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Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008. Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008. Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008.
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
July 27, 2004 - Boston, Massachusetts
 
Senator Obama delivers the Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention.
Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008. Barack and Michelle Obama after Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008. Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008.
Barack and Michelle Obama after Senator Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National convention on July 27, 2004. Barack Obama - Important Speeches and Remarks. Eleven significant Barack Obama speeches from October 2002 - November 2008.
Barack Obama delivers an inspiring speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston on July, 27, 2004.
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July 27, 2004
Boston, Massachusetts

Obama Delivers the Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention

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.

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, which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. 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 he signed up for duty, joined Patton's army and marched across Europe.
Back home, my grandmother raised their 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 moved west 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 are both
passed away now. Yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with pride.

I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my 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 he 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 the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in
our children at night and know 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 or hiring
somebody's son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will he counted - or
at least, most of the time.

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and 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. More 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 are having to compete with their own children
for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour. More to do for the father I met who was losing his job and choking back tears, wondering how
he would pay $4,500 a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits he counted on. More to do for the young woman
in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her, who has the grades, has the drive, has the will, but doesn't have the money to go to
college.

Don't get me wrong. The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don't expect government to solve
all their problems. They know they have to work hard to get ahead 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 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 parent, 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. No, people don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with
just a 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. That
man is John Kerry. John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and sacrifice, because they've defined his life. From his
heroic service in 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'll offer 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, but it should never he the first option.

A while back, I met a young man named Shamus at the VFW Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid, six-two or
six-three, clear-eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he'd joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week. As I listened
to him explain why he'd enlisted, his absolute faith in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young
man was all any of us might hope for in a child. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he was serving us? I
thought of more than 900 service men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who will not
be returning to their hometowns. I thought of 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 with nerves shattered, but who 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're 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. 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 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 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 her prescription and has to choose between medicine and
the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without
benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It's that fundamental belief - I am my brother's keeper, I
am my sister's 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.

Yet 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 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 have gay friends in the Red States. There
are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. 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 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 talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, 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. The audacity
of hope!

In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better
days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can
provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair.
I believe 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 I do, the same urgency I do, the same passion I do, the same hopefulness 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
upin 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 its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come. Thank you and God bless you.

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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