Barack Obama on Nov. If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference. It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America. It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
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Favreau attended the College of the Holy Cross , graduating as valedictorian. After graduation, he went to work for the John Kerry presidential campaign in , working to collect talk radio news for the campaign and was promoted to the role of Deputy Speechwriter. In , Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs recommended Favreau to Obama as a speechwriter. Obama and Favreau grew close, and Obama referred to him as his "mind reader. In , he was named to the White House staff as Director of Speechwriting. His father is of French Canadian descent and his mother is of Greek descent.
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I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.