Last night, Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech after becoming the first African-American major-party presidential nominee in the history of the United States. During his 50-minute address, the culmination of the Democratic Party’s four-day national convention in Denver, Obama promised to repair “the broken politics of Washington.”
He challenged John McCain on issues at home and abroad. More combative and sharply focused, Obama addressed doubts about his readiness to lead and answered critics who say his rhetoric is vacant.
Talking specifically about the changes that this country needs, he spoke to restoring moral standing and a sense of common purpose. He said, “this election isn’t about me, it’s about you,” and called for individual and mutual responsibility. Obama’s comment that “it’s time for us to change America,” symbolized his grass roots approach.
Some of the pundits called Obama’s speech a masterpiece, others saw it as transformational. His moral outrage was palpable, his inner strength apparent. Personal and open, he tried to find the middle ground on tough issues like abortion and gay marriage. Showing that he has the fight in him, he seemed to be the Barack Obama the Democrats have been waiting for – as if he’s growing into the possibility of being the next President of the United States.