Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I've been waiting...

I've been waiting for somebody to come a long and make the next great speech. Ever since we knew what kind of President George W. would be, and what kind of damage he would do, and that he would never ever give the next great speech. Ever since the last election, when it became clear that Kerry was never going to give the next great speech, despite having more material with which to work than most opponents that came before him.

I remember wondering at the time why none of the politicians seemed to be able to orate in that moving and passionate and intelligent way that draws us to figures like Martin Luther King. Why nobody seemed to be able to talk about the issues that are fundamental to the human experience and spirit in a way that moved people. I remember reading this essay by E.L. Doctorow, and wondering why nobody seemed to be able to bring such beauty to the spoken word.

I've been waiting.

I've been waiting for somebody to come a long and make the next great speech.

And then yesterday, this.

I'm not waiting anymore.

6 comments:

more cows than people said...

I hear you. I can't wait to listen to this speech in full! Thanks be to God.

cheesehead said...

Me neither.

Crimson Rambler said...

beautiful post!

Diane said...

I thought so, too.

Chunklets said...

That was indeed a great speech!

Rev SS said...

Indeed! I posted link to it too.