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President-Elect Barack Obama Promises: Yes We Can

President-elect Barack Obama greeted the world from Chicago's Grant Park tonight, outlining the historic nature of his presidency and the many challenges that lay ahead. After thanking John McCain, running mate and VP-elect Joe Biden, his family and his campaign, he said his victory belongs to the people.

"Change has come to America. 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.

The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep, we may not get there in one year or even in 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."

Obama went on to say there would be setbacks and false starts, but that he will rebuild America with the help of the nation, "block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand." He ended with a passionate "Yes we can." What did you think of Obama's first speech as president?


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