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Obama's S.C. Victory Speech

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama addressed supporters in Columbia, S.C. after winning the state's Democratic primary. (AP Video)

Posted at 8:33 AM ET on Jan 27, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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Posted by: WWBTrntEptwo | April 18, 2008 4:15 AM

It is rare indeed that a political speech can inspire. When I watch Senator Obama's victory speech on Saturday evening it invoked emotions similar to those when one watched the movie Rocky! I think this young man can inspire a nation to "Ask what they can do for their country."

Godspeed Senator Obama! I am praying for you and our country.

Posted by: AJG1 | January 28, 2008 12:07 PM

The Clintons are mortal. They are not infallible,they cannot be the only Americans that can run America. They have enjoyed the 'black' votes all their life (35 years). From the way you sound in your postings, the Clintons are your God and only the Clintons can rule America because people like hotnuke are so low that they cannot even be a part of leadership. Obama is way way ahead of those in the low life like you who do not believe that they can change their station in life. He is charting a course that is significant in American politic leadership. The Clintons, your God, know this and are playing catch up with him because they know he is ahead which you often deny. You distort facts when you discuss who introduced the race card. Bill Clinton did. The demographics of the South Carolina vote shows Obama as a more acceptable candidate as he got substantial votes from all. Recall that the pattern has been same from Iowa to NH to Nevada. Hillary's victories over Obama has always been at the finish line. Obama wants to bring change to Washington, he knows the dynamics of American politics more than you. He is going about his election the right way. You have to improve on your language as you sound very RACIST for an American of today. You obviously are living in the past. America has moved on and you are left behind.
See you after Super Tuesday when again the demographics of Obama's success will confound you.

Posted by: tzinc2002 | January 27, 2008 11:42 PM

Go Obama!!

Posted by: wwdmvician | January 27, 2008 11:14 PM

Get Hotnuke some Xanax, stat.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | January 27, 2008 4:21 PM

To Anne9 and hotnuke,

I doubt very seriously that you would characterize anyone else who graduated from Columbia, was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, a state legislator for 8 years, a United States Senator, and now a leading contender for the Presidency as an "airhead."
The behavior that has been exhibited on this sight is so typical of too much estrogen in the room. Emotions enter into the room and reason and logic goes out the door.
There are several formidable candidates in this election...the one who resonates with the people is usually the one who wins. Senator Obama won the SC primary because his message was well received by people who want to move forward, not backwards. The Clintons must learn that we don't want to go back to the bickering and fighting that has taken place over the last 16 years. So you need to quit the name calling and berating of the other candidate and speak up for your candidate.
By the way, I am a woman who supports Senator Obama.

Posted by: kalestine | January 27, 2008 3:04 PM

The SC primary will be seen in hindsight as the turning point--when the Clintons overplayed their subtle race and street fighter cards and were rejected by voters, esp young voters. More of the same to come on Super Tuesday.

Posted by: twlong | January 27, 2008 2:20 PM

You're really showing your class -- nice work in calling a United States Senator (and possible next President of the US)a "lowlife racist nigg*r."

Washington Post Moderator: Please ban this pig. His behavior is nothing short of disgusting.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | January 27, 2008 2:06 PM

To savant43:

Amazing how you're so offended by my use of the term NIGG*R to describe Obama, yet you're anything BUT offended by his BLATANT, DOCUMENTED PLAYING OF THE RACE CARD TO UNJUSTLY LABEL THE CLINTONS RACISTS. Your brand of racism is despicable. Far more despicable than that of the KKK. Why? Because at least they have the guts to own up to their hatred. You, and that lying, lowlife RACIST TRAITOR Obama try and convince people you're anything BUT racist.

To me, a black man who would use race-baiting to inflame an election, who would unjustly paint his opponents as racists and accuse them of injecting race into the election when it was HE who was actually doing so, is a lying, lowlife, RACIST NIGG*R. If that TRUTH offends you, so be it. I can only surmise that it offends you because it's exactly what you are as well, and no scumbag EVER wants to face up to what they are.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 2:05 PM

I can understand that Clinton supporters might feel a bit down after their candidate was roundly thumped by the voters of SC, but some of the vitriol and personal attacks displayed here are way out of line.

The comments by hotnuke20007 -- appropriate moniker, I guess-- are particularly so. I wonder how they got past the WP moderator.

What's clear is that Obama's win in SC last night was something Democrats should feel proud of: a really stunning turnout in a putatively Republican state, and voting which, despite all the media predictions beforehand, was not racially polarized -- the majority of the young, a plurality of men, the majority of blacks, and substantial minority of all whites voted for Obama, the winner of the SC contest.

This is a positive signal for the Democratic Party in general, and in the South in particular. With the right kind of candidate, with the right kind of message, the Democrat Party can mobilize voters, and bring them to the polls.

I don't know how the SC win will play out in the Feb. 5th races, but I do hope that voters elsewhere look to the *tone* of the competing campaigns, and pay attention to the contrasting styles the candidates have of dealing with both victory and defeat. If they do, there's no doubt that Obama will do as well in those primaries as he did in SC.


Posted by: mj64 | January 27, 2008 1:34 PM

Hotnuke2007 violated the rules and I am offended by his use of the racial epithet,

Posted by: savant43 | January 27, 2008 1:29 PM

The ENTIRE controversy over race was engineered and manufactured by the Obama campaign in order to fuel a win in South Carolina. Obama had seen the writing on the wall, namely that if he didn't win in South Carolina, a state whose Democratic Primary voters were composed of nearly 50% African Americans, he would be seen as nothing more than a boutique candidate on the order of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. He understandably realized that Hillary was garnering the majority of black support, despite the fact he himself was black, and felt if he was going to have ANY chance at being nominated, he had to win South Carolina. His staff then decided they were going to play the race card, and did so. They sent their surrogates out immediately following the New Hampshire primary, including Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown (a major advocate of the Obama campaign who speaks on Obama's behalf on every major political show on TV), who began questioning whether the win by Hillary in New Hampshire was NOT because she had swayed voters in that state based on their belief that she was a more experienced, more qualified, and more genuine candidate, but rather that they, the voters, had simply voted for her and not Obama because he was black. That same evening, Jesse Jackson, Jr. (a Senior Advisor to Obama's Campaign) went on MSNBC and made the following comment (and I'm paraphrasing here, but it's pretty accurate and you're welcome to google for the YouTube video that shows it) that Hillary's "tears" needed to be examined in light of the "Fact" (and fact is a complete falsehood on his part as he hasn't got a clue as to whether this is factual) that Hillary never cried about Katrina. He made this remark three times, and its clear intent was to say HILLARY CLINTON DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE.

This charge of RACISM, leveled at the New Hampshire voters who supported Hillary was a veiled attempt at painting ALL of Hillary Clinton's supporters (at least the white ones), in fact ALL Democrats who DIDN'T support Obama, as RACISTS. They then manufactured a controversy over Hillary's statement about MLK, which was ONLY made in response to OBAMA'S likening HIMSELF to MLK and JFK, claiming she had "DISSED" the man. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the media, nearly all of whom hate Hillary to the core, picked up on this in a heartbeat, and were defacto Obama surrogates in their effort to paint Hillary Clinton as, AT BEST, someone who wasn't sympathetic to blacks concerns or sensibilities.

The Obama campaign then went on to use Bill Clinton's words, where he OBVIOUSLY criticized Obama for his claim that he had been ADAMANTLY opposed to the Iraq War CONSISTENTLY TO THE SAME DEGREE, since before it started, and tried to paint those remarks as racist as well by misquoting Bill, twisting his words, and taking them completely out of context to suggest Bill Clinton had suggested Obama's ENTIRE campaign (and thereby the entire notion that a Black man could ever be president) was a "Fairy Tale". The TRUTH, though, is that Bill had said, CLEARLY AND CONCISELY, that Obama's claim that he had been consistent on his views about the war was a "Fairly Tale". Now, some could argue this is an unfair criticism of Obama, and that would have been a valid, if incorrect opinion in my view. However, they didn't do this. Instead, they clipped the speech by Bill to include NONE of the context of what he had said, and simply used the words "Give me a break, this whole thing is a Fairy Tale" as their quote from Bill, and then claimed he had said this in the context of saying Obama's entire campaign, his entire dream of becoming president, was a "Fairy Tale". This was done in order to anger blacks, to incite them to believe Bill Clinton was a closet racist. And it worked beautifully. Obama's lame claim that he had nothing to do with it was EASILY refuted by the MEMO that had been released by HIS CAMPAIGN which noted Bill's remarks, and did EXACTLY what I stated above in trying to claim Bill had made the claim Obama's campaign was a "Fairy Tale." Not to mention the remarks by Michelle Obama to that same effect at a mostly black event where she is quoted as having said, "That win in Iowa ain't no Fairy Tale" Another surrogate of Obama's, a representative of South Carolina named Bakari Sellers, went on to make the same claim the very MORNING of the Primary, although he was chastised about it by David Shuster.

The simple fact is, the Obama campaign started it all, and continued it non-stop. Every chance they got they tried to point the finger at the Clintons and say, "Hey, my opponents are race-baiting, people, isn't that despicable considering I'm a Black Man?" Anyone who watched the coverage over the past two weeks who didn't come away seeing that is simply blind. Blinded by either their own racial hatred, their ridiculous fantasies of a Utopia Obama would create, or their Repuglikkkunt-inspired and COMPLETELY baseless hatred of the Clintons.

Now, if you want to dismiss all this, you're welcome to. But it is completely and utterly factual. If you'd like links to all of the stuff, including the comments by Dyson, Jackson, and Michelle Obama, they're on YouTube. The Memo is at Again, you can dismiss it, but you're simply lying to yourself. Obama, and his campaign, in a desperate bid to stay alive in this contest, PLAYED THE RACE CARD. And while it's garnered him a great deal more support among blacks, he's also realized he's lost a great deal of support among women, whites and Hispanics because of it.

It was bad enough that he pulled such a lowlife move. The fact he's lied about it continuously, and is now having his campaign, his surrogates, and his supporters spread these vicious, EVIL, and completely phony stories about voter intimidation on the part of Clinton supporters shows me there is NO depth to which he won't go. People claim Hillary acts as if she's owed this nomination. I say they're blind. Hillary has NEVER acted like that. The Media has painted that narrative for a year and she's thoroughly rejected it. OBAMA IS THE JERK WHO ACTS LIKE HE'S OWED THE PRESIDENCY. He acts, and his campaign acts, like any attack on him is an attack on blacks.

Now, I know that many blacks who are racist (and trust me, there are just as many racist blacks as there are whites proportionally), and many other blacks who aren't, but are no more interested in delving into the details of the campaigns as the majority of Americans, will be swayed by all of this nonsense that has been fueled by the Obama campaign and their defacto surrogates (the entire Hillary-Hating media). But they better remember one thing. WHITES MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THIS NATION, AND EVEN THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Obama may find he's won the battle (South Carolina), and lost the war.

I think it's too late for Obama, his surrogates, or advocates to close the Pandora's box they opened with their despicable lies and BS. There might be a chance, but I don't think there is. And frankly, I don't want there to be a chance anymore. For while I have been calling for a Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama ticket for the past two years, if Hillary were to put this man on the ticket I not only wouldn't be able to vote for her, but would in fact be forced out of principle to actively work against her campaign. To me, Barack Obama is a lying, lowlife, RACIST TRAITOR to everything this nation holds dear. The fact he's been able to convince so many morons otherwise doesn't surprise me though. Bush did the same for a while, and I was NEVER fooled by his lies and BS either. To me, Barack Obama is nothing more than a lowlife RACIST NIGG*R, not fit to shine my shoes, let alone be my president.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 11:54 AM

aahhh...won't it be interesting when..."yes ..we can"..will be used to in the Senate and The House of Representatives to pass legislation for Health Care. I am sure all our conservative members will....all jump up for joy...and shout.."yes..we can". Frankly takes someone like Lyndon Johnson or Franklin Roosevelt to pass any social programs. They were well known for their ability to twist a few arms, and threaten a few legislalators to get things accomplished and not someone who pushes the wrong button and votes "present" on his own bills. Kind of hard to believe he knows how to operate things...if he is the only one who votes present on his own bill. I do believe Senator Obama can make a great speech........reads well from a teleprompter...but otherwise is an airhead.

Posted by: anne9 | January 27, 2008 10:55 AM

Congratulations to Obama.

But I tend to disagree with how the Press and media have been representing this win.
Unfortunately it seems to me to be a very racial win. No one in American polotics wins by a whopping 80% of African Americans and 25% of Whites.

Had the race been truly played by issue then the Black vote would have been distributed evenly.


Posted by: jeffboste | January 27, 2008 10:40 AM

I am 71, white, and deleriously happy over the dynamic Mr. Obama. He represents America, half black and half white, and I am looking forward to a Black Renaissance, minus the opportunists like Jesse Jackson and al Sharpton. It's time we recognized the goodness and decency of the hard working black people in this country who never get recognition. God bless us everyone and may there be change in the wind. gekoch

Posted by: gekoch | January 27, 2008 10:00 AM

The old guards are OLD. Is it really a surprising that they should stick to the Clintons ? It is time they should just fade away to keep their legacy while they still can. Time has come to pass the torch.

Posted by: fchan2 | January 27, 2008 9:51 AM

Lets get out of the gutters in this election. Lets unite as one people, one nation. Issues, characters, principles, and vision are what we need now. YES WE CAN.

Posted by: fchan2 | January 27, 2008 9:42 AM

Obama is proving a tough target for Billary. They had him on the ropes with their tag team shenanigans, but he danced away and delivered a decisive victory.

I'm looking at the California popular vote winner as the bellwether for the ultimate result. Yes, the real battle in the trenches will be in the delegate harvesting strategies on February 5, but getting the most votes in the most populous state will provide the edge in the battles to follow.

Posted by: optimyst | January 27, 2008 9:02 AM

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