Barack Obama delivered a fiery speech, perhaps the most impassioned public speech he's ever given, a speech that touched on the subject of personal responsibility in the black community, at the NAACP's annual meeting last night.

The New York Times summed it up in this way:

He was one part politician and one part black preacher as he spoke in lilting cadences, his voice quiet at times, thundering at others, in unusually personal terms. At one point, when his audience shouted back at him, repeating his words, he threw back his head and laughed, saying, "I've got an amen corner back there."

Though he spoke for nearly 45 minutes in total, it was the last ten minutes of the speech that will be most remembered, with the following quote destined to perhaps become the most memorable moment from the speech:


They might think they've got a pretty jump shot or a pretty good flow, but our kids can't all aspire to be LeBron or Lil Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court justice. I want them aspiring to be president of the United States of America.

The final ten minutes or so are embedded below.

Obama to Fellow Blacks: No Excuses For Any Failure [New York Times]