At the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivered the keynote address:
“Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our President took action. And now, we’ve seen 4.5 million new jobs. He knows better than anyone that there’s more hard work to do. But we’re making progress.
“And now, we need to make a choice. It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more, so that millionaires can pay less. Or a country where everybody pays their fair share so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. It’s a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell Grants. Or a nation that invests more in education. And it’s a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas. Or a leader who brings jobs back home. This is the choice before us.
“And to me, to my generation, and for all the generations to come, our choice is clear. Our choice is a man who’s always chosen us. A man who already is our president—Barack Obama.
“In the end, the American Dream is not a sprint or even a marathon—but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.
“My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone. And while she may be proud of me tonight, I gotta tell you, Mom, I’m even more proud of you.
“Today, my beautiful wife, Erica, and I are the proud parents of a 3-year-old little girl, Carina Victoria, named after my grandmother. A couple of Mondays ago was her first day of pre-K.
“And as we dropped her off, we walked out of the classroom and I found myself whispering to her, as was once whispered to me, “Que Dios te bendiga.” May God bless you. She’s still young and her dreams are far off yet. But I hope she’ll reach them. As a dad, I’m going to do my part, and I know she’ll do hers. But our responsibility as a nation is to come together and do our part, as one community, one United States of America, to ensure opportunity for all of our children.
“The days we live in are not easy ones. But we have seen days like this before. And America prevailed. With the wisdom of our founders and the values of our families, America prevailed. With each generation going further than the last, America prevailed. And with the opportunity we build today, for a shared prosperity tomorrow, America will prevail.
“It begins with re-electing Barack Obama. It begins with you. It begins now.”