I cannot believe this speech was 16 years ago. It has been half a lifetime for me since I volunteered at the 2004 convention in Boston. While I did not get to see the speech in person, I did wave to then State Senator Obama outside the Garden before he gave it. I followed him to Hyde Park and U Chicago and helped found the Students for Obama chapter in his backyard. I followed him to Iowa for the caucuses and a number of swing states to campaign. While he has occasionally disappointed me, he’ll always be the candidate of my youthful idealism. An idealism now tested by the dark realities across our country today. I cannot wait to see the speech he delivers tonight because it once again feels like the future of our country depends on having the audacity of hope.
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