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Is Obama’s hope still alive?

October 22, 2011
Dr. David Turner

President Barack Obama in his speech honoring Dr. Martin Luther King signified that he might be returning to themes that secured his election in 2008. Instead of empty gestures to achieve elusive bipartisanship, he pointed to the many trials endured by King before the first fruits of success. Indeed, Obama emphasized the persistence of struggle before any progress can be made. For once Obama's oratory was sharp, perceptive and on point. Despite a brutal three months, Obama has rediscovered his political sea legs. He reminds people that not only did he inherit a difficult situation, but that even if he had not, the road to a more equitable America would have been hard. Finally, Obama let his supporters in on a secret, that he was committed to his original goals all along, but had to adjust to meet resistance to his program. The spirit of '08 was evoked and the message that the struggle continued into 2012.



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