Obama Has A Dream—But Does It Include You?
March 19, 2008, 04:00 AM
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Barack Obama's speech on race relations has been hailed as visionary. Former Senator Harris Wofford (D-Pennsylvania) compared it to the Gettysburg Address and Rep. Jim Moran (D.-VA) compared it to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Even conservative author Charles Murray said:

"Has any other major American politician ever made a speech on race that comes even close to this one? As far as I'm concerned, it is just plain flat out brilliant—rhetorically, but also in capturing a lot of nuance about race in America."

No one can deny that Obama is an orator. (Click here for NRO's Kathleen Parker getting all dreamy over the Obama speech.) But what "nuance" does he actually take up?

To the extent that there is anything new in Obama's speech, it is that he asks African Americans to take "full responsibility for own lives" and says that "they must always believe that they can write their own destiny".