Friday, April 04, 2008

Comes wisdom

Here's Obama's speech given today in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee.

Obama alludes to Bobby Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis in which he broke the news of King's murder to a shocked and disbelieving crowd. Kennedy ability to face that moment bravely and with eloquence is I think emblematic of the hope that Obama represents to some of us who support him. RFK quotes from memory the Greek poet Aeschylus in his speech. Here's the passage he cites and then the video clip of his speech.
"Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

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