Obama's speech - Text of Obama's speech The Rocky http/www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/02/text-obamas-speech Published July 2 2008 at 11:17

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Text of Obama's speech The Rocky http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/02/text-obamas-speech/# Published July 2, 2008 at 11:17 a.m. Photo by Jae C. Hong © AP Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, arrives at Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. A New Era of Service Senator Barack Obama University of Colorado, Colorado Springs July 2, 2008 In two days, we will celebrate America's Independence Day. We'll come together with family and friends to enjoy a day off. Maybe you'll cook out, watch a parade or take in some fireworks. Hopefully, you'll get a break from things like politics. But I'm sure there will be a moment or two, when the fireworks grow quiet or the parade has gone by, when the enormity of the American accomplishment will sink in, along with a deep pride in your place in the story of the United States America. I hope you take that moment to think about what you can do to shape the future of this country we love. These days, it's easy for us to get caught thinking that there are two different stories at work in our lives. There is the story of our day-to-day cares and responsibilities - the classes you have to take or the bills you have to pay; the bustle and busyness of what happens in your own life. And then there is the story of what's happening in the wider world - a story seen in headlines and websites and televised images; a story experienced only through the price you pay at the pump or the extra screening you pass through at the airport.
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This is the divide that separates you from the ability to shape your own destiny. So I am asking you - on this 4th of July - to reject that divide, to step into the strong currents of history, and to shape your country's future. Because your own story and the American story are not separate, they are shared. And they will both be enriched if together, we answer a new call to service to meet the challenges of our new century. I say this to you as someone who couldn't be standing here today if not for the service of others, and who wouldn't be standing here if not for the purpose that service gave my own life. You see, I spent much of my childhood adrift. My father left my mother and me when I was two. My mother remarried, and we lived in Indonesia for a time. But I was mostly raised in Hawaii by my mom and my grandparents from Kansas. Growing up, I wasn't always sure who I was, or where I was going. But during my first two years of college, perhaps because the values my mother had taught me - hard work, honesty, empathy - had resurfaced after a long hibernation; or perhaps because of the example of wonderful teachers and lasting friends, I began to notice a world beyond myself. And by the time I graduated from college, I was possessed with a crazy idea - that I would work at a grassroots level to bring about change. I wrote letters to every organization in the country I could think of. And one day, a small group
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Obama's speech - Text of Obama's speech The Rocky http/www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/02/text-obamas-speech Published July 2 2008 at 11:17

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