A little bit earlier this evening I just received a very gracious call from Senator Mc Cain.
Senator Mc Cain fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves.
Momentous change, excitement of new times: 'lines that stretched...', 'numbers...never seen', 'first time in their lives', 'different'. Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or just a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.
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.
Of course he is their president, but he is calling them into the emotional fold.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you.
To those who seek peace and security - we support you. Addressing the individual with visceral words: 'huddled', 'forgotten corners'.
Barack Obama's Victory Speech Here's the video, full text and a detailed analysis of the speech Barack Obama made in Chicago on the day of his being elected to the post of President of the USA, Wednesday 5th November, 2008.
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. Anchoring it across time: the past with 'our founders', the general present 'our time' and immediate present 'tonight'.'Tonight' is a recurring theme, he goes off on a topic then returns to 'tonight', bringing it back to the people there and all those watching.