Barack Obama ascends the stage at Chicago's Grant Park, delivering his gratitude and addressing his view as the newly-elected U.S. president.
Live from Chicago's Grant Park, Barack Obama gives his first speech as the 44th president of United States. Few hours after he officially won the election over Republican John McCain, Obama ascends the stage to thank all Americans who have put the trust in him to make a change in the country.
Together with his wife, Michelle and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, Obama took center stage, applauded and cheered by the audience. He becomes the first African-American to be elected as the U.S. president. On making such history, Obama opened his speech, saying "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."
Obama goes on thanking all the people that have supported him, including his family and his campaign manager David Plouffe. Among the people spotted in the huge crowd are actor Brad Pitt, and a tearful Oprah Winfrey who had endorsed the president on her famous talk show.
He also calls out to those who do not vote for him "I may not have won your votes tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help and I will be your president too," he said.
Below are three parts of his speech in Chicago.
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3