Ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many. We have confronted, and will continue to confront, HIV/AIDS in our own country. And to meet a severe and urgent crisis abroad, tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa. This comprehensive plan will prevent seven million new AIDS infections … treat at least two million people with life-extending drugs … and provide humane care for millions of people suffering from AIDS, and for children orphaned by AIDS. I ask the Congress to commit 15 billion dollars over the next five years, including nearly ten billion dollars in new money, to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean.
This is a big commitment for a country to make, and I think just goes to show how great a country America is. This isn’t about improving our economy. This isn’t about putting more money in voters’ pockets. This is about doing something for the pure humanitarian desire to help people. The fact that even with the current economic problems we both have the will and are still well enough off to help 9 million people on another continent is just huge and speaks volumes for the spirit of America.