While still a sitting state senator he entered the Illinois Senate racewhich would end on the same day as the presidential election.
Promote Your Page Too On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.
My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant. But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son.
Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place: America, which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. While studying here, my father met my mother.
She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter, a common dream, born of two continents.
My parents shared not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
They are both passed away now.
Yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with pride. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy.
Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, "We hold these truths to he self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will he counted - or at least, most of the time.
This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations.
More to do for the young woman in East St. They know they have to work hard to get ahead and they want to. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all.
They know we can do better. And they want that choice. In this election, we offer that choice.Jul 27, · Tuesday, July 27, ; PM Candidate for U.S.
Senate in Illinois, Barack Obama, delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National . 2 thoughts on “ Barack Obama’s DNC Keynote Address ” Carly Zive September 11, at am.
I think this was a really good choice for your first RCl blog and I think you did an excellent job of analyzing Obama’s speech. Jun 07, · Obama’s Democratic National Conference Speech The first speech I’m going to look at is Barack Obama’s speech to the Democrat National Conference in John Kerry was the Democrat candidate for the Presidency, and Obama had the keynote spot at the Conference.
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Presidency Barack Obama - Victory Speech. The Democratic National Convention included the featured keynote speech of Barack Obama, then a candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, who would later go on to become the 44th President of the United States in July 27, Keynote Address Democratic National Convention Compete Text.
On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.