Obama means a dream deferred is not always a dream denied.
Obama means the road to the promised land is a public highway.
Obama means that today a teacher in a crumbling classroom of free-lunch kids can tell them they can be anything, and today maybe they will believe.
Obama means there is no more waiting for the first.
Obama means that people can look beyond a name.
Obama means that words still matter, that a speech can be both politics and poetry, that ideas carried inside the beauty of language can still inspire.
Obama means that skinny guys do not always get picked last.
Obama means that we never like one bunch to hold power too long.
Obama means that John McCain can go back to the decent, funny, admirable man he was before the campaign.
Obama means that maybe candidates will decide the best strategy is to be themselves.
Obama means that appealing to the worst in us is not always the winning play.
Obama means it doesn’t matter if you can trace your family tree to the Mayflower.
Obama means the one phrase that is never true in America is that could never happen.
Obama means our impatient citizens will stand in line for hours if they think it’s important enough.
Obama means the rest of the world looks at us in a new way.
Obama means maybe we look at ourselves in a new way.
Obama means that growing up poor or growing up biracial or growing up in a broken home might close doors around you, but those doors are not locked.
Obama means the rest of us have no excuses.
Obama means that our country is founded not on myths and legends, not on frilly phrases jotted down by old white men two centuries ago, but on fundamental truths that we can still make real.
Obama means that when we say all men and women are created equal, we might finally be ready to put a period at the end.