Okay, my opinion:
Obama's speech on race in America, A more perfect union, is the most important American political speech since John F. Kennedy's Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association .
The media, uniformly, spent last week missing the point. None addressed the content of the speech, only its effects; none addressed the meat, only the sizzle.
Everywhere on television "experts" blathered on about political effects while none of them raised the only important question: Did Obama say anything that is true?
Comedians like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News dismissed the speech as rhetorical shuck-and-jive but, again, none of them addressed the content of the speech, only its marketing profile.
I suspect this is because Obama used words Rush didn't understand: specifically the words "white" and "black" -- and, of course, because Rush isn't interested in the truth.
My read: every word of the speech was self-evident. Every word rang. Every word carried the complex experience of what it really means to be an American.
Do we live in a country that believes having big ideas is a sign of political weakness?
If so, hacks like Jefferson and Madison wouldn't stand a prayer of being elected today, and what does that say about the health of our republic?
Yadda yadda yadda.