“I’m tired of being told what cannot be done. I’m tired of people asking Americans to defer their dreams to another day, but really what they mean is another decade.” – Donald J. Trump
Trump the builder and property developer resurfaced for a few moments Wednesday, taking time away from his presidential campaign to attend the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., but he made it clear his goals now are much greater than restoring properties – now his sights are set on restoring America.
In their contract with the government to restore the old Post Office Building, the Trump organization was required to have the job completed by 2018. Speaking at the grand opening ceremony Wednesday, Trump said, “My theme today is 5 words: ‘Under Budget, Ahead of Schedule.’”
The Trump organization has taken a property that was costing the U.S. government approximately $6-8 million a year, and has turned it into a major revenue-producer and job creator. The parallels of this restoration project and what Trump wants to do for America were clear.
Trump started by saying he’s very proud of the company he and his family have built, “but it seems very insignificant compared to what we’re doing now.”
After a few comments, Trump the presidential candidate returned, turning the last half of his 10-minute speech into one of the most sobering, yet passionate and moving speeches he’s ever given as a candidate.
The video below is set to begin at the last six minutes of Trump’s powerful speech:
“I’ve loved my life in business, and I’ve loved getting to share my dreams with my family. My job is to look at undeveloped spaces and imagine what they could be. These are spaces that have no hope and no future, but you need imagination and the ability to get them done, to unlock their potential, and to unlock the potential of the people working on those projects.
Where others have only dead ends, I’ve dreamed of the amazing possibilities that we have. That’s why government has turned to me in the past to fix projects that had gone nowhere, that were considered total disasters.
Whether it’s turning a landfill at Ferry Point in the Bronx into a world class golf course, or revitalizing the façade of the great Grand Central Terminal, or building and saving Wollman Rink in Central Park… today is a metaphor for what we can accomplish for this country.
This building is a historical landmark, a true American original. It had all the ingredients of greatness, but it had been neglected and left to deteriorate for many decades. It sat there so beautiful, but so empty, and had fallen into a very bad state of condition. It had the foundation for success… all of the elements were here… our job was to restore its former glory, honor its heritage, but also to imagine a brand new and exciting vision for the future, to create a new place for people and families to come together.
I’ve been very lucky, and I’ve led a great life. Now I want to give back to the country which I love so much, and has been so good to me. I want to go into the inner cities, the poor rural communities, and the failing schools, and I want to work on a national plan of revitalization.
I’m tired of the excuses from our politicians. I’m tired of being told what cannot be done. I’m tired of people asking Americans to defer their dreams to another day, but really what they mean is another decade. Enough waiting. The time is now. We can achieve our goals for this country, and we can do so more quickly than anyone ever thought possible. There is nothing we cannot accomplish.
The United States is great… its great… its people are great. There is no task or project too great. There is no dream outside of our reach. Don’t ever let anyone tell you it can’t be done. The future lies with the dreamers… not the cynics and the critics.
Everywhere I go in this country, all I see is untapped potential waiting to be set free… and the biggest element of all is our incredible people. The people of this country… they’re just waiting… they’re waiting and waiting, and I think maybe now their time has come.
But we will realize never… that the potential we continue to put into the faith of our country, and we have to say the world ‘never’ will always have to be taken out, because we have such tremendous potential. We have to choose the most optimistic path. We have to choose to believe, not our politicians who in many cases truly don’t know what they’re doing, but to believe in ourselves and in our country.
If we do that, anything is possible. I’m asking America to join me in dreaming big and bold, and dream for wonderful things in our future. Let’s close the history books on the failures in Washington, and let’s open a new chapter of success and prosperity for all of our people. We have a divided nation, a seriously divided nation. All of our people. That is how we will truly make America great again.”
After a quick ribbon-cutting ceremony, Trump was off again, back to the campaign trail to make America great again.
The media was not kind to Trump for attending the grand opening:
Trump shuts down Dana Bash after questioning him for “taking time off” to attend his hotel’s grand opening. ? pic.twitter.com/LtLAu1jkbQ
— Deplorable AJ (@asamjulian) October 26, 2016
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