|44th President of the United States, Barack
...We are one
people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of
us defending the United States of America.
In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a
politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?
John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I'm
not talking about blind optimism here--the almost willful ignorance
that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't talk about it,
or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it.
That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about something more
substantial. 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.
Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the
audacity of hope...
-July 27, 2004, Keynote Speech at the Democratic National Convention,