You said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger thatís consumed Washington, to end the political strategy thatís been all about division, and instead make it about addition, to build a coalition for change that stretches through red states and blue states. Because thatís how weíll win in November, and thatís how weíll finally meet the challenges that we face as a nation.
Weíre choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America.
For many months weíve been teased, even derided, for talking about hope. But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. Itís not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. Itís not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.
Hope is what led me here today, with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas, and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation, the belief that our destiny will not be written for us but by us, by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.
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