I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President.
Religious leaders like my friends Rev. Jim Wallis and Rabbi David Saperstein and Nathan Diament are working for justice and fighting for change. So let's rededicate ourselves to a new kind of politics - a politics of conscience. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. It is a sign of neither courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus.
And it means taking full responsibility for own lives - by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night. Too many tears have flowed.
Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. John Kerry believes in America. 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. We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes. That's why we're partnering with a coalition of forty-six countries.
That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one. The profound mistake of Reverend Wright's sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society.
Thank you, and God bless America.