At the end of his speech in the film, the South Carolina senator admits that perhaps the secretary of state nominee is "the new voice of my country." Perhaps President Obama's sounds like a "new voice" of the United States. True, it is not a voice of self-centeredness, prejudice or greed that many politicians have used in the past to appeal to the worst in us. Rather, he describes a better tomorrow and urges us to join him in creating it when he says "well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."
Richard Davis is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of BYU. Email: Richard_Davis@byu.edu.
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