President Barack OBAMA In His Own words When Barack Obama in February, 2007 announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency, he cited the 16th president. Abraham Lincoln, Obama said, “tells us there is power in words.” During the two years that followed, Obama proved the truth of Lincoln’s vision. As he addressed crowds gathered at sites from Lincoln’s own Springfield, Illinois, to Berlin, Germany, the young Senator was compared to Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and other great Americans whose words earned them the respect, affection, and loyalty of their countrymen. These pages share President Obama’s words with our global readership. This book includes the complete text of the 44th President’s Inaugural Address. Also featured are extended excerpts from eight other significant campaign and pre-presidential speeches. It is our hope that while the book itself is small, readers will discover that the vision captured in its pages is large. Table of Contents Complete Text The Remaking of America The Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009 3 Extended Excerpts Change Has Come To America Election Night Remarks, November 4, 2008 17 A World That Stands As One Remarks in Berlin, Germany, July 24, 2008 23 A New Strategy for a New World Rebuilding Our Alliances, July 15, 2008 33 The America We Love Independence, Missouri, June 30, 2008 51 A More Perfect Union Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 18, 2008 63 Announcement for President Springfield, Illinois, February 10, 2007 74 The 2004 Democratic National Convention July 27, 2004 85 Remarks Against Going to War with Iraq October 2, 2002 93
The Remaking of America At the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009. 2 3 The Inaugural Address, complete text Washington, DC, January 20, 2009 My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you’ve bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.