I am so so happy today. It has been a long long time in coming. I remember actually breaking down in abject tears when the first George Bush, a CIA spook made it into the Whitehouse. Reagan was hard enough, but a CIA guy? That moment confirmed my worst fears for the United States. I voted for Clinton, but was very soon appalled by his treatment of the Haitian boat people. Last night confirmed my best hopes. What a night! What a moment! What a speech! What a man! It’s a new day.
America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America. — Barack Obama