Transcript of Obama’s Speech

Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama—as prepared for delivery. 

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.   

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America. 

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day. 

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.  

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain.  He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves.  He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.  I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.  

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama.  Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.  And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am.  I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this

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  • Lynette D. White

    I’m still in shock. I’m still in awe. I can’t sleep. I don’t want to wake up for this dream. I feel like America was reborn today. I finally feel american.

    Thank you and god bless us all.

  • Jeffrey Jenkins

    Matthew 20:16, So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

    Deuteronomy 11

    8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it

    9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

    10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:

    11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

    12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

    Jeffrey Jenkins

  • Alfred Howard, Jr

    I think it was an excellent unifying and sensitive speeech
    He spoke confidence and inspiration that America can get
    better and is getting better inspite of how bad it is.
    Bad times won’t last forever. We can change the future.
    Yes we can!.

  • http://fredilynn3116.livejournal.com/344.html Karoline Zachry

    You’ll haven’t intended to do thus, however I suppose you have managed to precise the way of thinking that a lot of folks are in. The sense of wanting to help, however not knowing how or where, is one thing a lot people are going through.

  • AC Johnson

    Profound and real. I am glad that such a man of discipline, character, and resolve will unite the people of America to overcome some of the greatest challenges we have seen in our lifetimes. His focus in this speech spoke to the way I believe Obama will lead this country. It is a beautiful day in America – especially in Black America. Congratulations!