Obama won re-election last night, decisively, if a little tiredly. I fell asleep around 10 when I saw that the night was leaning left and woke up in time for Romney’s gracious concession and watched all of Obama’s victory speech.
Obama’s speech was good, if not quite as soaring as some of the 2008 vintages. I was moved by his ernest declarations about what we can all do together and I totally agree that America’s best days are in front of us, not behind us. I’m feeling kind of creative so I am going to try my hand at speechifying, something I have not done since I was 14 or so and gave a speech at the opening of the law school building named after my Dad. It’s a bit nerve-wracking.
Obama emphasized that he needed people to come together and help him move the country forward. I think he could have used that point to establish more of a bond with his audience. So, here goes. Let me know what you think in the comments or email me – clewishalpern-at-gmail.
The cynics want to tell you that things are too difficult, that our challenges will not be solved unless we move backwards. They want you to believe that these hard time will last forever. But I believe that the tough years that are behind us will only make us stronger.
Yes I know that people are hurting. We have some big concerns to tackle. But it is in this time of hardship, through these trials that families and individuals will learn and grow. It is through challenges and struggle that we discover who we really are and what we really love.
I know this from my own life. There were times when Michelle and I struggled, working to pay off our student loans. I wasn’t making as much money as Michelle wanted and we had some serious disagreements over that. And, believe me, we had some painful conversations. But out of those painful talks, out of those late soul-searching nights we found a new strength. We figured out what was really important. And it is from those nights that we built the foundation that our marriage rests on today.
And so it comes down to faith: Faith in our family, faith in our friends, faith in our churches and faith in this great country. And that is why I have a deep faith that our nation’s best days are ahead of us. God Bless you and God Bless these United States of America.