All my life, people have told me that my father changed their lives, that they got involved in public service or politics because he asked them to. And the generation he inspired has passed that spirit on to its children. I meet young people who were born long after John F. Kennedy was president, yet who ask me how to live out his ideals.Barack is an inspirational voice for the future for our generation, just as JFK was for his.
Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.
Meanwhile, if you didn't see it, Barack gave an amazing victory speech tonight in South Carolina after his 55-27% blowout of Hillary Clinton, calling on us to move past divisive politics that box people in, and look to the future and to addressing the problems that concern all of us. It was a denunciation of the manipulative, deceptive methods the Clintons have been using and a call to go down the path that will best serve the Democratic Party and all Americans.
Update: (1) Here is the transcript of Obama's speech from NYT.
(2) Ezra Klein says, re Hillary: "The chances for disappointment are less, but so are the chances for transformation." I agree, but (a) we need transformation and (b) I'm young and still believe in voting for the honest guy.