Transcript of Obama’s Speech

happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done. 

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office.  We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements.  Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.  

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause.  It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth.  This is your victory.   

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me.  You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.  For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.  Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.  There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college.  There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long.  Our climb will be steep.  We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.  I promise you – we as a people will get there.  

There will be setbacks and false starts.  There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem.  But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.  I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.  And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.  

What began twenty-one months

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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!