"...I think about America and those who built it. This nation's founders, who somehow rose above petty ambitions and narrow calculations to imagine a nation unfurling across a continent. And those like Lincoln and King, who ultimately laid down their lives in the service of perfecting an imperfect union. And the faceless, nameless men and women, slaves and soldiers and tailors and butchers, constructing their lives for themselves and their children and grandchildren, brick by brick, rail by rail, calloused hand by calloused hand, to fill in the landscape of our collective dreams.
It is that process I wish to be part of.
My heart is filled with love for this country."
The Audacity of Hope, (President-Elect!) Barack Obama