发布时间:2012-11-13 14:41:00


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.
Tonight, more than 200 years
after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of
perfecting our union moves forward.

OBAMA: It moves forward because of you. It moves forward
because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression,
the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great
heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual
dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and
as one people.

Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded
us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have
picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that
for the United States of America the best is yet to come.

OBAMA: I want to thank every American who participated in this

... whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line
for a very long time.

By the way, we have to fix that.

Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone...

... whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made
your voice heard and you made a difference.
I just spoke with Governor Romney
and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign.

We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love
this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. From George to
Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America
through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud

In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with
Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country

I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years,
America’s happy warrior, the best vice president anybody could ever hope for,
Joe Biden.

OBAMA: And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman
who agreed to marry me 20 years ago.

Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you
more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with
you, too, as our nation’s first lady.

Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you’re growing up to
become two strong, smart beautiful young women, just like your mom.

OBAMA: And I’m so proud of you guys. But I will say that for
now one dog’s probably enough.

To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of

The best. The best ever. Some of you were new this time around,
and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning.

But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you
go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together and you
will have the life-long appreciation of a grateful president. 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’ve done and all the incredible work that you put in.

I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even
silly. And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics that tell us that
politics is 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 a rope line in a high school gym, or saw folks working
late in a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you’ll
discover something else.
OBAMA: 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 every child has that same opportunity.

You’ll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who’s going
door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant
added another shift.

You’ll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military
spouse whose 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.

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

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 have
access to the best schools and the best teachers.

A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in
technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new
businesses that follow.
OBAMA: We want our children to live in an America
that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t
threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.

We want to pass on a country that’s safe and respected and
admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on
earth and the best troops this -- this world has ever known.

But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time
of war, to shape a peace 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 a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies
in our schools and pledges to our flag.

To the young boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life
beyond the nearest street corner.

To the furniture worker’s child in North Carolina who wants to
become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or
even a president -- that’s the future we hope for. That’s the vision we share.
That’s where we need to go -- forward.

That’s where we need to go.
Now, we will disagree, sometimes
fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than two centuries,
progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not
always a smooth path.
By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes
and dreams won’t end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute
for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult
compromises needed to move this country forward. But that common bond is where
we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long
campaign is now over.

And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you,
I have learned from you, and you’ve made me a better president. And with your
stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more
inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies

Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual.

You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the
coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with
leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together.
Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system.
Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.

OBAMA: But that doesn’t mean your work is done. The role of
citizens in our Democracy does not end with your vote. America’s never been
about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together
through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That’s
the principle we were founded on.

This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not
what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that’s
not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the
world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.
What makes
America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on
OBAMA: The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only
works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future
generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for
come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and
charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.

I am hopeful tonight because I’ve seen the spirit at work in
America. I’ve seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their
own pay than lay off their neighbors, and in the workers who would rather cut
back their hours than see a friend lose a job.
I’ve seen it in the soldiers
who reenlist after losing a limb and in those SEALs who charged up the stairs
into darkness and danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them
watching their back.

I’ve seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York, where
leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their
differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible

And I saw just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio, where a father
told the story of his 8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia
nearly cost their family everything had it not been for health care reform
passing just a few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying
for her care.

I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet
this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd listening to
that father’s story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes, because
we knew that little girl could be our own.
And I know that every American
wants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the country I’m
so proud to lead as your president.

OBAMA: And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been
through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more
hopeful about our future.

I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to
sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that
just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our
path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on
the sidelines or shirk from a fight.
I have always believed that hope is that
stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary,
that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching,
to keep working, to keep fighting.

America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and
continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the
middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that
if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come
from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re
black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich
or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if
you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not
as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits
believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain
more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be
the United States of America.

And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue
our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the
greatest nation on Earth.
Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these
United States.

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