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President-elect Barack Obama's 2008 Acceptance Speech

Speech given by Barack Obama after winning the 2008 Presidental Election

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Yes Change Is A Comin'

  • Dec 13, 2008
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So for the first time in many years, I was excited about Election Night. Working in the media with a background in politics you all may be thinking that of course, I'd be excited...I'm a political geek. But truly I am not. I don't watch Sunday morning talk shows and flip the channel when talk turns to certain political problems in Washington. That stuff just doesn't interest me.

But these past two years I must say has been different. Now no doubt, I, like every other American was sick and tired of seeing and hearing each candidate toot their own horn. That gets old...real fast. But there was something about Barack Obama that was different. His take on politics and the world we live in was different than the 'Washington establishment.' He not only knew what people were feeling, but had insightful and realistic ways to make things happen. I think that's what drew people to him and ultimately won him the presidency. He wasn't full of promises that made no sense...he was full of sense which is something some of our former Presidents and lawmakers have lacked.

So on Election Night...I was working about 6 blocks from Grant Park. I didn't have a ticket, but knew I had to make it down there. Well I only had 30 minutes to make the trek and I'm glad I did. Now granted I didn't get anywhere near the park in that short amount of time, but the energy even along Michigan Avenue that night is not one I'll soon forget. Thousands of people were making the trek just as I was because of one reason I think; they knew this was history in the making.

Even though I only made it to the outskirts of Millennium Park and got nowhere near seeing Mr. President-Elect, it was an electrifying experience. Seeing so many people excited for once about the next leader of our country was nothing short of awe-inspiring.

But that 30 minutes ran out quick. I rushed back to the office and remained glued to the TV for results. When it became clear Obama was about to basically sweep McCain we all waited anxiously for his speech.

Obama and his people have proven they are no fools. They made the nation wait and then wait some more. But as they say, 'all good things are worth waiting for' and his speech definitely was. The sincerity in his voice and the conviction in which he gave it lead me and millions of others across the country to have hope for our future. That's something we've been missing for quite some time.

Will change come about from Mr. Obama? Absolutely. Change has to come and I believe Mr. Obama not only realizes it but understands. That understanding will go a long way.

The man America has elected to the highest office in the land has shown he's above all the political mudslinging. He's about business, not business as usual but the business of changing the country. If his two-plus years of campaigning didn't show us that, perhaps his recent behavior in light of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's poor choices are a testament to it. Even though those that are falling down want to drag him down with their sinking ship...Mr. Obama has shown that's not what he's about.

They say that actions speak louder than words and I believe Obama's actions show us that change is on the way. His past shows change, his present actions show change which can only lead us to conclude that his future will be about change too.

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review by . December 09, 2008
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Barack's acceptance speech was one of his shorter ones during his campaign. I had noticed a lot of media brought this point up afterwards. I personally thought it was one of of his better ones. There was a time during his campaign where I kind of grew sick of his speeches. They began to seem repetitive, not to mention the fact that it always sounded to me like he was yelling. He was calm, collective, and reflective during this. I mean, any human can see why. He was no longer anxious. He did it. …
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Text of Democrat Barack Obama's speech in Chicago, IL on Novemeber 4, 2008 after winning the presidential election, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:

OBAMA: Hello, Chicago.

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 first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or 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've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about 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 date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.

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