He was a good-looking kid, six two, six three, clear eyed, with an easy smile. I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we've got some gay friends in the Red States. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. What we have already achieved gives us hope - the audacity to hope - for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. America, we cannot turn back.
If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. But I think they also sensed that a part of me remained removed and detached - that I was an observer in their midst. Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources.
The press has scoured every exit poll for the latest evidence of racial polarization, not just in terms of white and black, but black and brown as well. Like other predominantly black churches across the country, Trinity embodies the black community in its entirety - the doctor and the welfare mom, the model student and the former gang-banger. For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past.
If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.