Tuesday, June 03, 2008

One down



"Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.

So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.

So it was for the Greatest Generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny, and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.

So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom's cause.

So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that's better, and kinder, and more just.

And so it must be for us.

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment - this was the time - when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."

Barack Obama
June 3, 2008

4 Comments:

Blogger minus five said...

he's only the greatest man to have ever lived since jesus.

poor john mccain. the new bob dole.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Apparently these people don't think so:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-q4MDQ0cDI&feature=related

I often forget the rest of the country is out there.

8:34 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

wow.

wow.

there's going to be some really sad and shocked folks when they wake up to a black man as their president. i wouldn't be surprised if some of them try to secede from the union.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

That was some stellar journalism: Go into a small, redneck town and see how they feel about a black man for president. Interview a lot of old people who MIGHT have graduated high school, have never left the town they grew up in, and are socked into the values of their parents and grandparents.

It's no surprise. No more so than if you interviewed a lot of privileged middle-aged white men out on the golf course and asked them why they wouldn't vote for Hilary.

I never forget the rest of the country is out there.

4:10 PM  

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