I see it in the Dreamer who stays up late at night to finish her science project, and the teacher who comes in early maybe it was some extra supplies that she bought, because she knows that that young girl might someday cure a disease.
I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over and I see it in the business owner who gives him that second chance.
The protester determined to prove that justice matters, and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect, doing the brave, quiet work of keeping us safe.
I see it in the soldier who gives almost everything to save his brothers,…the nurse who tends to him 'til he can run a marathon, and the community that lines up to cheer him on.
It's the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he's been taught.
I see it in the elderly woman who will wait in line to cast her vote as long as she has to; the new citizen who casts his vote for the first time; the volunteers at the polls who believe every vote should count, because each of them in different ways know how much that precious right is worth.
That's the America I know. That's the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Undaunted by challenge.
Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
That's what makes me so hopeful about our future. I believe in change, because I believe in you. The American people.
And that's why I stand here as confident as I ever been that the State of our Union is strong.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.