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Desc:This dude is 600 years old and this thing is moving and beautiful. And funny, to boot.
Category:News & Politics, Religious
Tags:awesome, black people, obama, joseph lowery
Submitted:Hooper_X
Date:01/20/09
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Hooper_X
"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- when yellow will be mellow -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- and when white will embrace what is right."

Fucking awesome.
oddeye
The whole thing made me wish I was American.

Jeff Fries
when the Jap can take a nap

Hooper_X
I BELIEVE THAT QUALIFIES AS "WHEN THE YELLOW CAN BE MELLOW," SIR.

Valvados
"Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen."

Camonk
The whole thing makes me wish I was Christian. And I hope the pope eats a poop sandwich and dies and I hate Jesus. But man, I'd listen to Rev. Lowery tell me all about what a sinner I am and how he wants to rhyme the devil out of me. His benediction was a good rap music.

imairlax
additional five for oddeye's comment because thats teh first time i've heard that in eight years

Meerkat
Hilariously, the non-self-aware righties are screaming about the "white will embrace what is right" part of this, unintentionally justifying exactly what he said.

Meerkat
By justifying I meant validating.

oddeye
Seriously I was ready to pack up my rucksack and catch a flight to JFK when Obama said

"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more."

and to be honest I don't really know what is stopping me.

imairlax
do it, oddeye. we need your tax dollars!

j lzrd / swift idiot
TANKS INTO TRACTORS.

"And He will judge between the nations
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation;
And never again will they learn war."


Isaiah 2:4

i ... i'm crying again.
Stopheles
"Tanks into tractors" was one of the best phrases I've ever heard in a speech.

TeflonDoc
HELL yes.

GusPlease
He is probably the single person on earth who could successfully follow Obama's speech
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Hooper_X
i see what you did there

Desidiosus
5:40

That smile is the single best demonstration of how good the benediction was.
fatatty
Obama picked the wrong preacher. Rev. Wright scares the shit out of white people. This guy makes white people scream amen and want to hug him.
StanleyPain
This inauguration had a lot of class.
imairlax
he was my absolute favorite part of the whole ceremony...for those who don't know, he was an organizer of the montgomery bus boycotts and was in Selma w/dr. king.
HURF BLURF DUH
Gee that was a better speech than Obama's. Hopefully history will remember it.
Menudo con queso
And it rhymed better than the poet laureate. Where'd they get her? That was the most tuneless "praise song" I've ever heard!

Rodents of Unusual Size
What the hell is happening? A religious dude got invited to Washington and gave a speech I LIKED??? Up is down!
Syd Midnight
I was most moved at the end, wondering if that was the first Triple Amen in inaguration history. White folks always stop at 1 amen.
big pincers
am I seriously the only person who thought of toilet water conservation when I heard this?
Jim Rockford
Wow - all the promises to change the adversarial tone of race politics - it almost lasted all the way through the inauguration!
Desidiosus
Good to see you're doing your part to change things, wankstain.

Mayberry Pancakes
This was so beautiful and heartwarming. I thought it was a good message for everyone, conservative and liberal alike---but then Mallard Fillmore told me it was racist. Oh.
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