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10 Years Ago Tonight

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Barack Obama’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2004

Thank you so much. Thank you……

Thank you, Dick Durbin. You make us all proud.

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. 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. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin- roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.

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, that’s shown as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before him.

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. The day after Pearl Harbor, my grandfather signed up for duty, joined Patton’s army, marched across Europe. Back home my grandmother raised a baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA and later moved west, all the way to Hawaii, in search of opportunity.

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 imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.

They’re both passed away now. And yet I know that, on this night, they look down on me with great pride.

And I stand here today grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents’ dreams live on in my two precious daughters.

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 be 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 is the true genius of America, a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles; that we can tuck in our children at night and know that 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 have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe; that we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution; and that our votes will be counted — or at least, most of the time.

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and our 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.

And fellow Americans, Democrats, Republicans, independents, I say to you, tonight, we have more work to do, for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that’s moving to Mexico, and now they’re having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay 7 bucks an hour; more to do for the father I met who was losing his job and chocking back the tears wondering how he would pay $4,500 a months for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits that he counted on; more to do for the young woman in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her who have the grades, have the drive, have the will, but doesn’t have the money to go to college.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the people I meet in small towns and big cities and diners and office parks, they don’t expect government to solves all of their problems. They know they have to work hard to get a head. And they want to.

Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you: They don’t want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency or by the Pentagon.

Go into any inner-city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can’t teach kids to learn.

They know that parents have to teach, that children can’t achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. They know those things.

People don’t expect — people don’t expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight 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. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry.

John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith and service because they’ve defined his life. From his heroic service to Vietnam to his years as prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he has devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we’ve seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available. His values and his record affirm what is best in us.

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded. So instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, he offers them to companies creating jobs here at home.

John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves.

John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren’t held hostage to the profits of oil companies or the sabotage of foreign oil fields.

John Kerry believes in the constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties nor use faith as a wedge to divide us.

And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world, war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option.

You know, a while back, I met a young man named Seamus in a VFW hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid, 6’2″, 6’3″, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he’d joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week.

And as I listened to him explain why he had enlisted — the absolute faith he had in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service — I thought, this young man was all that any of us might ever hope for in a child. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Seamus as well as he’s serving us?

I thought of the 900 men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors who won’t be returning to their own hometowns. I thought of the families I had met who were struggling to get by without a loved one’s full income or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but still lacked long-term health benefits because they were Reservists.

When we send our young men and women into harm’s way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they are going, to care for their families while they’re gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return and to never, ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace and earn the respect of the world.

Now, let me be clear. Let me be clear. We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued. And they must be defeated.

John Kerry knows this. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate one moment to use our military might to keep America safe and secure.

John Kerry believes in America. And he knows that it’s not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we are all connected as one people.

If there’s 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 who can’t pay for their prescription and having to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it’s not my grandparent.

If there’s an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties.

It is that fundamental belief — it is that fundamental belief — I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper — that makes this country work.

It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family: “E pluribus unum,” out of many, one.

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.

There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. 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 our libraries in the red states.

We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

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?

John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism here, the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don’t think about it, or health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it.

That’s not what I’m talking. I’m talking about something more substantial. 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 millworker’s 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, too.

Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope: In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation, a belief in things not seen, a belief that there are better days ahead.

I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity.

I believe we can provide jobs for the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair.

I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs, and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us.

America, tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do, if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as president. And John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president. And this country will reclaim it’s promise. And out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.

Thank you very much, everybody.

God bless you.

Thank you.

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117 Responses to “10 Years Ago Tonight”


  1. July 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Wow look at what he’s done since then

    • 9 Vicki
      July 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Yes!!! What strikes me reading this again is that PBO has acheived much/most of what he was talking about in 2004.
      The President uses the same words about cynicism versus hope today that you hear in this speech..

      President Obama is thru and thru exactly who he says he is and who he has been since we met him. No “cutting his jib to suit the fashion”, or whatever precisely that quote is.
      The President defines integrity. Not stubborn. PBO has been persuaded by experience to move, such as on marriage equality.

      So when the Evil Forces in our media try to tell us PBO is not honest or trustworthy, I think for most people these slurs fall on deaf ears.
      We know who our President is. And we Trustbarack.

      • July 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Vicki, you are so right and one has to believe that the truth will always win over those who seek the truth. If you are dishonest at your core the light will never shine on you. By the will of his own core beliefs and principles he has brought all truth seekers to his side and therefore he is a two-term-elected president.

  2. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    July 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    What a magnificent tribute, Chiparoo.

    Look at what he has accomplished for the people and for himself, ten years today. Wow…wow…wow. The world is certainly a better place with a President Barack Obama in it.

  3. 13 Don
    July 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This is an incredible post, I remember two pundits talking about this speech. I can’t remember the pundits’ names, but they both were blown away. I remember one of them saying “this guy is going places.”

  4. 17 Don
    July 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I was watching “Game Change” yesterday on HBO and every time I watch it I get reinvigorated. President Obama has defeated them all; from Clinton to McCain to Romney. His message was simple; “Hope and Change.”

    • 18 Vicki
      July 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      They should re-name it “Mood Change” because no matter how worried I might be about the present this movie cheers me right up.

      Two best moments for me. McCain group watching Senator Obama’s reception in Berlin.
      Idiotic commercial calling Sen. Obama the “World’s Biggest Celebrity.

  5. 19 anniebella
    July 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    How about this, Sen. Dick Durbin brought the world Barack Obama. Sen. John McCain brought the world Sarah Palin. Nothing else need to be said. And we won’t even waste our time comparing Mrs. Michelle Obama to Mr. Todd Palin.

  6. 20 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    No wonder the media is frantically trying to rewrite history and erase reality – with their endless polling about HRC and Romney “beating” Obama. Tell the media to save their polls for the fanfic/AU category and while America lives in reality.

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful 10-yr anniversary tribute to our President and his wonderful message of hope over cynicism – still just as inspiring and TRUE today as it was when he appeared on that stage in 2004. :)

    • 21 Vicki
      July 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      The new effort to make history, hf, is a TV show called “Madame Secretary.”

      Did anyone here watch “Political Animals?” A mini-series sponsored/funded by Andrea Mitchell?
      Sigorney Weaver played VP to a thinly-veiled PBO. A VP who was much smarter than the “naive, dopey pres.”
      The President’s plane crashes and VP Weaver takes over. YUCK!!!! A TV flop on all levels

      Madame Secretary offers us Tea Leoni in the title role. No doubt the idea is to do what The West Wing did with Jimmy Smits. Present a female SOS who should be president.

  7. 22 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 27, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    OH MY GOSH…THESE PHOTOS BRING BACK SO MANY MEMORIES…YOU ARE LOVED MR PRESIDENT…AKA…ENERGIZER BUNNY WITH SHOES ON FIRE!…GOING TO EAT…WILL HAVE TO CATCH UP LATER!

    • 23 Layla
      July 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Good one!!! “The Bear is Loose’, ” The shoes are on fire”

      • 24 Cindy
        July 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        Hi Layla,
        Hope you’re doing well and I pray that your health is improving.

        Just wanted to say thank you for posting those clips of; dog missing her ,and the cat who definitely loves his/her owner.

        Smiled through both, a little laughter does the heart good.

        Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL DAY – ENJOY!

        • 25 Cindy
          July 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

          correction: dog missing her owner

          • 26 Layla
            July 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

            Good afternoon Cindy! Hope you are well. Status quo on health. I only posted the video of the dog missing his owner, someone else(do not remember who) posted the loving cat video. Have a BLESSED day. Hope your neighbor is OK. TY for the prayers, I continue to need them!

            • 27 Cindy
              July 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

              Thank you,
              Well, I loved them both. So credit to you and the other poster.
              Court is at the end of the month, will be a witness, praying for the best outcome.

  8. 28 desertflower
    July 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love this!! I love this SOOOOOO Much! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Never waver. Never falters. Keeps pushing for a better way for all. North Star guiding him the whole way. I love this man.

  9. 29 Cindy
    July 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Wishing everyone a very “BEAUTIFUL” and “BLESSED” Sunday,

    Sunday early morning services ended; you come home to relax, and try to get caught up with the happenings of local and world news, and you’re met with………

    U.S Representative Alcee Hastings was a guest on the Michael Putney show (Florida), and I was somewhat surprised by his comments regarding President Obama. Putney read off a list of complaints about President Obama; that has come from Democrats and Republicans in Congress. I know Mr. Hastings, and have known him through various cycles of his life, from Judge to politician. I don’t feel that he has to support the President because they are “both black men”, just as I didn’t vote for President Obama just because he is black. I don’t live in Washington, and I don’t know what goes on behind those closed doors in the White House. However, I was taken aback by some of the answers he provided today.

    On the issue of the President not reaching out to Congress, he agreed, and I don’t feel that this is a correct statement. Mr. Hastings stated that
    he has voiced his complaints about this over the years, and because he is friends with Dr. Susan Rice, he contacted her. He did state that President Obama has been inviting the Democrats and Republicans to the White House more frequent now, since Dr. Rice involvement.

    I haven’t heard anything about this but then again, there are days that I walk away from all of the madness and clear my space. Mr. Hastings stated that he has talked with Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and C. Rice over the issues of foreign affairs but they couldn’t make head way with the president, until recently, because of Dr. S. Rice intervention.

    Mr. Hastings stated that the President should have gone to the borders, not for a picture but to talk to the Border Patrols and to make sure that they understood how to handle the crisis. I have always advocated “against” this and was pleased that President Obama didn’t go to the borders.
    Peggy Noonan has done another hit piece on the President, and it’s ugly; stating that the President is shallow and hangs out with Hollywood stars and athletes but he avoids Washington. Putney read her full statement to Mr. Hastings, and he (Hastings) simply stated; President Obama is an intellectual and “does better” with handling guys like Putin. What the hell does that mean?

    I know that no perfect scenario exist in politics but from what I have observed, is that President Obama has reached out to Congress from day one, and from day one, Congress has acted like a fool (putting it mildly). Mr. Hastings has a right to speak about issues as they all do but I was not prepared to hear him say what he said today.

    What does President Obama have to do to satisfy Congress? Mr. Hastings, to his credit, pointed out the number of deaths in Iraq and he pointed out other issues that matters. I just don’t understand the politics of not supporting this President, because Mr. Hastings and the other Dems were right there with former President Clinton. Clinton could do no wrong in their eyes even when he was wrong. I detest Noonan and I hope that someone will answer her op-ed in the President’s defense because her statement will lead the news this week, and probably because Mr. Hastings is black, his statement will be used to support the repukes lies – never ending saga.

    Roses are red and violets are blue, I’ll keep my trust in President Barack H. Obama, because this is nothing new (but it still pisses me off).

    • 30 anniebella
      July 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Cindy I have read enough. I must stop. Nothing from Hasting about the obstruction this President have dealt with. And as far as Looney Nooney, forget that old Reagen witch.

    • July 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Cindy, this is becoming a bit of a habit, bringing negative nonsense about PBO to TOD :-)

    • 33 Layla
      July 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Cindy, one needs to remember that these people are being paid ‘big money’ to trash talk about this President. I pay no attention to them. As far as Ms Piggy is concerned, she is still in love with a fictional, white character from the 80’s. Responding to her would be like talking to a rock or worse.

    • July 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      I honestly don’t see the value of reading about turncoat “friends” like Hastings. These yo-yos are of no value if they don’t stick with the leader that has stuck with them. Do we really have to read about him and wring our hands because he’s a no-value politician.

      • July 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        I agree with you Bill. I am sure most of them are consumed with envy. No wonder Christian theologians considered envy as one of the 7 deadly sins.

  10. July 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Please pass the kleenex.

  11. July 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I have loved this wonderful man for ten years and I thank God for him every single day!

  12. 42 MadameSoph
    July 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you so much Chips! This is exactly what I needed at the end of a week full of news and images of sadness and horror.

    I’ll never forget that night! No one had before (or has since) inspired me like our (now) PBO did on that night. I remember that Kerry was not that kind of inspirational candidate (I have since come to admire him as S of S and believe that everyone ended up where they were supposed to :-) ) That speech lifted me up with hope and with inspiration and possibility during the dark days of the Bush/Cheney years. PBO has fulfilled the promise of that night and much, much more!

    I am off to work now, but I am looking forward to coming home tonight and savoring that speech again, and reading the text as well.

    Once again, PBO lifts me up and puts me back on the right road, facing forward and determined to forge ahead toward a future filled with love, compassion, tolerance, progress, prosperity and peace with the best President of our lifetimes! Thanks again for this reminder – couldn’t have come at a better time!

  13. 43 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I suggest everyone who is on Twitter, please respond affirmatively to this tweet. Let’s get ball rolling…

    #YesWeWill :)

  14. July 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Good lord, I was followed by some account named “Liberal Rehab”, whose mission it is to engage and convert liberals to conservatism. Blocked that silliness from my TL.

  15. 50 Don
    July 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Cindy, I know Mr. Hastings up close and personal, I was born and raised in Florida and I’ve seen all his moves. Cindy let me tell you a story, Mr. Hastings and other black leaders broke their necks trying to get to the Whitehouse to pray for Clinton when it was found out that he couldn’t keep it in his pants. Clinton went around to every black church he could find just so he could get some hands laid on him. And how did Clinton repay those very black folks that fought for him? Clinton repaid them by telling Senator Ted Kennedy that back in the day someone like “Obama” would be serving them coffee when Clinton he was courting Kennedy for his endorsement of Hillary.

    The only black leaders that dared to open their mouths before President Obama was elected were Sharpton and Jackson; they talked about inequality and joblessness in the black community. I remember Jesse Jackson talking about gay rights before anyone else did. I couldn’t turn on the t.v. in the 80’s and 90’s without seeing Sharpton or Jackson leading some march somewhere about something. Now we may have our problems with Jesse Jackson today, but Jesses opened up his mouth and spoke about “Our” problems when nobody did.

    Maybe there’s a reason President Obama doesn’t want to talk to certain members in congress. Whomever President Obama doesn’t want to talk to, I don’t want him to talk to them either. All the things this man has done for this country from healthcare to gay rights and these small minded politicians running around complaining that he doesn’t talk to them. I guess they want President Obama to sit around with them and blow sunshine up their asses.

    • 51 desertflower
      July 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      ” All the things this man has done for this country from healthcare to gay rights and these small minded politicians running around complaining that he doesn’t talk to them. I guess they want President Obama to sit around with them and blow sunshine up their asses.”

      This. This. And this! Bunch of whiny assed babies. They need to have their hands held, their feelings not hurt, their bubble intact, and affix blame to anyone and everything but themselves. FU Congress!

      • 52 Don
        July 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

        Whenever you get the chance, desertflower, read up on Mr. Hastings. In the dirty south we call him Alcee.

      • 53 anniebella
        July 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm

        Considering the condition this country was in when President Obama took over, things are better. Might not be the best for everyone, but things are better, and it’s because of the job this President and his administration have done.But all some Dems want to do is complain cause Obama is not asking them over to the White House all the time. No President before have had to deal with the obstruction that this President have, does Hasting talk about that?

    • July 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Congrats on being First Don and thank you for reminding folks (why do we have to here..but ok) that this is 2014 NOT 1994! You CANNOT compare the two periods of how a GOP lead house treated a “White” sitting President. I will give my props to Clinton for creating jobs, doing tax cuts for the middle class, a booming economy, eight years of prosperity and no unending wars. But I do blame him for making difficult for Al Gore to become president because of his selfishness and foolishness that gave us GWB. Clinton may have met and negotiated with the GOP but there was NO Tea party racist. They hated Bill but they hated Hillary more. I truly feel that in 2008 the racist and the GOP NEVER dreamed Senator Barack Obama would become president when for decades even Black folk believed we would never see a AA president in our lifetimes. That is why when he did win they got together to make sure he would not succeed. His first two years there was an awesome DEM house leader and enough GOP to work with to still make things happen and worked with DEM leaders and the President. Many of those GOP house and senate leaders were “teabagged” and gone.

      This President WANTS to work with the GOP but these teabaggers are fucking crazy and PBO don’t have time for their grandstanding when the whole world is on your shoulders. He can get down on his knees, show them St. Ronnie, Bush and every Rethug president is doing the EXACT same thing he is doing and they will still say NO. What irks me the most is when so called liberal DEM representatives or senators say PBO needs to reach out to the GOP when they know full dam well it won’t work. We have seen time and time and time and time again THIS President try to compromise and if he goes too far you have the empogs and the Bernie Sanders of the world complaining. When he compromises it’s “PBO doesn’t know how to negotiate”. It is no wonder this man still smiles!

      Cindy you are fairly new to TOD but many of us were here before TOD when the ACA fight, the bailout of the auto industry, the repeal of DADT, the Dodd/Frank reform of Wall Street, the two Justices to the Supreme Court, the many, many, many invites to the WH which hardly any of the GOP would attend so PBO gave up. You have to remember all this complaining by the GOP is theatre. They no more want to socialize with PBO than they want to be seen with Satin. I’ve heard PBO tell them that they have painted themselves into a corner with their he’s a muslim-mauist-socialist-un-American-Kenyon-nonchristian rhetoric that it has made it impossible for them to even be seen with the president. This is not PBO’s doing no matter what these turncoat DEMs say. In my opinion they are ONLY saying these things not because they are true but to get their names in a newspaper, on teevee, or who knows. I cannot believe that this guy in FL has any pull by telling Dr. Susan Rice what he thinks and all of a sudden the President is meeting more with the moron GOP. It just does not pass the smell test. If you have watched any of PBO’s past or present speeches he says he wants to work with these morons. In one of his most recent speeches he was just about begging in frustration for these lazy assholes to send him a bill on infrastructure, immigration, etc. ALL they talk about is “suing” the president that’s what they spend their time doing or with hearings on conspiracies of the WH wrongdoings.

      Maybe I am just blind but all I see are a bunch of GOP/Teabaggers who have lost their minds that PBO was re-elected when Mitch Turtle face said that was their number one goal and they failed. The only other false hope they can give their constituients is to sue him or impeach him. My only fear is the last time this happened there was a terror cell watching and waiting for the time to strike. Unlike Clinton, THIS President is going to keep us safe and is on the look out for the clues that the Clinton and Bush Administration over looked.

      My final rant is to all we have to vote, get people registered, and take back the House and keep the Senate. Concentrate on 2014, have our President and First Lady’s back and forget about these Dinos, Teabaggers, and the media’s stupid polls. The only polls we need to be concerned about is the VOTING POLLS. Because if we do this for President Obama we ALL win!

  16. July 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    really?

    10 years?

    wow.

  17. 56 mtmarilyn
    July 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I remember that night so clearly. I remember sitting and crying thinking here is someone who really understands America. Thank you for posting this for all to read and listen to again.

  18. July 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    We need to change the paradigm ….

  19. July 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    • 60 Don
      July 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Maybe Hillary can spare a few minutes to ask everyone to make a commintment to vote on November 4th as well.

    • 68 anniebella
      July 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks meta. FLOTUS I’m going there and I will do my part, whatever I can to remind people to vote. It makes you wonder how the people can see all what the Tea Republicans stand for, stand against, all they have block, they see the ugly racism, but yet they want to blame this President and not go vote. I want to tell these people if they had gotten their butts out to vote in 2010, we won’t had the Tea Party racists idiots like Ted Cruz, and those in the House, and John Boehner wouldn’t be Speaker.

  20. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Be still, my heart. What a wonderful speech that was. I’m getting all teary eyed! For those of us who hadn’t heard of him, yet, that speech catapulted him into our hearts and minds forevah!

  21. July 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Do you all think the constant diatribe against the President has had an effect on diplomacy?
    Because, as is the case domestically, John Kerry has nit been able to accomplish much.
    He tries and he is very talented… So, what gives?

  22. July 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Ya! Woohoo! Send them back in body bags. Woohoo! :(

  23. July 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Wow! 10 years…It doesn’t seem nearly that long ago. But I don’t think I could have imagined how things would turn out for that young senator, and the nation, back in 2004. I honestly was so upset, then jaded after that presidential election, and really didn’t have any enthusiasm about state or national politics until Super Tuesday of 2008, when Sen. Obama won me over. :)

  24. 75 GGail
    July 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Chips!!! I return home to find this Post. If I had a gazillion of those little gold stars – it wouldn’t be enough to tell you how beautiful this Post is! It takes me back to the actual time and place when I saw and heard this dynamic young black man speak for the first time. He fired me up then and he STILL fires me up!

    Thank you <3 Chips and thank you Barack Obama

  25. July 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    • July 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Dr Bobfr, Germany has intelligence agency!! and they have the fricking guts to question US. intelligence agency trying to protect its people by gathering information from any nation friend or foe. Why not start by backing the President with stricter sanctions against the stupid ignorant Putin

      • July 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

        “Why not start by backing the President with stricter sanctions against the stupid ignorant Putin …” Agree, okey. It does appear that they are finally coming to realize the need for much harsher sanctions, as some of the comments in the article, and other statements made during the past week, suggest.

        • 79 jackiegrumbacher
          July 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

          Bob, despite the elaborate (translated from the German) language this report makes one point very clear: Germany is stating that it’s economic interests are secondary to pushing against Russia with further sanctions. The question is whether the oligarchs will actually exert their authority, be cowed into silence by Putin or suddenly disappear. Putin seems to have entered a world so defined by his own megalomania, that he may not be able to tolerate dissent of any kind.

  26. 80 Nena20409
    July 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Good Sunday Afternoon TOD.

    Chipsticks, You are simply the Best. 10 yrs? Wow! A decade later, the former IL state senator is the POTUS. Thank Good Heavens ;)

    Au :star: for Don ;)

    Have not read a thing or been to the web today. Busy Sunday.

    Mowed the Lawn. Thank goodness. Dark skies. Had Coffee, Cashews and Yogurt. Now on a tall flask filled with Cold Apple cider.

    BBL.

    I am so behind :)

  27. July 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Chips…..Thank you very, very much for posting the speech of then Senator Obama. It has always been a source of inspiration for me.
    The audio copy of his book has the speech on the last CD. I keep this in my car and play it when I need a ‘quicker picker upper’.
    This is a man of integrity. Just compare this speech… which stated so much of what he wanted for America…to all he has done. He sure
    kept his word and promises. That’s what integrity looks like. Not the political speak and lying that one gets from the typical politician. But
    then, no one can accuse Barack Obama of being typical.

    God Bless our President. I love this Man.

  28. July 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    About the Water Bill ‘ Crisis’ in Detroit…

    from POU that sums up my new suspicion about this. I think it’s about Negro Removal.

    Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! I know it is Sunday but I have a rant!

    I have been so disturbed by this Detroit water shut off. I was raised in the desert where water is practically sacred. We actually still have old laws on the books that discuss the rights to water & that no one can shut off a person’s access to water for any reason.

    That Detroit could allow over 40 corporations & businesses to owe over $9 million in water bills & not shut them off when they are shutting off the water to thousands of individual customers is unconscionable! What I saw that Detroit was charging individual customers for monthly water rates made me see red! We pay here, a fraction of that & our water is way more fragile & scarce.

    From what I understand, rates have more than tripled recently in Detroit & can be tied as a lien to the property taxes which could result in foreclosure for home owners. I would love to see a real analysis of just which customers were targeted because this looks to me like a “land grab” of major proportions.

    Cui bono! GOP are evil! Follow the money!

    My two pesos!

    http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/sunday-open-thread-p-o-u-sunday-jazz-brunch-30/#comment-1506822422

  29. 89 jackiegrumbacher
    July 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    When the young Illinois senator spoke at the 2004 convention, he reminded us of an America most of us had forgotten after years of war, incompetence, the lingering stink of the Republican impeachment process and the SCOTUS selection of George Bush. We had been working on the Kerry campaign in our county and the local tension between Dems and the GOP was deep and ugly (then as now). All of us had gathered together in a local hotel meeting room and watched the events of that night together. I could hear gasps as Barack Obama started to speak in that wonderful voice and then silence as we all leaned forward in our chairs to hear every word and then the small sobs as he reminded us America as it could be–filled with love and hope, rather than hatred and despair. At the end of the speech, I knew it was going to be hard to get us all working for John Kerry again the next day, as fine a person as he has always been. It was on that night that many of us lost our hearts. Here was a person who could reach into us and find all the possibilities hidden there and inspire us to be more and to do better without every preaching at us. There was never a doubt again in my heart about what I would do if he ever ran for president. There has never been anyone like him and likely never will be again.

    • July 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Here was a person who could reach into us and find all the possibilities hidden there and inspire us to be more and to do better without every preaching at us. There was never a doubt again in my heart about what I would do if he ever ran for president. There has never been anyone like him and likely never will be again.

      **********************

      Yessssssssssss!!!….

  30. July 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    This is a great sermon, but it also teaches us:

    If you want to get something done, do it yourself.

    Thank you, President Barack Hussein Obama.

    • July 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      “If you want to get something done, do it yourself.”

      I prefer, ‘I am my brother’s keeper’, so I disagree :-)

      • July 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        I think that it is both….that we have our own individual drive and inspiration and determination…but that we are indeed our Brother’s keeper …our Sister’s keeper….giving a hand up when needed….that there are things that we can ONLY do together….

        Yesssssssss!….

        We Move Forward Together……..

  31. July 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Chips and NW, I just sent Alycee the link for my daughter’s shave event……going on right now in Boston. I’m going to share link here,but if it’s against the rules, please feel free to delete. It’s beena long time since we discussed anything like this so I don’t remember the rules. :) I’ve suggested to friends on Facebook a $10 donation. Why $10? Walker would be 10 years old had he lived.

    http://www.stbaldricks.org/search?search-term=laura%20gorney&type=a

  32. July 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Friends, I come to this place as a refuge from the noise machine. I really, really don’t want to hear the backstabbing of Rep. Alcee Hastings. This says something about the guy he is from Wikipedia: He served as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1979 until his impeachment and removal from that post in 1989, and is one of only eight federal officials in American history to be impeached and removed from office.” Do we really need to read posts attacking our President from this traitorous do-nothing politician ?

  33. 103 Asher in Boston
    July 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    What a speech. It still gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it.

  34. July 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

  35. 105 Judith Fardig
    July 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    This beautifully illustrated post is definitely a keeper, Chips! How far we have come with that impossibly handsome, brilliant young Barack H. Obama.

  36. July 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    This looks good.

  37. 107 anniebella
    July 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Yes like FLOTUS said we deserve a Congress who will work for us and our family.

  38. July 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Never tried this so don’t know if it will work.

    https://www.facebook.com/lala.m.smith

  39. 111 Layla
    July 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Well I have read and re-read the President’s truthful, wise and beautiful words; they continue to bring me to tears. I remember watching that event. I had just moved back home from the US and thought OMG, this man is going to be President soon!!! I am in awe of this man every single day. I just plain love him! So TY Chips from the bottom of my heart and TY to the TODers who also love him so, for obvious reasons

  40. July 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Gas station clerk with MMA training surprises thieves

  41. 115 aquagranny911
    July 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Ten years ago tonight was when my Sis & I looked at each other and said…PRESIDENT!

    • 116 carolyn
      July 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      I well remember that night too. I was watching the convention, I usually do watch, my husband wasn’t. Then, he walked by the room where I was watching, heard a few words, stopped, and stayed. “Who is that? He’s saying what I feel. No one has before.” We both said….he’ll be president. Thank you for bringing this all back.

      He looks so young!!!!!

  42. 117 HZ
    July 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Chips, I thank you for reminding us why we are here. Thank you for this today. And I have always felt you do what is best for President Barack Obama. Thank you for the respect and true support. Love you, my Chips.HZ


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