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Senator Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech

obama 2004 speech text

Now you have a choice - between a strategy that reverses this progress, or one that builds on it. Obama: from promise to power. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. And I stand here today grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters. Many states refused to let them do so, and only permitted them to register abstentions. The historic change sweeping across the Arab World must be defined not by the iron fist of a dictator or the hate of extremists, but by the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate today.

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President Barack Obama's first inauguration speech: Full text

obama 2004 speech text

It's what gave women the courage to reach for the ballot, and marchers to cross a bridge in Selma, and workers to organize and fight for collective bargaining and better wages. 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 health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. 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 I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do — if we do what we must do, then I have no doubts 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. It was the gateway for Michelle. He might've lessened the blow, but it would have still been so damaging that I don't know if Kerry could have won reelection. Constitution requires the president and vice president to be sworn in on January 20.

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President Obama's DNC speech: Full transcript

obama 2004 speech text

Archived from on December 6, 2008. John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith and service because they've defined his life. People are hurt by the inaction. And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. They could be passed down to a half-Kenyan grandson, or a half-Asian granddaughter.

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Transcript: President Obama's Democratic National Convention speech

obama 2004 speech text

That evening a group of held a peaceful rally a few hundred feet from the FleetCenter. Thank you very much everybody. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand. And God bless the United States of America. John Edwards calls on us to hope. Approximately 400 members of the Bl A ck Tea Society marched through Boston's financial district and headed toward the fleet center, where they set fire to an effigy that showed George Bush on one side and John Kerry on the other. We know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone.


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The day America met Barack Obama

obama 2004 speech text

She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. After thanking Illinois Senator for the introduction and acknowledging the privilege of speaking there, Obama immediately launched into a brief , from his Kenyan 's work as a domestic servant for the British, to his own who obtained a scholarship to come to the United States. Those with knowledge of such operations say this changing state of warfare could spark a range of unintended consequences, from jeopardizing diplomatic relationships to unwanted, wider wars. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I've met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared they'd never build another American car. Use of metaphor of a road to create a more vivid picture 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.

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The day America met Barack Obama

obama 2004 speech text

Only you can make sure that doesn't happen. Hall in East Moline, Illinois. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.

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2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address

obama 2004 speech text

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. Also note the humurous reference to the 2000 elections and the electoral votes from Florida This year, in this election The language stresses the urgency of the situation 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. This is a more fundamental choice -- about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. 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 are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers and the promise of future generations. They know we can do better. From his heroic service to Vietnam to his years as prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he has devoted himself to this country. You taught me to always look out for our neighbors, to never look down on anybody, and treat everybody with respect.

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President Barack Obama's first inauguration speech: Full text

obama 2004 speech text

She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. They weren't limited to small towns. Protesters included members of the Bl A ck Tea Society, a group of self-described , who opposed the war in Iraq. Once while Obama was backstage rehearsing his speech, he met Kerry staffer and later to become Obama's speechwriter , who instructed him that to avoid overlap with Kerry, a sentence had to be changed. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.

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Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

obama 2004 speech text

They know we can do better. Supporters can grow impatient and worry that you're not trying hard enough; that you've maybe sold out. Hope in the face of difficulty. That's the America I know! A belief in things not seen. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. You're the reason a young man in Colorado who never thought he'd be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance.

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Barack Obama's 2004 Speech

obama 2004 speech text

The repetition at the end adds to cadence and crescendo. Because you're who I was talking about 12 years ago when I talked about hope. But until you've sat at that desk, you don't know what it's like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. Whereas Reagan's narrative focused heavily on , Obama used the metaphor of hope to call for a balance between those individual values and , the latter also being necessary for the achievement of the American Dream. Democrats reacted positively to John Kerry's acceptance speech. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

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