The Speech that Made Obama 2004 Barack Obama Keynote 1 year ago   06:13

In 2004, a one-term senator from Illinois took the stage to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. By the time Barack Obama had finished speaking, Democrats across the country knew they had seen the future of their party.

Political speech experts featured in this episode include:

Michael A. Cohen
Author, Live From The Campaign Trail

Mario Cuomo
Former Governor of New York

Robert Lehrman
Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Gore and Professor of Speechwriting, American University

Charlton McIlwain
Professor of Communication, New York University

Jeff Shesol
Speechwriter for President Clinton and Founding Partner, West Wing Writers

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Zachary Mullins
LMAO! The worst president in history. Not one of you can name any great achivement he's made because he's made none. He's a criminal. And after Trump takes 2020 and smacks all of you with it little obama will be impeached, tried for treason and executed. Time for all of you wake up to the fact that your all morons that was once led by a moron president. Now Trump holds power. Ha ha!!
Trump is an awful president. Come at me.

I would absolutely love to see a comment that actually defends trump’s actions or decisions, rather than a degrading jab towards myself or his adversaries.
The speech that fooled a bunch of dumbass Americans that's all
That's scrawny pimpy big-eared full sold you on CHANGE!
And you dumbasses bought it Hook Line & Sinker!
And what did he do? he ripped your ass a new one
Promoted homosexuality
Transgenderism with your children
Pro-muslim pro-islam, Pro illegal alien with this fake-ass catch and release
Anti-christian anti-religious rights and all he had to do was tell you that he was a Christian yet in his book he says he's a Muslim, he lied to your stupid ass.
He mocked your God your faith you and your Bible, and you bowed to kiss his ass
He baited your stupid ass with a free flip phone, and bunk ass Healthcare what you couldn't afford before he fined you for what you still couldnt afford
He Gutted the military, didn't fund it
Put 20 million on food stamps and Welfare
and you forgot the husband's the fathers the men who committed suicide and murder their own family cuz they couldn't provide no more and lost their home.
They fabricated a recession in 2008
And use the miner recovery from it to make him look like he was doing something, yeah when you're in the gutter the only way is up dumb shits.
Obama and McCain created Isis
and it was McCain who armed Isis it's on video.
and now cuz their asses got whooped in 2016, they opened up a spy scheme to overthrow the votes of true Americans
if you don't like Trump? blame that scrawny ass pimpy fake negros corruption, that led Trump to step in and take over, and fix and clean up the mess those Democratic fools made
sabrina brown
Saw this when it originally aired! We watched as a family and enjoyed very much, plus he was a Senator from IL. Chicago, Illinois Represent!!!
Hudson Huyck
I was in 4th grade when this man was sworn into office for the first time. I remember watching it on TV with my class. Can't believe I'm in my junior year of college now
Adam Bergen
Who’s watching at 8:30 CST on Monday the 21st of October 2019????
Strong Power Thank You
What’s the contention and main arguments can someone please tell me. This is my homework. 🥺
I was visiting my father in the nursing home when we watched this speech together. He pointed at the screen and said "There's your first black president right there." He died 3 weeks later. It seems a lifetime ago-and it was.
Road House
Should haves played the BeeGees song “jive talking” in the back ground while he spews his $hit.
Who’s watching in 2027?👀
He brings people together, unlike other politicians
Simon Joss
Whos watching during the human era?
Did anybody see Hillary at the end xd
AmPm Amphan
Please,Come back again be The president.😃😃
Greta Of The Corn
Tim Soucie
Obama was the worst president ever, TRUMP 2020
jakir hussein
who yet remember Obama .
Uche Emmanuel
Might not like his policies but omg he's super intelligent and can win your heart with his speech.
Exotic water
im watching at school please tell me his emotive appeals
and facts thanks
Moose Stache
*you forgot the speech where he said "Creeper, Aw man"*
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2004 Barack Obama Keynote The Speech that Made Obama 1 year ago   16:52

Speech by Senator Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention