Obama's acceptance speach

Senator Obama delievered a stiring speach today at the Democratic Convention. It was largely focused on domestic issues, but interwoven with the values that we believe will make President Obama good news for the rest of the world, as well as for the American people. He did touch on foreign policy: "The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and Republicans — have built, and we are here to restore that legacy… I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future." (Full text, YouTube video)

Al Gore, the Democrat's candidate for president in 2000, said:"Eight years ago, some said there was not much difference between the nominees of the two major parties and it didn’t really matter who became president. Our nation was enjoying peace and prosperity. Some assumed we would continue both, no matter the outcome... Take it from me, if it had ended differently, we would not be bogged down in Iraq, we would have pursued bin Laden until we captured him... And we would not be denying the climate crisis; we’d be solving it. [Instead] we’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the future of human civilization. Every bit of that has to change... We already have everything we need to use the sun, the wind, geothermal power, conservation and efficiency to solve the climate crisis—everything, that is, except a president who inspires us to believe, “Yes we can.”

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