Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Minutes after John McCain's concession speech in Arizona, President-elect Barack Obama walked on stage with his family in Chicago and gave his acceptance speech. The winner of the 2008 presidential election praised McCain as a "brave and selfless leader" and hoped that they could work together "to renew this nation's promise the months ahead." But first, he started out:
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.
Despite the historic nature of his victory, Barack Obama found time to inject a little humor into his speech, teasing that his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, have "earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."
Ending his 20-minute acceptance speech on a note of hope that his campaign has been built on, Barack Obama called on the nation to "open doors of opportunity," "reclaim the American Dream," and affirm that "Yes We Can."