[00:04.19]we understand that greatness is never a given.
[00:07.54]It must be earned.
[00:10.08]Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.
[00:14.16]It has not been the path for the faint-hearted-
[00:17.17]for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.
[00:23.55]Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things-
[00:28.32]some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor,
[00:33.50]who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
[00:40.05]For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions
[00:43.48]and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
[00:47.45]For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West;
[00:52.01]endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
[00:56.50]For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.
[01:05.56]Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life.
[01:14.49]They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions;
[01:19.15]greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
[01:24.31]This is the journey we continue today.
[01:27.59]We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.
[01:32.10]Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.
[01:35.48]Our minds are no less inventive,
[01:37.35]our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year.
[01:44.23]Our capacity remains undiminished.
[01:48.28]But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions-that time has surely passed.
[01:57.38]Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off,
[02:02.30]and begin again the work of remaking America.