ObamaÂ says: Nine years ago today, I announced my candidacy for President, right here in Springfield, Illinois. Some of you were probably here that day. And itâ€™s been fun to be back here with a bunch of old friends.
I chose Springfield for my announcement because this is where I came to believe so deeply in a better kind of politics. Not just because of what I learned working across the aisle with folks in the legislature, but because of what I learned meeting people all across this state. You made me believe that if we just approached our politics the same way we approach our daily lives â€“ with common sense, a commitment to fairness, and the belief that weâ€™re all in this together â€“ thereâ€™s nothing we canâ€™t do. And I still believe that. I still believe in a politics of hope.
Iâ€™ll be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasnâ€™t gotten better over the past nine years. But thatâ€™s all the more reason to keep trying. In fact, I gave a big speech today at the Illinois legislature where I focused on specific ways we can build that kind of politics together. I hope you check it out if you have time. And Iâ€™m going to keep at it over the course of this year. Not just because Iâ€™m the President today. But because next year, Iâ€™ll still hold the most important title of all. Iâ€™ll still be a citizen, right there with all of you.