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It will be four more years before there is a 45th President of the United States. Last night, Barack Obama earned enough electoral college votes and the right to keep his keys to the White House, beating Mitt Romney in what became a laborious re-election campaign. In his acceptance speech, after first saying “Thank you,” Obama spoke of moving forward and how for the USA, “the best is yet to come.” 

We hope so.

Obama left the following message on his campaign’s page shortly after his W, and before his acceptance speech.

I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.

I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.

You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.

I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.

But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.

Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.

There’s a lot more work to do.

But for right now: Thank you.


In case you went to sleep or want to watch it again, the full video of Obama’s acceptance speech, including his arrival to the stage with his family in tow and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” playing in the background, is below.

[Full transcript here.]


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