"The time has come to set aside childish things…to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea." And he warned the financial institutions that the time for freeloading is over, and the time for more economic equality is nigh. "This crisis [of the economy] has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of a control and that a nationa cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous," he said.
Finally, he reminds Americans of something that geneticists and humanitarians have long argued: that human beings are pretty much the same the world over, whatever their race or religion, and so are equally entitled to peace and prosperity. "We cannot but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."