Tuesday, December 16, 2008

President Elect Will Travel By Train To Inauguration

President-elect to Travel by Train to Inaugural Weekend
Monday, December 15, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama will board a train in Philadelphia on January 17 to make his way to Washington in the final leg of his incredible, nearly 2-year journey to the White House.This inauguration belongs to the American people and President-elect Obama is interested in including as many people as possible in the inaugural celebration, whether you can make it to Washington or not. Before he begins his daylong trip, he’ll be doing an event in Philadelphia, then heading to Wilmington, DE to pick up Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family to do an event together in Baltimore. The trip follows in the tradition of past inaugural journeys that included events along the way and pays homage to America’s rich history, beginning in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Liberty Bell rung out.If you’re able to make it to Washington, you can check out the rest of the inaugural events scheduled in the capital.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Complete Text of Remarks by President-Elect Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008, Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 4, 2008, Chicago, Ill.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled –- Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of red states and blue states: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Sen. McCain. [UPDATE: Complete text of Sen. John McCain's concession speech available here.] He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Gov. Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke....
...for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to -– it belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington –- it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -– two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.

Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America –- I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you –- we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.

I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years –- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek -– it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.

Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers -– in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House –- a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity.

Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn -– I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world –- our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down –- we will defeat you.

To those who seek peace and security -– we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright –- tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America -– that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing –- Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons –- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America –- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes, we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes, we can.

When there was despair in the Dust Bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes, we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes, we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes, we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes, we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves –- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time –- to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth –- that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes, we can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
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This is probably the best acceptance speech ever given and will be studied and dissected by generations of students from now on. But consider this:
Regardless of what you might believe, we didn't elect a black man to the Presidency tonight. Rather, I submit to you that tonight we elected a man to be President who just happens to be black. The difference therein is great and we must never confuse the two. That is what will determine and define our greatness and whether or not we have truly subscribed to his message of change that was largely responsible for his election.
Posted by: Glenn Sand from Moses Lake, WA November 04, 2008 at 10:10 PM
this is an amazing win for all american people. I am so excited, thi sis a moment all americans can rejoice in and remember for the rest of their lives. OBAMA you did it! THREE cheers for HOPE and CHANGE. GOD bless you all!
Posted by: steve November 04, 2008 at 10:21 PM
This is a beautiful, inspiring speech. And something he said echoed my exact thoughts this evening. This election is the chance we have been striving for. It's not the end of the work. It's the beginning of a window of opportunity we have to make the changes we are seeking towards a more equitable society. It's the beginning of the work. Now is an incredible, uplifting, awe-inspiring time for those of us who thought it was beyond our wildest dreams that we would actually have this chance. We need to seize it and BE THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD. Let's get to work.Peace and gratitude.
Posted by: Lisa W. from Orange County, CA November 04, 2008 at 10:57 PM
America should be very cautious to not congratulate herself too quickly nor with smug arrogance. Our election of President Obama is not a solution, is not a step forward, is not change. This election is nothing more than appointing a new name to our American president. No matter the candidate, we have, so far, only changed the name of our president.
President Obama, from this day forward, is now responsible to honor his promises to America, is accountable to our peoples and to our world. Eloquent rhetoric will solve no problem, will not produce betterment for our nation nor our world. We Americans are responsible to lend our support to President Obama while he keeps his word. We Americans are also responsible to impeach President Obama should he violate our trust. We Americans are both responsible for and accountable for our electing Barack Obama as our president. Should he keep his word, should he prove his worth, we Americans can take pride in our choice. Should he not keep his word, should he not prove his worth, we Americans can take pride in impeaching him.
Our America is in dire straights. Our world is in dire straights. We Americans failed our country and failed our world by sitting idle while President Bush abused every founding principle of our country, while offending the Spirit of America. We Americans are accountable for George Bush and we are accountable for Barack Obama. This time, my personal expectation is Americans will stand up and accept full responsibility. This is a responsibility to support our newly elected president, and is a responsibility to impeach and remove our newly elected president should he fail us. My personal expectation is Americans will not sit idle, will not simply hope rather will stand up and work to solve our problems.
This time, if our president proves to be a false promise, I will demand Americans stand up, impeach him then remove him from office rather than sit idle while he destroys our America. Never again should we allow a George Bush to disgrace our America, to shame our America.
President Obama, I give you my word I will work hard, shoulder-to-shoulder with you, and President Obama I give you my word if you fail America I will do all within my power to remove you from office and cast you to the wayside.
My adamant expectation is all Americans will adopt my firm but fair attitude. If not, I will be quick to cast you to the wayside and quick to constantly remind you of your being accountable.
Mark my words Americans, I will hold you accountable.
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Posted by: Purl Gurl November 04, 2008 at 11:10 PM
Studying abroad has awakened me to the impact of our American politics on the world as a whole. Reading Obama's beautiful acceptance speech gave me the chills even without seeing him speak. I know that he is the answer the world has been looking for in an American President. We Americans must live by the wisdom Barack Obama imparts on us in his eloquent speeches and unite under our flag to overcome our challenges. Today, the world breathes a sigh of relief as this election gave us the answer we were all looking for.
Posted by: Max from Sydney November 04, 2008 at 11:40 PM
Yeah I love the way he first thanks his campaign manager and strategist. And then says suffer sunshines, you gave me $600 million to buy my way into the White House and now the seas will stil rise and I will do what I like whether you agree or not. And yes you now WILL be hearing alot from Bill Ayers, and Farrakhan, and Wright, and Rezko, and Khalid. Hey they might get to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom. What a sad day for America. To vote a man in who shares the same ideology as the men who tortured Americans like McCain.
Posted by: nony November 05, 2008 at 12:50 AM
America is back on track again! Set there by a people that is fair, kind, and sincere. Everyone will see America as that beackon of light for all others that have less hope and security.God Bless America!
Posted by: jethromayham November 05, 2008 at 02:26 AM
Good morning America! Finally a day of hope for you and the whole world!Ursula from Italy
Posted by: Ursula November 05, 2008 at 04:38 AM
Poor Girl !!!
I read too much bitterment.
President Obama was very clear that he needs us all together to make he change we need, He needs people with clearer views, strong ethics y great energy to re-build our great nation.
A Sour heart bring the same old past.
President Obama doesn't need expectators, he needs active people with bright ideas !!!
Posted by: Liah November 05, 2008 at 04:55 AM
It seems some Latinos has problems with black people.
Congratulations to all americans for your decision to vote Obama as new president.
Posted by: Neumann November 05, 2008 at 05:09 AM
I didn't vote for Obama, but his speech does give me encouragement. May his leadership follow that pattern. Regardless of my concerns about him, it is a great speech as was McCain's concession. We only have a chance if the committed leaders will put the country first over party. Obama is now to be my president, so he begins with my trust and hope unless he (like Clinton did) proves himself unworthy of that trust.
Posted by: Jim November 05, 2008 at 05:11 AM
Below is an excerpt taken from Obama’s acceptance speech. I guess I hear two things. One: I may never deliver on the promises I made to the people of this country, and 2) If I do deliver it may take me up to 8 years (and that is him assuming he will get elected for a second term) .
Wow, the election machine button isn’t even cold and Obama is almost reneging on his promises. Baaa, Baaa. off to the shearing shed we go.
“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America –- I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you –- we as a people will get there”

Monday, November 24, 2008

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech For The Nomination as President of the United States

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Semator Barack Obama speaks at Invesco Mile Field Stadium on August 28, 2008 in Denver.

By Senator Barack Obama

To Chairman Dean and my great Friend Dick Durbin , and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation. With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. Let me express my thanks to the historic state of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest- a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours-Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia--I love you so much and I'm so proud of all of you. Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story--of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't ell off or well known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

It is that promise that has always set this country apart--that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

That's why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women--students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors--found the courage to keep it alive.

We meet at one of those defining moments--a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.
Tonight, more American are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can''t afford to pay and tuition that's beyond your reach.

These challenges and not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed polices of George W. Bush.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.

This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.

This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he's worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty, that sits on the hand while a major American city drown before our eyes.

Tonight, I say to the American people. to Democrats and Republicans and Independents across this great land--enough. This moment--this election is our chance to keep in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight. On November 4th, we must stand up and say "Eight is enough."

Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country and bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and respect. And next week, we'll also hear about those occasions when he broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.
But the reoord's clear John McCain has votes with George Bush ninety percent of the time. senator McCain like to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.

James W. Groomes, Wrigley Bulletin photographer, Wendell, movie actor, and Past President of the Los Angeles Urban League are captured here outside of the the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in you r lives--on health care and education and the economy--Senator McCain has been anything but independent.t He said that our economy has made "great progress" under this President. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. And when one of his chief ad visors- the man who wrote his economic plan -was talking about the anxiety Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a "mental recession," and that we've become, and I quote "a nation of whiners."

A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud auto workers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made. Tell that to the military families who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved one leave for their third or fourth or fifth tour of duty. These are not whiners. They work hard and give back and keep going without complaint. These are the Americans that I know.

Delegates, people and press had come from all over the world to hear Barack Obama's acceptance speech, as the first African American nominated by the Democratic National Committee as President of the United States of America.

Now I don't believe that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of American. I just think he doesn't know. Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under five million dollars a year? Hoe else could he propose hundred of billion in tax beaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one plenty of tax relief to more than one hundred million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?

It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it.

For over two decades, he's subsided to that old discredited Republican philosophy-give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own book straps-even if you don;t have boots. You're on your own.

Well its time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America. You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country. That not the judgment we need. That won't keep America safe. We need a President who can face the threats of the future not keep grasping at the ideas of the past.

You don';t defeat a terrors network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq. You don't protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can't truly stand up for Georgia when you've strained our oldest alliances. If John McCain wants to follow George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice, but it is not the change we need.

We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don;'t tell me that Democrats won't defend this country, don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans--Democrats and Republican- have built, and we are here to restore that legacy.

As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm's way with a clear mission and sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21s century terrorism and nuclear proliferation, poverty and genocide climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing so that America is one again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace and who yearn for a better future.

These are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.

But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his position for political purposes. Because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism.

The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan for political playboo. So let us agree that patriotism's has no party. I love this country, and so do you and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red American or a Blue America-they have served the United States of America. So I've got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.

America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices, and Democrats as well as Republicans will need to cast off the worn out ideas and politics of the past. For past of what has been lost these past eight years can't just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our series of common purpose- our sense of higher purpose. And that's what we have to restore.

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in these country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang -violence in Clevenland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping Ak-47 out of the hands of criminals. I know there are difference on same sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.

Passions fly on immigration but can't know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This too is part of American's promise--the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

You make a big election about small things.

And you know what--its worked before. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn't work, all it promise seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again. Then its best to stop hoping and settle for what you already know.

I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for the office. I can't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington.

But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the nay-sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me. It's been about you.

For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough of the politics in the past. You understand that in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown what history teach us--that at defining moments like the this one, the change we need doesn't come from Washington, Change comes to Washington, Change happens because the American people demand it--because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership a new politics for a new time. America, this is one of those moments
I believe that as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming. Because I've seen it. Because I've lived it. I've seen it in Illinois, when we provided health care to more children and moved more families from welfare to work. Ive seen it in Washington, when we worked across party lines to open up government and hold lobbyist more accountable to give better care for our veterans and keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands.

Donna Brazile Democratic analysis for CNN and John Lewis freedom fighter are pictured at the the Democratic National Convention just before Joe Biden spoke to accept his nomination.

And I've seen it in this campaign. In the young people who voted for the first time, and in those who got involved again after a very long time. In the Republicans who never thought they'd pick up a Democratic ballot, but did. I've seen it in the workers who would rather cut their hours back a day than see their friends lose their jobs, in soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb, in the good neighbors who take a stranger in when a hurricane strikes and the floodwater rise.

This country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that's not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores.

Instead, it is that American spirit--that American promise-that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain, that binds us together in spite of our differences. that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.

That promise is our greatest inheritance. it's a promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in at night, and a promise that you make to yours--a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers to travel west; a promise that led workers to picket lines,and women to reach for the ballot.

And it is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington before Lincolns Memorial and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream.

The men and women who gathered them could've heard many things. They could've heard words of anger and discard. They could've been told to succumb to the fear and frustration of so many dreams deferred.

But what the people heard instead-people of every credc and color, form every walk of life--is that in America our destiny is nexticalby liked. That toghter our deream can be one.

We cannot walk alone, "the preachter cried. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back."

America, we cnnot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and mso many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this eleciton, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise-that American promise-and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confress.Barack Obamoa is the first African American to be nominated by the Democratic National Committee for President of the United States of America. This historic event took place on the same day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lee Davis Write-In Candidate for Congress gathers Support

Photos by James W. Groomes
Pictured here with John Lewis one of the many men who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King. These are pictures of many of the Electorial College Representatives from all over America. Lee Davis is Publisher of the Wrigley Bulletin and News, she is a Write-In Candidate for Congress in the 37th Congressional District. These are just some of the Americans she met as she attended the Democratic National Convention as press. Lee Davis is a Write-In Candidate for Congress in the 37th Congressional District on November 4, 2008; reminders voters to WRITE her name in on the ballot.
Lee Davis poses with Ted Koppel a news anchor on the national network. He was there covering this historical event just like Lee Davis. This is Wanda Pope, photo-journalist who joined Lee Davis at the National Democratic Convention in Denver. They are photographed here at Invesco Mile High Field Stadium after the historical acceptance speech of Barack Obama for president. Wanda Hope is also an entreprenuer. She owes and operates an Ice-Cream store in Carson, California directly across the street from Home Depot Atheletic Field, in the shopping mall.
Pictured here are other guests with the Wrigley Bulletin and News , Mary Allen and Lee Davis are accompanied by Jancie Williams from Texas a Delegate. Lee Davis Write-In Candidate for the 37th Congressional District met other journalists from California. Photographed here is Jacke Stevens from KJLH Radio in Inglewood, California with Lee Davis. Jackie Stevens a renown radio personality was one of the many African American journalists whose credential did not allow them access to the floor. KJLH Radio is owed by Stevie Wonder. He performed at the Invesco Field before Barack Obama accepted the nomination from the Democratic Party as President of the United States.
Lee Davis is joined by old friends from California in the lobby of the Sheraton in Denve. Pictured left to-right are Govenor Gray Davis and wife Marie, Mary Allen from Palos Verdes, California, journalist with the Wrigley Bulletin and News, Mayor of San Francisco and his wife.
Lee Davis is joined by an actor from California. He told Lee Davis he came because he could not miss this historic occasion. There were whispers in the air, a movie was in the making telling the life story of Barack Obama. Many studio executives and producers along with actors where there to witness this history for movies making in the future.

Photo by Michael James
Lee Davis is pictured here with James Groomes, photographer for the Wrigley Bulletin at the Denver Art Museum. Denver has so many wonderful museums. The California Democratic Party held its gala at the Museum of Natural History. As California enjoyed entrees from all over the museum. Other guests visited the history of Denver, viewing the mining colonies. On display were rocks of gold, silver and other precious stones.
Kwiese Mufume prior Congressman from Marylandand his assistance was photographed with Lee Davis Write-In Candidate for the 37th Congressional District this November 4, 2008. Kwiese Mufume is also the Past President of the Congressional Black Caucus. He is now one of Barack Obama supporters and advisors. It was great chatting with an old friend about this historical moment at the Invesco Stadium, and knowing he was one of the many supporters behind the scenes to assist in making this historical moment of an African American being nominated as President from the Democratic National Committee.
California was in the house at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragoa was one of the California Delegates for Hillary. California Delegates casted 166 votes for Hillary. These Delegates did not release their support for Barack Obama. California had 441 Delegates. 273 casted votes for Barack Obama and 2 were absence.,one of the two who was absent was Senator Diane Feinstein. She was home with a broken leg.
Lee Davis is picturec with the Agape International Choir. Lee is a part of the Agape International Choir. She sings soprano However, she has taken a leave of absence as she puts all of her energy into her candidacy for Congress as a Write In Candidate in the 37th Congressional District this November 4, 2008.
Lee Davis , also publisher of the Wrigley Bulletin is photographed here with Gale King, the Publisher of the O Magazine. (Oprah). This was an exciting moment for Lee Davis to discuss her new international Magazine venture with Gale. It was lots of people in the halls at the Pepsi Center, so Gale and Lee Davis exchanged business cards with the intent to chat later.
Lee Davis is pictured here with Percy Pinkney at the Democratic National Committee. He is the administrator for Senator Diane Feinstein. Percy Pinkney is an active community leader.
Lee Davis was interviewed on "Make It Plain"one of Washington D.C. radio personalities, Mark Thompson. She discussed her law suit against Congress woman Laura Richardson which is on Appeal "stating only Laura Richardson name was on the ballots: and another fact her home was stolen from her by Predatory Lenders.This is Ricky, the Director of the Agape International Choir and wife of Dr Michael Beckwith miinister of Agrape. Richy arranges, writes and composes music for the renown choir. She is also a published musicians with credits to her famed name. The Agrape International Choir was featured with famed composer and singer John Legion at the Pepsi Center before Hillary's speech to unite the Democratic Party for a needed victory in November.
These were two actors name Tony and Smif who had flown to Denver, Colorado to support Barack Obama. The y are from Pasadena, California. We played their DVD record and enjoyed it. Congratulation to Tony and Smif, I feel their music will be a hit. So go for it.
These are some of the Agrape International Chior members. Ptictured from left to right Dr. Jesse Sherrod, Maxine Pools and Lee Davis at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Coloroda as they are entering the center to perform with John Legion. A wonderful surprise for everyone. The Agrape International Choir rocked the audience of Delegates with wonderful melodies.
Yvonne Baitwaite Burke, current 4th District Los Angeles Supervisor was one of the Delegates with California. She was seen out and about in Denver, Colorado. She attended the wonderful Black Publishers Gala held at the Ritz Carlston Hotel sponsored by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. Many publishers and African American journalists were in attendance as well. it was a great networking event.
Lee Davis is interview by radio to announce her candidacy as a Write-In Candidate for the 37th Congressional District. Laura Richardson was one of the Super Delegates for Hillary Clinton. Although, the 37th Congressional District voted 85 percent to endorse Barack Obama.

Michael James is pictured here in front of the Denver Art Museum. He is a native of Denver, Colorado. He has a sister who resides there. She was a great tour guide and assisted Lee Davis with landmarks . Thank you Luluane for your hospitality.
Americans were everywhere, here Lee Davis poses with Mark Williams, a Delegate from Michigan. He is a Obama Delegate who serves in the State Senate of Michigan.
These are renown California State Legislators. Willie Brown was speaker of the House of California for years. The left or right wing politicians could not defeat him so they created, "Term Litmits Legislation to get rid of him."Those were the years where Congresswoman Juanita Millender McDonald, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Julian Dixion, and Congresswoman Diane Watson were assemblymembers in the California State Assembly.