From President Obama’s long-awaited speech a few days ago on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico– as he passed on from the mundane facts of the spill itself to great plans to get beyond such things:
What has defined us as a nation since our founding is the capacity to shape our destiny—our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how we’re going to get there. We know we’ll get there.
Very down to earth, right? He makes it all very clear. “We know we’ll get there.” Wherever “there” is…
Right in the same spirit as “we are the future we’ve been waiting for”– or something like that– a gnomic utterance of his during the campaign. Of course now he’s supposed to be governing the country.