Obama’s Acceptance Speech

The whole speech here.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.  To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you.  To those who seek peace and security – we support you.  And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

As the Abu Muq crowd said, enjoy railing against the Great Satan whose middle name is Hussein OBL, Ayatollahs, Assad & Crew.  It’ll be done, but it will increasingly undercut whatever standing they have left. The deal with Iran is there to be struck.

Ladies and Gentleman the first president of the 21st century.  In mindset, in understanding a generation, in sensing a century.

From the transcript that is provided there are two missing elements both references to Martin Luther King Jr.  I wondered if he added those on the fly or at the last minute.

He said that we must put our hand on the arc and bend it towards (greatness? something, I’m forgetting the last word).  Which references MLK “the long arc of history bends towards justice,”  But he didn’t use justice interestingly.

Then he said towards the end that he promised we as a nation will get there.

Referencing the last great words of The American Prophet:

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  1. I think we’re bending the arc towards a “brighter future” – or at least that’s what I think I heard 🙂


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