Barack Obama’s victory speech

Published on english Al Jazeera, by Focus on US Elections 2008, Nov. 5, 2008.

… But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office.  We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements.  Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

‘Task ahead’:

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause.  It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy, who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep, from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers, from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth.  This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me.  You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.  For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.


Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.  There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college.  There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair … (full long speech on english Al Jazeera.net).

… and some links:

Barack Obama’s historic win is a dream come true for black Americans: … Election evening began with a candlelight vigil at Mr King’s tomb in downtown Atlanta and ended with hundreds of African Americans singing and praying. Cars throughout the southern city blared their horns.

The celebrations came just over forty years after the civil rights leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize after leading protests against racial segregation, was assassinated in Memphis. Last night, he was heralded as the man “who made Barack Obama happen.”

“Tonight we gloat because a man left the quiet sanctuary and went across the nation to make sure children could do what Barack Obama is doing tonight,” said the Reverend Al Sharpton, another prominent civil-rights leader referring to Mr King … (full text) … (see also on the same page a 1.07 min video of people’s jubilation);

John McCain praises Barack Obama in graceful concession speech, 3.13 min;

Barack Obama says America has changed after historic win;

The future under President Obama, by Rob Reynolds, Senior Washington Correspondent;

Vote lifts Asian share markets;

Profile: Barack Obama;

Hundreds of Thousands Cheer Obama’s Presidential Victory in Chicago;

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