Saturday, July 31, 2004

ON SECOND THOUGHT I had another look at Barack Obama's convention keynote address this afternoon, and it's really grown on me.

C-SPAN has archived it as a Real Player file here. The speech lasts a shade over eighteen minutes--it's definitely worth checking out if you missed it on Tuesday night.

Three words of advice to John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Eliot Spitzer: watch your back.

A FOOTNOTE: Obama's speech was important in many ways. But one of the fascinating things about watching it is the camera's quick cut to Jesse Jackson at the end.

Jackson's face is almost expressionless in the clip, so it's impossible to know what he's thinking. But my sense is, he probably felt a lot like or The Beach Boys the first time they listened to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, or a Waldenbooks executive logging onto Amazon.com for the first time.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.