Monday, January 21, 2013

hope and (in?) humanity

Why do Obama's speeches make me teary-eyed?

He had me at "For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few."

And then this...
"For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm."
I don't write about politics much, but I don't think this has to do with politics as much as it has to do with hope and humanity.

Even Beyonce's rendition of Star-Spangled Banner gave me a goosebumps. And I'm not even a US citizen (...yet! Four more years till I can vote!)

Read more here.

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anne said...

i missed the inauguration speech live so thanks for sharing this! and i agree with you - the speech is about hope and humanity, all politics aside.

Mia (Savor Everyday) said...

I'm sure there are re-runs! And the transcript of the speech is probably everywhere now (NY times website, NPR, etc)

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