Dr Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington on 28 August 1963. Now 45 years to the day, Senator Barack Obama will accept the Democratic National Party’s nomination for the Presidency. What an achievement! Plus further confirmation that America continues to correct itself. No question, the country still has a long way to go towards becoming a more perfect union, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
As for Obama’s speech tonight, I’m trying to keep my expectations in check. He is a great orator and I’m sure he’ll bring the house down. But for him to truly live the dream, he’s going to have to delve into the specifics — talk policy. Now I know that’s not real sexy, but this is what is really needed tonight. Having gotten to know his family history and his rise from humble beginnings during the early days of this convention, the American public now needs to be educated on what he intends to do to restore America’s credibility on the world stage. They also need to understand what he plans to do in regards to creating jobs, improving the economy, healthcare, and a whole host of other issues related to making their everyday lives better and more prosperous. Basically, he needs to connect and make people feel like there is real substance and sound policy behind his words. Hopefully, he can do this convincingly tonight. If he does not, this will be a real missed opportunity.