Monday, March 17, 2008

Obama to give major speech on race tomorrow

According to Ben Smith at Politico, Obama is going to give what the post title says... a speech on race. There are not many more details than that at the moment. I haven't said anything about the Jeremiah Wright controversy because I don't really know what to say. As a non-Christian agnostic, I generally find pretty much all religious figures to be creepy and I'm somewhat incredulous that Wright's comments are any worse than those of Hagee or other Right Wing preachers. It seems pretty much like an "OMG Angry Black Man!!!!" reaction more than anything else, and I'm saddened by the fact that the controversy might just work to marginalize Obama as such.

Well, here is his chance to respond in the forum where he is at his best... so we'll see. As Smith notes however, it is risky since it will keep the story in the news longer... but was it really going away?

I don't know if it will be watchable online live (or even when it will be) but I imagine it will be on Obama's website shortly after it's finished.

UPDATE: Scheduled for 10:15 AM in Philly sez Dana Goldstein at TAP. I'll be in the lab like a good little biomedical engineer, but I certainly look forward to reading people tell me what I think afterwards.