“It’s been a long time coming” said Barack Obama. “Because of what we did on this stage, at this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
Tuesday night a new man was elected to be president of the United States of America, and that man is Barack Obama, Senator of Illinois, and his moving acceptance speech was one that reassured the American public that he will work hard to please Americans, and do what is right for the beautiful country that we live in.
11:45 p.m. eventually rolled around on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, and Barack Obama arrived at Grant Park in Chicago, daughter, Sasha in hand, along side his wife Michelle Obama, with older daughter, Malia at her side.
The family flooded with emotion, all showing excitement and their pride, who had worked so hard the past few months and sacrificed so much to achieve a dream, represented the change America needs and how it will be done.
After Obama’s family left the stage, he began his acceptance speech, one that will sing through the ages, and that put the American public at ease. Obama performed with elegance and integrity. His love for his country shown on his face, he spoke of his hopes and expectations of the American people, and his willingness to listen to the people when it comes to decision making in the future.
“It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, democratic and republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we are not just a collection of states. We have never been a collection of red states, or blue states. We will always be the United States of America,” Obama said at his president-elect speech.
He thanked his running opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona for the long haul they endured together, and for putting up a great fight for office. He then announced that he would be working with McCain, and his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska on issues in the future, and on getting the United States in better economic and social standings.
He then told a story of a 106-year-old woman who casted her first presidential vote this year. Ann Nixon Cooper, of Atlanta, Georgia has lived through over a century of America’s hardships, and he compared that to what the United States is going through now.
Cooper’s struggle through civil rights, wars, depressions, human technology and advancements, and other issues are minimal to what the United States is going through right now, and like every other time, the United States will work out of it, with the proper leader, and be recognized for what it is – a power house of a country, and a united country.
“This is your victory” said Obama, in his speech. He commented on how America didn’t elect him as president for his own personal gain, that America elected him for their gain, and that he didn’t want to let them down. He wants to work hard for cohesion in America, and to do what’s right for the country.
“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,” said Obama. “I promise you – we as a people will get there.”