Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Obama reaches milestone

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 1:41 PM

With a fiery speech made in Iowa, the site of his first primary win, Sen. Barack Obama began to set his sight on November. It was there they announced that they had won the majority of pledged delegates. With the math and momentum firmly on his side, Obama began to look forward to November; he looked to unite the party and focus the troops on the battle that lay ahead for November. Here are a couple of excerpts from his speech last night. (Quotes provided by The AP wire)

“Fifteen months ago, in the depths of winter, it was in this great state where we took the first steps of an unlikely journey to change America.The skeptics predicted we wouldn't get very far. The cynics dismissed us as a lot of hype and a little too much hope. And by the fall, the pundits in Washington had all but counted us out.But the people of Iowa had a different idea ... Many of you have been disappointed by politics and politicians more times than you can count. You've seen promises broken and good ideas drown in the sea of influence, and point-scoring, and petty bickering that has consumed Washington. And you've been told over and over and over again to be cynical, and doubtful, and even fearful about the possibility that things can ever be different.”

“Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has never given up on her fight for the American people, and tonight I congratulate her on her victory in Kentucky. We have had our disagreements during this campaign, but we all admire her courage, her commitment and her perseverance. No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age.”

“We face an opponent, John McCain, who arrived in Washington nearly three decades ago as a Vietnam War hero, and earned an admirable reputation for straight talk and occasional independence from his party. But this year's Republican primary was a contest to see which candidate could out-Bush the other, and that is the contest John McCain won.”

With the battle almost won ,Obama will head on to the next contest. But don’t count Hillary out just yet — anything can happen between now and the convention. She will be making her case to super delegates that she can win white working class voters, a demographic that Obama has always struggled with. She will also be pushing to have the votes count for the states of Florida and Michigan. So hold tight boys in girls, because this is going to go down the wire, with neither side backing down.

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