Yes, I am speaking about the Americans, not about America, the people, not the country. As a people you have many commendable qualities which are often obscured by the bad publicity generated by the politicians and the people running the big multi-national corporations. These two groups of your fellow citizens have done your reputation great harm, they owe the rest of you an apology.
Your most admirable qualities are your ability to shed off your prejudices, your ability to self correct. This quality was demonstrated again and again in your country’s history.
Starting with slavery, this was a bad blotch in your history. Your conscience spoke and you abolished it. This was one of your most significant acts. The race issue lingered, you overcame that too. The final, closing chapter is the election of Barrack Obama as your forty-fourth president today.
You held the religious bias against the Catholics, then came John Kennedy, he challenged your conscience and again you followed the dictate of the conscience. A fine effort!
Though you have a short history compared to many other societies in this world, you have set yourself out to be an example for fair play. For centuries these societies have suppressed many of their own kind with force, with cultural and economic shackles. Though they know it is cruel and an injustice they continue to ignore the promptings of their conscience. You have not forgotten your roots. You allow those from different countries and cultures to come into your shores and you allow them to become your fellow citizens. Americans, your sense of fair play is exemplary, in your society the poor, the deprived, the underprivileged, and the shackled have the equal chance to make a total turn-around.
Today, together you have reached the promised land! Hold your heads high, it is a historic day, not only for you but also for all mankind. It is decency triumphing over cruelty and injustice! It has helped restore the faith of many people around the world, in the goodness of human nature. Please do not lose it through internal squabbling. Treasure it, it is precious!
Come visit again. Thank you.