Last night a new video surfaced exclusively through The Daily Caller of President Obama discussing how he came up with the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope.” The video comes from a democrat fundraising event during the 2006 midterm elections.
Obama praises Rev. Wright as he tells the story of how he got the title for his book.
”But I tell you what: I’m confessing to all of you here today — it’s a big crowd, 2,000 people — I’m confessing in front of the TV cameras: I actually stole this line from my pastor, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.”
Then Senator Obama goes on to tell about a sermon of Wright’s he attended at the Trinity United Church of Christ on the south-side of Chicago.
“His premise was simple,” Obama said. “He said, look, the easiest thing in the world to do is to feel cynical, easiest thing in the world is to find refuge in cynicism because there’s so much good reason as you look around to feel dispirited. You open up the newspapers, you watch the news, there’s war, there’s poverty, there’s ignorance, there’s conflict, there’s famine, there’s strife, and so it’s natural for many of us to at some point say to ourselves, you know what, not much is going to change,” Obama said.
“The world is what it is and it doesn’t make much sense to try to make it different, the best thing we can do is just look after ourselves, and protect our own little circle and make sure that we’re making as much money as we can and pursuing our own private individual dreams but not really have a lot of confidence, a lot of faith in the possibility of collectively transforming the world.”
Obama continued, “And he said the hard thing to do, the thing that requires risk, the thing that requires a sense of boldness, audacity, is to hope, to recognize that somehow the world as it is is not the world as it has to be; that it’s possible for us to recognize a stake in each other and to have mutual responsibility for each other and maybe not make a perfect world but to make it better for the next generation. And I loved that idea. I loved that idea in my own life because I thought that’s a philosophy I believe.”
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