This is the finest speech I’ve ever heard given by a politician in my lifetime. I really want to believe that this speech will be remembered in the way that the Gettysburg Address is remembered, the way that Kennedy’s speeches are remembered. The way Martin Luther King’s dream is remembered.
To hear a politician telling the truth — the hard truth, the unpleasant truth — about race and class in America, and then asking Americans to turn aside their differences and their prejudices and to work together…my God. My God.
I’m not voting for Obama because he’s black. I’m not voting for Obama because he wants to pull out of Iraq.
I’m voting for Obama because he is the only politician I’ve ever seen who genuinely instills in me a sense of hope in this country’s future, which is something that I’ve not had since I was a child.
I want to believe. And maybe if enough people believe — if enough people can find hope — then we can work together, rural whites and urban blacks and Latino immigrants and conservatives and liberals, to put aside our differences and remind ourselves of the love we have for this country that is first and foremost a dream of unity and freedom that we all share. I don’t believe in your God, I don’t share your skin color; I may not even share your language. But we can share our hope.
I’ll believe in that.