Lots of eloquent words, but what was the action?
No, he's not ending his membership in Trinity church.
And here's the policy implications he takes from the controversy:
"In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds â€“ by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper."
In other words, let's just do everything that LBJ did, only more so.
Am I missing something in his speech? Or is that it?P.S. Man Sized Target has some excellent reflections upon Obama, if I do say so myself.