TPM has the text. Pretty heavy on generational praise, a good bit of policy (education, EITC, jobs for ex-offenders etc.) and some of the personal responsibility stuff. Fine by me. I'll be very interested to see if we get another "Obama Scolds Blacks" headline from media folks. TPM thought that was the most important part of the speech, so who knows.

UPDATE: Thanks for the links guys. I'll have a longer response tomorrow. I find those headlines depressing. It says a lot more about media, and possibly--though I'm not sure of this--the broader country, than it says about Obama's speech.

UPDATE#2: That "Obama tells NAACP blacks must take responsibility" is borderline racist. I try not to throw that charge around much, But I can't see how anyone who doesn't think black folks are a bunch of roaring baboons could write that. I just don't get it...

UPDATE#4: I promised a long post analyzing the stupidity of the coverage of Obama and "personal responsibility." It's just not worth it. I can't spend the next few hours working out some nuanced explanation for why that headline is stupid. I'm hoping it speaks for itself. I don't have the energy to fight this battle anymore. If media wants to pit Obama against this strawman who sits around shaking his cup, demanding reparations and yelling "Whitey did it" there's not a damn thing I can do to stop them. And at the end of the day, who really cares? I'm too tired for this...

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