At turns shady, funny and uplifting, Obama’s speech had something for everyone.
By Kenrya Rankin
ColorLines, July 28, 2016 —
President Barack Obama closed out the third night of the Democratic National Convention with a speech that sought to inspire confidence in the party’s presidential nominee Hillary Clinton—and the democratic process.
After years of listening to the president speak, we know that it wouldn’t be an Obama speech without some highly quotable, well, quotes. From the poignant to the shady to the inspiring, here are nine that stood out (yes, we know that some of them are several lines long—just go with it):
“The American dream is something no wall will ever contain.”
“Eight years ago, you might remember Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough. Because Hillary was tough. I was worn out. She was doing everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards, in heels.”
“Don’t boo. Vote.” (In reference to Donald Trump.)
“Democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about, ‘Yes he will.’ It’s about, ‘Yes we can!’”
“Hillary knows we can work through racial divides in this country when we realize the worry that Black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work. That we can honor police and treat every community fairly. We can do that. And she knows that acknowledging problems that have been festering for decades isn’t making race relations worse; it’s creating the possibly for people of good will to join and make things better.”
“Does anyone really believe that a guy who spent his 70 years on earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice?”
“Democracy works, America. But we’ve gotta want it. Not just during an election year, but all the days in between.”
“The Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say I know plenty of business men and women who have achieve remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people feeling like they got cheated.”
“We’re not done perfecting our union, we’re not done living up to our founding creed that all of us are created equal, all of us are free in the eyes of God.”
President Barack Obama full speech from Democratic National Convention