Because we understand that this democracy is ours.
quote:You're missing the context of how this word was used. In this speech BO was using democracy to describe the process by which we participate in our political system e.g we allow women to vote, primaries are held to get nominees, one man one vote, civic participation and exercising of rights etc. He wasn't talking about the system of government - which you're correct is a republic.
This statement alone is enough to throw the whole speech out.
I guess Obama is wiser than those who lived through hundreds of years of collective history.