He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future - and to leave Iraq to Iraqis.
The skeptical bent of my mind didn't suddenly vanish. What we have already achieved gives us hope - the audacity to hope - for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches. When John McCain said we could just "muddle through" in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. That is the spirit we need today.
He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. For we have a choice in this country. The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great - a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight. I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow. Rather than remain trapped in the past, I have made it clear to Iran's leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress.
In fact, it isn't even past." We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. That's the change we need right now.
So let's rededicate ourselves to a new kind of politics - a politics of conscience. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them. It's not because John McCain doesn't care. We all put our country first.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.