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Lise Hand: Kenny team's 'amateur hour' takes the shine off his speech of a lifetime

Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00

IT WAS an inspirational speech, delivered on an extraordinary night by a gifted orator. Thousands had crammed into Chicago's Grant Park on the unseasonably balmy night of November 4, 2008, to witness the historic triumph of Barack Obama who had just been declared the winner of a titanic battle for the White House.

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And even by the extremely high standards of the 44th President-elect, it was a magnificent address.

The speech began strongly, with this powerful sentence: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer".

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