With this sentence, Studs Terkel summarized an important point:
Hope has never trickled down. It has always sprung up.
Obama can’t give us hope from above. Each and every one of us have to create hope for ourselves, and then demand change.
As Naomi Klein writes, coining a new word in the process:
It’s time to stop waiting for hope to be handed down, and start pushing it up, from the hoperoots.