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Nov 7

you can make it here in America—if you’re willing to try

I have never been more hopeful about America.  And I ask you to sustain that hope.  I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.  I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.

America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class.  I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests.  We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe.  We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states.  We are and forever will be the United States of America.

transcript from President Obama’s acceptance speech


Jul 6
#america as seen by the light of #fireworks and #IG. #whitesox  (Taken with Instagram at U.S. Cellular Field)

#america as seen by the light of #fireworks and #IG. #whitesox (Taken with Instagram at U.S. Cellular Field)


Jul 4
whose #liberty? whose security? the #USA patriot act in the context of cointelpro and unlawful repression of political dissent. #AMERICA #booksnotbooze  (Taken with Instagram at Panera Bread)

whose #liberty? whose security? the #USA patriot act in the context of cointelpro and unlawful repression of political dissent. #AMERICA #booksnotbooze (Taken with Instagram at Panera Bread)


@patwodonnell + America = celebration.

@patwodonnell + America = celebration.


@patwodonnell turns 30! (Taken with Instagram at Balena)

@patwodonnell turns 30! (Taken with Instagram at Balena)


Jul 2
#AMERICA  (Taken with Instagram at State Street Bridge)

#AMERICA (Taken with Instagram at State Street Bridge)


May 31
celebrating jihad’s day! 

celebrating jihad’s day! 


Jan 22
neighbor’s pops is visiting America for the first time and I insisted a sign MUST be made. So exciting! So romantic! #america #transatlantictravel (Taken with Instagram at The palace flophouse and grill)

neighbor’s pops is visiting America for the first time and I insisted a sign MUST be made. So exciting! So romantic! #america #transatlantictravel (Taken with Instagram at The palace flophouse and grill)


Aug 4