They're telling me that their conversation about what it means to be Catholic continues. Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists. Many Gulf States have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world we seek - a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God's children are respected.
I have made a solemn pledge that I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premiums by up to $2500 a year. I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task.
These enemies must be found. And slowly, I came to realize that something was missing as well - that without an anchor for my beliefs, without a commitment to a particular community of faith, at some level I would always remain apart, and alone. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely - just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed. Let us be our sister's keeper. You're on your own. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support.
If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription drugs, and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandparent. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful.
God is still speaking. That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq's democratically-elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all our troops from Iraq by 2012.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.