Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest - a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours - Hillary Rodham Clinton. It should help us, not hurt us. Too much blood has been shed.
Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. I just think he doesn't know. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding.
I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. It wasn't until after college, when I went to Chicago to work as a community organizer for a group of Christian churches, that I confronted my own spiritual dilemma. But I'm hopeful because I think there's an awakening taking place in America. And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude and resolve.
And I think they recognized a part of themselves in me too. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered. The people of the world can live together in peace.
Anyway, Ashley finishes her story and then goes around the room and asks everyone else why they're supporting the campaign. As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. And when the first Muslim-American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers - Thomas Jefferson - kept in his personal library. For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. And any nation - including Iran - should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Thank you, and God bless America.