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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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kythera kythera 8 years
I enjoyed the reaction of the crowd to the last words of President-Elect Obama's speech. President Obama, love it! As a former Yankee living in a red state, it's been hard to spread Obama's message for peace and a better pride. I cried when I watched him speak. He moves mountains. 8)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I was moved by the sight of Jackson's tears, but I did have a moment where I wondered if he was crying in part because he never got a chance to cut Obama's n*ts off ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
It was a well written speech, I just wish they hadnt kept cutting to Jesse Jackson and Oprah crying, ruined it for me. Bidens mom? adorable little memaw
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Obama said that what he wanted to do first was just to have breakfast with his little girls, because he hadn't in a long time, and personally take them into their school, because he also hasn't done that in a long time either, since all this began. I hope Barack finally got that personal time with his girls earlier today.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
"Organic would be saying negative things if McCain had won, too." Most likely. And I'll always be glad Barack won, as long as he tries his best. He may not suceed with everything they way he wants for us, but as long as he tries to make things better, then I will patiently wait for the positive outcome.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I wish him the best!
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Aww at yesteryear. :) That was precious. Now that we put our faith in Obama I really hope he proves himself so everyone can follow suit.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'd be exhausted too Jude! Did you see that Google map of his last few days? Yikes!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Great speech. He seemed exhausted, though--I hope he's getting some well-deserved rest today.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
:rotfl: "I guess Republicans are going to have to get used to a President that knows big words!!!!" Hahaha I just saw that..that's so funny. And unfortunately, true.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
I really enjoyed his speech. I thought it was concise and hopeful. I'm glad he mentioned that it will take awhile to clean up this mess because people like a quick fix. But I do think Obama is the right person to do the job!! Yay :)
mexicachica mexicachica 8 years
The speech was eloquent and memorable. Nothing short of what was expected from him. It brought tears to my eyes and I dont cry easily. I was proud to be an American for the first time in a long time. I guess Republicans are going to have to get used to a President that knows big words!!!!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
All president elects do a tempered acceptance speech..look at Clinton's..Bush's.. it like ok lets be real and attack things like ducks in a row and see how much we can fix in four years.. and then hopefully another 4 years.. then we will hand a fixed America back to a republican president and there wrecking crew.. :) Bush Sr f's it up, Clinton fixed it..Bush Jr destroyed it.. hopefully Obama will fix it and then in four to eight years Palin or "republican to be named later" can screw it all up again.. such is the cycle of life.
xxcrazyjewxx xxcrazyjewxx 8 years
I cried then and I am crying now. His speech was so beautiful and it is amazing that people in the United States finally feel such passion and connection to a candidate again. After 8 years of fail, we are moving on up! I could not stop smiling and crying during his speech and have such complete faith him, that I can finally say I am proud to be an American.
dollhouse1 dollhouse1 8 years
YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08. THANK YOU GOD!!!
eveday eveday 8 years
LOL cfp! And I agree with every single one here who doesn't want to hear from Sarah Palin ever again. I didn't have anything against McCain himself, but that woman was a really horrible choice.
kranky kranky 8 years
Congrats to Obama and all his supporters. And a special thanks to harmonyfrance for being such a gracious winner.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
lol cfp. juju that was my favorite part of the speech too. I hope Palin sticks around somehow. She's got star power. I just don't want her running the country!
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
juju4 juju4 8 years
Jillness, I completely agree. I've read several articles about how this election brought about change already because constituents have gotten involved in politics again. I love that average citizens are recognizing the power that we all have to determine the path that our country takes. I know that I am going to be more active and start paying more attention to my local and state government. Obama's comments about change and how things are going to be tough remind me of a great description of puberty. :-) Things start changing and it is awkward or hard to get used to at first, but in the end it was all worth it. There are going to be some growing pains in this country, and things might get worse before they get better. But I do believe that within 4 years we will be on a path of recovery, and that our country will be stronger than ever because of the growth that we will experience. My favorite part of his acceptance speech: "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," Obama said. "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," he said.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
Wonderful speech. I wish the best to Obama. Yes, we can!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I really liked his speech. The fact is that the economy is on a bad track right now, and there is going to be at least a rough year before things get better. Plus, any thing they do to try and help it will take a while to take affect and/or show up, because that is how economics work. As a volunteer, what his speech sounded like to me was a reminder that my work is not done. That the 5 million people who worked for him to get elected will also be called on to be involved every step of the way to support policy ideas. I think the power of the people was never more evident than during the lead up to the "bail out". The congress people that didn't vote for it said it was because they were getting PHONE CALLS from their constituents. They didn't change their minds until the phone calls changed. At the end of the day, it comes down to the involvement of constituents.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
You know Hillary is pissed, there goes Hillary Clinton in 2012. :ROTFL:
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
:rotfl: seriously cfp!
cfp cfp 8 years
Man, after listening for eight years to Bush mispronounce every word in the dictionary longer than two syllables I forgot how powerful a speech can be.
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