Obama Makes Closing Argument for Change

Mon Oct 27, 11:51 AM Pacific

Obama Makes Closing Argument For Change

Here’s the final few minutes of Barack Obama’s closing argument speech in Canton, Ohio. He was outstanding:


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Here’s a transcript of this portion of the speech, as prepared for delivery:

In this election, we cannot afford the same political games and tactics that are being used to pit us against one another and make us afraid of one another.  The stakes are too high to divide us by class and region and background; by who we are or what we believe.  

Because despite what our opponents may claim, there are no real or fake parts of this country.  There is no city or town that is more pro-America than anywhere else – we are one nation, all of us proud, all of us patriots.  There are patriots who supported this war in Iraq and patriots who opposed it; patriots who believe in Democratic policies and those who believe in Republican policies.  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 America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.

It won’t be easy, Ohio.  It won’t be quick.  But you and I know that it is time to come together and change this country.  Some of you may be cynical and fed up with politics.  A lot of you may be disappointed and even angry with your leaders.  You have every right to be.  But despite all of this, I ask of you what has been asked of Americans throughout our history.  

I ask you to believe – not just in my ability to bring about change, but in yours.

I know this change is possible.  Because I have seen it over the last twenty-one months.  Because in this campaign, I have had the privilege to witness what is best in America.  

I’ve seen it in lines of voters that stretched around schools and churches; in the young people who cast their ballot for the first time, and those not so young folks who got involved again after a very long time.  I’ve seen it in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see their friends lose their jobs; in the neighbors who take a stranger in when the floodwaters rise; in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb.  I’ve seen it in the faces of the men and women I’ve met at countless rallies and town halls across the country, men and women who speak of their struggles but also of their hopes and dreams.

I still remember the email that a woman named Robyn sent me after I met her in Ft. Lauderdale.  Sometime after our event, her son nearly went into cardiac arrest, and was diagnosed with a heart condition that could only be treated with a procedure that cost tens of thousands of dollars.  Her insurance company refused to pay, and their family just didn’t have that kind of money.  

In her email, Robyn wrote, "I ask only this of you – on the days where you feel so tired you can’t think of uttering another word to the people, think of us.  When those who oppose you have you down, reach deep and fight back harder."

Ohio, that’s what hope is – that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better is waiting around the bend; that insists there are better days ahead.  If we’re willing to work for it.  If we’re willing to shed our fears and our doubts.  If we’re willing to reach deep down inside ourselves when we’re tired and come back fighting harder.

Hope!  That’s what kept some of our parents and grandparents going when times were tough.  What led them to say, "Maybe I can’t go to college, but if I save a little bit each week my child can; maybe I can’t have my own business but if I work really hard my child can open one of her own."  It’s what led immigrants from distant lands to come to these shores against great odds and carve a new life for their families in America; what led those who couldn’t vote to march and organize and stand for freedom; that led them to cry out, "It may look dark tonight, but if I hold on to hope, tomorrow will be brighter."

That’s what this election is about.  That is the choice we face right now.

Don’t believe for a second this election is over.  Don’t think for a minute that power concedes.  We have to work like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does.      

In one week, we can choose an economy that rewards work and creates new jobs and fuels prosperity from the bottom-up.  

In one week, we can choose to invest in health care for our families, and education for our kids, and renewable energy for our future.  

In one week, we can choose hope over fear, unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo.  

In one week, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history.  

That’s what’s at stake.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  And if in this last week, you will knock on some doors for me, and make some calls for me, and talk to your neighbors, and convince your friends; if you will stand with me, and fight with me, and give me your vote, then I promise you this – we will not just win Ohio, we will not just win this election, but together, we will change this country and we will change the world.  Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America.

Pain

iAlthough I try to not complain about it, it seems as though I can not deny it.  I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.  This pain is limiting me from living my life to the fullest.  This past Saturday, against my family’s plea’s, I went to parent’s day at my oldest daughter’s college.  It was followed up by a football game in which I had the opportunity to see my daughter perform with the band.  A representative of the college promised that my needs would be met as a handicap parent.  Unfortunately this was not the case.  Not only did the day entail a lot of walking to get from one venue to the next, but at the game, people sat anywhere they pleased and according to assigned seating.  No one was willing enough to allow me to sit in a seat on the ground level.  Everyone looked the opposite direction when I came near.  I ended up, at first, sitting with my youngest daughter (age 9) on the concrete steps until the band director escorted me down to where they were positioned in the stands.  He made room for me on the front row and basically took care of me and my family.  He made sure that the elevator was provided for me to leave the stadium and also that my son be allowed to pick me up at the back gate right next to the elevator.  You would think that they would allowed us to park there in the first place.  This was not so.  In total I counted maybe three wheel chaired bound people and myself on oxygen support with a cane.  So therefore I figured that there should have been a place set aside for us. ?????
 
Anywho, prior to the game I was unable to get around at all due to the stiffening of my joints and muscles.  I figured that if I did not go and see my daughter at that time, that I might have not had the opportunity to go again.  I am just being realistic.  Well since that outing, I am again suffering with pain and lack of energy.  I tend to sleep a lot during the day and turn in early at night.
 
I am so looking forward to Obama becoming president so that I can be able to go back to being treated by my doctors.  My co-pay and medical bills are keeping from going now because I have little to no funding to pay for them.  I do not qualify for my husbands medical coverage due to my preexisting condition.  This sucks!!! 

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