Full President-elect Barack Obama Victory Speech

November 5, 2008 at 7:37 am (Barack, Barack Obama, news, Politics, Video) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Transcript of Barack Obama’s speech after being declared winner of the Presidential race, November 5th 2008 :

Hello, Chicago.

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.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, 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 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’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.

A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Senator McCain.

Senator McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he’s fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.

I congratulate him; I congratulate Governor Palin for all that they’ve achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton… and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden

And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years … the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation’s next first lady … Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia … I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us … to the new White House.

And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother’s watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you’ve given me. I am grateful to them.

And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe … the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best — the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.

To my chief strategist David Axelrod … who’s been a partner with me every step of the way.

To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics … you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.

It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy … who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep.

It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.

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.

Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.

There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage or pay their doctors’ bills or save enough for their child’s college education.

There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in 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.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.

But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.

This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.

It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.

Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.

In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.

Let’s remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity.

Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.

And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.

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 the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

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.

That’s the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we’ve already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight’s about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can. At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can. When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.

And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.

Yes we can.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

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.

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A Video Portrait of Barack Obama

June 24, 2008 at 5:09 am (Barack Obama, Entertainment, Misc, Politics) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Please see this video here :

Video Portrait of Barack Obama

Very damaging. John Edwards really bashed him at that debate…ofcourse that was never covered by the 527 political action committees AKA the mass media.

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Giving Up on the Democrats

April 12, 2008 at 9:05 am (Politics, Rants) (, , , )

I’m not sure what to think anymore when I see polls showing Obama still has leads over Hillary Clinton. Even after all the controversy. What will it take for Americans to stop falling head over heels for this man? An exposé of his past which suggests he’s a lying, unpatriotic, radical racist? Oops. Happened already.

Which brings me to think, fuck the Democrats. They seem to have a knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. With an economy on the verge of a recession, a largely unpopular war and the general dislike of Bush and his neo-con entourage, the Dems had this election in the bag. Just like they did last time when Bush was up for a second term. However, just like in 2004, they’re about to nominate a jackass to go up against the Republicans.

We knew Kerry was an idiot long before he was nominated. He changes his mind on issues according to numbers in the polls, to the point of him sounding like a badly configured robot. We all know his famous line “I voted for the war, before I voted against it”. He’s boring. The whole swift-boat veterans for truth thing raised a lot of questions about his self-proclaimed war hero credentials. Yet they bitchslapped Howard Dean by nominating Kerry, with all those weaknesses just screaming to be exploited by the Republicans for the Presidential race.

Here we are faced with a similar situation. It isn’t going to be pretty when John McCain et al start attacking Obama about the Rev. Wright incident, given he’s chosen as the nominee. Its a weakness they are happy for, that they can prepare for from now till October, they probably even did the ads already. So then why risk nominating him? Why drive a car with a flat tire? I really don’t know or care anymore. I’ll support Obama to be nominated and embarassed by a landslide defeat, because maybe only then will he and his supporters wake up to the reality that he isn’t fit to be President, and that feeling is likely to be more satisfying than to see him lose now.

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Wrighting off Obama

March 15, 2008 at 8:32 am (Celebrities, Funny, Life, Misc, Politics, Rants, Trinidad, UWI) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well! There are a number of things I could have blogged about today..it could have been :

Steve-O held with coke (apparently its all 80’s Miami now in Hollywood) going into the nut house..

UWI’s launch of a “virtual campus” in July (the physical one is already in a total mess would the virtual one just be a collection of error messages and viruses?)

a Minister in the Ministry of Finance saying “Fuck you” to everyone that’s concerned about the ridiculous rate of inflation in Trinidad

or my favorite, what came in as a very close second..

the beating and “citizen’s arrest” of 4 men from Ghana trying to sneak into Trinidad from Moruga

But this story just takes the cake, the frosting, ice-cream, candles and the gifts.

Barack Obama has been a member and active follower of the United Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago for over 20 years, a church which describes itself here:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

Wow. Sounds like a Black Panther/Farrakhanist cult to me. But…it’s a church, and i’m assuming they do pray and stuff…so we can probably let this slide. Obama has been recently trying to force it down the throat of the public that he’s African-American, so news like this can probably go in his favor, especially among Black voters.

..However, the detail of quintessential interest regarding Obama’s affiliation to this church is the role of Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr., who’s been on the job at the church for 36 years :

  • Obama has claimed Wright is his “pastor, friend and spiritual mentor”Obama and Wright
  • Obama claims Wright to be the source of inspiration for his attempt to put himself on equal footing with Hillary Clinton, seeing that she published a best selling book just before running for the Democratic nomination book, “The Audacity of Hope”, modelled after hearing one of his sermons.
  • Mr. Wright is one of the first people Mr. Obama thanked after his election to the Senate in 2004.
  • Mr. Obama personally consulted Wright before deciding to run for President. He prayed privately with Mr. Wright before announcing his candidacy last year.
  • Wright was officially part of Obama’s campaign for President
  • Obama donated $22,500 (and reportedly up to $200,000 in total) to Wright’s church in 2006
  • Wright officiated at Obama’s wedding
  • Wright baptized Obama’s children

In a nutshell, they go way back. Insinuating Obama is trying to court evangelical voters you say? Quite the contrary, unintentional or not.

The problem is Reverend Wright has a history of making the craziest, leftist, most radical, racist, inflammatory comments at his sermons, many of which were faithfully attended by Mr. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama for the last 20 years. Here are just a few excerpts :

“Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us….No, he ain’t! Bill did us, just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty.”

“Hillary ain’t never been called a n****r.”

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people….God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” – 2003 sermon

We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye”

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost
(First sermon after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – September 16th 2001)

lol. Absolutely unbelievable. This truly is Obama’s swiftboat. He began using race as his vehicle to securing the nomination, only to have it breakdown and explode in his face. The whole “i’m Black” thing is now in our faces, but not at all in a positive light. Similar to John Kerry using the swiftboat story as his method for bragging about how heroic he is, only to have it thrown back in his face, raising questions about his honesty and war hero credentials.

Obama is basically best friends with a Black supremicist and an anti-patriot. It doesn’t even matter whether he denounces Farakkhan anymore, if you’re buddies for 20 years with a guy that says the same thing that Farrakhan does. As a matter of fact it raises the question as to whether he really did truely denounce Farakkhan when confronted live with the fact that Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam supports his campaign.

The issue also brings up a number of interesting things about Obama :

  • What is his real reason for not supporting the war in Iraq…? Because its wrong…?…or because America is just a war-mongering state that randomly drops bombs on people..?
  • Did he intentionally not put his arm over his heart for the American anthem because he was really thinking “God Damn America?”
  • Were his wife’s comments about “being proud to be American for the first time” motivated from Wright’s sermons?
  • What does he really think about the Israel/Palestine conflict?
  • Would Wright still be part of his campaign if these facts weren’t brought to light? And if so, if elected as President of the “God-damned” America, what role will Rev. Wright officially play as a personal or official advisor?The fun still doesn’t stop. Even with 1000 words. The Obama campaign has been attempting to control the damage, reluctantly removing Wright from the official campaign and with Obama coming up with a video of a bullshit, sincere as a pathological liar on laughing gas, illogical to anyone with an IQ above 10 denouncement of the pastor’s statements, a considerable time after the story broke, which means he himself reluctantly did so, after leaving room hoping the story would go away.Certain idiots on blogs that I’ve read are also saying shit like “Obama’s minister’s words and beliefs aren’t Obamas” ,“Trinity has done a lot for the community and his words don’t make it racist” and similar nonsensical phrases. This is my response :
  • Why would someone donate thousands of dollars to an organization they kinda support?
  • Technically, the Nazis were a political party too
  • Why would someone wake up every Sunday morning, get dressed, and bring their wife and children to sermons from someone for TWENTY YEARS/20 years/Vingt années/Veinte años/20年/二十年 which contain statements which you “vehemently disagree and strongly condemn”. That, has my honor of being the biggest load of insulting-to-my-intelligence bullshit I’ve ever heard in my life. What the fuck? Were the sermons required courses for his degree? Even for those I walk out or stop going when the lecturer starts straying off-topic and talking irrelevant stuff ….How about Hillary Clinton attending KKK rallies for 20 years, having a Klansman for her godfather and then trying to talk her way out of it…and worse yet carry on her presidential campaign??? Where are the Newsweek articles and covers with Obama’s face with headings like “Is it time to call it quits”?

It really is all amazing. These next few days will be interesting. If this doesn’t scare off white people into not voting for this man, I don’t know what will, a picture of him with Saddam? Obama needs to quit his nonsense, stop his lies and two-facedness, and bow out of the race hoping he gets Secretary of State or something, but most importantly, stop taking us for fucking idiots.

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