Transcript of Obama’s Speech

ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change.  And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.  It cannot happen without you. 

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.  Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people. 

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.  Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity.  Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.  As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”  And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.  

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.  To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you.  To those who seek peace and security – we support you.  And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.   

For that is the true genius of America – that America can change.  Our union can be perfected.  And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.  

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations.  But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta.  She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except

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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!