My father used to say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I took that step when I decided to seek the presidency once again. “Why?” my friends and family asked. “Why?” some of my closest advisors and colleagues asked. “Why?” they wanted to know, “Why? Would you put yourself through that again?”
Well, this isn’t about me.
This is about my country and, right now, my country needs me more than ever. This is about patriotism and public service. And this is about a little girl who is crying herself to sleep right now somewhere in this great country of ours because she doesn’t have enough to eat and her clothes are dirty.
Much hard work lies ahead. There will be good days and bad; great days and terrible ones. There will be successes; there will be setbacks. (And, hopefully, there will be some lucky breaks!) And there will be sacrifice, endless, bottomless sacrifice. Jesus Christ came to our planet to teach us all the importance of sacrifice. He showed us that, if we want to be like Him, we must sacrifice. No one likes to make sacrifices. Frankly, I think most of us would rather take a bubble bath. But sacrifice is called for and now sacrifice we must.
I say “we.” That’s because I can’t take the next step without your help. The road to the White House can be a very lonely road indeed. Won’t you join me on my journey? Won’t you take the next step on the long and lonely road with me? I could really use the company.