Obama Calls America

“I know You didn’t do this for me, you did this because you believe so deeply in the most American of ideas. That in the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it,” Barack Obama said in his victory speech in Iowa.

How many politicians get that? Only those few who can see beyond their own egos. Obama can see what’s been happening in this country. He can see and feel the pain of the rifts.

“We are one nation, we are one people,” Obama said. Nixon, Agnew, “I’m a uniter not a divider” George, none of them believed that. This guy does. And we want to believe that, again. I’m for Obama because I want to believe in this country again. He moves me. George McGovern, in the wreckage of Vietnam and Nixon, called out “Come home, America,” in 1972 accepting the Democratic nomination, and he moved me. But America kept breaking apart. Obama just might be able to bridge the divides in America. I hope so. And I like having hope. Audacious.

This is a torch-passing moment, Howard Fineman said on MSNBC. This reminds me of Bobby Kennedy, Gene Robinson said on the same network.

Obama is so emblamatic of our attempt to rejoin the world, Chris Matthews said.

Barack Obama’s victory speech was not yet historic — it was not Bobby Kennedy in Indianapolis or Martin Luther King on the Lincoln Memorial steps. But it was the start of something historic. Watch this man. He’s going to move America.

— Bruce Benidt