Feb 1, 2014|
Mitch Landrieu gives his acceptance speech as he wins his second term as Mayor of New Orleans in 2014.
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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
Think you'll. So much. For this wonderful day. To the people in New Orleans. Thank you so much and I'd like to I just begin. With a special word of appreciation. On to my two opponents mr. king and mr. -- -- for us service. -- -- -- -- -- -- It was an honor. It was not anonymous campaign against these two distinguished gentleman and I thank him very much for the way and they conducted themselves. You know elections all arc. Beautiful to behold. In victory. And in defeat I have felt both. I enjoy and in sorrow. They are America's. Peaceful path way. To the future they do for formal voice. To the will of the people. And now the people of New Orleans. How smoking. Again. The result. The results tonight confirm what we hoped and wish truth for years ago. Now the people of this great city already needed to move forward. I'll listen to you New Orleans and I. Heard you are jello and nine. I heard an Algiers. Are courage in the east. Are generally Katherine and Venetian isles are John John are generally you are -- and -- hot -- and Pontchartrain park. I -- your intention town's central city mid CD Zion city are heard Julie Fisher and -- -- renowned. And back in town and walnut. And mom I even heard John free streaming. And beyond. Our mergers and clear of the bells. Peeling off of the Saint Louis cathedral the clang clang clang it. On the street -- line you are as clear as a beautiful roar. On the rebirth brass band and and you are as clear him as an anguished cry from a mother who lost her child. Too many of my children. Lost. On us streaks. I listened to you and I have heard. And the whole world. Urgent duty and this is what you said. We won't go back. We will press on we all one team one fight we all one voice we are. The real. We just have to. We have come. We have come a very very long way to -- Four years ago New Orleans staged the biggest crisis than any city in America has demonstration. Four years ago we founded our city in disarray and on the brink of collapse. Four years ago the recovery was stalled our city was headed in the wrong direction what we would doing just was not working and -- together. Together we locked arms and we pledge that we would try to do something different we shared that together we can move forward and we did we got -- We dust ourselves off we took that first step. And then we took another look. We've pressed on. And we as a people have come back strong to gather. We got the recovery back on track we created 4500 new jobs in new retail. Across the city. I schools improving gradually raise graduation rates -- Drop out rates. Or down we have a -- light. We will we have more recreation. We are reforming no hard and the murder is an historic thirty year. What. People of New Orleans let's not be confused. Let's make no mistake. The pathway forward for all of us is not and will not be easy. We see big challenges all around us we have crime we have unemployment. Families and communities are facing deep struggles. But we cannot lose heart and we cannot leave anybody behind. Scripture reminds us that you know intrigued by it's fruit. So we must consider what fruit of our labor. As a city and the people will bear. As we marched together in common purpose. And in common struggle the -- tomorrow labor will be a city that is something more to. A New Orleans like we have always dreamed it she could be. I am so proud of what we have accomplished but what excites me is not what we haven't done in the last four years what what we are now. Paul I used to do. Ladies and gentlemen the future of this city is -- bright. New Orleans our best days are ahead and we are not leaving anybody. Tonight. Let's celebrate give thanks that we live in this city that we love so dearly and and then tomorrow let's get back to work. And in four years -- was probably celebrate this city's 300 anniversary. And like all of you. Like all of you my heart is -- His love for New Orleans and I believe that if we stay united as one team. One vice twice once fight ones sitting there is nothing there is nothing that we can achieve so let's give a darn let's keep it rolling. Less pressure on my.