But by the time he was a young adult, he was an atheist. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government.
He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. And it's a testament to what we can achieve when good people with strong convictions stand up for their beliefs. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races. And then another one. With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
But what we know - what we have seen - is that America can change. To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he's worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news. As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes. On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people - Muslims and Christians - have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.
His father - my grandfather - was a cook, a domestic servant to the British. We have real enemies in the world. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality. There is one story in particularly that I'd like to leave you with today - a story I told when I had the great honor of speaking on Dr. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement. That is why we are forging service projects in America that bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
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. That's why organizations are rising up across the country to reclaim the language of faith to bring about change.
God bless you.