The text of Barack Obama’s victory speech in full

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

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It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.







刚刚,我接到了麦凯恩参议员礼貌得体的祝贺电话。为了此次竞选,他奋战良久、竭尽所能;为了他所深爱的美国,他曾作出了更长久、更努力的奉献。麦凯恩参议 员为美国所作出的牺牲是大部分人难以想象的,他这种英勇无私的奉献改善了我们的生活。对于麦凯恩参议员和佩林州长所取得的成就,我对他们致以祝贺。在接下 来的几个月里,以重振美国为目标,我期待着与他们的合作。


如果没有米歇尔·奥巴马, 这一准美国第一夫人的坚定支持,今晚,我就不会站在这儿了。我们相伴走过了16个春秋,她是我们整个家庭的顶梁柱,我一生的挚爱。还有,萨沙和玛利亚,我 爱你们,你们姊妹俩终于可以带着你们的新宠物狗入主白宫了。我知道,就像我的其他已故亲属一样,外祖母一定也在某处注视着我,虽然她已经不在人世。是他们 造就了今天的我。今晚我很想念他们,我对他们的亏欠无以计量。


然而,有一点是最重要的,那就是我永远都不会忘记,真正拥有这个胜利的是你们,你们所有人!对于入主白宫,我从来都不是最热候选人。竞选伊始,我们的资金 并不充裕,获得的支持也不多。我们的竞选班子并非始于华府,而是一路从艾奥瓦州的得梅因酒店后院、辗转北卡罗莱纳州的康克酒店客房,后来会首在西弗吉尼亚 州查尔斯顿酒店的主厅……

我们的胜利来自于广大工薪阶级,正是他们从仅有的微薄存款里掏出5美元、10美元或者20美元来支持我们的竞选。我们的力量来自于摘下冷漠面罩的年轻一 代,来自于夜以继日奋力工作以维持生计的下层百姓,来自于冒着严寒酷暑、户户敲门宣传的团队中流砥柱,更来自于成千上万的大选志愿者。他们用出色的奉献精 神和组织能力证明了一个民有、民治、民享的政府在两百年后仍然保持着生命力。这就是你们的胜利!

我明白,你们所做的这些,并不仅仅是为了赢得这次竞选,也不单单只是为了我本人。你们之所以这么做,是因为你们懂得前方任务的艰巨。即使我们今晚沉浸于庆 祝的喜悦之中,我们也深知明天将会面临的将是我们这辈子最为艰巨的挑战:两场战争、濒临危险的地球和百年一遇的金融危机;即使今晚我们安然站在此处,我们 也深知那些深陷伊拉克沙漠和阿富汗山区的英勇美国战士,是为了我们而冒着生命危险。还有那些孩子早已熟睡、自己却辗转反侧的人父人母,他们夜不能寐,想着 如何还清房贷、如何支付医药费以及给孩子存下大学经费。我们要掌握新能源,创造就业岗位,建造新校舍,正视存在的威胁,并修复与盟友的关系。

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The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the colour of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbour and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.


我们将不可避免地遭遇许多挫折,也许开头并不会一帆风顺。我们需要弄明白一点,那就是政府无法解决所有的问题,也许有很多人不会同意我上台执政后制定的政 策。不过,我将坦诚地接受各方的批评,直面我们的挑战。我将倾听你们的意见,尤其是不同的政见。总之,我邀请各位一同投入到国家的建设中来,用我们勤劳的 双手堆砌建设这个国家所需的砖瓦。正是这一方式,使美国在221年的建国道路上不断前行。


所以,让我们一同唤醒自己的爱国心,唤醒为国效力的责任感,我们将一道披星戴月,披荆斩棘向前行进,我们需要照顾的不再只有我们自己,而是每一个人。这次 的金融危机让我们认识到一个事实,如果大众受苦受难,华尔街就不可能繁华似锦。我们必须携手与共、共同经历这个国家的荣辱兴衰。

长期以来,两党隔阂以及不成熟的狭隘主义造成了我们现在的失败政策,所以让我们一同抵制住这种倾向,避免回到那条老路。请记住,这个国家有一个民主党人将 第一次手扛民主和共和两党旗帜迈向白宫。充满自信,崇尚个人自由,维护国家团结将是我们共同追求的价值观。尽管民主党在今晚取得了压倒性的胜利,但是我们 将继续带着谦卑前行,愈合这个国家因分裂受到的创伤。社会的分裂曾经阻碍我们国家前行的脚步。正如林肯总统在1861年的反国家分裂的演说中说到,“我们 不是敌人,而是朋友。我们决不能成为敌人。尽管目前的情绪有些紧张,但决不能容许它使我们之间的亲密情感纽带破裂。”我要告诉那些没有将选票投给我的朋 友,也许我没有赢得你们的选票,但我将聆听你们的声音,我需要你们的帮助,因为我同样将成为你们的总统。

我要告诉那些在美国大陆以外关注今晚选举的人们,也许你们在一个被世界遗忘的角落通过收音机了解今晚的选举,尽管我们的国情不一样,但是我们的命运是紧紧 联系在一起的。一个全新的美国领导层即将呼之欲出。我要告诉那些试图破坏这个世界的人们,我们将打败你们!我要告诉那些追求和平和安全的人们,我们将全力 支持你们!我要告诉那些对美国的未来持怀疑态度的人们,今晚,我们再次证明了一个事实,那就是这个国家拥有强大的力量,这并不是因为我们拥有众多的武器和 财富。民主、自由、机遇、坚定不屈的希望才是这个国家保持强大的持久力量!


本届选举创造了多项历史之最,有许多故事将代代相传。但此时此刻,我脑海中想起的是一名来自亚特兰大的选民,这位名叫安妮·尼克松·库珀的女性和千千万万 的选民一样,静静地站在投票队伍之中,投出自己的选票,表达自己的声音。不过,与众不同的是,她已经106岁高龄了。在她出生的年代,公路上没有汽车,天 空中没有飞机。像她一样的人仅仅因为肤色和性别就被挡在参与投票的大门之外。

今晚,我由此联想到了她一个世纪以来,在美国见证的一切:困苦与希望,奋斗与进步,那是一个让人无能为力的年代,但人们必须不断告诉自己美国的伟大信条: “是的,我们可以!”曾经,女性无法表达自己的意见,她们的希望成为幻影。如今,她终于见证了这一幕,和她一样有着悲惨遭遇的人们成功地投出了自己的选 票。是的,我们可以!






这是我们给出答案的机会。这是属于我们的时刻。这是我们的时代:让人们有事可做;为我们的孩子打开机遇之门;推动世界和平与繁荣;再次锻造美国梦,重申这 一不可动摇的事实——虽然我们每个人不尽相同,但我们是一个整体,只要我们呼吸尚存,希望就永不磨灭。我们将用那历经时间考验的不朽信条掷地有声地直面质 疑:“是的,我们可以!”