The hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today's black and white students. It's not because John McCain doesn't care. If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have. I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.
And I'm glad to see that. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. "And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back." We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity.
And meeting them won't be easy. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.
King delivered his prayer for our country. God is still speaking. Now, some of you may have heard me talk about the Joshua generation. They have killed people of different faiths - more than any other, they have killed Muslims.
I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters. But she had a healthy skepticism of religion as an institution. There is real evil and hardship and pain and suffering in the world and we should be humble in our belief that we can eliminate them. And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman.