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The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Barack Obama's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Barack Obama's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention: "Barack Obama's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention
Following are the remarks prepared by Barack Obama, candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, for the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night in Boston.
On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, Land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.
Tonight is a particular honor for me because � let's face it � my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely.
My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya.
He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack� his father � my grandfather � was a cook, a domestic servant.
But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son.
Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place � America � that stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before."

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