The great political tugs of the past 35 years have concerned the distribution of the golden eggs. In the 1980's and 1990's we must focus on the health of the goose.
I came from a disadvantaged home. They were Republicans.
Seven and half years ago I began my own journey. For me and my family it was a time of adversity. But during that adversity I derived a deeper faith. And born out of that adversity was a commitment to devote myself to those people and to those issues that truly matter to me.
A commencement is a time of joy. It is also a time of melancholy. But then again, so is life.
No one is immune from the larger events of his or her time - the Depression, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, the spring of 1989 in China. These events intrude upon our lives and radically affect our directions.
Our only weapons in this war of your lifetime are the weapons of the mind.
The cold war is over; Japan won.
Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed.
No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time on my business.
You cannot be pro-jobs and anti-business at the same time. You cannot love employment and hate employers.
You are part of that horrid expression, the best and the brightest. It can be a terrible burden if you let it be, but it is the great challenge of your time. And being a warrior in that challenge should be wondrous.
I am an American. I love this country.
You are Americans. You love this country. Together we are entrusted with the principles that represent mankind's greatest political and social achievement.
I have pretty much made up my mind to do this.
From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence.