25 Responses to “flashback …. “don’t tell me words don’t matter””


  1. 1 stylishgurl
    February 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Yay! I loved it, I hope everyone else does :D
    thank you Chipstick

  2. 2 Theo67
    February 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This is one of my favorite speeches. It speaks to his convictions, and so clearly demonstrates that this President knew exactly what he was up against and how hard it would be to bring about change. This speech, and the other one he did in Independence, MO (about patriotism), are two of my favorites. He’s simply amazing, and consistent.

    • 3 Sue in Minnesota
      February 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Me too! This and the night before the election in Virginia…who am I kidding, anything that comes out of his mouth, somehow soothes my soul, lifts me up and gives me a sense that all things are not only possible, but will be. The audacity of HOPE.

      • 4 Theo67
        February 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        I know – it’s hard to single out favorites among all the wonderful words he’s spoken. Even as I was writing my last post, I was thinking, “Well, I also like that other one about call to service, and the inauguration speech, and the convention speech, and the speech he did last week and…”. He’s just a treasure trove of goodness and inspiration.

        • 5 Lovepolitics2008
          February 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

          Soooo true… The race speech, ALL of his commencement speeches, the Tucson speech, the National Prayer speech just this week, the Cairo speech, the Prague speech, The Nobel speech, and on and on…

          • 6 Dorothy Rissman
            February 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

            I know, there have been so many great speeches. This is a great campaign speech, but some of those you mentioned above will definitely go down in history.

            I like this one because he has fire in his belly. His baritone voice gives gravitas to his words–which are incredible. Put the voice, words and his delivery together, he would have made one damn good preacher.

            Incredible man.

  3. 7 S. Holland
    February 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    WOW! I haven’t seen that in a couple of years…….makes me feel warm, hopefull, and just reinforces my total belief in him…….and his goodness & determination to fix this country and leave it better for everyone…………..

  4. 8 Proud of Obama
    February 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Hee hee. This was after Hillary had showed out and was constantly on the attack. Prez looked a bit irked. Love him.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      February 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      I agree, that definitely was a Hillary smack-down. But it doesn’t matter who that was aimed at, his message was universal, it was the truth. I’ve always liked the saying, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, for the same reason. Without the spark of inspiration change/discovery is not possible. Hope both moves us and fortifies us.

  5. 10 barb
    February 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    He has that unique ability to express himself in a manner that is a cut above most public servants. JFK is another example and MLK touched me in a different heartfelt way.

  6. 11 lexusv
    February 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Just powerful ;o)

  7. February 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    WOW! WOW!….I’m speechless.

  8. 13 Lovepolitics2008
    February 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    What a wonderful idea to post this speech today, Chipsticks. Thanks !

    • February 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Hiya Lovepolitics2008, I can’t take credit for it at all – stylishgurl VERY kindly sent me a link to the video and asked me to post it. I actually had completely forgotten this speech, so it was a joy to hear it again – so THANK YOU stylishgurl! What might be a good idea is if I set up a category for all the President’s greatest speeches so they’re easy for us all to find – leave it with me ;-)

      • 15 stylishgurl
        February 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

        No thanks necessary, you do alot more than that! thank you for posting it.
        I came across it while watching the other youtube flashbacks….I hadnt seen this video before, I was so excited and wanted everyone else to see it too incase they missed it like me in 2008 :D

  9. 16 ari
    February 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    does anyone know where i can find a transcript of this speech

    • 17 globalcitizenlinda
      February 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      please check with the C-SPAN archive of the campaign since it usually stores both the video and transcript. a clue about the date is was given or the location would help you narrow your search

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  11. 20 DoNoHarm
    February 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Part of an article in the Buffalo News, NY, January 20, 2009, Edition: Central, Section: Lifestyles, Pg: C1, author: Paula Voell, News Staff Reporter, titled “TEACHER RECALLS OBAMA WAS A FOCUSED STUDENT.” Teacher: Barbara Nelson of Kenmore (NY): Copied from the article: As a high school teacher of British, Biblical and Middle Eastern literature, Nelson taught Obama. “He wasn’t usually the first one to speak, but he was an attentive, active listener,” she said. “While the others might be bouncing off the surface, he came straight from the center. He picked up on the patterns of ideas and then he’d make a statement that moved the class to the focal point. “He also had a lovely, engaging sense of humor,” Nelson said. “He was firm, but he wasn’t aggressive or in your face.”
    During one class the question was posed “of what should we be most afraid.” Drawing answers that included “death,” “hell,” “biological warfare,” “fear” and “isolation,” said Nelson. “I recall Barack sitting in the back of the room,” Nelson said, demonstrating a hands-behind-his-head pose and describing his lanky, outstretched legs. “When he pulled himself upright I thought “Bingo, here we go,” she said, expecting the discussion to move to a new level.
    “And he said, ‘Words. Words are the power to be feared most. Every individual has an unmonitored arsenal and whether they are directed personally or internationally, words can be weapons of destruction.’

  12. February 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @habibh: I hope Mubarak makes it to cake cutting! Wedding in Tahrir square gets 1 Million attendees http://yfrog.com/h2wybbj #Egypt #Jan25

  13. 23 Dorothy Rissman
    February 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I wonder how many books will be written about this man. I own ten and they are a part of my Barack Obama shelf on our bookcases. There are many other books that I have not read.

    Is it just me, or do you think that the number of books written about him this early on is unusual?

    • 24 NewCenturyWoman
      February 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Dorothy, I think it’s quite unusual to have the vast number of “credible” books written about him at this stage of his presidency–that’s not including the plethoria of anti-Obama crap that’s out there that won’t cut the mustard and won’t be a part of any significant literary holdings that will have a place in history (thank God). However, of all the books written about President Obama so far, the two he has written himself, especially “Dreams From My Father,” far exceed the caliber of books written by his contemporaries in terms of insight into Obama, the man.

      I pray that I’ll have a chance in the future (hopefully after 2016 after he has served a second presidential term) to read his presidential memories that chronicle his experiences in the White House. I’m sure they will be fascinating to read.

  14. 25 twaib
    February 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

    This man is surely a great man. i’ve just been checking his facebook page and he’s got over 18 million fans. i don’t think any politician in history has had such fans before.


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