You already know I’m a super nerdy… If you read any of my blog, that’s painfully obvious.
So it shouldn’t surprise you at all that I’ve watched/listened to this speech 3 times now.
I love this piece because it is so reminiscent of the days leading up to 2008- the passion, the call to responsibility, the need for change. This sort of power, this sort of speech really sets the tone for the possibilities of 2012- and the 4 years to follow.
I’ve read some critiques of this speech in particular as well. Some have said really ridiculous things about how union money and communism/socialism/fascism, as if those terms are interchangeable.
Others have said it’s a campaign speech, not to be confused with work as a president.
But this speech is miles past candidates Obama’s 2008 soaring rhetoric or campaign stumping.
We’re now at a point where President Obama can say- We were right: Look how far we’ve come and just how far we can go.
Yes- it makes me positively giddy. (And perhaps a tad misty eyed when I listened to NPR this morning, with workers talking about how much the car bailout, and President Obama, meant to them.)
Don’t feel like watching the whole thing? That’s ok.
Here are my highlights:
“I’ll promise you this: as long as you’ve got an ounce of fight left in you, I’ll have a ton of fight left in me.”
“If we had turned our backs on you; if America had thrown in the towel; GM and Chrysler wouldn’t exist today,” Obama said to huge cheers. “I placed my bet on American workers…three years later, the American auto industry is back.”
Said Obama: “You want to talk about values? Hard work — that’s a value. Looking out for one another — that’s a value. The idea that we are all in it together — that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper — that is a value.”