John Edwards calls on us to hope. It's an idea that's often forgotten or dismissed in cynical times. But I have asserted a firm conviction - a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people - that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice is we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union. For we have a choice in this country. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. Threatening Israel with destruction - or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews - is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.
Not this time. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding.
It got hijacked. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.
That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted at least, most of the time. It should help us, not hurt us. Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair.
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs.
Thank you very much everybody.