Barack ‘n’ Roll: Scores Huge Victories in the Potomac Primaries

Senator Obama Rolls to Victory in the Potomac Primaries

Barack Obama: Hope Changes Everything

Senator Barack Obama rolled to victory over Hillary Clinton by wide margins in the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia elections on Tuesday. He won the District of Columbia by a margin of 75% to 24%, Maryland by 60% to 36% and Virginia by 64% to 35%. His resounding sweep of the Potomac Primaries extends his winning streak over Clinton to eight presidential nomination contests since last Saturday.

In Tuesday’s competition, Senator Obama showed impressive strength not only among the groups that have backed him in previous contests, but also among older voters, women, lower-income persons and white men.

In his passionate victory speech, an elated Obama rallied an ecstatic crowd of more than 16,000, declaring “we’re on our way,” but he warned that the job of bringing about fundamental change in Washington was far from done. “We know it takes more than one night, or even one election, to overcome decades of money and the influence, bitter partisanship and petty bickering that’s shut you out, let you down and told you to settle,” he said. Obama went on to pronounce that, “This is the new American majority. This is what change looks like when it comes from the bottom up.”

Obama’s Speech after His Potomac Primary Victories

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Obama Gets His Mojo Back: Trounces Hillary in South Carolina

Barack Obama Trounces Hillary in South Carolina Primary

Senator Obama’s Victory Speech

Senator Barack Obama won a commanding victory over Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, building a coalition of support among African-American and white voters in a contest that sets the stage for a state-by-state fight for the party’s presidential nomination.  Obama’s convincing victory puts him on equal footing with Mrs. Clinton, with two wins each in early-voting states, and it gives him renewed momentum as the contest heads into a nationwide campaign over the next 10 days.

Nearly complete returns showed Obama with 55 percent of the vote, Clinton at 27 percent, and Edwards at 18 percent.  In his victory speech to supporters in Columbia (SC), Obama emphasized his message of change, referring to “this country’s desire for something new….Tonight, the cynics that said what began in the snows of Iowa was just an illusion were told a different story by the good people of South Carolina,” Senator Obama said, referring to his last major victory in the Iowa caucus.  “After four great contests in every corner of this country, we have the most votes, the most delegates and the most diverse coalition of Americans we’ve seen in a long, long time.”

In the South Carolina contest, more than half of the voters were African-American, and surveys of voters leaving the polls suggested that their heavy turnout helped to drive Obama to victory.  Exit polls showed that Obama, who had built an extensive grass-roots network throughout the state, received the support of about 80 percent of the African-American voters.  He also received about one-quarter of the white vote, with Clinton and Edwards splitting the remainder.

In The Atlantic Magazine, Andrew Sullivan has described Obama’s South Carolina acceptance speech as the best that he has given so far in the presidential campaign:

“I’ve now listened to and read dozens of his speeches, on television and in person and in print.  Tonight was, in my judgment, the best.  He was able to frame the attacks on him as a reason to vote for him.  He was able to frame his foes as the status quo – beyond the Clintons or the Bushes, Democrats or Republicans.  He was able to cast his candidacy as a rebuke to the Balkanization of the American public, a response to the abuse of religion for political purposes, a repudiation of the cynicism that makes all political commentary a function of horse-races and spin.  It was an appeal to Democrats, Republicans and Independents to say goodbye to all that.  It was a burial of Rove and Morris.  And it was better than his previous speeches because he kept bringing it back to policy specifics, to the economy and healthcare and, movingly, to this misbegotten war.  The diverse coalition he has assembled – including an ornery small-government conservative like me – is a reflection of the future of this country, its potential and its irreplaceable, dynamic cultural and social mix.

This is the America we all love.  He is showing us how to find it again.  That‘s leadership.”

Update:

Today, Caroline Kennedy announced her endorsement of Barack Obama for President:

Over the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president.  This sense is even more profound today.  That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.”

You can read the full version of her endorsement in today’s issue of The New York Times.

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Yes We Can: You Spoke for the Hopes We Hold in Common

Yes We Can: You Spoke for the Hopes We Hold in Common

The Illinois senator gave yet another stirring speech, his knack for which is far superior to the rest of the field on either side.  “A few weeks ago, no one imagined that we’d have accomplished what we did here tonight,” Senator Obama claimed, right after congratulating winner Sen. Clinton.   “For most of this campaign, we were far behind, and we always knew our climb would be steep.  But in record numbers, you came out and spoke up for change.  And with your voices and your votes, you made it clear that at this moment, in this election, there is something happening in America.

Obama reiterated this election season’s common theme of “Change,” but he did it with an inspired finesse and a commanding cadence that recalled Dr. Martin Luther King’s gifted oratory: “There is something happening when people vote not just for the party they belong to but the hopes they hold in common, that whether we are rich or poor; Black or White; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction.”

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Obama at The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner: A Speech That Changed the Campaign

The Speech That Changed the Presidential Campaign

Obama’s speech at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner before thousands of Iowa Democrats presented an intense conclusion to the Democratic dinner. This is the speech that changed the course of the presidential campaign.  “Not answering questions because we’re afraid our answers won’t be popular just won’t do it,” Mr. Obama declared. “Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we’re worried about what Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won’t do it.”  “If we are really serious about winning this election, Democrats, then we can’t live in fear of losing,” he said.  Senator Obama, an Illinois Democrat, said the party succeeded if it led “not by polls but by principle, not by calculation but by conviction.”

The Speech That Changed the Presidential Campaign

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My Faves for Thursday, January 03, 2008

“Photo of the Day: He Made History Tonight.” Obama won in Iowa!! Yes, he did it. It’s time for change!!This beautiful photograph pays tribute to Obama’s historic achievement, and is presented for you in stunning high-resolution.

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“Obama Wins in Iowa!!” Yes, he did it. It’s time for change!! This article includes photographs, videos and music.

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“Photo of the Day: We Are One World.” This is a beautiful, colorful photograph presented for you in stunning high-resolution. The photograph is accompanied by music audio (We Are the World). Enjoy!!

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Obama’s Victory Speech: Hope is the Bedrock of Our Nation

Obama speaks to America like a President. His theme is not just change, it is a new unity. As a black man, he helps heal the past as well as forge the future. This really was history tonight. To win so many white voices, and bring together so many minorities, and use the unifying language that leaves the toxins of race and partisanship behind: This was the moment America stopped being afraid.

This was the America we have missed and have found again. Pay tribute to hope.

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