DATELINE, Denver CO — August 28, 2008.Â This is the unedited transcript of the acceptance speech given this evening byÂ Democratic Party Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).
My fellow proper-thinking Americans and oppressed people of this nation — thank you.Â You have spoken for change and we have delivered together.Â For without change, we cannot have hope.Â Without hope, there is no change.Â When we get change we can lift up those bitter folks among us and rise to the promise of America.Â The America that I observed from afar.
As we embrace this change together we must remember that we cannot challenge change for it is good.Â Unity is most important for without unity, there is no hope; without hope, there is no change.Â Without change there is no future.
So now I call on all Americans to ignore the past, ignore my past, ignore this nation’s history, ignore what has made this nation full of bitter and shallow people.Â Â And rise up with me to the new Promised Land — the Federal Government.Â Â WashingtonÂ will be reclaimed by those of us who know better, who think better, who know you better than you know yourselves because we know that you know that you want change and change is hope.
Thank you for your nomination and I look forward to a spirited debate with Senator McCain so long as he doesn’t question my voting record, ethics, integrity, philosophy of governing, or the folks who have supported me and I grew up with.Â Because if he does, it will be clear that the Republicans are devolving back to the policies of Jim Crow and all that it stands for.
Good night, and God Bless my campaign.
Reactions to Senator Obama’s speech:
“That is the best political speech I have ever heard.Â This man is a born leader.Â He was specific, yet sweeping in his rhetoric.Â America should be proud tonight.”Â — Chris Matthews, MSNBC
“It was hard to watch this speech without being moved to tears.Â I now fully understand why all those women fainted throughout the primary campaign.Â I can’t go on.”Â — Anderson Cooper, CNN
“HowÂ he could stand up there and accept the Democratic nomination and not call for Bush’s impeachment is beyond me.Â This guy is a joke.Â This country is a joke.Â I’m a joke.” — Keith Olbermann, MSNBC
“Does anyone know what the hell Obama was talking about?” — Brit Hume, FOX News Channel