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. Like the anger within the black community, these resentments aren't always expressed in polite company. 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. We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity. They endure the daily humiliations - large and small - that come with occupation. The Talmud tells us: "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace."
Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under five million dollars a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than one hundred million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement? I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars.
And I think they recognized a part of themselves in me too. This is a problem that's brought together churches and synagogues and mosques and people of all faiths as part of a grassroots movement. And we should close Guantanamo Bay and stop tolerating the torture of our enemies. We will all have to make concessions to achieve this. It is not enough to give health care to the sick, or jobs to the jobless, or education to our children. I believe that as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming.
John Kerry knows this. That promise is our greatest inheritance. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. The sixth issue that I want to address is women's rights. 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.
The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. And then another one. In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.
Thank you very much everybody.