The Philadelphia Speech. That is what they will call it.
"Where were you, when you heard about the Philadelphia speech?"
"Were you in Philadelphia, when Barack Obama made the speech?"
Honest, dignified and hopeful, it puts the finger on the most painful and complicated issue in the American political reality.
More to the point it demonstrates a connection and an intelligence that moves me profoundly.
As the shattered failure of the Bush Presidency twitches to its ignominious conclusion, the hope that Senator Obama offers reminds me increasingly of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Roosevelt is derided in the post Reagan era and yet at the time he was enormously popular- and despite the failures of Yalta, he remains one of the most important figures in the twentieth century.
FDRs oratory- "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself", "the great arsenal of democracy", "Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.", "If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time."- gave hope at a difficult time.
Can Barack Obama match this example?
The Philadelphia speech is a sign of hope.