The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on.
Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military.
In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they have. Education was the gateway to opportunity for me. It was the gateway for Michelle. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life.