Yes We Can – An America For Change
In Obama’s historic and most memorable acceptance speech as the President Elect of the United States of America, he proclaimed:
It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
And I wept. I cried for the country I had forgotten was with me, not against me. I cried for the country I thought was dead but had suddenly risen from the grave. I cried for all the martyrs of the American Dream, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harvey Milk, Addie Mae Collins, James Chaney, Brandon Tina, Jonathan Daniels, James Byrd and the multiples of others who died because of the color of their skin or their denial of denying themselves and they stood up and said, “Yes we can.” I cried because I had given up on the USA and no longer felt the pride I had felt so many years ago to stand up and salute the red, white and blue. I was both proud and humbled. And then, he spoke to me:
This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
For being reminded not to abandon my hope, to not be the cynic, to never forget that I too am an American, I stretch out my hand to you and say, “Thank you Senator from Illinois, the next President of the United States of America.”
For a full transcript of Barack Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech for the Presidency of the United States of America, please follow the below provided link.