President Obama's Full Acceptance Speech


Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley, you lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you have done and all the incredible work that you've put in *cheers*. I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly, and that provides plenty of fodder of the cynics who tell us that politics are 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 the rope line at a high school gym, or saw folks working late at a campaign office at 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 that every child has that same opportunity *cheers*. You'll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who is going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant added another shift *cheers*. You'll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who's 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 *cheers*.

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, it stirs up controversy. That won't change after tonight and it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty and 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 *cheers*

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 access to the best schools and the best teachers. (Applause) A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation. With all the new jobs and new businesses that follow.

We want our children to live in America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality. That isn't weakened by the destructive power of a warming planet. (Applause) We want to pass on a country that is safe, and respected, and admired around the world. A nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this world has ever known. (Applause) But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war that will shape a peace that is built on 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 a immigrants daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. (applause)

To the young boy from the South Side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the street corner. (Cheers) TO the furniture workers child in North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, and engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president. That's the future we hope for, the vision we share. That is where we need to go. Forward. (Cheers) That's where we need to go.

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