Barack obama 2004 keynote speech

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But none of it was foreordained. It was going to be a big day for the Democratic nominee for the U. If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don't expect government to solve all their problems. David L. Stating his own beliefs on what could be done, Obama said that he believed "we have a righteous wind at our backs" and expressed confidence in the country's ability to meet the current challenges. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I have seen the first black president there. John Kerry believes in the constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties nor use faith as a wedge to divide us. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody's son.

It was masterfully done. I found this somewhat audacious and endearing.

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Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place; America which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. Kennedy took center stage last night at the Democratic National Convention, accusing President Bush of squandering the good will that flowed to America following the Sept. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted — or at least, most of the time. Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency or the Pentagon. John Kerry believes in the constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties nor use faith as a wedge to divide us. Edwards' lacked. They are both passed away now. But I've got news for them, too. Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for the magazine. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. After the war, they studied on the G. But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. That, of course, never happened in this case.

Most of all, we should have honored the principle so fundamental that our nation's founders placed it in the very first sentence of the Declaration of Independence - that America must give 'a decent respect to the opinions of mankind,"' he said. The audacity of hope! But as he gave a lunchtime speech on environmental policy to a leisurely crowd of about people at the green space on Boston Harbor, he was relaxed and loose, seemingly unconcerned about what was ahead.

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I have seen the first black president there. You know, I think that there's enormous strength in the country, enormous resilience in the country, but people are struggling, and as I've been traveling throughout Illinois over the last 18 months, what I've been seeing are people who are concerned about their economic security, concerned about their ability to pay for their health care, their kids, sending them to college, and if we can project an optimistic vision that says we can be stronger at home, more respected abroad, and that John Kerry has the message and the strength to lead us in that fashion, then I think we'll be successful. Obama may help break down the stereotypes that an African-American politician is someone only for other blacks There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. Although there were some internal worries about his style of speaking, lack of experience with a teleprompter, opposition to the Iraq War that Kerry initially supported, and the fact that he was only a state senator, they eventually chose Obama over the other finalist, Jennifer Granholm, in part because polls showed Kerry with less support among African-Americans than Democrats normally enjoyed and because he was running for an important Senate seat. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a mill worker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. I found this somewhat audacious and endearing. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies or the sabotage of foreign oil fields. The former Vermont governor, who rode a crest of antiwar sentiment to emerge as Kerry's most bitter primary rival, rattled off a list of reasons why he now supported Kerry, including "a foreign policy that relies on telling the truth to the American people before we send our brave American soldiers to fight in foreign lands. It's not the old left. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate one moment to use our military might to keep America safe and secure. This administration does neither. He earned his medals the old-fashioned way, by putting his life on the line for his country.

In the front passenger seat of the van, the rail-thin Obama, obviously hungry he later told me he'd lost eight pounds since the beginning of the campaignchewed on a sandwich and joked with the other passengers as I peppered him with questions during the minute ride. The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don't expect government to solve all their problems.

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I was assigned to write an article on Obama, then 42, that same day, and met up with him as he boarded the boat. Even then, he didn't know he'd deliver the keynote until told by Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill.

Having finished the sandwich, the van approaching its destination, and prepared to enter the Fleet Center for another round of interviews.

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