My Obama Dream Speech

What the President would say if I was writing for him--and he needed to keep it short for publication.

My fellow Americans, I stand before you today a humbled man.

Though we have accomplished much in the last few years it has not been enough. Not nearly enough for the millions of unemployed, not nearly enough for the sick, not nearly enough for the workers who so selflessly sacrificed their health to heal the wounded New York skyline nearly ten years ago.

We have not done enough for the soldiers who left their blood and their friends on foreign sands; we have not done enough to help homeowners keep their white-picket-fence dreams. We have not done enough to put people back to work. Instead, we’ve abandoned our roads, our trains, our schools, our bridges, our libraries and our futures to decay. They sit today cracked and crumbling, corroded by greed, exposed to the winds of selfish interest and collective neglect.

No, we have not done enough. Though we passed imperfect health care reform to help the huddled masses--to help those whose meekness guarantees them a seat at God’s table but bars them from wealth’s feast--it was not enough. We did not do enough.

Though we avoided an economic calamity, it was not enough to foster prosperity. But let’s not mince our words; let’s not hide behind rhetoric. We simply did not spend enough. That’s right, we did not spend enough. We failed to believe in our future prosperity.

A trillion dollars is a tiny hill before the engine of the American dream. Two trillion dollars is nothing compared to the collective might of three-hundred million Americans, six-hundred million American hands, a billion American hopes, and the limitless possibilities of the only nation on earth born of a dream.

A dream that prosperity is not for the few, but for the many, a dream that no man or woman or child is to be excluded from the earthly bounty. A dream that a man or woman can, by the sweat of their brow and the work of their hands, build a better tomorrow.

My friends, I did not aim high enough. I aimed for the probable when I should have aimed for the possible.

I was concerned with the wrong people: I should have been concerned with the American people rather than the politicians. I was too concerned with what might scrape through the partisan straights, than girding for the storm and sailing for open waters.

The same waters that led Franklin Roosevelt to the intercontinental highway system which tethers the shining seas, the same waters that led Ronald Reagan to end the Cold War, that led Louis and Clark across the endless prairie, those same waters that have sustained America for over two-hundred years should have been my goal.

No, my fellow Americans, I did not do enough.

I have sought compromise for too long. I took the middle road when I should have taken the high road. I took the road to Rome when I should have taken the road to Damascus. Because although it is true there are two sides to every debate, sometimes one of those sides is just and the other is not, sometimes one of those sides is right, and one of them is wrong.

So today I’m turning this ship towards open waters. The way will not be easy. Many of you will struggle against it. Many Americans will say it is too much, or it is more of the same, or that I am only speechifying, or now is the time to retreat, and cut, and withdraw and tighten our belt. And to you I say that you are wrong. You are my friends, you are my countrymen, but you are wrong.

You are my fellows, but you are blinded by money; you mean well, but what you mean is not right. We will sacrifice the expedient for the excellent. We will change the conversation in this country even if it means I am grist for the media mill.

America is too great for anything less.

May God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.

Dan Avery September 09, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Actually Travis, I don't think we've done anything other than feed the meek, who Jesus said would inherit the earth, to Anthem Blue Cross, one of the worst insurance companies in the world. I say that as a person who has multiple sclerosis, a life insurance license and who was encouraged to sell Anthem Blue Cross to enrich myself. Here's the deal. Anthem will offer a policy that has all these bells and whistles and all of the preventative is free. And when enough people enroll they suddenly decide their new policy is superior. Of course the original group starts to migrate to the shiny new thing and those with illnesses like multiple sclerosis or anything else that is serious like depression or high blood pressure are stuck in a group where the numbers shrink and the premium sky rocket. To make matters worse Anthem Blue Cross of California is technically a separate company than Anthem Blue Cross (insert the state of your choice here.) They have fifty separate companies which means fifty states let them charge more because they cover a smaller group, but, meanwhile, all the money goes into the left-hand pants pocket. So yeah Obama fed 30 million people into this machine of greed because he's a liberal socialist and what have we done since we managed to stop that damn war in Vietnam?
KC September 09, 2011 at 04:43 AM
iPhones and lots of photos of cats on the internet. Oh and pills to keep the elderly sexually active! We're about 20 years away from the events of the film Idiocracy (think Wall-E but with more adult humor)
Dan Avery September 09, 2011 at 05:32 AM
KC how far away are we from those pills you speak of and Android Love Slaves? Will I live to see that day?
KC September 09, 2011 at 06:57 AM
As long as you don't mind everything coming in liquid or paste form then you should be fine. If you haven't seen the movie it's worth a watch, it's childish and pedantic but always good for a laugh.
Dan Avery September 09, 2011 at 07:28 PM
So by liquid and paste form you mean stuff like beer, mouthwash, toothpaste, and patê but not necessarily in that order?


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