These issues go to the heart of who we are as a people. Are we a nation that can transcend old attitudes and worn divides? Can we embrace our differences and look to the hopes and dreams that we share? Will we uphold the ideals on which this nation was founded: that all of us are equal, that all of us deserve the same opportunity to live our lives freely and pursue our chance at happiness? I believe we can; I believe we will.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Oct. 10, 2009
“And, as usual, I believe it require a trillion-dollar government program to make it happen.”