In the 70 years since Robinson broke the color line in baseball, Obama said, the country has evolved into a more accepting place.
That, he suggested, is how change happens: slowly, over generations, and only after a sustained fight.
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” Obama said. “It doesn’t happen in one fell swoop. It doesn’t happen because a president gives a speech.”
…we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.
You’d think that that last bit would stop being funny. Not so much that Barack Obama’s ego wrote checks that night that his body still can’t cash, half a decade later; but that otherwise-sentient Democrats actually believed the guy, bless their hearts.