ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Barack Obama Announces Run for Presidency in 2007

Feb. 10, 2007: Obama announces his first run for president.
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It was here in Springfield where north south east and west come together but I was reminded them be essential decency but be American big. Breck came to believe it through this decency. We can build a more hopeful America. And that is why. In the shadow of the old State Capitol but we're let them once called on a house divided. To stand together. Were common hopes and common dreams still live. I stand before you today to announce. My Canada. Thank you. God I recognize. The third is certain presumption is that cements but certain audacity. This announcement. I know that I haven't spent a lot of time. Learning the ways of Washington. But I've been there long enough to know. But the way the Washington must change. The genius of our founders. Is that they designed a system of government that can. Be changed and we should take heart because we change this country before. In the face of tyranny. A band of patriots Bob an empire to its needs and blue in the face of recession. We unify our nation and set the captives Edward. In the face of depression. We put people back to work and lifted millions out of poverty we welcomed immigrants to our shores we opened railroads to the west we landed. A man on the moon and we heard a king's call to let justice roll down like waters. I'm righteousness. Welcome minus three. We've done that football. Each and every time a new generation. Has driven out ban. Done what's needed to be done. Today we are called one small. It is time for our generation to answer that call. That is our unyielding faith. In the face. Of impossible odds. People who love their country can change. That is our purpose here today and that is why I'm in this race not just a hold an office but together with you to transform a nation. I want. I want to win that next battle for justice and opportunity. I want to win that next battle. Rebellious move them better job than better healthcare for all. I'm one of the thank god beyond measure that does look perfecting our union and building a better America. If you'll join look. May in this improbable quest if you keel destiny calling. And C and I see the future. But endless possibilities stretching out before is it your sense of my sense but the time is now to shake off our slumber and slow haul our fears and make good on the debt we owe past and future generations. Then I am ready to take public calls and martz would you. Then work what do today. No more need to be done unless you're in our new birth of freedom on this sort of like you very much over.

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