Before we get to what should be Senator Obama's speech in Philly, I'd like to say a couple of things.
First, why is Senator Obama trying to create a divide between the people who have worked and sacrificed to get where they are today, and those who have made poor decisions? It seems to me that Senator Obama's 'divide and conquer' strategy by dividing the U.S. into the 'working family' vs. the 'few rich' is polarizing America instead of bringing her together. Why should those who make more than $75,000 have to work six months to pay their taxes and those who make less only have to work three months to pay their taxes? Is that fair?
Why should those who have worked hard to get where they are today be required to sacrifice even more to take care of those who want to only rely on the government for subsistence? Senator Obama's tax ideas are just plain wrong. I resent his inference that just because someone has some wealth, they are dregs on society? When did becoming rewarded for hard work become an evil thing? I'm talking about people who work hard to provide for their children and retirement. Why does Senator Obama believe those who have wealth are evil? Why should people who work hard to earn money, be required to turn that money over to someone who won't work?
Friends, I’m here in Philly today to ask for your vote. I am not asking for you to vote for me because I am black. I am not asking for your vote because I am a man. I am asking for your vote because I want to be President.
I don’t want to be the first black American President...I want to be the 44th President of the United States of America. The President of the greatest country the world has ever seen. And I am asking for your help. I need you, the great people of this state to help me reach that dream of mine.
Let’s take a minute to talk about your dreams. What do you want from your next president? What do you want from me?
Jobs. Do you want jobs? Philly has an unemployment rate of 6 %, higher than the average of the rest of the country.
What about education? Benjamin Franklin founded of the University of Pennsylvania, America's first university here. There are over 300,000 college students in metro Philadelphia, with the sixth largest public school system in the country, but only a 49 percent high school graduation rate.
To keep children in school we have to give them hope. Hope that there will be an opportunity for them when they finish school. Hope of a better tomorrow. Hope, when what they see everyday flies in the face of that hope.
So what can I do?
I can give you a hand up. I will ask Congress to provide money for job training for parents, so they can keep their homes and families together.
I will ask Congress for financial training for families, so they can make their dollars work for them, rather them working for the dollars.
I will ask Congress for aid in reaching out to high school children, to help them to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to help them stay in school and get the education they need to succeed in this great country of ours.
It is education that made this country great. It is through the education of our children that lays our greatest hope. Our children are our greatest asset. We need to protect that asset.
We have to help our teachers do what they trained for and teach. It’s not their job to raise your children. As a parent you are an integral part of the process. Something as easy as eating dinner together can raise your child’s grades. Be there at dinner and ask them about their day at school. Be there to help them through the homework questions. When was the last time you visited your child’s school? Be there for your children. Your children want you there.
As President, I will focus my energy to help provide for you and your families. But I need you to help me take that first step toward the White House. We need to win the nomination first.
As I said before, I don’t want to be the first black president. I want to be the 44th president of the United States of America. I want to be your president. I need your vote.
God Bless America and Thank you Philadelphia!!!