A Glorious Night for Barack Obama

January 26, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Barack Obama, Democrat, Presidential Candidate

It was a glorious evening for Barack Obama: He routed Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary today, beating her by a margin of more than two to one, and was endorsed by Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, Jr. Meanwhile, journalist Bob Woodward, commenting on CNN’s America Votes 2008 post-election analysis, termed Obama’s win: “One of the worst nights in Hillary Clinton’s life.” In fact, Hillary won only one county, Horry County (Myrtle Beach) and didn’t have the good manners to hang around and give a graceful concession speech. She left for Nashville, Tennessee for more campaign stumping, speaking at a black college. We think that lack of manners says something about the woman, and it’s not good. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton spoke in Independence, Missouri, looking and sounding every bit the Presidential candidate…which he isn’t.

In her New York Times op-ed, Kennedy wrote: “Over the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.

Caroline Kennedy

“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that, together, we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible. We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.”

Citing Obama’s qualities of character, judgment and leadership, she said that Obama has “built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people.” She cited his role in opposing the Iraq war from the beginning as an example of the candidate’s sound judgment.

Kennedy continued: “I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.

“I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.”

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

Obama captured 55 percent of the South Carolina vote, with a record turnout of half a million voters, while Clinton garnered 27 percent and John Edwards only 18 percent. In his victory speech, Obama said: “Our time for change has come.” He added that, after the Iowa primary, “there were those who doubted, who said Iowa was a fluke, not to be repeated again.” He commented that the South Carolina victory “told a different story,” adding that his victories and message of change were not “an illusion.”

As his crowd of supporters chanted “We want change” and “Yes, we can,” Obama described them as “the most diverse coalition of Americans that we’ve seen in a long, long time…You can see it in the faces here tonight. There are young and old, rich and poor, black and white, Latino and Asian and Native American.” He urged the nation to “be ready to believe again…This is a battle in our own hearts and minds about what kind of country we want, and how hard we’re willing to work for it.” He told the crowd that “the kind of change we seek will not come easy,” [sic] and said that “all of us share an abiding desire to end the disastrous policies of the current administration…This election is about the past versus the future.“ Stirring memories of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s charisma and oratorical skills, he added: “Out of many, we are one. While we breathe, we will hope.”

Super Tuesday, or Tsunami Tuesday, is in nine days; almost half the nation will have a chance to vote in the primaries then. The stakes are high.

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Comments

6 Responses to “A Glorious Night for Barack Obama”

  1. Eva on January 27th, 2008 6:28 am

    Carolina Kennedy has lived a quiet, private life and for her to come out and endorse Obama speaks volumes in his behalf.
    President John F. Kennedy was the greatest USA President of my generation.

    Peace to all.

  2. pajamadeen on January 27th, 2008 6:34 am

    Good morning, Eva 🙂

    Yes, I was somewhat surprised when Caroline Kennedy came out for any candidate at all. I agree with you that the fact that she endorsed Obama in such a public way is politically important. I still remember where I was when the news came that Kennedy had been shot, as you probably do too.

    Obama inspires people and makes them feel hopeful and excited about politics again and that’s his greatest strength. Did you notice how Hillary did not even have the good graces to hang around and give a concession speech and publicly congratulate Obama? There is no love lost between those two.

  3. Eva on February 2nd, 2008 5:56 am

    I will never forget the heartbreaking moment I knew President John F. Kennedy had been shot. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but truely cared about those less fortune then himself. Under his adult education program many Americans was able to lift themself above the poverty level and get a new lease on life, I was one of those people. I am forever greatful.

    Along with Caroline Kennedy the Service Employees International Union has endorsed Obama and that speaks volumes for him also. As a Georgia state employee I had a hand and voice in formation of our SEIU local.

    I started out listening to the debates with an open mind and am now saying….. Obama is the man!

  4. pajamadeen on February 2nd, 2008 9:22 am

    Good morning, Eva,

    It was unusual for Caroline Kennedy to take a public stance and endorse any candidate. I don’t recall her ever doing so before. She couldn’t have picked a finer man to endorse. Did you read the New York Times editorial she wrote, endorsing Obama? It was very moving.

    While Obama is normally a great speaker, I don’t think he pushed the envelope far enough in the California debate the other night. Neither he nor Clinton wanted to rock the boat and take any missteps right before Super Tuesday…but I am wondering if that was a mistake on his part.

  5. Eva on February 2nd, 2008 10:29 am

    Yes, I watched the debate. I’m going to count on Obama to push the envelope when it is least expected and counts the very most. I do believe he can hold his own with anyone and do it with great dignity.

    If it were Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson I’d be a no vote.

    Just here keeping an open mind. lol

  6. pajamadeen on February 2nd, 2008 10:40 am

    Open minds are a good thing. I’d say no to Sharpton or Jackson as well.

    Sharpton comes across as a little whacked out sometimes, and Jackson I’ve lost respect for over the years because _anytime_ there is any issue even remotely related to a black cause, bam! he’s there, hogging the limelight. It gets old after awhile.