Will Barack Obama usher in more prosperous, peaceful and hopeful times?
January 20, 2009
What vision do you have for your presidency?
"This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids, to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace, to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one — that while we breathe, we hope."
What words of inspiration do you have for the United States in these tumultuous times?
"Historically, what has always brought us through hard times is that national character, that sense of optimism, that willingness to look forward, that sense that better days are ahead."
What is America's greatest attribute?
"That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow."
Why do you think your story is so remarkable?
"I was never the likeliest candidate for this office."
What does your success say about the United States?
“For as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on earth is my story even possible.”
In what major way will your presidency be different?
"In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long."
What role do you see government playing in the private sector?
"The change we need goes beyond the laws and regulation. We need a shift in the cultures of our financial institutions and our regulatory agencies. It's time to realign incentives and the compensation packages so that both high-level executives and employees better serve the interests of shareholders."
But are you realistic about government's limitations?
"We don't want government to run companies. Historically, it hasn't done that very well."
And finally, are you tough enough to be president?
“I’m skinny — but I’m tough.”