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In late July 2004 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Barack Obama rose to give the convention's keynote speech. At that exact moment, he hadn't been elected to national office and was largely unknown even to those in his own party. But in less than an hour, he was a political shooting star. Oprah said when his speech was over, "It felt like a new day."

One of the most famous lines in the speech was: "There is not a black America and a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America. There's the United States of America."

Of the speech, which he wrote himself, Senator Obama says, "All I was trying to do was just talk about the common sense things that people know when they're sitting around the kitchen table but don't somehow get into the political conversation."
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FROM: Living The American Dream: Barack Obama and Mark Burnett
Published on January 19, 2005

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