As with some of Obama's other speeches, I felt an even greater kinship with his words upon re-reading the transcripts, so I will post a link here. He had so many issues to address and he did them all justice. To me, if there was one quote that I took away from the speech more than others it was this one:
"To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."Since his speech at the democratic convention (and perhaps more vocally once Kerry lost) I have been rooting for Obama because this kind of rhetoric should have prevalence since 9-11. Throughout his campaign his speeches served as reminders of what America is capable of, so at this moment it would be impossible to be anything but hopeful and proud.
Anyway, tonight we are modestly celebrating, a bottle of wine and a nice dinner. All week I've been noticing how happy Barack and his family look. Something about that came through in his Presidential portrait, I think.