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. They're looking to relieve a chronic loneliness. But there's a story I want to share that takes place before Moses passed the mantle of leadership on to Joshua. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners - an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms. 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.
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. This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.
And all across the country, communities of faith are sponsoring day care programs, building senior centers, and in so many other ways, taking part in the project of American renewal. Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest - a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours - Hillary Rodham Clinton. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared. Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future - and to leave Iraq to Iraqis.
And this restlessness - this search for meaning - is familiar to me. Anyway, Ashley finishes her story and then goes around the room and asks everyone else why they're supporting the campaign. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered. 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.
King delivered his prayer for our country. 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. In Ankara, I made clear that America is not - and never will be - at war with Islam. Palestinians must abandon violence. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, and to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, and recognize Israel's right to exist. Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state; to recognize Israel's legitimacy; and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past.
Thank you, and God bless America.