Anew dawn of American leadership by vct15937


									    VERBATIM                                                                                 Barack Obama
    A new dawn of American
    In an elegant and eloquent victory speech in Chicago, Barack Obama
    summarzed the theme of his historic campaign for the presidency of the United
    States. “Yes, we can.”

    « Yes, we can » : ces mots du discours de la victoire de Barack Obama, prononcé
    à Chicago avec une éloquence et une élégance rares, résument le thème d’une
    campagne historique.

         f there is anyone out there who        ing moment, change has come to              much money or many endorsements.
         still doubts that America is a place   America.                                    Our campaign was not hatched in the
         where all things are possible, who          A little bit earlier this evening, I   halls of Washington. It began in the
    still wonders if the dream of our           received an extraordinarily gracious        backyards of Des Moines and the liv-
    founders is alive in our time, who still    call from Senator McCain.                   ing rooms of Concord and the front
    questions the power of our democracy,            Senator McCain fought long and         porches of Charleston. It was built by
    tonight is your answer.                     hard in this campaign. And he’s fought      working men and women who dug
         It’s the answer told by lines that     even longer and harder for the country      into what little savings they had to
    stretched around schools and churches       that he loves. He has endured sacrifices    give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.
    in numbers this nation has never seen,      for America that most of us cannot               It grew strength from the young
    by people who waited three hours and        begin to imagine. We are better off for     people who rejected the myth of their
    four hours, many for the first time in      the service rendered by this brave and      generation’s apathy, who left their
    their lives, because they believed that     selfless leader.                            homes and their families for jobs that
    this time must be different, that their          I congratulate him; I congratulate     offered little pay and less sleep.
    voices could be that difference.            Governor Palin for all that they’ve              It drew strength from the not-so-
         It’s the answer spoken by young        achieved. And I look forward to work-       young people who braved the bitter
    and old, rich and poor, Democrat and        ing with them to renew this nation’s        cold and scorching heat to knock on
    Republican, black, white, Hispanic,         promise in the months ahead.                doors of perfect strangers, and from
    Asian, Native American, gay, straight,           I want to thank my partner in this     the millions of Americans who volun-
    disabled and not disabled. Americans        journey, a man who campaigned from          teered and organized and proved that
    who sent a message to the world that        his heart, and spoke for the men and        more than two centuries later a gov-
    we have never been just a collection of     women he grew up with on the streets        ernment of the people, by the people,
    individuals or a collection of red states   of Scranton and rode with on the train      and for the people has not perished
    and blue states.                            home to Delaware, the vice president-       from the Earth.
         We are, and always will be, the        elect of the United States, Joe Biden.           This is your victory.
    United States of America.                        And I would not be standing here            And I know you didn’t do this just
         It’s the answer that led those         tonight without the unyielding sup-         to win an election. And I know you
    who’ve been told for so long by so          port of my best friend for the last 16      didn’t do it for me.
    many to be cynical and fearful and          years, the rock of our family, the love          You did it because you under-
    doubtful about what we can achieve to       of my life, the nation’s next first lady,   stand the enormity of the task that
    put their hands on the arc of history       Michelle Obama.                             lies ahead. For even as we celebrate
    and bend it once more toward the                 But above all, I will never forget     tonight, we know the challenges that
    hope of a better day.                       who this victory truly belongs to. It       tomorrow will bring are the greatest
         It’s been a long time coming, but      belongs to you. It belongs to you.          of our lifetime — two wars, a planet
    tonight, because of what we did on               I was never the likeliest candidate    in peril, the worst financial crisis in a
    this date in this election at this defin-   for this office. We didn’t start with       century.

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                                                                                    A new dawn of American leadership
     Even as we stand here tonight, we
know there are brave Americans wak-
ing up in the deserts of Iraq and the
                                            L    et us remember that, if this finan-
                                                 cial crisis taught us anything, it’s
                                            that we cannot have a thriving Wall
                                                                                        strength of our nation comes not from
                                                                                        the might of our arms or the scale of
                                                                                        our wealth, but from the enduring
mountains of Afghanistan to risk their      Street while Main Street suffers.           power of our ideals: democracy, liberty,
lives for us.                                    In this country, we rise or fall as    opportunity and unyielding hope.
     There are mothers and fathers          one nation, as one people. Let’s resist          That’s the true genius of America:
who will lie awake after the children       the temptation to fall back on the          that America can change. Our union
fall asleep and wonder how they’ll          same partisanship and pettiness and         can be perfected. What we’ve already
make the mortgage or pay their doc-         immaturity that has poisoned our pol-       achieved gives us hope for what we
tors’ bills or save enough for their        itics for so long.                          can and must achieve tomorrow.
child’s college education.                       Let’s remember that it was a man            This election had many firsts and
     There’s new energy to harness, new     from this state who first carried the       many stories that will be told for gen-
jobs to be created, new schools to build,   banner of the Republican Party to the       erations. But one that’s on my mind
and threats to meet, alliances to repair.   White House, a party founded on the         tonight’s about a woman who cast her
     The road ahead will be long. Our       values of self-reliance and individual      ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the
climb will be steep. We may not get         liberty and national unity.                 millions of others who stood in line to
there in one year or even in one term.           Those are values that we all share.    make their voice heard in this election
But, America, I have never been more        And while the Democratic Party has          except for one thing: Ann Nixon
hopeful than I am tonight that we will      won a great victory tonight, we do so       Cooper is 106 years old.
get there.                                  with a measure of humility and deter-            She was born just a generation
     I promise you, we as a people will     mination to heal the divides that have      past slavery; a time when there were
get there.                                  held back our progress.                     no cars on the road or planes in the
                                                 As Lincoln said to a nation far        sky; when someone like her couldn’t

T    here will be setbacks and false
     starts. There are many who won’t
agree with every decision or policy I
                                            more divided than ours, we are not
                                            enemies but friends. Though passion
                                            may have strained, it must not break
                                                                                        vote for two reasons — because she
                                                                                        was a woman and because of the color
                                                                                        of her skin.
make as president. And we know the          our bonds of affection.                          And tonight, I think about all
government can’t solve every problem.            And to those Americans whose           that she’s seen throughout her cen-
     But I will always be honest with       support I have yet to earn, I may not       tury in America — the heartache and
you about the challenges we face. I will    have won your vote tonight, but I hear      the hope; the struggle and the
listen to you, especially when we dis-      your voices. I need your help. And I        progress; the times we were told that
agree. And, above all, I will ask you to    will be your president, too.                we can’t, and the people who
join in the work of remaking this                And to all those watching tonight      pressed on with that American
nation, the only way it’s been done in      from beyond our shores, from parlia-        creed: Yes we can.
America for 221 years —
block by block, brick by And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores,
brick, calloused hand by from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled
calloused hand.
     What began 21 months
                                 around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our
ago in the depths of winter stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new
cannot end on this autumn dawn of American leadership is at hand.
     This victory alone is not the        ments and palaces, to those who are           At a time when women’s voices
change we seek. It is only the chance     huddled around radios in the forgot-     were silenced and their hopes dis-
for us to make that change. And that      ten corners of the world, our stories    missed, she lived to see them stand up
cannot happen if we go back to the way    are singular, but our destiny is shared, and speak out and reach for the ballot.
things were.                              and a new dawn of American leader-       Yes we can.
     It can’t happen without you, with-   ship is at hand.                              When there was despair in the
out a new spirit of service, a new spirit      To those — to those who would       dust bowl and depression across the
of sacrifice.                             tear the world down: We will defeat      land, she saw a nation conquer fear
     So let us summon a new spirit of     you. To those who seek peace and         itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a
patriotism, of responsibility, where      security: We support you. And to all     new sense of common purpose. Yes
each of us resolves to pitch in and       those who have wondered if America’s     we can.
work harder and look after not only       beacon still burns as bright: Tonight         When the bombs fell on our har-
ourselves but each other.                 we proved once more that the true        bor and tyranny threatened the world,

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    Barack Obama

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                  Barack Obama takes the stage to deliver his victory speech in Chicago. “Change has come to America,” he began.

    she was there to witness a generation          the darkest of hours, she knows how            and promote the cause of peace; to
    rise to greatness and a democracy was          America can change.                            reclaim the American dream and reaf-
    saved. Yes we can.                                  Yes we can.                               firm that fundamental truth, that, out of
         She was there for the buses in                 America, we have come so far. We          many, we are one; that while we breathe,
    Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham,           have seen so much. But there is so much        we hope. And where we are met with
    a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from         more to do. So tonight, let us ask our-        cynicism and doubts and those who tell
    Atlanta who told a people that “we shall       selves — if our children should live to        us that we can’t, we will respond with
    overcome.” Yes we can.                         see the next century; if my daughters          that timeless creed that sums up the spir-
         A man touched down on the                 should be so lucky to live as long as Ann      it of a people: Yes, we can.
    moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a            Nixon Cooper, what change will they                  Thank you. God bless you. And
    world was connected by our own sci-            see? What progress will we have made?          may God bless the United States of
    ence and imagination.                               This is our chance to answer that         America.
         And this year, in this election, she      call. This is our moment.
    touched her finger to a screen, and cast            This is our time, to put our people       Barack Obama is the President-elect of the
    her vote, because after 106 years in           back to work and open doors of opportu-        United States. Excerpted from his victory
    America, through the best of times and         nity for our kids; to restore prosperity       speech in Chicago, November 4, 2008.

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