Four years ago today, Barack Obama declared victory in the Democratic primaries in a speech given in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most notably, that Jun 3rd speech included these words:
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, 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. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.
Most people who follow politics remember those words, although in many cases in order to mock them. Four years is quite a bit less time than "generations", but I doubt anyone is looking back and telling their children that at that moment any of those things happened.
But I can't be sure of that. So I make that claim with profound humility and limitless faith.
Have I told you how awesome my humility is? How incredible is my faith? I really have a limitless faith in the profundity of my humility.