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Thursday, August 28, 2008

LIVE from Denver: The Next President of the United States - Barack Obama!!!!!!!!

The moment has finally arrived.

The time is now.

In seconds, Barack Obama will accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States before a gathering of some seventy five thousand Americans at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado - the first black nominee of a major political party in the history of our nation.

Senator Dick Durbin just introduced Barack Obama, urging everyone to return home with renewed vigor to work for victory in this election.

Obama's moving, introduction video is concluding.

The Democratic Party's newest top leader and statesman is about to deliver an address to the largest crowd he has ever stood in front of: the tens of thousands here plus all those watching around the world on television.

The video is ending....and out he comes.

The noise is almost deafening. The lights are beautiful, the flags glorious...what a moment this is. Something we will treasure forever, after our ears recover from the incredible explosion of sound.

It's possible that Obama may have to wait for several minutes before he can start talking...everyone is so excited that no one wants to sit down and be quiet.

Okay, we go!

"It is with profound grace and humility that I accept your nomination," Obama began, starting the roaring applause again.

He continued on to honor the previous nights' speakers - Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, and his wife, Michelle.

Obama Speaks

"Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to," Obama said.

“It is that promise that has always set this country apart – that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well," he continued, again drawing applause.

"This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive," he continued.

"Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third."

"And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough!" Obama said. The chant of "Eight is enough!" immediately began, and concluded after about thirty seconds as Obama resumed speaking.

"I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a ten percent chance on change," Obama said, referring to McCain's voting record.

Addressing the Republicans' longstanding claim that Democrats are weak on national defense, Obama declared: "We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country."

The crowd roared at the mention of two of the twentieth centuries' greatest presidents (both of them Democrats, naturally).

"Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans...Democrats and Republicans – have built, and we are to restore that legacy," Obama said.

“As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home," he affirmed, as the lights grew brighter and the arena burst into applause.

As Obama concluded his speech, the noise reached a fever pitch. Obama stood and waved as a dazzling array of fireworks suddenly began to explode.

Confetti and streamers floated into the air and Invesco Field sparkled as thousands of cameras went off simultaneously. Michelle, Malia, and Sasha joined him on stage first, with Joe and Jill Biden just seconds behind.

Obama, Biden families wave to convention

What a spectacular convention and thunderous finish! I shall never forget this night as long as I live. An incredible, amazing speech. Whatever expectations I had of Barack Obama were surpassed - no, make that crushed - by his tough eloquence on this final night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.


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