In this season of transition and change:
...[H]ope is not blind optimism.
It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.
It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight.
Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it...
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Iowa Caucus Night, Des Moines, Iowa, January 03, 2008