When I stepped onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 to give the keynote address, I was confident and anxious — all at the same time. I’d given speeches before, but before I got asked to come to Boston, I’d never even used a teleprompter.
But when I stood in that arena full of proud, passionate Democrats and said that Republicans are our brothers and sisters — that the politics of hope is more powerful than politics as usual — and I heard the cheers and felt the electricity, I knew it was a moment in my life I would never forget.
That’s what it feels like to be at a Democratic convention.
In just a few weeks we will meet in Philadelphia for another exciting and historic convention, and I couldn’t be prouder of the fact that we will be nominating Hillary Clinton to be our party’s nominee.
It’s hard to believe that it was only twelve years ago that I gave that speech. The journey we have taken together as a nation since then has been extraordinary. From reviving the auto industry to reining in Wall Street, from guaranteeing health care for 20 million people to restoring our standing around the world, we have achieved so much together. And there’s more work to do.
While so much has changed, I believe in the promise of America as much today as I did in 2004. I believe in it just as I did in 2008, when at that Democratic convention, I spoke to the American people as our party’s nominee — I still believe, just like I said that night, that we cannot walk alone.
Naresh, there something magical about a Democratic convention, and the chance to affirm our values as Democrats, as Americans, and as each other’s keepers. I can’t wait for this one.
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