If it were anything but rhetoric I may have praise for Obama's words. It was an amazing speech from the sheer aspect that a modern politician talked about race openly and evenly. I do not discount the language that he used, artfully, to express the feelings of angst that many voters, white or black will identify with. But I do not think he accomplished his aim of distancing himself from the hatred that his pastor of twenty years has expressed. Prior to today, Obama has been able to transcend race as a candidate. If anything, whether intentional or not, he has now made made himself to be the black candidate. <br><br>