The Speech that Made Obama President

Align:start Barack Obama in 2004 was totally unknown Barack Obama in 2004 was totally unknown Barack Obama in 2004 was totally unknown people were saying I don’t know who this people were saying I don’t know who this people were saying I don’t know who this guy is wonder why they picked him he had guy is wonder why they picked him he had guy is wonder why they picked him he had interpretation as a bit of an upstart as interpretation as a bit of an upstart as interpretation as a bit of an upstart as sort of a young rising figure in the sort of a young rising figure in the sort of a young rising figure in the party but no one knew who this guy was party but no one knew who this guy was party but no one knew who this guy was this was his chance to introduce himself this was his chance to introduce himself this was his chance to introduce himself to people to people to people tonight is a particular honor for me tonight is a particular honor for me tonight is a particular honor for me because let’s face it my presence on because let’s face it my presence on because let’s face it my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely my father this stage is pretty unlikely my father this stage is pretty unlikely my father was a foreign student born and raised in was a foreign student born and raised in was a foreign student born and raised in a small village in Kenya what makes a a small village in Kenya what makes a a small village in Kenya what makes a great political speech is if you can great political speech is if you can great political speech is if you can somehow fold your story into this larger somehow fold your story into this larger somehow fold your story into this larger American story the next thing he says is American story the next thing he says is American story the next thing he says is better as mothers family his grandfather better as mothers family his grandfather better as mothers family his grandfather fought in World War two use the GI Bill fought in World War two use the GI Bill fought in World War two use the GI Bill a settlement in Kansas so white people a settlement in Kansas so white people a settlement in Kansas so white people could say huh oh he’s just like us could say huh oh he’s just like us could say huh oh he’s just like us my parents shared not only an improbable my parents shared not only an improbable my parents shared not only an improbable love they shared an abiding faith in the love they shared an abiding faith in the love they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation I stand possibilities of this nation I stand possibilities of this nation I stand here knowing that my story is part of here knowing that my story is part of here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story that I owe a the larger American story that I owe a the larger American story that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me debt to all of those who came before me debt to all of those who came before me and that in no other country on earth is and that in no other country on earth is and that in no other country on earth is my story even possible going into this speech we’ve had four going into this speech we’ve had four going into this speech we’ve had four years of George Bush and we felt as a years of George Bush and we felt as a years of George Bush and we felt as a country like we’ve grown further apart country like we’ve grown further apart country like we’ve grown further apart Oh war was very much a divisive partisan Oh war was very much a divisive partisan Oh war was very much a divisive partisan race Obama’s speeches and in some ways race Obama’s speeches and in some ways race Obama’s speeches and in some ways an antidote to that alongside our famous an antidote to that alongside our famous an antidote to that alongside our famous individualism there’s another ingredient individualism there’s another ingredient individualism there’s another ingredient in the American saga a belief that we’re in the American saga a belief that we’re in the American saga a belief that we’re all connected as one people if there is all connected as one people if there is all connected as one people if there is a child on the south side of Chicago who a child on the south side of Chicago who a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read that matters to me even if can’t read that matters to me even if can’t read that matters to me even if it’s not my child if there’s a senior it’s not my child if there’s a senior it’s not my child if there’s a senior citizen somewhere we can’t pay for their citizen somewhere we can’t pay for their citizen somewhere we can’t pay for their prescription drugs and having to choose prescription drugs and having to choose prescription drugs and having to choose between medicine and the rent that makes between medicine and the rent that makes between medicine and the rent that makes my life poor even if it’s not my my life poor even if it’s not my my life poor even if it’s not my grandparent it is that fundamental grandparent it is that fundamental grandparent it is that fundamental belief I am my brother’s keeper I am My belief I am my brother’s keeper I am My belief I am my brother’s keeper I am My Sister’s Keeper that makes this country Sister’s Keeper that makes this country Sister’s Keeper that makes this country work e pluribus unum out of many one he work e pluribus unum out of many one he work e pluribus unum out of many one he gives a speech that priests ages his gives a speech that priests ages his gives a speech that priests ages his entire political message of 2008 which entire political message of 2008 which entire political message of 2008 which is the serve post-partisan argument now is the serve post-partisan argument now is the serve post-partisan argument now even as we speak there are those who are even as we speak there are those who are even as we speak there are those who are preparing to divide us the spin masters preparing to divide us the spin masters preparing to divide us the spin masters the negative ad peddlers who embraced the negative ad peddlers who embraced the negative ad peddlers who embraced the politics of anything-goes well I say the politics of anything-goes well I say the politics of anything-goes well I say to them tonight there is not a liberal to them tonight there is not a liberal to them tonight there is not a liberal America and a conservative America there America and a conservative America there America and a conservative America there is the United States of America Obama was born with two great gifts that Obama was born with two great gifts that Obama was born with two great gifts that one is his mind and the other is his one is his mind and the other is his one is his mind and the other is his ability to speak to large groups of ability to speak to large groups of ability to speak to large groups of people there are three things that Obama people there are three things that Obama people there are three things that Obama does that really makes that speech does that really makes that speech does that really makes that speech effective he wants concrete the tale effective he wants concrete the tale effective he wants concrete the tale he likes story and he loves antithesis he likes story and he loves antithesis he likes story and he loves antithesis the use of repetition in structure to the use of repetition in structure to the use of repetition in structure to show contrast there is not a liberal show contrast there is not a liberal show contrast there is not a liberal America or a conservative America there America or a conservative America there America or a conservative America there is one in there the pundits like to is one in there the pundits like to is one in there the pundits like to slice and dice our country in the red slice and dice our country in the red slice and dice our country in the red states and blue states but I’ve got news states and blue states but I’ve got news states and blue states but I’ve got news for them too we worship an awesome God for them too we worship an awesome God for them too we worship an awesome God in the blue states and we don’t like in the blue states and we don’t like in the blue states and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our federal agents poking around in our federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states we coach libraries in the red states we coach libraries in the red states we coach little lead in the blue states and yes little lead in the blue states and yes little lead in the blue states and yes we’ve got some gay friends in the red we’ve got some gay friends in the red we’ve got some gay friends in the red states we are one people all of us states we are one people all of us states we are one people all of us pledging allegiance to the Stars and pledging allegiance to the Stars and pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes all of us defending the United Stripes all of us defending the United Stripes all of us defending the United States of America the way he used his States of America the way he used his States of America the way he used his hands he actually points a lot does a hands he actually points a lot does a hands he actually points a lot does a lot of this a lot of this a lot of that lot of this a lot of this a lot of that lot of this a lot of this a lot of that in doing so he gives off this sense of in doing so he gives off this sense of in doing so he gives off this sense of energy I am new I’m someone who is energy I am new I’m someone who is energy I am new I’m someone who is dynamic and he doesn’t get so much dynamic and he doesn’t get so much dynamic and he doesn’t get so much anymore he’s a little more solemn and anymore he’s a little more solemn and anymore he’s a little more solemn and reserved when his speeches today I think reserved when his speeches today I think reserved when his speeches today I think it’s more reflective of his office in the end in the end that’s what this in the end in the end that’s what this in the end in the end that’s what this election is about do we participate in a election is about do we participate in a election is about do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we politics of cynicism or do we politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope it’s participate in a politics of hope it’s participate in a politics of hope it’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire the hope of slaves sitting around a fire the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs the hope of singing freedom songs the hope of singing freedom songs the hope of immigrants setting out for distant immigrants setting out for distant immigrants setting out for distant shores the hope of a young naval shores the hope of a young naval shores the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the mekong lieutenant bravely patrolling the mekong lieutenant bravely patrolling the mekong delta the hope of a mill workers son who delta the hope of a mill workers son who delta the hope of a mill workers son who dares to defy the odds the hope of a dares to defy the odds the hope of a dares to defy the odds the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who skinny kid with a funny name who skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for believes that America has a place for believes that America has a place for him to go hope in the face of difficulty him to go hope in the face of difficulty him to go hope in the face of difficulty hope in the face of uncertainty the hope in the face of uncertainty the hope in the face of uncertainty the audacity of hope’ his appearance at that audacity of hope’ his appearance at that audacity of hope’ his appearance at that convention which was the best speech of convention which was the best speech of convention which was the best speech of the convention better than John Kerry’s the convention better than John Kerry’s the convention better than John Kerry’s was electrifying and without it he was electrifying and without it he was electrifying and without it he wouldn’t be President wouldn’t be President wouldn’t be President I think sincerity means a lot there are I think sincerity means a lot there are I think sincerity means a lot there are people who when they speak that they people who when they speak that they people who when they speak that they speak the truth as they see it and speak the truth as they see it and speak the truth as they see it and they’re they’re very effective doing they’re they’re very effective doing they’re they’re very effective doing that I believe this country will reclaim that I believe this country will reclaim that I believe this country will reclaim its promise and out of this long its promise and out of this long its promise and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will political darkness a brighter day will political darkness a brighter day will come thank you very much everybody

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