Barack Obama: Speech on Patriotism

About 9 minutes in, Senator Obama relates how patriotism grew in the lessons his family taught him. One of his earliest memories is of sitting on his grandfather's shoulders, watching the Astronauts come to shore in Hawaii. His grandfather explained that
"we Americans can do anything we set our minds to do. That's my idea of America." 1 hankie

Relating how his mother read the Declaration of Independence to him as a child: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..." Those lines always make me weepy. Social justice means opportunity. Both are things that are ingrained in this nation. 2 hankies

The YouTube video skips to the end at about the 12 minute mark. I'll have to watch the rest, later.

(Damn Twitter - I'm following Obama's tweets, and he announces these speeches on Twitter so you can watch them live, but, because of Twitter's unresponsiveness and downtime, I've yet to receive one less than an hour after the event has already ended.)