I totally like Governor Mitt Romney and the kind of politician he is. Two fine gentlemen in a hot race, i must say. Welldone!
Well, after making so much jest of what our Nigerian situation would have been if we had an election like US just did, i have settled down to identify an Icon of Oratory in the person of President Obama. We wish him the best of the next 4 years.
His re-election speech opened thus:
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years
after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the
task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of
you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has
triumphed over war and depression,
the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to
the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue
our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall
together as one nation and as one people.
(APPLAUSE) ... whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.
(APPLAUSE) By the way, we have to fix that.
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(APPLAUSE) Whether you pounded the pavement
or picked up the phone... (APPLAUSE) ... whether you held an Obama sign
or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference. I
just spoke with Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign.
(APPLAUSE) We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love
this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. From
George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight.
(APPLAUSE) In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with
Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this
(APPLAUSE) I want to thank my friend and
partner of the last four years, America's happy warrior, the best vice
president anybody could ever hope for, Joe Biden. And I wouldn't be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago.
(APPLAUSE) Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as our nation's first lady.
(APPLAUSE) Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you're going up to become two strong, smart beautiful young women, just like your mom. And I'm so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog's probably enough.
(LAUGHTER) To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics...
(APPLAUSE) The best. The best ever. Some of you were new this time
around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning.
(APPLAUSE) But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you
go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together
and you will have the life-long appreciation of a grateful president.
Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every
(APPLAUSE) You lifted me up the whole way and I will
always be grateful for everything that you've done and all the
incredible work that you put in.
(APPLAUSE) I know that
political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. And that
provides plenty of fodder for the cynics that tell us that politics is
nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests.
But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at our
rallies and crowded along a rope line in a high school gym, or saw folks
working late in a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you'll discover something else. You'll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who's working his way through college and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity.
(APPLAUSE) You'll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who's
going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local
auto plant added another shift.
(APPLAUSE) You'll hear the deep
patriotism in the voice of a military spouse whose working the phones
late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country ever
has to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home.
(APPLAUSE) That's why we do this. That's what politics can be. That's
why elections matter. It's not small, it's big. It's important.
Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and
complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held
beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions
as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That
won't change after tonight, and it shouldn't. These arguments we have
are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people
in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance
to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots
like we did today.
(APPLAUSE) But despite all our differences,
most of us share certain hopes for America's future. We want our kids to
grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the
(APPLAUSE) A country that lives up to its
legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation,
with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow. We want our
children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that
isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.
(APPLAUSE) We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and
admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest
military on earth and the best troops this - this world has ever known.
(APPLAUSE) But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this
time of war, to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom
and dignity for every human being. We believe in a generous America, in a
compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an
immigrant's daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag.
(APPLAUSE) To the young boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner.
(APPLAUSE) To the furniture worker's child in North Carolina who wants
to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a
diplomat or even a president - that's the future we hope for. That's the
vision we share. That's where we need to go: forward.
(APPLAUSE) That's where we need to go. Now, we will disagree, sometimes
fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than two centuries,
progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line.
It's not always a smooth path. By itself, the recognition that we have
common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our
problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus
and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country
forward. But that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over.
(APPLAUSE) And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to
you, I have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. And
with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more
determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and
the future that lies ahead.
(APPLAUSE) Tonight you voted for
action, not politics as usual. (APPLAUSE) You elected us to focus on
your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking
forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet
the challenges we can only solve together: reducing our deficit,
reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves
from foreign oil. We've got more work to do.
But that doesn't mean your work is done. The role of citizen in our
democracy does not end with your vote. America's never been about what
can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us together through
the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self- government. That's
the principle we were founded on.
(APPLAUSE) This country has
more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have
the most powerful military in history, but that's not what makes us
strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but
that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America
exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on
Earth. The belief that our destiny is shared, that this country only
works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future
generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and
died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those
are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That's what makes America
(APPLAUSE) I am hopeful tonight because I've seen the
spirit at work in America. I've seen it in the family business whose
owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors, and
in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend
lose a job. I've seen it in the soldiers who reenlist after losing a
limb and in those SEALs who charged up the stairs into darkness and
danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them watching their
(APPLAUSE) I've seen it on the shores of New Jersey and
New York, where leaders from every party and level of government have
swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the
wreckage of a terrible storm.
(APPLAUSE) And I saw just the
other day, in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story of his
8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost their
family everything had it not been for health care reform passing just a
few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying for her care.
(APPLAUSE) I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but
meet this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd
listening to that father's story, every parent in that room had tears in
their eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own. And I
know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That's
who we are. That's the country I'm so proud to lead as your president.
(APPLAUSE) And tonight, despite all the hardship we've been through,
despite all the frustrations of Washington, I've never been more hopeful
about our future.
(APPLAUSE) I have never been more hopeful
about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about
blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the
tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking
about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines
or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn
thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary,
that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep
reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue
to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle
class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that
if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where
you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter
whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American
or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you
can make it here in America if you're willing to try.
(APPLAUSE) I believe we can seize this future together because we are
not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the
pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual
ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue
states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
(APPLAUSE) And together with your help and God's grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.
Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.
-President Barack Obama
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