Obama or Reagan?

"Everywhere we have met thousands of Democrats, independents and Republicans from all economic conditions and walks of life bound together in that community of shared values of family, work, neighborhood, peace and freedom. They are concerned, yes, but they are not frightened. They are disturbed but not dismayed. They are the kind of men and women Tom Paine had in mind when he wrote - during the darkest days of the American Revolution -- 'We have it in our power to begin the world over again.'"

I also recall from my misty memory another Reagan line: "We are the change."

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