…And I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blindoptimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead orthe roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishfulidealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.
I have always believed that hope is thatstubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to thecontrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage tokeep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
America, I believe we can build on theprogress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity andnew security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of ourfounders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter whoyou are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. Itdoesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or NativeAmerican or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, youcan make it here in America if you're willing to try.