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Barack Obama in 2004 was totally unknown

people were saying I don't know who this

guy is wonder why they picked him he had

interpretation as a bit of an upstart as

sort of a young rising figure in the

party but no one knew who this guy was

this was his chance to introduce himself

to people

tonight is a particular honor for me

because let's face it my presence on

this stage is pretty unlikely my father

was a foreign student born and raised in

a small village in Kenya what makes a

great political speech is if you can

somehow fold your story into this larger

American story the next thing he says is

better as mothers family his grandfather

fought in World War two use the GI Bill

a settlement in Kansas so white people

could say huh oh he's just like us

my parents shared not only an improbable

love they shared an abiding faith in the

possibilities of this nation 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

going into this speech we've had four

years of George Bush and we felt as a

country like we've grown further apart

Oh war was very much a divisive partisan

race Obama's speeches and in some ways

an antidote to that alongside our famous

individualism there's another ingredient

in the American saga a belief that we're

all connected as one people if there is

a child on the south side of Chicago who

can't read that matters to me even if

it's not my child if there's a senior

citizen somewhere we can't pay for their

prescription drugs and having to choose

between medicine and the rent that makes

my life poor even if it's not my

grandparent it is that fundamental

belief I am my brother's keeper I am My

Sister's Keeper that makes this country

work e pluribus unum out of many one he

gives a speech that priests ages his

entire political message of 2008 which

is the serve post-partisan argument now

even as we speak there are those who are

preparing to divide us the spin masters

the negative ad peddlers who embraced

the politics of anything-goes well I say

to them tonight there is not a liberal

America and a conservative America there

is the United States of America

Obama was born with two great gifts that

one is his mind and the other is his

ability to speak to large groups of

people there are three things that Obama

does that really makes that speech

effective he wants concrete the tale

he likes story and he loves antithesis

the use of repetition in structure to

show contrast there is not a liberal

America or a conservative America there

is one in there the pundits like to

slice and dice our country in the red

states and blue states but I've got news

for them too we worship an awesome God

in the blue states and we don't like

federal agents poking around in our

libraries in the red states we coach

little lead in the blue states and yes

we've got some gay friends in the red

states we are one people all of us

pledging allegiance to the Stars and

Stripes all of us defending the United

States of America the way he used his

hands he actually points a lot does a

lot of this a lot of this a lot of that

in doing so he gives off this sense of

energy I am new I'm someone who is

dynamic and he doesn't get so much

anymore he's a little more solemn and

reserved when his speeches today I think

it's more reflective of his office

in the end in the end that's what this

election is about do we participate in a

politics of cynicism or do we

participate in a politics of hope it's

the hope of slaves sitting around a fire

singing freedom songs the hope of

immigrants setting out for distant

shores the hope of a young naval

lieutenant bravely patrolling the mekong

delta the hope of a mill workers son who

dares to defy the odds the hope of a

skinny kid with a funny name who

believes that America has a place for

him to go hope in the face of difficulty

hope in the face of uncertainty the

audacity of hope' his appearance at that

convention which was the best speech of

the convention better than John Kerry's

was electrifying and without it he

wouldn't be President

I think sincerity means a lot there are

people who when they speak that they

speak the truth as they see it and

they're they're very effective doing

that I believe this country will reclaim

its promise and out of this long

political darkness a brighter day will

come thank you very much everybody