The day Obama gives his acceptance speech as the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States at the Democratic Convention on August 28, 2008 will be the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
A few weeks after Obama takes the oath of office as our next President, we will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.
The symbolism of these historic events coinciding is too momentous to ignore.
As the author of the above article said:
The symbolism of the first major party African-American presidential nominee accepting his party's endorsement on the day when King, four-and-a-half decades earlier, had called on the nation to fulfill its long-deferred ideals, and of the first African-American president being inaugurated less than a month before the nation celebrates the bicentennial of the "Great Emancipator" should be enough to bring tears to the eyes of even hardened political cynics.
I can't even imagine what those speeches will be like. Given the fact that Obama has already given three speeches that will go down in history, two of which are already being taught and studied in schools and universities across the country (if not the world), I can only surmise that what's to come once he's the nominee and then the President will truly be astounding.
Yes, I know. A speech is "just words." So are Shakespeare's plays. So is the Bible. Just words.
Who was it that said, "The pen is mightier than the sword"? I forget.
At any rate, if you missed any of Obama's great speeches to date, here they are for your viewing and listening pleasure:
- Keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention (which propelled Obama to the national stage). http://www.youtube.com/...
- Yes We Can speech http://www.youtube.com/... from which Will.I.Am created a viral music video that's been viewed by over 10 million people http://www.youtube.com/...
- A More Perfect Union speech regarding race in America, given in response to the Reverend Wright controversy, and viewed by over 4 million people http://www.youtube.com/...