Obama for America

60-second ad from Oct. 8, 2008.

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Obama (voiceover): I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.

[Music] Obama (voiceover and to camera): One of my earliest memories: going with my grandfather to see some of the astronauts being brought back after a splashdown.  Sitting on his shoulders and waving a little American flag.  And my grandfather,
you know, would say... boy, Americans we can do anything when we put our minds to it.

Male Announcer: His grandfather fought in Patton's army.  His grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line.  But it was his mother who would see in him a promise.

Obama: My mother, she said to herself, you know, my son, he's an American and he needs to understand what that means.

She'd wake me up at 4:30 in the morning and we'd sit there and go through my lessons.  And I used to complain and grumble, and she'd say, well this is no picnic for me either, buster.

Male Announcer: His life was shaped by the values he learned as a boy.

Obama: Hard work...honesty...self-reliance...respect for other people...kindness...faith. 

That's the country I believe in.