03 June 2008

Ok, the day got a whole lot better

President Barack Obama. I like the sound of that. I am fantastically proud to have a Democratic candidate who is...Hawaiian!

And I still get chills from this video.



It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots;
A President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
And a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

(We want change.)


We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant.

We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA;
We will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests;
That we are one people;
We are one nation;
and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
From sea to shining sea:
Yes We Can.

10 comments:

Major Bedhead said...

This was the first time I cried with happiness over an election result. I've been sitting here, all by myself, thinking "my god, we actually did it. We actually won. Maybe there is hope." And I'm just overwhelmed. Overjoyed and overwhelmed.

whall said...

That really is one fantastically put together video.

If nothing else, it can be said that I am proud of the nation for it's resurging interest and involvement in politics.

Sister Wolf said...

It was truly a religious experience, watching his speech. It's totally amazing, isn't it?!

g said...

See? Your bad day got lots better! It IS exciting, isn't it?

Mom101 said...

My heart be still.

LiteralDan said...

Chilling indeed-- it's a great day. Let's hope we have more great days this November and beyond!

Minnesota Matron said...

The Matron watched every last minute of the speech and even considered attending -- but she heard that 15,000 people were unable to get in, so she stayed home and watched it on TV. Riding the same fabulous wave here in St. Paul!

Kristin said...

I just love Obama... I have, for the first time in (oh, let's say 8 years) hope for our struggling nation... and I am full of joy.

Count Mockula said...

Ha, I posted the same video! I watched the whole speech last night, too, and definitely got misty.

Elizabeth said...

Fantastic post, Sue. I also have hope, for the first time in so many years, that we will at least get 4 and gods willing, 8 years of something other than a whole lot of nothing. President Obama!

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