I know you didn't do this just to win an election.
And I know you didn't do it for me.
You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin.
If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.
They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
So our hearts are broken today.
It's the idea held by generations of citizens, who believe that America is a constant work in progress, who believe that loving this country requires... requires more than singing its praises or avoiding uncomfortable truths.
It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what is right, to shake up the status quo.
♪ Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. ♪
Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science, these are good things.
These are qualities you want in people making policy.
Black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, young, old, gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love.
That's what I see.
That's the America I know.
I do have one final ask of you as your president.
The same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.
I am asking you to believe.
Not in my ability to bring about change but in yours.