Senator Obama, America, President Trump discussed on Black History in Two Minutes
I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear Barack Obama's inauguration as president of the United States was add a few of us believe we would ever see our lifetimes and a success seem to Mark a profound change in the history of America's tortured racial politics. Very few people would ever heard of Barack Obama when he gave a keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention. I remember thinking who is this guy? He was so exciting and charismatic and put forward a vision of America that could excite all of us across rates. There is not a Black America and a white America and Latino America and Asia in America. There's the United States of America. Barack Obama was offering the country who kind of aspirational vision of what it could be and it proved to be politically very very powerful despite the enormous excitement that agreed it's across the nation when the first-term senator announced his candidacy for president. It's struck many as an exceedingly long shot. There was a lot of hesitation in terms of whether or not a black candidate could win the presidency and whether or not voting for him would be in effect throwing away a vote those presidential campaign focused largely on issues other than race Senator Obama felt compelled to address the subject after an inflammatory video surfaced quoting has passed her the Reverend Jeremiah right out of context. With his presidential prospects in dire Jeopardy Obama confronted the issue directly with a brilliantly wrought and deeply personal speech icon more disown him than I can disown my white grandmother a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street. I think the fact that Barack Obama had grown up in a household where he did not have first-hand experience with you know, relatives who had gone through a Litany of Horrors that is in you know, the history of black people in this country meant that he had a perspective on Race that very few African Americans in this country have we may have different stories but we home, and hopes we may not look the same and may not have come from the same place. But we all want to move in the same direction towards a better future for our children wage. Our grandchildren African Americans who saw the speech and said, oh, okay. He understands where we're coming from and they will white people who will flood speech and certainly understands that I'm not a racist even if I have these idea that people might think are unpopular about race. That was the masterstroke of that speech. Obama's unifying message resonated with voters across the country on November 4th 2008. They elected him the first African American president of the United States of America. We got the idea that there is a black president that black children off the black people can go out and say there's somebody that looks like me in the White House and not just Obama Michelle Obama their children that there is a family that looks like me in the White House is huge..