Some Dreams Do Come True

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

President-elect Barack Obama wrote this essay for The Washington Times in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday:

On the day of the first inauguration to take place in this city, a small band of citizens gathered to watch Thomas Jefferson assume office. Our young and fragile democracy had barely finished a long and contentious election that tested our founding ideals, and there were those who feared our union might not endure.

It was a perilous moment. But Jefferson announced that while we may differ in opinion, we all share the same principles. “Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind,” he said, urging those assembled to begin anew the work of building a nation.

In the more than two centuries since, inaugurations have taken place during times of war and peace, depression and prosperity. Beneath the unfinished dome of the Capitol, a young lawyer from Illinois swore an oath to defend the Constitution a divided nation threatened to tear apart. In an era of unprecedented crisis, an optimistic New Yorker refused to allow us to succumb to fear. In a time of great change, a young man from Massachusetts convinced us to think anew with regard to serving our fellow man.

At each and every moment, the American people have joined with one heart and one mind – not just to commemorate a new president, but to celebrate those common ideals, share our hopes for a brighter future and resolve to advance our bold experiment.

Tomorrow, we’ll gather at a new time of great challenge for the American people. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in turmoil. We have much work to do toward restoring prosperity and renewing the promise of this nation.

And yet while our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not. What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our Founders displayed. What is also required is that we break free from rigid ideology and small thinking, and together grab hold of this opportunity to bridge partisan divides and deliver change for the American people.

The state of our union and challenges of a new century demand that we move beyond the old debates and stale arguments. We must focus today not on the dogmas of left and right, but on practical answers to the difficult problems of our times.

The impetus for that change will come from the American people, where the ultimate power in our democracy lies.

That is why the events of this week are not simply about the inauguration of another American president – they are a celebration of our democracy. We have made this inauguration the most open and accessible in our history, with the sole purpose of involving more citizens than ever before. And as we gather on a mall, in our neighborhoods and in our homes to begin our new journey together, we remember that our greatest strength has always been found in one another.

For the first time ever, we’re opening up the entire length of our National Mall for an inauguration. We’ve invited ordinary citizens from across the country, welcomed local schoolchildren and their families to the parade, and worked with local organizations to distribute free inaugural ball tickets to D.C. residents and military families. And we’ll broadcast and webcast the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball so that all Americans can join us – wherever their neighborhood may be.

We’ve heeded Jefferson’s words by involving Democrats, Republicans and independents in all aspects of this inauguration. Tonight, we will hold a series of dinners to honor leaders whose lifetime of public service has been enhanced by a dedication to bipartisan achievement, including my former opponent, Sen. John McCain.

We will couple the spirit of this inauguration with the celebration of the life of a preacher who once stood and shared his dream for America on the very mall where we’ll gather tomorrow. Martin Luther King lived his life as a servant to others, and today, ordinary citizens all across the country honor that legacy through the more than 10,000 service projects they’ve created on And I’m asking the American people to answer the call and turn today’s efforts into an ongoing commitment to enrich the lives of Americans in their communities, their cities and their country.

After all, it’s that commitment to one another that’s always led us forward as a people. Because from those first citizens to the millions technology will connect this week, through times of great challenge and great change, we have remembered that fundamental American truth – that what unites us is always more powerful than what divides us.

That is the spirit that has always sustained us. That is the principle that must drive us now. And I am confident that if we come together and summon that great American spirit once again, we will meet the challenges of our time and write the next great chapter in our American story.


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  • Candid Canuck

    the biggest day in american history……now hopefully y’all can get a dark-skinned prez within the next millenium

  • jaerisk

    Dr. King would be appalled at his people for ignoring his dream, I mean remember the whole “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Do you know how many of “US” I spoke to who only voted for Obama because he was a person of color?? They had no idea what the man stood for or wanted to do. That IS racism too people don’t you get it????? I guess not, oh well happy birthday Dr. King. Happy Birthday.

  • talinhandsome

    Congrats Obama! Am I actually First? (whatever that really means…)

  • talinhandsome

    DAYUM – i guess 4th will do…lol..

  • Colonel Stink Meaner


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  • Mimi

    1st 10. I love Obama, cant wait 4 2moro.xox

  • educator

    It is a shame that on this day, MLK someone’s post is referring to the color of Obama’s skin. This is truly what Dr. MLK was fighting against. To the poster who talked about voting for Obama just because of the color of his skin, yes this is a not a good reason, however just think of how many people didn’t heed his message or vote for him because of the color of his skin. Let all of us including you the poster, move beyond this. I hope you listened to his message, his message would have radiated change regardless of who the messager was. We are just blessed that it was out of the mouth of someone of Color. Yeah for Obama! Change is in our midst. Yes! We Can!

  • Ms Christine

    My dear Candid Canuck:

    “Judge me not by the color of my skin, but by the content of my character”

    History is being made across the World. Barack is representing more than being black, he is educated and a God fearing man. And he speaks in COMPLETE SENTENCES!What more do we need?

    God Bless the Obama’s now and forever!!!
    Sending you love from the LBC

  • andrea md

    He needs to say Kings name at one of his speeches. quit referring to him as a preacher from Georgia

  • tiray

    Someone pinch me…………..

    I voted for Obama because he is BLACK!:

    If you were born (1930-1965) You understand.
    If you were born (1980-1990) You won’t!

    I voted for Obama because he is black!


  • Sydney

    It’s good to see a Dr. King post on this holiday.

    I still haven’t fully absorbed the full impact of the historical moment that will take place tomorrow.

    To mark today’s holiday, here’s a link to Mahalia Jackson’s tribute to Dr. King, “Precious Lord,” which she sung in 1963 at the March on Washington:

    FYI, CNN will air the I Have a Dream speech in its entirety at 12 ET today.

  • Sydney

    *she sang* Pardon the typo

  • Sydney

    For those who want to watch CNN’s airing of Dr. King’s speech (which starts at noon ET today), it will run about 17 minutes.

  • Illuminate Truth "Revolutionary Warfare Is All Fair..."

    Hey Syd!!

    How was the wedding reception? Happy MLK day (these slave drivers still have me at the plantation).

  • Colonel Stink Meaner

    If one mo’ m-f’er at my job today has the audacity to question President Obama’s citizenship……….I might be watching the inauguration from the County Jail!

  • Sydney

    Hey Ill 🙂

    I wound up feeling under the weather this weekend, so I didn’t make it, unfortunately. 😦

    Happy MLK Day to you, too!

  • dubya

    Yeah, and MLK wanted us to judge not by the color of our skin but the content of our character. Which, for the most part, was NOT the case with this election.

  • Sydney

    It’s so eerie — yet inspirational — to watch footage of Dr. King in 1963 standing in the same spot, on the same steps where President-Elect Obama stood yesterday.


  • Sydney

    Happy MLK Day, dubya!

  • dubya

    well, the two who mentioned the same thing I did, did so much more eloquently than I did. Thank you.

  • dubya

    same to you Syndey! MLK was a true visionary; Obama is a sign of the times.

  • Candid Canuck

    Happy MLK day to my American bros and sis’s

  • Robert Charles 504

    For the people who continue to say that BLACKS only voted for OBAMA simply because he is BLACK is a bunch of POPPYCOCK!its no different than the WHITES that voted for BUSH because he is WHITE and for the record,OBAMA is not the first AFRICAN AMERICAN to run for PRESIDENT and i assure you that if he was a BLACK REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE he wouldn`t have gotten the BLACK support that he recieved,ALLEN KEYES ran for PRESIDENT years back and BLACKS did not support him so in reality its not RACISM.

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