POLITICS
03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Speech Is A YouTube Hit

In the day following Barack Obama's speech on race, the overall critical response trends positive. There are exceptions, of course, but most pundits, it seems, view the speech favorably. But the praise comes with caveats, and one in particular is a matter of concern for the Obama camp: did the speech reach any voters? What if he gave the speech of his life and only the political and pundit class were on hand to hear it?

There's no real way of measuring its impact other than to lay back and wait to see if Obama's rhetoric helps close his gap in Pennsylvania or widens it further. But there's one hopeful sign that "A More Perfect Union" is at least being seen, if not praised, outside of the working-wonk class: the unabridged version of the speech is currently the most viewed video on YouTube this week, with 1,616,104 views and counting. That's good news. The bad news, potentially, is that the video of Jeremiah Wright defaming Hillary Clinton has been viewed over half-a-million times itself.

Additionally, the transcript of Obama's remarks is the most emailed story from the New York Times. It is also the most popular post here at The Huffington Post.