways it represents …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Speech  —  Alas, I cannot give a more considered response right now as I have to get on the road.  But I do want to say that this searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching, loyal, and deeply, deeply Christian speech is the most honest speech on race in America in my adult lifetime.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Bargain  —  Geraldine Ferraro may have had sinister motives when she said that Barack Obama would not be “in his position” as a frontrunner but for his race.  Possibly she was acting as Hillary Clinton's surrogate.  Or maybe she was simply befuddled by this new reality …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S BIG SPEECH  —  From Chuck Todd and Mark Murray  —  *** Obama's big speech: The last time a top presidential candidate gave an important speech on a sensitive topic was last December, when Mitt Romney talked about American faith.  His speech drew favorable reviews …
Discussion: MyDD and Trailhead
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Obama's Lies  —  Not so much lies as a sort of slippery sleight-of-mouth.  I'm starting to really dislike Obama. … Segregation was not “the law of the land” in the 1950s.  It was the law in a minority of states. … If, as Obama seems to be claiming, those are the sentiments …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHECKING IN WITH THE OTHER SIDE....I thing we can safely assume that Barack Obama's supporters will all swoon over his speech today.  And why not?  It was, as usual for him, a helluva good address: intelligent, sane, sympathetic, and broadly appealing.  He didn't, however …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Re: Closer to Wright?  —  The more I think about this speech, the more I think Obama said: Damn straight, Rev. Wright is angry.
The New Republic:
Todd Gitlin Reviews Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Corner
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:   MoveOn Move In  —  Obama's speech was thoughtful, powerful …
The New Republic:
John McWhorter Reviews Obama's Speech
Discussion: The Corner, Eunomia and National Review
Confederate Yankee:
Barack's “Race” Speech
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and TownHall Blog
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Obama tells the Best Political Team on Television: You Have a Choice
Discussion: Swampland and TPM Election Central
Washington Post:   Sen. Barack Obama Addresses Race at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama as Mortal: Blame America
Charlotte Hays / The Corner:
The Politics of Grievance  —  Obama is no longer a post-racial candidate.
Marc Ambinder:
Reflections On Obama's Speech
Discussion: THE LIBERAL JOURNAL and Bluey Blog
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Politics of Obama's Speech
Deacon / Power Line:
Washington Post:
A McCain Gaffe in Jordan  —  AMMAN, Jordan — Sen. John McCain, traveling in the Middle East to promote his foreign policy expertise, misidentified in remarks Tuesday which broad category of Iraqi extremists are allegedly receiving support from Iran.  —  He said several times that Iran …
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Pastor's Remarks Hurt Obama  —  While Most Are Unaffected By Controversy, A Third Of Those Who Have Heard About It View Obama Less Favorably  —  (CBS) A new CBS News poll finds that while most voters who have heard at least something about controversial statements …
Discussion: Hot Air and
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll: McCain against Clinton or Obama a dead heat
Discussion: My Left Wing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   Clinton widens leads over Obama in Pa., poll finds
Marc Ambinder:
More On Imminent Death Of Michigan Primary....  This dispatch from the MIRS News Service in Michigan (no link)
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“The Throw Your Grandmother Under the Bus Speech” [Rich Lowry]  —  That's what a friend of mine calls it.  She only raised him—to get compared to a raving anti-American pastor in his hour of political need.  —  By the way, my friend—who has shrewd political instincts …
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