As I listened to Barack ______ Obamaâ€™s Berlin speech, I could not escape the thought that it sounded like something I had heard before. This morning, as I was doing the morning ground pound, it dawned on me.
When I was in seventh grade (a few years after Newton figured out the gravity thing), the local Optimist Club ran an oratorical contest (they still do), the theme of which was â€œOptimism: Ingredient for True Leadership.â€ Many students wrote speeches on that theme and delivered them before a panel of judges. Those of us who did not choose to enter the competition (I believe I had discovered rock and roll by that time) also got to listen to the speeches.
Thinking back, I have to say that it would have been close, but Barack _____ Obamaâ€™s Berlin speech just might have nosed out the speeches of those seventh graders for the win.