President Obama speaks to members and guests at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Award Gala in Washington, D.C.
Go to 21'38" and listen to the President's conclusion : it describes an ideal America.
"[...] So let me close by saying this : long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. To British and French, to Dutch and Spanish, to Mexican, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land. We didn’t always get along. But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together - what made us all Americans - was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth.
It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes us strong. The ability to recognize our common humanity; to remember that in this country, equality and opportunity are not just words on a piece of paper, they’re not just words in the mouths of politicians - they are promises to be kept.
And that is our calling now : to keep those promises for the next generation. No matter which way the political winds shift, I will stand with you for that better future. And if you stand with me, and if we remember that fundamental truth - that divided we fall, but united we are strong, and out of many, we are one - then you and I will finish what we have started. We will make sure that America forever remains an idea and a place that’s big enough and bold enough and brave enough to accommodate the dreams of all our children and all our people for years to come. Si, se puede !
Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you !"
Video and transcript from the White House website