Obama: We believe in compassionate and tolerant America

US President Barack Obama has thanked Americans for electing for him for a second term and promised that the “best is yet to come” for the country.

Addressing supporters in Chicago after decisively winning a second term, President Obama said that despite Americans’ differences, most of them share certain hopes for America’s future.

US President Barack Obama

“I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the country I’m so proud to lead as your president,” President Obama said. “And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope.”

President Obama’s thoughts also went to immigrants. “We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag,” he said.

He praised America’s diversity describing it as “the most diverse nation on Earth” with people who share a common destiny.

President Obama added: “I believe we can keep the promise of our founding, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”
 

By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a