I am not sure if any of you heard an obscure senatorial candidate from Illinois speak at the Democratic National Convention yesterday. I was extremely impressed with Barak Obama’s performance as the Keynote Speaker. He has an excellent speech-writer and matches content with his powerful oratorical skills. His speech criticized the GOP for “slicing-and-dicing up the country into Red states for Republicans and Blue states for Democrats”. He rightly said that the people did not care for the Red states or the Blue states but they cared for the United States of America. That line alone caused cheer among even non-citizens, like me.

“We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people … all of us defending the United States of America.” (Barak Obama)

Watch out for him.

After seeing Clinton rock the convention on Monday and Obama do the same on Tuesday, I wondered why India doesn’t have good political speakers. Is it enough to have a fancy family name and pander to outdated rhetoric?