Fresh Paint
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
More Obama O-Mania
A few other snippets (I can't remember a lot of this exactly. However...)

Barack said he's always felt close to Evanston -- "the Hyde Park of the North Shore."

"The first time I came to talk up here, I drove my own car and walked in through the front door. Today, someone drove me, but I had to come in through the kitchen. So am I moving forward, or what? (laughter)"

"Evanston, 95 percent of you voted for me in the primary. Come on, give up that last 5 percent!"

He said a senator's job is hard, but in a democracy, the hardest job is the job of citizen.

He quoted Martin Luther King, Jr saying “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” But it doesn't do it all by itself -- "it bends because we make it bend.”

NOTE: This is one of my favorite MLK passages, and I was delighted when Barack used these words. It explains a lot about where he gets much of his own eloquence.

Full MLK quote: "Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

I may be misquoting a little, but this is the gist. I have no idea whether there's a transcript. The RoundTable may have more when the next issue is out.

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