Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #111

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Memorable Moments From Obama's Election Night Speech

  1. 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.
  2. It’s 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.
  3. 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.
  4. But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.
  5. [You supporters, organizers, volunteers, voters] 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. I promise you – we as a people will get there.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long....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.
  12. 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 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.
  13. 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:
  14. Yes We Can.



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Nicholas 11/05/2008 5:28 PM  

Good quotes from a very good speech.

Adelle 11/05/2008 7:28 PM  

He is a very powerful speaker. I hope he accomplishes everything he has promised the American people. Happy T13!

Lori 11/05/2008 7:49 PM  

That being said, I am so glad its over. Thats goes for the Bush administration as well. Happy TT:)

Ann 11/05/2008 8:08 PM  

We did it! Yay!
P.S. How's Nano going? I'm slightly stumped, but should be back on track by the weekend.

Yasmin 11/05/2008 8:22 PM  

Yes.We.Did.
Great post love how you pulled out pertinent points from his speech.
Happy TT.
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Tobias 11/05/2008 11:17 PM  

I loved that he mentioned the puppy (yes, I'm a sucker for nice parents). Any guesses as to what kind of dog they'll get? He seems like a lab kind of guy to me.

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