Obama for President?

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 Is it enough to have a fancy family name and pander to outdated rhetoric?

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  • http://www.animaha.com/blog anya

    The US has some good speakers. Kerry himself is not known for his speeches. And ‘being good’ in speaking is not so good .. me feels. These kind of speakers engage the public in emotion and leave out the important stuff. Like Hillary Clinton on Monday .. she took every opportunity she could to praise kerry like hell .. and it didn’t sound good. It sounded hollow.

    As far as India is concerned .. Vajpayee was known to be a good orator. I dunno abt other ppl .. as again they may speak well .. but we catch the hollowness.

  • http://patrix.typepad.com Patrix

    Anya – Too bad that Kerry is not a forceful speaker; I hope he can counter the GOP barrage. It does help Bush not being a good speaker either.

    Vajpayee was the only one on my mind when I asked that question…I don’t see anyone currently.

  • ricercar

    hi patrix! came into the comments section to say ‘we had vajpayee’ but i see uve already mentioned him … :)

  • http://soulcurry.rediffblogs.com jo

    bajpai was good enuf..but too slow..n then u go..zzzzzz

  • http://patrix.typepad.com Patrix

    Ricercar – I guess we should look beyond him now considering he already is in the history books.
    Jo – you should have heard him on his better days.

  • http://ripplesinthemind.blogdrive.com ripples

    Yes, his speech strung a nerve with the common man from both sides of the table!

  • http://patrix.typepad.com Patrix

    Ripples – yup, even the grumpy ppl over at Fox news had good things to say about him.

  • Sri Sri Stumped

    I don’t get it. I caught up with his speech on telly and honestly wasn’t impressed at all. If he is being talked of as the contender for 2008, god save the Democrats. With the wooden faced Kerry against the affable Bush, the republicans are assured of victory in the coming elections and with Obama being touted a contender for 2008, the republicans look unbeatable, much like the labour party in UK. Exciting things can happen only in Indian politics!