They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America's goals, and our need to work together. We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity.
He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. The obligations that the parties have agreed to under the Road Map are clear.
What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part - through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk - to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time. They weren't simply a religious leader's effort to speak out against perceived injustice. This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race, and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion, every region, every walk of life.
But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. Change happens because the American people demand it - because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.
His values - and his record - affirm what is best in us. It's that folks are hungry for change - they're hungry for something new. God is still speaking. He does not say health care or the economy.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.