Thursday, August 28, 2008
A New Dream
Obama's acceptance speech falls on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream," one of my favorite speeches of all time.
Here's an excerpt from Obama's acceptance speech tonight, which had hints of inspiration from MLK:
It is that promise that's always set this country apart, that through hard work and sacrifice each of us can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams, as well. That's why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive.
We meet at one of those defining moments, a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more. -- Barack Obama
For the complete transcript of Obama's acceptance speech, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/us/politics/28text-obama.html