January 17, 2009: Mixed Assessment on Racial Impact of Obama’s Historic Election (CQPolitics.com)

  • "I have asserted a firm conviction — a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people — that, working together, we can move beyond some of our racial wounds and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union," Obama said at speech at Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Obama delivered the speech to quell the controversy over the inflammatory remarks made by his former minister, The Rev. Jeremiah Wright.