wake up america
1968: august 29

the speech

He got the historic part out of the way immediately:

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Then he got down to the nitty gritty. It wasn't his best speech, if, like me, you're taken in by his facility with high-flying rhetoric. But it was effective, especially in the gloves-off approach to McCain. Obama is a fighter.

And then there was this, which is when my eyes teared up ... OK, I started crying like a baby:

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences 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 I don'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 America's promise -- the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

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