Charles Gibson Interviews Barack Obama

But you could tell that there wasn't that emotional impact on her because she has grown up in this environment where she can take it for granted, in the same way that she can take for granted that a woman is running for president and is this incredibly capable political figure.

And the fact that they're taking it for granted is a measure of progress in our country. It says something really good about America. And you think about the distance we've traveled since I was born, 1961, and for me to be standing on that stage in Minnesota 46, 47 years later is a testament to this country's urge to live up to its ideals, as imperfectly as that is sometimes.

GIBSON: I watched closely your countenance last night, your mien, as you stood in that hall. You didn't smile much. Has the joyfulness of this hit home yet? Do you take joy from it?

OBAMA: You know, I'll tell you where I feel joyful. I feel joyful when I think about all those young people who volunteered for our campaign, and I see them high-fiving and seeing the work that they put into this thing bear fruit.

I feel joy when a woman, this morning, tells me that her son teaches in an inner city in San Francisco and that during the course of this year, he's seen the behavior of the African American boys he's teaching change and them start thinking about their options and hitting the books a little harder. I take joy in that.

But -- but, look, there's no doubt that, you know, I tend to always be thinking a few steps ahead. I've been thinking about all the work that needs to be done. And I think it's good advice that I've received from several quarters to, sometime in the next couple days, sit back and reflect a bit.

GIBSON: Senator, thank you.

OBAMA: Thank you.

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