Obama talks frankly about race and politics

This is probably the most inspiring speech from Barack Obama I’ve watch yet. He was brutally frank about the most delicate issue of race and politics. While condemning the incendiary remarks his pastor made against white America, he honoured him as a man who has done much for the community and led him to his Christian faith.

This is a must-see for not just Americans, but all those who live in multi-racial countries, including Singapore and Malaysia.

I am now even more convinced that Obama is the best man to lead the US, not just because he could be unifying factor in America, but in the world as well.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

11 thoughts on “Obama talks frankly about race and politics”

  1. I’m wondering here Gerald whether Obama is another case of democracy finding us the least worst option? If I read where he stands on other issues I find him far less palatable.

  2. Well he’s a Democrat. How much can we really expect? Yes I agree I find his stand on certain issues unpalatable, but my main concern — selfish as it may seem — is his foreign policy.

  3. Bro I look forward to sitting with you later in the year and talking. I think we’ve missed too many good opportunities to converse over the years! One question for you. Has Obama actually mentioned any foreign policy in relation to Singapore?

  4. Not as far as I know. I wouldn’t expect him to even take a glance at our tiny island. But he did mention Singapore’s good education system sometime back.

    Those neocons are slamming him for saying that he is willing to sit down and talk with Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Bashar Assad. I don’t see what’s the problem with that. What good does it do to lay down all sorts of pre-conditions before talking to someone that you have an issue with? It’s precisely this approach to foreign policy which I think is a breath of fresh air.

    When are you next in town? We must catch up.

  5. No set dates but probably coming for APEC in Malaysia and also passing through on the way to India around Dec sometime I think.

  6. Hi Gerald,

    1) Nice write-ups with great insights on diplomacy and the Mas Selamat escape.

    2) You probably read or saw his pastor’s (Rev Wright) inflammatory speech and how it has hit Barack Obama. Guess what? Foxnews broke the news (or blew the whistle) on that one.

    3) Richardson just endorsed Barack Obama. That should help shore up support from the Latino quarters… something he definitely needs against Clinton, and later McCain. There is no telling how much help a Richardson endorsement will be though.

    An Old Friend

  7. Dear Gerald,

    Yes. I am for Obama. No doubt McCain’s commitment to free trade is a plus point for me. Yet I feel that US Politics has entered to a cynical stage orchestrated by lobbyist.

    Obama is probably the man to break that cycle and bring a breath of fresh air to the country. The neocons had totally discredited US’s role in international relatioship and should Clinton (and I hope for my dear life no) win the nomination and thereafter the presidency. We are going to see more of the same nonsense with neocons replaced by liberal democrats in the pockets of lobbyists and playing to gallery and polls.

    Lets just hope Obama can last through the nomination.


  8. An Old Friend – Hey are you really an old friend of mine or is it just your nick?

    Yeah I watched Rev Wright’s sermon on YouTube. It’s very Jesse Jackson/Louis Farrakhan-like. Not the kind of stuff that will endear Obama to the white majority who are sick of hearing that sort of rhetoric (although there is some truth to it).

    Fox News is to the Bush Administration as CNA is to the PAP govt. Totally biased and sycophantic, and only too eager to do a conservative hit job on any Democrat.

    Yeah I’m glad Richardson has endorsed Obama, although most Latinos have already voted in the Primaries. I’m not sure if it will be of much help even in the General Election, since Latinos will always choose a Democrat over a Republican.

    The key would be for John Edwards to endorse Obama, and get a few of those rednecks in the deep south to vote for Obama.

    Newcastle – Honestly I think McCain will also make a good president. But Obama would be better because he will soften America’s image around the world. He’ll just need to surround himself with good, honest advisors to help him on his weak points. Hopefully he’s a smarter guy than Bush, who got manipulated by neocons like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith.

  9. Dear Gerald,

    Agree that Obama can provide a softer image for US over the world. Yes, he really need to surround himself with smart people.

    My personal fave in US politics is General Colin Powell (a man whom I deeply respect) and Obama can do no wrong then to appoint Colin Powell as his advisor in some capacity.

    Yes, Colin Powell is closely linked to the Republicans but actually Colin Powell started his political life in the Carter administration. Colin Powell was also advise by a friend that his political leanings and ideology is more suited to Democrats. Regardless of the above argument, Powell is known to serve his nation regardless of the party they belong to.


  10. Hi Newcastle – Thanks for bringing up Powell. Sigh…it makes me sad to think what would have happened if Powell was willing to run for President in 2000.

    I attended a talk by him in my uni in 1998 and I was so impressed by the man. Back then, the opinion polls suggested that if Powell ran, he would have won. Powell was against the Iraq invasion, but he got outfoxed by Rumsfeld and Cheney.

    I really hope Obama appoints Powell to a substantive position. Either sec’y of state or defense sec’y. What better way to demonstrate he is willing to cross over party lines and unify the nation? Of course, this is assuming Obama wins.

  11. Hey Newcastle, can you drop me an email at sgpatriot at gmail.com. I’d like to ask you something offline. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.

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