But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia, that is where the perfection begins. That's the promise we need to keep.
I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. Our conscience cannot rest so long as nearly 45 million Americans don't have health insurance and the millions more who do are going bankrupt trying to pay for it. To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia - I love you so much, and I'm so proud of all of you. We are the party of Roosevelt. And it is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln's Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream. Palestinians must abandon violence.
But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us? And so this will be a difficult debate next week. That's why we're partnering with a coalition of forty-six countries. I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory.
Wright deliver a sermon called "The Audacity of Hope." And during the course of that sermon, he introduced me to someone named Jesus Christ. I'm hearing from progressives who understand that if we want to communicate our hopes and values to Americans, we can't abandon the field of religious discourse. This time we want to talk about how the lines in the Emergency Room are filled with whites and blacks and Hispanics who do not have health care; who don't have the power on their own to overcome the special interests in Washington, but who can take them on if we do it together. And we will keep our promise to every young American - if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it.
More to do for the father that I met who was losing his job and choking back the tears, wondering how he would pay $4,500 a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits that he counted on. In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world's great religions demand - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This time we want to talk about the men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag. Not with so much work to be done. This truth transcends nations and peoples - a belief that isn't new; that isn't black or white or brown; that isn't Christian, or Muslim or Jew.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.