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Complete Text and Photos of Ten Important Barack Obama Speeches from 2002-2008.
October 2, 2002
Barack Obama speaks
against a war with Iraq
in Chicago, Illinois.
July 27, 2004
Barack Obama delivers
the Keynote Address at
DNC in Boston, MA.
January 8, 2008
Obama's passionate
"Yes We Can" speech at
school in Nashua, NH.
January 20, 2008
Barack Obama speaks at
Martin Luther King's
church in Atlanta, GA.
March 18, 2008
Barack Obama's inspiring
US racial issues speech
in Philadelphia, PA.
June 30, 2008
Obama's patriotic "The
America We Love" speech
in Independence, MO.
July 24, 2008
Obama delivers his only
European tour speech in
Berlin, Germany.
August 28, 2008
Obama's acceptance
speech at the DNC in
Denver, Colorado.
October 27, 2008
Obama's speech in last
week of campaign
delivered in Canton, OH.
November 4, 2008
Obama delivers his first
speech as President-elect
in Chicago's Grant Park.
Important Speeches and Remarks of Barack Obama
January 03, 2008 - Des Moines,
Iowa
 
Barack Obama delivers a powerful speech in Des Moines after Iowa Victory on 1/3/08.
Senator Barack Obama delivers a powerful speech after his Iowa Caucus victory on January 2, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. Senator Barack Obama delivers a powerful speech after his Iowa Caucus victory on January 2, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Senator Barack Obama delivers a powerful speech after his Iowa Caucus victory on January 2, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Senator Barack Obama delivers a powerful speech after his Iowa Caucus victory on January 2, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Senator Barack Obama delivers a powerful speech after his Iowa Caucus victory on January 2, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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January 03, 2008
Des Moines, Iowa

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama after Iowa Victory

Thank you, Iowa.

You know, they said this day would never come.

They said our sights were set too high.

They said this country was too divided; too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose.

But on this January night - at this defining moment in history - you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do. You have
done what the state of New Hampshire can do in five days. You have done what America can do in this New Year, 2008.
In lines that stretched around schools and churches; in small towns and big cities; you came together as Democrats,
Republicans and Independents to stand up and say that we are one nation; we are one people; and our time for change
has come.

You said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that's consumed Washington; to end
the political strategy that's been all about division and instead make it about addition - to build a coalition for change that
stretches through Red States and Blue States. Because that's how we'll win in November, and that's how we'll finally meet the
challenges that we face as a nation.

We are choosing hope over fear. We're choosing unity over division, and sending a powerful message that change is coming
to America.

You said the time has come to tell the lobbyists who think their money and their influence speak louder than our voices that
they don't own this government, we do; and we are here to take it back.

The time has come for a President who will be honest about the choices and the challenges we face; who will listen to you
and learn from you even when we disagree; who won't just tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to know.
And in New Hampshire, if you give me the same chance that Iowa did tonight, I will be that president for America.

Thank you.

I'll be a President who finally makes health care affordable and available to every single American the same way I expanded
health care in Illinois - by--by bringing Democrats and Republicans together to get the job done.

I'll be a President who ends the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle-class tax cut into the
pockets of the working Americans who deserve it.

I'll be a President who harnesses the ingenuity of farmers and scientists and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny
of oil once and for all.

And I'll be a President who ends this war in Iraq and finally brings our troops home; who restores our moral standing; who
understands that 9/11 is not a way to scare up votes, but a challenge that should unite America and the world against the
common threats of the twenty-first century; common threats of terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty;
genocide and disease.

Tonight, we are one step closer to that vision of America because of what you did here in Iowa. And so I'd especially like to
thank the organizers and the precinct captains; the volunteers and the staff who made this all possible.

And while I'm at it, on "thank yous," I think it makes sense for me to thank the love of my life, the rock of the Obama family,
the closer on the campaign trail; give it up for Michelle Obama.

I know you didn't do this for me. You did this-you did this because you believed so deeply in the most American of ideas - that
in the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.

I know this-I know this because while I may be standing here tonight, I'll never forget that my journey began on the streets
of Chicago doing what so many of you have done for this campaign and all the campaigns here in Iowa - organizing, and
working, and fighting to make people's lives just a little bit better.

I know how hard it is. It comes with little sleep, little pay, and a lot of sacrifice. There are days of disappointment, but
sometimes, just sometimes, there are nights like this - a night-a night that, years from now, when we've made the changes
we believe in; when more families can afford to see a doctor; when our children-when Malia and Sasha and your children-inherit
a planet that's a little cleaner and safer; when the world sees America differently, and America sees itself as a nation less
divided and more united; you'll be able to look back with pride and say that this was the moment when it all began.

This was the moment when the improbable beat what Washington always said was inevitable.

This was the moment when we tore down barriers that have divided us for too long - when we rallied people of all parties and
ages to a common cause; when we finally gave Americans who'd never participated in politics a reason to stand up and to do so.

This was the moment when we finally beat back the politics of fear, and doubt, and cynicism; the politics where we tear each
other down instead of lifting this country up. This was the moment.

Years from now, you'll look back and you'll say that this was the moment - this was the place - where America remembered
what it means to hope.

For many months, we've been teased, even derided for talking about hope.

But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that
stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all
evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to
fight for it.

Hope is what I saw in the eyes of the young woman in Cedar Rapids who works the night shift after a full day of college
and still can't afford health care for a sister who's ill; a young woman who still believes that this country will give her the
chance to live out her dreams.

Hope is what I heard in the voice of the New Hampshire woman who told me that she hasn't been able to breathe since her
nephew left for Iraq; who still goes to bed each night praying for his safe return.

Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent
and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through
Selma and Montgomery for freedom's cause.

Hope-hope-is what led me here today - with a father from Kenya; a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen
in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by
us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world
as it should be.

That is what we started here in Iowa, and that is the message we can now carry to New Hampshire and beyond; the same
message we had when we were up and when we were down; the one that can change this country brick by brick, block by
block, calloused hand by calloused hand - that together, ordinary people can do extraordinary things; because we are not a
collection of Red States and Blue States, we are the United States of America; and at this moment, in this election, we are
ready to believe again.

Thank you, Iowa.

Complete Text and Photos of Ten Important Barack Obama Speeches from 2002-2008.
October 2, 2002
Barack Obama speaks
against a war with Iraq
in Chicago, Illinois.
July 27, 2004
Barack Obama delivers
the Keynote Address at
DNC in Boston, MA.
January 8, 2008
Obama's passionate
"Yes We Can" speech at
school in Nashua, NH.
January 20, 2008
Barack Obama speaks at
Martin Luther King's
church in Atlanta, GA.
March 18, 2008
Barack Obama's inspiring
US racial issues speech
in Philadelphia, PA.
June 30, 2008
Obama's patriotic "The
America We Love" speech
in Independence, MO.
July 24, 2008
Obama delivers his only
European tour speech in
Berlin, Germany.
August 28, 2008
Obama's acceptance
speech at the DNC in
Denver, Colorado.
October 27, 2008
Obama's speech in last
week of campaign
delivered in Canton, OH.
November 4, 2008
Obama delivers his first
speech as President-elect
in Chicago's Grant Park.
Daily Photo Journal Timeline of President-elect Barack Obama.
November 4, 2008
Obama's Victory Day
November 2008
77 Days - Section One
December 2008
77 Days - Section Two
January 2009
77 Days - Section Three
Historic change gives hope as
Obama becomes President-elect.
Obama's transition team
selects key cabinet posts.
Obama completes cabinet and
 takes family vacation in Hawaii.
Obama prepares for historic
Inauguration as 44th President.
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