State of Iowa secondary Archives: on Principles & Values


Barack Obama: End politics of division; make it about addition

You know, they said this day would never come. You have done what the cynics said we couldnít do. In lines that stretched around schools and churches, in small towns and in big cities, you came together as Democrats, Republicans and independents to stand up and say that we are one nation. We are one people. And our time for change has come.

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.

Source: Speech after IA caucus, in Change We Can Believe In, p.203-4 Jan 3, 2008

Barack Obama: Hope is the bedrock of this nation

Years from now, youíll look back and youíll say that this was the moment--this was the place--where America remembered what it means to hope.

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.

Source: Speech after IA caucus, in Change We Can Believe In, p.206-7 Jan 3, 2008

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