Saturday, November 29, 2008

Yes We Can!

As many of you know, I am an Obama fan. I've liked him from day one. I know that a lot of you may not feel the same way about him, and that is ok. Cause seriously if we were all the same, how boring would that be? I'm not gonna write tonight about why I think politically he is right for me, instead I'm going to write about how he inspires me. He gives fantastic speeches, speeches that have literally moved me to tears. They make me want to work harder, serve others, and to be the best I can be.

I will never forget his victory speech. I felt overwhelmed with joy and I knew this marked an important milestone in my life. I appreciated how humble he was, especially since our nation is in a major crisis. I also really appreciated McCain's concession speech. McCain did a lot for this country, I admire all that he has done.

The one speech that Obama gave that really inspired me was his New Hampshire concession speech. Really, I wasn't thinking about it politically, but how to improve my own life. Here is my favorite part of the speech:

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no
matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the
power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been
anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the
destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can.

And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people;we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.

So agree or disagree, it really doesn't matter. Who inspires you?

4 Grass Lovers:

Natalie | Make Today Great said...

I love that we will have a president who inspires. It is exciting to me that he won by a large enough majority that our country will be more united. I know he is also controversial and I hope he does a good job -- nothing is guaranteed -- but I amd excited to be inspired!

Diana said...


Layla said...

Thanks Diana, I appreciate that...

Laura said...

So the day I REALLY knew I liked Obama was the first time I heard him talk about his daughters. How could anyone think this man is the antichrist? I just don't get it. I really love this speech. Have you read "The Audacity of Hope?" Really great stuff in there.