Monthly Archives June 2008

“A More Perfect Union”

“A More Perfect Union”

June 16, 2008
“A More Perfect Union”
Speech on Race
Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

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Nomination Clinch – Newspaper Covers From Around The World

Nomination Clinch – Newspaper Covers From Around The World

June 4th, 2008
Barack Obama Clinches The Democratic Presidential Nomination
Newspaper Covers From Around The World

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Presumptive Democratic Nominee Speech

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Speech

June 3rd, 2008
Presumptive Democratic Nominee Speech
Xcel Center, St, Paul, Minnesota

Tonight, after fifty-four hard-fought contests, our primary season has finally come to an end.

Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said – because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

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2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

July 27, 2004
Keynote Address
2004 Democratic National Convention
Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts

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.

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