Wednesday, November 05, 2008
"Change Has Come To America" Yes We Did!
In my short 48 years I have been witness to some amazing moments in human history. Events both good and bad.... I have seen man land and walk on the moon, I have seen the Berlin Wall fall, I have seen presidents and preachers assassinated for what they believed in. I have seen war and peace. Tonight I can add one more thing to my list of moments. The election of an African American to the Presidency of the United States of America. Obama, 47, will now begin his transition to the White House. He will be sworn in at the 44th president on January 20, 2009.
"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,"
"This is your victory." "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,"
"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."
"We have never been a collection of individuals, a collection of red states and blue states," Obama said. "We are and will always the be the United States of America."
"It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about 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 date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America."
This is your victory. And 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.
To those -- to those who would tear the 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 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.
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 doubts 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.
Note: All Images tonight are from various artists and photographers who have inspired me with their work.
Posted by EpiphanyNoir at 11/05/2008 01:26:00 AM