President Obama spoke at D.C.’s historic Vermont Ave. Baptist church, and stood at the podium where Dr. King himself once stood, in February 1968, as part of a series of speeches entitled “In search of a sense of direction.” Obama clearly didn’t miss the symbolism, and in his remarks he acknowledged that a year into “yes we can,” many of those who believed in him have become dispirited, saying:
… on the heels of that victory over a year ago, there were some who suggested that somehow we had entered into a post-racial America, all those problems would be solved. There were those who argued that because I had spoke of a need for unity in this country that our nation was somehow entering into a period of post-partisanship. That didn’t work out so well. There was a hope shared by many that life would be better from the moment that I swore that oath.
Obama acknowledged the frustration, and even anger that people feel, and challenged what he calls the “Joshua generation” to press forward. He even explained his trademark cool demeanor, saying that “it’s faith that keeps me calm.” Watch: