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Whoopi Goldberg

Actress and Activist

Whoopi Goldberg: I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That's exactly what I've done. The great divide between my era and the eras that come after me is that you are not getting the encouragement and the "hands-on" from your government.  A lot of times your teachers have been left out in the cold.  So it's hard for them to focus the way that teachers were focused when I was a kid.  There's not a lot of work out there as there were when I was a kid. We had programs that were set up by the country. So, the fact that you're making it now, makes you 5,000 times the person that those who came before you were. Because we had a lot of help, and there's very little help out there now.
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Daniel Goldin

Space Exploration

Every day I have to pinch myself. I work for the President of the United States. I grew up in the South Bronx. I had to work from the time I was 11 years old to contribute to the family. We never had very much. My father sorted mail to make a living. He had various and sundry jobs. I'm the Administrator at NASA, and it's a privilege. It's an honor. I didn't plan it. It just happened.
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Daniel Goldin

Space Exploration

My father graduated college during the Depression, in biology. He wanted to be a scientist and he sorted mail for ten years of his life. There was a rage inside of him and to his credit he transformed that rage of frustration to me to drive me, to tell me to take risk. When I failed he never beat me up, but he got angry at me when I played it safe and he pushed me and he pushed me and he pushed me.
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Daniel Goldin

Space Exploration

The President of the United States invited my father and mother, my daughters and my wife, my son-in-law, to the swearing in. And, it was unbelievable. They said, "Bring the family Bible." We had it. My wife took it out. We went for the ceremony. And, when the ceremony was over, my father went over and started touching the President. He just touched him. I got embarrassed, but I said, "Be quiet." The President understood. He had achieved. He had achieved it.
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

I travel a lot around the country, and when I was in Texas government I traveled a lot around the state, and there were many people, many people who have similar stories. I mean, it is the greatness of this great country. People that come -- because they come up to me after I speak -- and they say, "My story is just like yours. My parents, you know, they had nothing, and here I am. Everyone in our family has gone to college, and this is what I'm doing." I mean it's a wonderful story. So my story is not unique by any stretch. I mean there are many people in this great country who have come from similar beginnings, and because they've worked hard and applied themselves and have put themselves in a position to take advantage of an opportunity that comes along, they're able to do some wonderful things.
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