There are few times in politics when we are privileged to witness a speech that is so thoughtful, so honest, so grounded in reality that it becomes a turning point for our country’s history. Words that you have to memorize in social studies or government class that come from dead men such as Lincoln or FDR or John or Robert Kennedy. The speech given by Senator Obama is one of these. The problem with these speeches is that they take a great deal of time to craft, and a great deal of time to deliver. The problem with these speeches is that they take a great deal of time to listen to. This means that we have to stop the frenetic pace of the day, of giving to and nurturing children, of working and driving, and picking up the house and picking up the broken pieces of our lives to listen. To stop and dismiss the 30 second sound bite for the 30 minute speech. Please. No matter who you are or where you are on the political spectrum… Stop. Listen. Enjoy. We haven’t heard this level of discourse from an elected leader in the past eight years (or longer). When your grandchildren have to memorize sections of this speech, you can say you heard it when it first happened.
Stop. Listen. Enjoy.