“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.”

— President elect Barack Obama, November 4th, 2008


7 thoughts on “History

  1. Excellent words by Obama.
    I have to say watching McCain’s concession speech that I finally saw the man that he should have been the whole campaign. It was weird that he hid that the whole time.

  2. It was a solid speech. Johnny Mac gave a pretty good one as well. My hope is that the United States can get beyond this deeply divided election and move forward now. There was far too much anger, divide, and bitterness for the past 2 years leading up to last night. I am glad it is done. Big job for the President Elect now though.

  3. Yeah, I liked McCain’s speech as well. Both candidates showed us something in the way of graciousness that we’ll be needing more of in the time to come. Obama certainly has a lot of work to do, but let’s not put it all on his shoulders. After all, he wasn’t the one questioning the patriotism and commitment to America of his opponent. I think we all need to exhale and look to move forward in some kind of unity. It the responsibility of the country at large, conservatives and progressives, not just the president elect.

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