And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option. In the end, that's what this election is about. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose - our sense of higher purpose. This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election.
His father - my grandfather - was a cook, a domestic servant to the British. It is that fundamental belief, it is that fundamental belief, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. And so they need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them - that they are not just destined to travel down that long road toward nothingness. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich.
But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. E pluribus unum. The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. Now, I don't believe that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans. Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations. That promise is our greatest inheritance.
For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm's way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism - it is an important part of promoting peace. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable.
God is still speaking. This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign - to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. We cannot impose peace. I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq.