"It's easy to succumb to the sense of cynicism of what's possible in this country," Obama said. "But today we are reaffirming that essential truth. . . . We are not a nation that scales back its expectations. . . . We are not a nation that does what's easy. . . . We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. . . . Here in this country, we shape our own destiny. That is what we do. That is who we are."