Craig Robinson on President Obama's Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention

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The day of the speech I couldn't eat all day. I was so nervous for him. I wanted it to go
just perfectly. He starts off, and I've got to tell you I'm
sweating. I feel like I'm in a sauna.
I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a
debt to all of those who came before me, that in no other country on earth is my story even
People are getting into it, and slowly but surely it goes from good to great.
It is that fundamental belief, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper, that makes
this country work.
And then I start to get this feeling of relief that he's doing a good job. And then, when
he just hit a home run with it.
Tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United
States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and
Asian America, there's the United States of America.
People are saying, oh boy, some day he could be President of the United States. Here we
are today. Go figure.
There is this huge amount of hope that he brings to this country, to the political system,
that is infectious, and we caught it.
The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for
him too. Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the
face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope.
He continually rises to the occasion. People feel that, and it doesn't matter if he's talking
to 15 people or if he's talking to 72,000. They all get the feeling that he's talking
to them.