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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
October 2, 2002 - Chicago, Illinois
 
Senator Barack Obama speaks out against the wisdom of a war with Iraq.
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October 2, 2002
Chicago, Illinois


Remarks of Illinois State Senator Barack Obama Against Going to War With Iraq


Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who
is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible
of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil.
I don't oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying
across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name
of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don't oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration's pledge
to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms
myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no
shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.

What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard
Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down
our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty
rate, a drop in the median income - to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst
month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion,
not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear - I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man.
A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection
teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people,
would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy
is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can
be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against
Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an
invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and
encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda. I am not
opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the President today. You
want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a
shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than
color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let's fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that
former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations
like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country
stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and
suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without
education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean
ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. Those are the
battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption
and greed. Poverty and despair.

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in
defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not -- we will not -- travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor
should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with
their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

The Senator Barack Obama family in 2002. From left to right are Malia Ann, Barack, Michelle, and Sasha Obama. Senator Obama relaxes in his Capitol Hill office in the fall of 2002. Behind Obama are photos of President Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Senator Barack Obama family in 2002.  From left to right
are Malia Ann, Barack, Michelle, and Sasha Obama.
Senator Obama relaxes in his Capitol Hill office in the fall
of 2002. Behind Obama are photos of Lincoln and King.
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
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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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