Four years ago, like many, I asked myself a question - is this the place I wanted for my kids?
And the answer was simple: No.
The Republicans had badly misused the chance they argued over for decades, our country was foreclosed and for sale, and the Democrats would get to try.
Well, today, many seeds are planted, with new directions in power making, new ideas in health care, and new lines with new products for American workers to make. Today's talk is of Volts and solar panels, wind turbines and health coverage no matter what. All these things and more are changed. All in four years. And all without the party of Lincoln, I might add.
Some today ask, am I "disillusioned" with the president? And that answer is a resounding no. I still want that "shining city on the hill" for America, and for my kids, and their kids, too. I want that better direction for America that was promised me, a place where the voice of a hard-working person counts. And like few before him, this president is making a difference and we are climbing the hill.
So again I vow to count, with my voice, my vote, and my money, I will keep our new direction. As our president's campaign slogan says: Forward.