Gratulation


[…] For we know that our patch­work her­itage is a strength, not a weak­ness. We are a nation of Chris­tians and Mus­lims, Jews and Hin­dus — and non-believ­ers. We are shaped by every lan­guage and cul­ture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tast­ed the bit­ter swill of civ­il war and seg­re­ga­tion, and emerged from that dark chap­ter stronger and more unit­ed, we can­not help but believe that the old hatreds shall some­day pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dis­solve; that as the world grows small­er, our com­mon human­i­ty shall reveal itself; and that Amer­i­ca must play its role in ush­er­ing in a new era of peace. […]

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