Who Said This Thing About Hope and Change, Bernie Sanders or Barack Obama?
He’s a well-educated US senator with a history of social activism.
A soaring orator who speaks truth to power. An inspiring figure whose call for revolutionary change excites young voters and millions of others who are fed up with big money and the power dynamics in politics.
A presidential candidate whose grassroots campaign has taken pundits, experts, and the media by surprise--and has given his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, a run for her money.
Are we talking about Bernie Sanders … or Barack Obama?
“We're looking to fundamentally change the status quo in Washington.”
“Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”
"Real change never takes place from the top on down. It always takes place from the bottom on up."
“Washington is broken. My whole campaign has been premised from the start on the idea that we have to fundamentally change how Washington works.”
"One of the themes that has been going around in this campaign is what we are talking about — transforming America's political system. … ‘It's just too hard. It can't be done. We have to think much, much, smaller.’ And I say, to hell with that."
“We don't ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.”
"We got to put young people to work, we got to give them an education, rather than putting them in jail."
“To those who say we cannot restore the dream, I say, just look where we are standing.”
“We are one world and one people.”
“Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. … Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”
“Now is not the time for thinking small!”
“Change is never easy but always possible.”
“There is a lot of sentiment that enough is enough, that we need fundamental changes, that the establishment — whether it is the economic establishment, the political establishment or the media establishment — is failing the American people.”
“Finally, let understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.”
“What Washington needs is adult supervision.”
“This notion that young people have lost their idealism or are too cynical or ironic — it’s not true.”
“What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, take his case to the American people.”
“Brothers and sisters: Now is not the time for thinking small. Now is not the time for the same-old-same-old establishment politics and stale inside-the-Beltway ideas.”
“If people are engaged, eventually the political system responds. Despite the money, despite the lobbyists, it still responds.”
“If America stands for anything, it stands for the idea of opportunity for everybody; the notion that no matter who you are, or where you came from, or the circumstances into which you are born, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can make it in this country.”
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.