I may be a registered independent (and were I a registered Democrat my vote would still be left unheard) but that doesn't mean primary day isn't important to me. My first ever vote was in an Ohio primary at the young age of 17 (I voted for California's Pete Wilson, which is again proof that teenagers are stupid). So I'm headed out the door in a few minutes to make my way back to my Florida birthplace, East Pasco County, to register a single vote: NO on Amendment One.
It seems to me that there are more people today interested in politics than public speaking. As someone who has been living in the sphere of both nearly since birth (though, unquestionably, my understanding of the need for skills in the latter were impressed upon me as a tyke by the former a regarde a whistlestop visit from a campaigning Mr. Potatoe) it has been an exciting weekend. And so I present you, if you missed them, two truly exemplar American speeches -- the kind that give you goosebumps, make you cry, or have Viagra-like effects, depending on how sexy you find public speaking or simply being inspired. If you haven't seen them, please watch them. Or at least open this in another tab and listen while you read Deadspin or something.
Barack Obama's South Carolina victory speech Saturday night (greatest in my lifetime):
Ted Kennedy endorsing Obama Sunday (skip to 3:00 to get past Caroline, who is a truly commendable woman but, let's face it, her father and uncle simply were taken from her before their oratory ability could leave an impression):
And here's Obama's acceptance of the endorsement, which is laudable on its own, pale only to the two diamonds of American oratory above:
As for Ted Kennedy's endorsement, and obviously I'm a NOW supporter, but what the hell!?!!:
Senator Ted Kennedy Betrays Women by Not Standing for Hillary Clinton for President; Ultimate Betrayal Felt by Women Everywhere [...] We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).
That wasn't, apparently, enough. I'm not making this up people, go to the NOW-New York press release yourself:
Psychological Gang Bang of Hillary is Proof We Need a Woman President by Marcia Pappas, President NOW - New York State
Reading this kind of divisive language, implying that women ought to support Clinton because she's a woman and for no other reason, simply highlights the brilliance of Obama and Kennedy's speeches. (NOW really ought to consider why the public perception of feminism is so misguided; press releases like the above two are a primary reason. Antagonizing people with ridiculous language is not the way to adhere noncommitted individuals to your cause.)