Meine Anfrage richtet sich in erster Linie an US-Bürger, die in den Vereinigten Staaten leben. 'Expats' bzw. Deutschsprachige, die schon mehrere Jahre in den Vereinigten Staaten leben, dürfen sich freilich auch gerne beteiligen.
Was bewegt die Lektüre des Ausschnitts aus Obamas Rede in euch, die er vor fast genau sechs Jahren hielt?
Wie war euer Optimismus damals, wie ist er heute?
Was hat sich bewahrheitet, worauf wartet ihr noch immer?
Welche Änderungen seit Obamas Amtsantritt erlebt ihr persönlich als besonders einschneidend (positiver und negativer Art)?
Es freut sich auf eure Reaktionen
January 8, 2008Barack Obama’s New Hampshire Primary Speech
[...] In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we've been told we're not ready or that we shouldn't try or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes, we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness: Yes, we can.
It was the call of workers who organized, women who reached for the ballot, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, and a king who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the promised land: Yes, we can, to justice and equality.
Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity. Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can.
And so, tomorrow, as we take the campaign south and west, as we learn that the struggles of the textile workers in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas, that the hopes of the little girl who goes to the crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of L.A., we will remember that there is something happening in America, that we are not as divided as our politics suggest, that we are one people, we are one nation.
And, together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story, with three words that will ring from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea: Yes, we can.
(Quelle: NY Times)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoFqV3qVMGA