Opinion | Do leaders realize Americans who don’t vote for them are still Americans? (Roll Call)

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    Opinion | Do leaders realize Americans who don’t vote for them are still Americans? – By Mary C. Curtis (Roll Call) / Jan 25, 2024

    Obama’s shining 2004 DNC speech is now a distant memory

    Was it a figment of our imagination? I’m talking about the 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention by Barack Obama, then a little-known state senator from Illinois. In his uplifting speech, he had a warning for “the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.”

    “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America. There’s not a Black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.

    “We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states.”

    And enough Americans believed it, believed in the promise of unity, that U.S. Sen. Obama was rewarded with two terms as president of the United States, the first Black man to be elected to that office.

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