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July 07, 2008

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M

Don't sneer at the power of chanting: http://web.mac.com/davidcheshier/iWeb/Humanities%20Blog/Amateur%20Humanist/9E324A21-D82A-4885-A44B-409928D3DA83.html

chris

Perhaps the speech itself, in a venue such as this, *will* be lighter on substance than it might otherwise be. However, such a venue, I think, offers something that is consistent with the Obama campaign's connection to the people: it offers regular folks (i.e. non-delegates, non-media members and non-protesters) an opportunity to participate in the excitement of the convention. He's taking the convention to the people.

When I watch MLK's speech on video there's an element of the speech that consistently amazes me - an element that is not part of the speech itself. The sight of all those thousands of hushed people. There's *thousands* of them. Senator Obama has an acute sense of history and I don't think the images and sounds of the Washington Mall will be lost on him as he composes his words. In other words, I think you may be underestimating both Obama and the crowd that will flock to see him.

Of course, as you might be able to tell from my website, I'm a bit biased.

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