Cowardice askes the question:”Is it safe”? Expediency asks the question:”Is it politic”? Vanity asks the question:”Is it popular?”But conscience asks the question:”Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one what is right.
This man has humility even in victory, to call for the help of his past opponents and his fellow countrymen.
This man is a symbol. Like the collapse of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, the first landing on the moon, this man represents how humankind have the capacity to summon within themselves, the will of their conscience to go past race and gender and to choose the Change that they can believe in.
I believe this man can. I believe we can.
It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
– Barack Obama