“I am here because of Ashley”

This speech is not reason by itself to elect Barack Obama President– and I suppose cynics will have their usual field day and others will scoff at the religious imagery– but the story that Obama tells starting around 27:00 touches me deeply and reminds me what is best about this country and its people.

The text of the speech– delivered on Sunday at the Atlanta church where Martn Luther King was pastor– is here.