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Two More Minutes From Obama

Barack Obama is airing a closing statement to TV viewers in Indiana and North Carolina. Most voters will see it during the evening news on Monday, but some will see it as soon as Sunday.

"Minute" is actually two minutes long, and once again states Obama's opposition to a federal gas tax holiday. He also states that "politics didn't lead me to working people. Working people led me to politics." The candidate delivered a similar message at an Indianapolis rally on Saturday.

And if you think a two-minute ad is long, remember that back in 1968, Sen. Robert Kennedy ran television commercials four minutes in length, as The Post reports today.
Here's the Indiana script:

ANNOUNCER: They're Indiana values. Hard work, community, keeping your word. And there's a candidate who shares those values, who thinks differently than those who've spent decades in Washington. Barack Obama.
OBAMA: Politics didn't lead me to working people. Working people led me to politics.
ANNOUNCER: He got his start in Illinois as a community organizer, helping neighborhoods devastated by steel plant closings.
OBAMA: And I worked with churches to help those workers get back on their feet.
ANNOUNCER: For two decades in public life, he's stood up to powerful interests on behalf of people, taking tough stands, bringing parties together to get things done. It says something about the president he'd be.
OBAMA: It's not enough just to change political parties in the White House, we've got to change how our politics works.
ANNOUNCER: Now, he's visiting cities and towns across Indiana.
OBAMA: I meet Hoosiers who are struggling. Jobs disappearing, families facing foreclosure, the cost of everything from health care to tuition to groceries to gas at the pump going up and up and up.
ANNOUNCER: And at each stop, he trusts us with the truth.
OBAMA: We could suspend the gas tax for six months. But that's not gonna bring down gas prices long-term.
OBAMA: That's typical of how Washington works. Let's find some short-term quick fix that we can say we did something even though we're not really doing anything. We've got to go after the oil companies and look at their price-gouging. We've got to start using less oil, and that means raising fuel-efficiency standards on cars and developing alternative fuels.
ANNOUNCER: It's a new kind of politics. With a plan to bring our troops home. Turn around this economy. Deliver real tax relief for the middle class. And bring back some hope at a time when it's desperately needed.
OBAMA: That's why May Sixth is so important. We've got a choice. We can go about doing the same old things with the same old folks and somehow hope we're going to get a different result. Or we can go ahead and try something entirely different. You and I together, we¹ll change this country and change the world.
I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message.

Obama delivers a similar message to North Carolina, just different footage and a few different words:

ANNOUNCER: North Carolina values. Hard work, community, keeping your word. There's a candidate who shares those values, who thinks differently than those who've spent decades in Washington: Barack Obama.
OBAMA: Politics didn't lead me to working people. Working people led me to politics.
ANNOUNCER: After college, he began his career as a community organizer, helping neighborhoods devastated by steel plant closings.
OBAMA: I worked with churches to help those workers get back on their feet.
ANNOUNCER: For two decades in public life, he's stood up to powerful interests on behalf of people, taking tough stands, bringing parties together to get things done. It says something about the president he'd be.
OBAMA: It's not enough just to change political parties in the White House, we've got to change how our politics works. Now, he's visiting cities and towns across North Carolina.
OBAMA: People are struggling. Jobs disappearing, nothing taking their place. Families facing foreclosure, the cost of everything from healthcare to groceries to gas at the pump going up and up and up.
ANNOUNCER: And at each stop, he trusts us with the truth.
OBAMA: We could suspend the gas tax for six months. But that's not gonna bring down gas prices long-term. That's typical of how Washington works. Let's find some short-term quick fix that we can say we did something even though we're not really doing anything. We've got to go after the oil companies and look at their price-gouging. We've got to start using less oil, and that means raising fuel-efficiency standards on cars and developing alternative fuels.
ANNOUNCER: It's a new kind of politics. With a plan to bring our troops home. Turn around this economy. Deliver real tax relief for the middle class. And bring back some hope at a time when it's desperately needed.
OBAMA: That's why May Sixth is so important. We've got a choice. We can go about doing the same old things with the same old folks in the same old ways and somehow hope we're going to get a different result. Or we can go ahead and try something entirely different. You and I together, we'll change this country and change the world.
OBAMA: I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message.

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 3, 2008; 5:00 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama
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Politics did not bring Obama to working people, politics lead Obama to Ted Kennedy and Nanci Peloci.

Posted by: Neo | May 3, 2008 5:51 PM

Obama pls i pray you win as president, my friend in school told me that her father told her how you were offered a good job as soon as you left law school but you decided to come and help there community in Chicago.

Posted by: Cole | May 3, 2008 6:12 PM

Good luck Obama - may the Force be with you and yours! We pray that the Universe showers blessings on you.

Posted by: geekay | May 3, 2008 6:19 PM

That is a stunning ad, befitting a GREAT candidate.

Posted by: BO4Prez | May 3, 2008 6:50 PM

Unfortunately, Obama the man is nothing like Obama the image.

Axelrod's whole campaign for Obama depends on him being able to suppress the truth about Obama.

Every once in a while, Obama slips and his true thoughts come out.

The good news is that his record of racism and a radical far-left agenda is being exposed.

The majority of people in the US are in the center.

If Obama's the nominee, McCain will be the next President.

The good news is that the truth about Obama will come out before November and it will ensure Obama's defeat.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 7:01 PM

This lapdog of lapdogs really catches some idiot's imagination.

Posted by: Mia | May 3, 2008 7:46 PM

I just watched the Ky Derby on TV.

So, Hillary had to stick her snout in where it wasn't appropriate, making a big deal about rooting for Eight Belles because she didn't have balls.

Not only does the filly finish a distant second to a horse named Big Brown--the irony is just too much--but she also breaks both legs and has to be put to sleep.

Someone has to stop this woman from putting her curse on innocent horses and people. It''s time to go back home--wherever that is this week--spend some of those 109 million buckaroos, and leave the rest of us in peace.

Posted by: Lucky Lakeshore | May 3, 2008 7:50 PM

God damn America! I am Barak Obama, I approve this message.

Osama: I agree.

Obama 08!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 8:02 PM

Blood on Obama's hands -- Death in Obama's Slums

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqu3u9ISctA

Before you send any more of your, or your parent's, hard earned money to Barry Obama --

Please Watch this report on Obama, Obama's slums, Rezko, and $100M of wasted taxpayer money, from Channel 5, NBC news, Chicago's most respected TV news program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDHsHM0laT8&feature=related


Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 8:21 PM

WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!! I'M WITH YA OBAMA!!! KEEP IT ROLLING!!!!! God bless you on this journey!!! =)

There's no greater time than now....after these past few years, this is what the country needs. There's no greater time than now.

Fellow supporters, you get the nod :) '08
I am very pleased.

Posted by: Obama2008 | May 3, 2008 8:56 PM

"He was introduced by Amtrak machinist Mike Fischer, whose house Obama and wife Michelle visited this week for lunch. While there, they discussed kitchen-table concerns. Fischer said he made up his mind about Obama that day, calling the couple "regular people" who grew up dealing with the same kind of circumstances as he and the audience.

"This guy is not a typical politician who will tell you anything to get your votes; Barack is the real deal," Fischer said. "Here's what I want to say about Barack Obama: he listens; he understands; he is sincere and he has a good sense of humor."

The senator closed his speech by invoking another politician, who gained fame in his youth, to whom he has been compared, Robert Kennedy. Kennedy said 40 years ago in his Indiana campaign and Obama repeated, "Income and education and homes do not make a nation. Nor do land and borders. Shared ideals and principles, joined purposes and hopes -- these make a nation. And that is our great task." "

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/05/03/977059.aspx

Posted by: Obama2008 | May 3, 2008 9:02 PM

I believe in you Sen Obama. Thank you for giving us a vision of honesty and unity. Thank you for your genuine candidness with the American people, your ability to stay above the fray of negativity and division, your ability to run a terrific campaign that has surpassed any before it, your ability to keep the young engaged in our political process and most of all for the respect you show us by telling us what we need to hear and not what we want to hear.

No matter what happens this election cycle you have made a framework for a desire for a new kind of politics, a politics that doesn't lie to us, a politics that asks us to be part of the process and a politics that doesn't see us as red states, blue states, but as the United States. Thank you for all that you do.

Posted by: Monique | May 4, 2008 3:44 AM

Let's hope and pray that America doesn't end up like Eight Belles if Hillary gets in the White Hosue! By the way, Obama will win NC!

Posted by: NC for Obama | May 4, 2008 9:00 AM

Its Time For America to grow up; to be fair;to face our own elitism; racism; anti-semitism; anti-gay-isms; guantanamo; and due process - America is Ready For Change;
yet the establishment is trying to drag us backwards. Lets vote in some fresh faces;
the young people are our future - they sense that's Obama - do any of us older folks really understand how a couple of kids could form Google and become
Billionaires or the impact of Facebook. The
world is changing and we need to change with it.

Posted by: Bobby | May 4, 2008 9:55 AM

Obama! The right person at the right time. He has what it takes, the honesty and integrity and caring to become the president we need.

Posted by: Dave | May 4, 2008 10:56 AM

Yeah Obama want to make changes for who ?
Abu-zayd aka will ayersjames meekor for the two bills hepassed make the lobbyist stand when they are having lunch with the senators so it is not know as panderong to these people or the 1 for Africa?

Posted by: maggie | May 4, 2008 11:55 AM

God bless, you Sen. Obama. Thank you for giving Americans the opportunity to vote for someone with integrity, honesty, intelligence and compassion.
I am a 57 year old white woman who hates lattes and smart enough and with enough life experience to know that "if we always do what we always did - we will always get what we always got". Last thing we got for doing the same old thing was Bush - and invasions of innocent countries, endless war that has likked 4000+ American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, 500 billion in debts (now owned by the Chinese and other foreigners), toture as a national policy, corruption of our JUstice system, a shredded Constitution, loss of our constitutional rights, an administration guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors (not to mentiona war crimes), a dangerously failing economy and recession, a bottomed out dollar,loss of respect and goodwill in the international community. etc.
Lord, it makes me tired just listing the disgraces of the last 8 years.
So - Thank you, Sen. Obama for giving us a leader we can believe in and a way to start changing hellish mess created by Bush and the Republican's "politics as usual".
With prayers for your success in Indiana and N.C - go win it for us!

Posted by: esperanza369 | May 4, 2008 12:56 PM

God Bless Obama!

Posted by: Sal | May 4, 2008 1:14 PM

Go Obama.

I was in Atherton, CA at a private event on the same day that Obama made his "bitter" gaffe. Though he talked about the same themes in Atherton as he did in SF, there was nothing disrespectful or elitist.

Of guns he said, answering a question dealing with crime, "Having just come from Montana I can tell you that guns and hunting are as important a part of the social and cultural fabric of rural America as playing "catch" is to those who like baseball. Guns in rural states are not viewed in the same way they are in the schools of South Chicago.

About the politics of distraction he said it was a Washington phenomenon where some "problems" are introduced not to be solved but to inflame passions and distract from solutions.

I'm saddened to see how much vicious sniping there is in all the blogs and papers about all the candidates.

I'm thankful these candidates have the courage to run for the Presidency, and I hope Obama wins.

Posted by: PaulC | May 4, 2008 1:32 PM

Campaign commercials cannot compensate for the lack of readiness of BHO to serve as an effective president. He tilts at windmills like Jimmie Carter and Don Quixote by promising change he cannot deliver. He went to the U.S. Senate for a year and couldn't change that, so he decided to run for president, so he could change the entire system in Washington! How illogical and stupid is that!?!?!?! We need a president who understands how to make the system work and who has a track record to support it. We have had enough of a president who promised us roses and delivered only dandelions. We cannot afford another president whose words outperform his actual track record of delivering for the people, because our problems are urgently demanding solutions. Uttering such nostrums as the "fierce urgency of now", BHO is simply using empty phrases designed for getting votes. How cynical! I want a president who is capable of performing substantial projects such as dealing with climate change, getting us out of Irag, and addressing ecomonic disparities. Only Hillary Rodham Clinton has demonstrated her preparedness for the tasks ahead.

Posted by: bjbprice | May 4, 2008 2:39 PM

MY FELLOW "BITTER", STUPID, WORKING CLASS PEOPLE :-)

If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

OBAMA AIDE: "WORKING-CLASS VOTERS NOT KEY FOR DEMOCRATS" :o

Posted by: jacksmith | May 4, 2008 8:32 PM

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BEST WIN IN NOVEMBER:

It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."

Sincerely

Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | May 4, 2008 8:36 PM

Oh sure lets bomb Iran. Hillary wants to get us got out ONE war and into a WORLD war. Don't you Hillary lovers realize how crazy & dishonest she is.

She will say and do anthing to get elected and all of a sudden it will be someone elses fault that what she promised at election can't happen now. I can see it now.

!!!!!GO OBAMA!!!!! 56yr young working class woman

Posted by: Debbie | May 4, 2008 9:18 PM

NO WEAPON THROWN AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER!
And may God be with you and may He continue to bless America.

GO OBAMA!

Posted by: M.H | May 5, 2008 12:02 AM

Barack Obama

2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

"The Audacity of Hope"

delivered 27 July 2004, Fleet Center, Boston

[AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio. (2)]

Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Dick Durbin. You make us all proud.

On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, Land of Lincoln, let me express my deepest gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.

Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father -- my grandfather -- was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.

But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place, America, that shone as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before.

While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor my grandfather signed up for duty; joined Patton's army, marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised a baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through F.H.A., and later moved west all the way to Hawaii in search of opportunity.

And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter. A common dream, born of two continents.

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined -- They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential.

They're both passed away now. And yet, I know that on this night they look down on me with great pride.

They stand here -- And I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.

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. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That is the true genius of America, a faith -- a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles; that we can tuck in our children at night and know that they are fed and clothed and safe from harm; that we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door; that we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe; that we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted -- at least most of the time.

This year, in this election we are called to reaffirm our values and our commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we're measuring up to the legacy of our forbearers and the promise of future generations.

And fellow Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, I say to you tonight: We have more work to do -- more work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour; more to do for the father that I met who was losing his job and choking back the tears, wondering how he would pay 4500 dollars a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits that he counted on; more to do for the young woman in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her, who has the grades, has the drive, has the will, but doesn't have the money to go to college.

Now, don't get me wrong. 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. They know they have to work hard to get ahead, and they want to. 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 by the Pentagon. Go in -- Go into any inner city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can't teach our kids to learn; they know that parents have to teach, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. They know those things.

People don't expect -- People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all.

They know we can do better. And they want that choice.

In this election, we offer that choice. Our Party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry.

John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and service because they've defined his life. From his heroic service to Vietnam, to his years as a prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he's devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we've seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available.

His values and his record affirm what is best in us. John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded; so instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, he offers them to companies creating jobs here at home.

John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves.

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.

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.

And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option.

You know, a while back -- awhile back I met a young man named Shamus in a V.F.W. Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid -- six two, six three, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he'd joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week. And as I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, the absolute faith he had in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might ever hope for in a child.

But then I asked myself, "Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us?"

I thought of the 900 men and women -- sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who won't be returning to their own hometowns. I thought of the families I've met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but still lacked long-term health benefits because they were Reservists.

When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.

Now -- Now let me be clear. Let me be clear. We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued. And they must be defeated. John Kerry knows this. 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.

John Kerry believes in America. And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper -- for alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we're all connected as one people. If there is a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there is a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription drugs, and having to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandparent. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties.

It is that fundamental belief -- It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother's keeper. I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family.

E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us -- the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of "anything goes." Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an "awesome God" in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we've got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. 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 -- In the end -- 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 think 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 millworker'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 -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.

I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity.

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.

I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us.

America! Tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do -- if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as President, and John Edwards will be sworn in as Vice President, and this country will reclaim its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.

Thank you very much everybody. God bless you. Thank you.

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