Oh, CAN WE!
The deal is this: find an event to go to in your town, and bring a friend along with you—because having one more person with us in the last 100 days of this election could mean the difference between winning and losing. Here’s that link again.
That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about something more substantial. It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.
Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope: In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation, a belief in things not seen, a belief that there are better days ahead.
I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity.
I believe we can provide jobs for the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair.
I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs, and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us.” —Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic Convention, eight years ago today
Of course, that means all of you all have got to hit the books. I’m just saying. Don’t cheer and then you didn’t do your homework.
Because that’s part of the bargain—America says we will give you opportunity, but you’ve got to earn your success.
You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore. They’re not hanging out. They’re not playing video games. They’re not watching “Real Housewives.” I’m just saying. It’s a two-way street. You’ve got to earn success.
That wasn’t in my prepared remarks. But I’m just saying.” —President Obama today, keeping it real
registering veterans and calling voters at the same time, LIKE A BOSS
Specifically: Like a veteran-registering, voter-calling, multi-tasking boss.
P. wrote in:
I would have to move back home with my parents. I’m a student who has to work full time and go to school full time, often during the semester. I live in an area where it isn’t very cheap to live and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunities it has brought me. However, due to not being eligible for much financial aid, whether through scholarships or loans, I have to work full time to support my education. If I lost that $85 per paycheck, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I’m doing anymore and my education would stop here for at least a year, if not permanently.
I make “too much” to qualify for assistance with programs that help my autistic teen learn coping skills for life when I’m not here. So $90 a month goes to a Tae Kwon Do program geared specifically to autistic kids. If I lose even a little of my income - which goes paycheck to paycheck - that’s one of many things I’d lose.
As a low wage worker trying to pay through college I’d have to give up either gas for my car for a whole month, or food in my pantry for an entire week.
It matters to me. Health Care matters to me too.
So, I’ll be picking up an extra shift each week to give your campaign at least 85 dollars out of each of my paychecks until you get reelected!
This is amazing and you are amazing. Thank you.
President Obama’s favorite Girl Scout cookie: Thin mints. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Girl Scout cookie debates: They can get fractious.