Transcript for President Obama's Victory Speech 2012
-- -- You want to hear that term a former colonies. He won the right to determine its own destiny. -- -- -- -- Moves forward. Am. I. The moves forward because the the moves forward because you reaffirm the spirit. It has triumphed over -- to -- and the spirit that -- look at this country from the depths of despair to the great -- -- ball. The belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual groups. We are un American -- And we rise or. All together. Reminded us that while -- road ahead. While our journey has been -- we have picked ourselves up. We have all the way back. The for the United States of America. The best is yet to come. A lot of the who participated in this. What do you -- For the very first time. Very very long time. -- -- Or pick -- the the boom. -- your voice heard. I just spoke with -- governor Romney and I congratulated him. Paul Ryan. On a hard fought campaign. Bears. But it's only because we love this country deeply. We care so strongly about its future. From George. To -- nor to their son met. Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service. Like a tree that we honor and applaud tonight. And I also look forward to sitting down with the governor Romney. To talk about. Where we can work together to move this country forward. -- brand and a partner of the last four years. -- -- -- Without the woman who agreed to marry -- twenty years ago. This publicly Michelle. I have never loved you more. To watch the rest of a man. Fall in love what you do. Sasha and Malia. -- growing up to become too strong Smart beautiful young women. Just like your mom. So proud of you. -- -- But I will say that for now one dogs probably about. And volunteers. Even some of you have been at my sides of the -- again. But all of your program. No matter what you do or where you go from here. You'll carry the memory of the history. We may god. And you'll have a lifelong appreciation of a grateful president. Thank you for believing all the way. The whole way. Another. Political campaigns. Can sometimes seem small. Even still it. And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics who tell us that politics nothing more than a contest of Eagles. -- the domain of special interest. But if you ever hear. The chance to talk to folks who turned out of our rallies crowded. Along a rope line and -- high school gym. Boone let's all hope she worked and later -- campaign office some tiny county far away from home. You'll discover something else. You'll hear the determination. In the boards for young field organizer. Who's working his way through college and wants to make sure every child. Had that same opportunity. Right. In the -- of volunteers going door to door because her brother was finally -- when the local auto plant. Another shift. -- here. The deep patriotism and the boys from military spouses. Working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fight for this country. The -- for a job. That's why we. That's what politics can be. That's why elections matter. It's not -- -- big. It's important. Democracy within a nation of 300 million. Can be noisy. And complicated. Each Democrats deeply held beliefs. And what we go through tough times. What 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 hallmark of our liberty. We can never forget that. As we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just -- a chance. To argue. The Bob issues the man. The chance to -- -- -- -- But despite. All our differences. Most of us. Shares certain hopes for America's future. We want our kids are -- -- a country where there. Access to the best schools in the best teachers. Lives up to its legacy of the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation. -- all the good jobs and new businesses to follow. We want our children to live in America that is burdened by debt. It -- we give up my inequality. By the destructive power of warming planet. That's not a country in the safe. And admired around the world. A nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this. -- Balls -- confidence. Beyond this time of war to shape a piece. 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 -- tolerant America. Open to the the dreams of an immigrant's daughter -- studies. In our schools and pledges to -- On the south side of Chicago season. Yeah on the near a street corner. To the furniture workers child -- North Carolina who wants to become a doctor -- scientist. And engineers are not to -- the world. The diplomatic or -- That's when -- Now we will disagree. Sometimes -- about how to get them. As for more than two centuries progress will com. In -- and starts it's not always a straight line it's not always smooth. Myself the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock there's solve all our problems. For substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus. The making the difficult compromises. Needed to move this country -- Is where. We must begin. Our economy is recover. A decade of war is -- Okay. And when I heard your motor -- I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you -- -- a better president. And -- your stories. And your -- I returned to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever. You voted for action. Not politics is usually. You elected us to focus. On your job's not hours. In the coming weeks and months. I am looking forward to reaching out and working with the leaders of both parties to meet the challenge as we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code fixing our immigration. Your work is done. The role of citizen. In our democracy does not end it -- your vote. America's never been about what can be done for us it's about what can be done by us together. It worked out -- This country has more wealth than any nation. But that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military history but that's not what makes a strong. Our universe. Our culture. -- all the envy of the world but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America exceptional -- the bonds that hold together. The most diverse nation on -- -- three only works when we accept so -- -- It. I am hopeful tonight. Because -- had seen the spirit of working America. I've seen it in the family business whose owners. Would rather cut their own -- and lay out their neighbors. In in the workers would rather cut back their hours -- see a friend whose job. I've seen it in the soldiers. Who re enlist after losing a limb. And in those seals who charged up the stairs of darkness and danger because they knew there was -- -- behind -- watching. -- -- on the shores of New Jersey and New York. We're leaders from every party and level of government has swept aside their differences to help a community. From the wreckage of a terrible storm. And I saw just the other day. In matter Ohio where. A father told the story of his eight year old daughter. -- long battle with leukemia. Nearly cost the family everything. Could have not been. For Health Care Reform passing just a few months before. I had not period. I just talked to the father but me. This. Incredible daughter this. And what is he spoke to the crowd listening to that father's story. Every parent in. Had tears in their us. Because we knew that little girl couldn't be -- our own. Every American wants her future to be just as bright. That's who we are. That's the country I'm so proud to -- As your president. Despite all the hardship. We've been through. Despite all the frustrations. Of Washington. I've never been more hopeful about our future. About America. -- -- -- -- -- Not talking about -- optimism. The got -- -- the just ignores the enormity of the task ahead. Of the roadblocks that stand in our plan. Not talking about it. Wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or short from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing. Insiders that exist despite all the evidence to the contrary that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage. The progress we've made. And continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunities and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our -- The idea if you're willing to work hard. -- who you are. Or were you can't run -- what you look like -- where you love. It doesn't matter where they're black and white horse man.
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