Ten years ago today, I got to tell my story to the country at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Back then, I was just a state senator from the South Side of Chicago, running to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate — a guy with a funny name who no one had heard of.
Since then, a lot has changed. Our troops are coming home, we fought back from the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we extended health insurance for millions of Americans — I guess we won a couple of pretty big elections, too.
But some fundamentals are as true now as they were then.
I still believe in the idea that we’re all in this together. I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, and that is what makes this country work.
I still believe that the politics of hope will trump the politics of cynicism — because cynics didn’t put a man on the moon, cynics didn’t march on Washington to demand full citizenship for all Americans, and cynics have never cured a disease, started a business, or passed the New Deal.
We’ve shown that if we work together, we can move this country forward. I still believe that if we join together, we can make sure that all Americans have a road to opportunity — no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from.