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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Obama’s speech today didn’t reach the heights of King’s oratory — but then how could it?
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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President Obama’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon (see the text HERE) fell short of the stirring eloquence of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech of  50 years ago today.

But neither should Obama’s effort have been expected to come anywhere close to King’s historic address. Nobody now living is capable of that.

The characteristics that most distinguished King’s speeches were the rhythms and cadences they borrowed from the traditions of what he himself called the old Negro spirituals. They were sermons as much as speeches, religious as much as (or more than) political.

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