It is well understood now that we are in the middle of a crisis. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching, organized system of violence and hate. Our economy has been badly weakened. This is the result of extreme desire for great wealth by some people, and failure to act responsibly. But we have all failed to make hard choices and to get the nation ready for a new age.
Homes have been lost; jobs given up; businesses have closed. Our health care costs too much; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further proof that the ways we use energy make those against us stronger and threaten our world. These are the ways we can measure a crisis. Another problem is just as great, but we cannot measure it as easily. It is the draining of our own belief in America – a fear that America‟s fall is surely coming and that future Americans must lower their hopes.
Today I say to you that the trials we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day we gather because we have chosen hope over fear. We have chosen united purpose over fighting and over noisy argument.