Barack Obama’s March 4 speech

6 03 2008

Obama Speech Excerpts

“We believe that a child born tonight should have the same chances whether she arrives in the barrios of San Antonio or the suburbs of St. Louis, on the streets of Chicago or the hills of Appalachia.

We believe that when she goes to school for the first time, it should be in a place where the rats don’t outnumber the computers, that when she applies to college cost should be no barrier to a degree that will allow her to compete with children in India or children in China for the jobs of the 21st century.

We further believe that those jobs should provide wages that can raise her family, health care for when she gets sick, a pension for when she retires.

We believe that when she tucks her own children into bed, she should feel safe knowing that they are protected from the threats we face by the bravest, best-equipped military in the world, led by a commander in chief who has the judgment to know when to send them into battle and which battlefield to fight on.

And if that child should ever get the chance to travel the world and someone should ask her where is she from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when she answers, I am an American.

That is the course we seek. That is the change we are calling for. You can call it many things, but you can’t call it empty.”

Excerpts from Sen. Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday after presidential nominating contests in Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas:

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“It’s with that hope that we began this journey, the hope that if we could go block by block, city by city, state by state, and build a movement that spanned race and region, party and gender, if we could give young people a reason to vote and the young at heart a reason to believe again … if we could inspire a nation to come together and we could turn the page on a politics that has shut us out, let us down, and told us to settle, we could write a new chapter in the American story.

We were told this was impossible. We were told the climb was too steep. We were told our country was too cynical, that we were just being naive and we couldn’t really change the world as it is.

But then a few people in Iowa stood up and said, ‘Yes, we can.’

And then a few more of you stood up, from the hills of New Hampshire to the coast of South Carolina. And then a few million of you stood up, from Savannah to Seattle, from Boise to Baton Rouge.

And tonight, because of you, because of a movement you built that stretches from Vermont’s Green Mountains to the streets of San Antonio, we can stand up … we can stand up with confidence and clarity to say that we are turning the page and we are ready to write the next great chapter in America’s story.”

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“Now, in the weeks to come, we will begin a great debate about the future of this country with a man who has served it bravely and loves it dearly. And tonight, I called John McCain and congratulated him on winning the Republican nomination.

But in this election, we will offer two very different visions of the America we see in the 21st century. Because John McCain may claim long history of straight talk and independent thinking — and I respect that — but in this campaign, he has fallen in line behind the very same policies that have ill-served America.

He has seen where George Bush has taken our country and he promises to keep us on the very same course.”

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“And John McCain and Hillary Clinton have echoed each other, dismissing this call for change as eloquent but empty, speeches not solutions. And yet they know, or they should know, that it’s a call that did not begin with my words.

It began with words that were spoken on the floors of factories in Ohio and across the deep plains of Texas, words that came from classrooms in South Carolina and living rooms in the state of Iowa, from first-time voters and lifelong cynics, from Democrats and independents and Republicans alike.

John McCain and Hillary Clinton should know that there’s nothing empty about the call for affordable health care that came from the young student who told me she gets three hours of sleep a night because she works the night shift after a full day of college and still can’t pay her sister’s medical bills.

There’s nothing empty about the call for help that comes from the mother in San Antonio who saw her mortgage double in two weeks and didn’t know where her two-year-olds would sleep at night when they were on the brink of being kicked out of their home.

There’s nothing empty about the call for change that came from the elderly woman who wants it so badly that she sent me an envelope with a money order for $3.01 and a simple verse of scripture tucked inside.

These Americans know that government can’t solve all of our problems, and they don’t expect it to. Americans know that we have to work harder and study more to compete in a global economy.”

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“We believe that a child born tonight should have the same chances whether she arrives in the barrios of San Antonio or the suburbs of St. Louis, on the streets of Chicago or the hills of Appalachia.

We believe that when she goes to school for the first time, it should be in a place where the rats don’t outnumber the computers, that when she applies to college cost should be no barrier to a degree that will allow her to compete with children in India or children in China for the jobs of the 21st century.

We further believe that those jobs should provide wages that can raise her family, health care for when she gets sick, a pension for when she retires.

We believe that when she tucks her own children into bed, she should feel safe knowing that they are protected from the threats we face by the bravest, best-equipped military in the world, led by a commander in chief who has the judgment to know when to send them into battle and which battlefield to fight on.

And if that child should ever get the chance to travel the world and someone should ask her where is she from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when she answers, I am an American.

That is the course we seek. That is the change we are calling for. You can call it many things, but you can’t call it empty.”

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“The world is watching what we do here. The world is paying attention to how we conduct ourselves, what we say, how we treat one another. What will they see? What will we tell them? What will we show them?

Can we come together across party and region, race and religion, to restore prosperity and opportunity as the birthright of every American? Can we lead the community of nations in taking on the common threats of the 21st century, terrorism and climate change, genocide and disease?

Can we send a message to all those weary travelers beyond our shores who long to be free from fear and want, that the United States of America is and always will be the last best hope on Earth?

We say, we hope, we believe, yes, we can.

Barack Obama’s March 4 Speech

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8 responses

6 03 2008
Hannah

Obama:

“En esas montañas [Pakistán] hay terroristas escondidos que han asesinado a 3.000 estadounidenses y están conspirando para dar otro golpe” […] “fue un terrible error no actuar cuando teníamos la oportunidad de sostener una reunión en 2005 con la cúpula de Al Qaeda”. “Si tenemos información de los servicios de inteligencia acerca de los objetivos de alto valor de los terroristas y el presidente paquistaní, Pervez Musharraf, no actúa, lo haremos nosotros”

And last, but not least: Obama Supports Individual Gun Rights

Saludos

6 03 2008
juanat

HANNAH:
No sé muy bien qué quieres decir con esas frases entresacadas de alguna declaración. ¿Que no hay diferencia con los republicanos? No conozco mucho de Obama. Pero conociendo lo que conozco de Bush, creo que me quedo con el cambio.

7 03 2008
Macarena

Hola!
Bueno, tema complicado para mí dado que no entiendo demasiado sobre política.
Pero alguna vez en ciertas noticias he visto el daño que ha causado y está causando Bush al mundo y creo que si Obama sale elgido será un cambio importante y creo que el mundo mejorará notablemente.

Saludos! Macarena 4ºD

8 03 2008
Anónimo

Sinceramente gane quien gane ganará el centro, así es como se denomina la izquierda americana y habrá ganado. Yo apoyaria a clinton, luego a McCain y en último término a Obama porque me parece que muchas palabras y nada de promesas claras. Queremos una mujer al frente del princpial pais del mundo, y si se apellida Clinton mejor que mejor!!!!!!!!

8 03 2008
Fer

Me parece lamentable pedir un cambio sin saber a lo que cambias. Yo, que apoyo notablemente a Hillary, creo que Obama es un buen orador pero no va más allá. Le gustará lo de la niña de Rajoy y toda esa parafernaria americana pero un país se merece mucho más. Un saludo

27 09 2008
Maldonado

There is no doubt that the world is constantly changing and there are multiple reasons for this new phenomenon. Unlike the past, today people are reacting; they cannot stand any longer indifferent to society’s environment. There are many things taking place today within the West hemisphere and one of the reasons is that people have come forward and are interested in acquiring a fundamental knowledge in the understanding of our power structures. Within this concern, we have found the existence of a strongly hermetic group that has initiated a new kind of revolution. José Rojas’s intellectual revolution purpose is to awaken consciousness and it has been conducting this type of method since the year 2000. It all started in Puerto Rico and this movement has dedicated itself to improve the lifes of a great diversity of Hispanics within the nation. People are reacting to a series of issues that can reshape the development of our life system. With the recently economy disaster one can only hope that light emerges for good. Maybe it is true. Maybe we need a new world based on the reinvention of an Establishment that can hold together the principal pillars of our society.

31 10 2012
Lorena

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21 05 2013
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Yes! Finally something about health.

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