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Did You Believe Obama’s Speech?


Sarah Viets • Sep 01, 2008

Last week, Barack Obama officially became the Democratic presidential nominee. But his path hasn’t been easy; especially the last month. His die hard fans began to question his character and his politics. They began to wonder the substance behind his rhetoric, and with good reason. You can only bounce around a stage and chant “Change” for so long before somebody starts to ask for the ideas behind the popular catch phrase.

So after listening to weeks of criticism, Barack Obama decided to give his supporters a little taste. He decided to break down what he means by “change.” He spoke about the GOP’s infamous “ownership society,” America’s energy policy, and the list goes on and on. But the fact that I can’t remember every single point is irrelevant. What’s more interesting to me is how his words made me feel.

About half way through his speech, I started texting my friends to share my new inspired “hope.” I expressed how much I love my country, even with her stains of sadness.

But at the end of the day, what does any of this really mean? Did Obama mean what he said? Were his word solid or shallow? What do you think?

For the next week, IMAGINE 2050’s latest poll wants to know what you thought about his speech? Did you sit in your couch feeling proud to be American? Or did you wonder if his words really came from his heart?

Don’t wait to vote! The poll will close next Tuesday – September 9th.

And for those of you sitting at home, enjoying your extended weekend – thank America’s Labor Movement.

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