It's the 3d of June, 2008. Mattering states are voting.
On this day in history, nearly 40 years to the day of one of the country's darkest moments, Barack Obama has secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States of America, this land that we love.
A skinny kid with a funny name who believed that this country had a place for him too.
As its leader.
As a leader who will talk to this country as if we were adults, who will be honest with it. Who will be transparent. Who will work hard to inspire participation by the formerly cynical in our society for all our mutual benefit. Who will change the image of America for a world desperate for us to be our best selves.
For we are our brothers' keepers. We are our sisters' keepers.
When that man, in 2004, got up and spoke those words, I saw a president.
Those words, of the deepest progressive and spiritual values, are the direct rebuttal to Reagan's "government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem." Barack Obama will provide language for countless, less powerfully speaking Democrats to run for office in coming decades.
This is a leader who matters.