A Week Later: Obama's Speech Revisited
In the week since Barack Obama delivered his groundbreaking speech on race in
The Wright controversy hasn't derailed his run for the nomination. After suffering a hit in the polls, he's recovered somewhat and he's still the favorite to win the nomination. He benefited from the collapse of do-over voting plans in
But the controversy is not going away. There is still plenty of criticism floating around the web and op-ed pages. That's why he took time out from his vacation in the
So far, the speech has shored up support among those already backing him, while impressing a lot of pundits and historians. Many praised his candid and nuanced approach, his ability and willingness to tackle complex and controversial subjects and his courage for not taking the easy way out. Washington Post columnist David Broder said the speech showed that if elected president, he would use the bully pulpit of the presidency "to inform, educate and inspire people."
But Obama's opponents weren't swayed and insisted the speech was too clever by half for avoiding the key questions. Typical were columns by the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer who argued that Obama can't dodge responsibility for not parting ways with Wright a long time ago.
The big unknown is how those in the middle will react. For the moment, that means blue collar whites in