People don't expect government to solve all their problems. And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. And there's another issue we must confront as well.
That's not simply a matter of policy or ideology - it's a moral commitment. America, this is one of those moments. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.
We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.
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. This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and our commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations. That's why I've been fighting to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and the minimum wage. We will all have to make concessions to achieve this. "People began to shout, to rise from their seats and clap and cry out, a forceful wind carrying the reverend's voice up into the rafters....And in that single note - hope! - I heard something else; at the foot of that cross, inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion's den, Ezekiel's field of dry bones. We want to talk about how to bring them home from a war that never should've been authorized and never should've been waged, and we want to talk about how we'll show our patriotism by caring for them, and their families, and giving them the benefits they have earned.
There is a young, twenty-three year old white woman named Ashley Baia who organized for our campaign in Florence, South Carolina. And when one of his chief advisors - the man who wrote his economic plan - was talking about the anxiety Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a "mental recession," and that we've become, and I quote, "a nation of whiners."
Thank you, and God bless America.