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Here is the text of President-elect Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago on Tuesday, as released by his campaign:
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Chicago, Illinois

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.

It’s the answer told by
lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation
has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many
for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this
time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and
Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay,
straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to
the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue
States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to
be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put
their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope
of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight,
because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining
moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very
gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this
campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he
loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot
begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by
this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin
for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to
renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to
thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart
and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of
Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice
President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not
be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best
friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love
of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and
Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.
And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching,
along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and
know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign
manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best
campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this
happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it

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

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.

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.

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.

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. I promise you – we as
a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and
false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or
policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve
every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the
challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.
And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking
this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and
twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by
calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in
the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory
alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make
that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things
were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new
spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us
resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves,
but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us
anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street
while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one
nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to
fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that
has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a
man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican
Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of
self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values
we all share, and 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. As Lincoln said to a
nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but
friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds
of affection." And 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.

And to all those
watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces
to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our
world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new
dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this
world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security –
we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon
still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true
strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the
scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union
can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for
what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many
firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one
that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in
Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to
make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in
America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress;
the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on
with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a
time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she
lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she
saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new
sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the
bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was
there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was
saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the
buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a
preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was
connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this
election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote,
because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the
darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to
do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to
see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as
long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will
we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call.
This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work
and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and
promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm
that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we
breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and
those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless
creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.










感谢我的竞选经理——大卫·普劳夫(David Plouffe),我的首席战略官大卫·阿克塞罗德(David Axelrod),以及美国政治史上最棒的竞选团队,是你们造就了今天,对你们的付出和牺牲我永远感谢。



这一胜利来自于普通工薪阶层人民,他们从微薄的积蓄中拿出五元、十元来支持我们的理念。我们的胜利来自于年轻人—— 那些远离家人承担辛苦但收入微薄的竞选工作的年轻人。他们反驳了关于他们是冷漠的一代的谬论。我们的胜利也来自于那些已不再年轻的人们,他们在严寒或酷暑中走街串巷向完全陌生的选民进行宣传。我们的胜利来自数以百万计的美国人民,他们的志愿参与和组织证明了两个多世纪之后,那个民有、民治、民享的政府仍然长存。这个胜利属于你们!







对于那些身居海外,正在看着这里的美国人,还有在国会、白宫和在世界的某个角落围坐在收音机前的人们——我们可能有不同的经历,但是我们有相同的目标,美国的崭新黎明正浮现在我们的面前。对那些想要破坏这个世界的人——我们将会击败你。对那些寻求和平与安宁的人们—— 我们将会帮助你。对那些怀疑美国的自由之火是否依旧兴旺的人们——今晚我们再次证明了,我们的真正实力不是来自我们的强大力量、也不是来自我们的巨额财富,而是来自我们坚忍不拔的信念:民主、自由、机遇和永不放弃的理想。


这次选举有太多的第一次,有太多的故事将被代代传叙。但是给我印象最深的是一位女性在亚特兰大投下了她的选票,她像千千万万的美国人一样发出自己的声音,除了一点——安·尼克松·库帕(Ann Nixon Cooper)已经106岁了。







美国,我们已经走了很久,我们已经看了 很多,但是还有很多事情等着我们去做。今晚,让我们扪心自问——如果我们的孩子能够看到下个世纪,如果我的女儿们也能幸运地像安·尼克松·库帕那样长寿,他们会看到什么样的转变?我们应该如何完成这些转变?





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