By Benjamin Pitt
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you know that Barack Obama was re-elected as the President of the United States of America. And, especially if you live here in the States, chances are you saw Romney’s concession speech as well, which was delivered just after midnight the night of the election.
Admittedly, I did not watch Romney’s speech live, I watched it in class the next day. However, when I did see it, I was severely unimpressed. This is ignoring rumors that he didn’t even have a concession speech written until after he had already lost the election. Because it wasn’t the speech itself that I had a problem with. It was the delivery.
I find myself thinking back to 2008. To the night of Obama’s first election victory. And to John McCain’s concession speech.
Now, let’s be clear, I didn’t vote in either election, nor wouldI have voted for McCain or Romney. However, I do believe it takes a good man to lose well. And I also think, being fully aware of the irony, that McCain’s concession speech in 2008 might have won him my vote.
When I rewatch McCain’s speech I see a man crushed by defeat; devastated. Broken. With every right to be so. Remember, he was campaigning for the Republican vote after eight years of George W. Bush’s supreme reign of idiocy. The economy was headed down the toilet. He had to campaign with Sarah Palin. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, he had literally just lost the election; the only thing that could’ve made all of that pain worth it. But McCain pulled it off like a champ. He spends the bulk of his ten minute speech discussing “the special significance [this election had] for African-Americans and… the special pride that must [have been] theirs [that night].” He hearkens back to Teddy Roosevelt inviting Booker T. Washington to the White House and when he says “Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country” I believe his sincerity. When he stops the crowd from booing at Obama’s victory, you can tell he’s not just doing that for the cameras and the viewing audience at home.