If you had shown this face throughout the campaign, the country would be better for it. You probably still would have lost, but the campaign would have not stained your honor or your soul. Nonetheless, I am truly grateful for the speech you gave.
I will tweak you on one point, though. You said, "But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound." The injustices of which you speak did more than stain the nation's reputation. It stained its soul. Our inability to reverse those injustices still reverberates today. Mr. Obama's election shows that we have made great progress and once again gives hope that our great nation may come to fulfill its potential. There is much work to do yet, though.