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The transcript of Barack Obama's 2008 DNC Acceptance Speech

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"We may not agree..."

  • Sep 3, 2008
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I'll be honest, Obama was my pick from the get-go. This review is by no means unbiased. I love the man. If I didn't love Michelle, too, I'd want to have his babies.

I felt Obama's acceptance speech was a beautiful balance of the soaring speeches that have captured the heart of many voters and a solid vision for what his presidancy will be. Beyond all that- he expressed the aspect of his politics that most resonates with me and my experience. He spoke of real issues and didn't simply preach the party line, but showed his understanding that the things the "talking heads" on CNN shout at each other about are not just talking points- they are real issues that have a huge impact on the daily lives of Americans across the country. Our politics can not be black or white, red or blue, right or left. He expressed this toward the end of his speech:

"We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country.  The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals.  I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.  Passions fly on immigration, but I don't know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers.  This too is part of America's promise - the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort."

Obama has his faults and we'll never know how anyone will be as POTUS until we let them show us, but this speech shows that he at least understands that it isn't just a political game. Maybe it took someone who isn't entrenched in Washington to see that.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 08:00 PM

To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest - a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours -- Hillary Rodham Clinton.  To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia - I love you so much, and I'm so proud of all of you.

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story - of the briefu nion between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

 It is that promise that has always set this country apart - that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as ...
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