Thursday, November 6, 2008

Historic Acceptance Speech

Synthesize President-Elect Barack Obama's Speech, and evaluate three key points you heard that resonated for you. Cite your source, or use this source. http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/

17 comments:

  1. Obama's speech of victory was full of confidence and stregth. Three things I liked about what he said was . 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.
    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. Obama believes that the people will have to help make America a better country and that we will fight through all the hardship American has gonet through.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.


    http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/minor/2008/11/05/obamas-victory-speech-transcript/

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  2. Barack Obama's speech was very heart warming and related to all. That everyone is someone, we are not only a nation of people but a nation of hopes, dreams and we are made up of adversity. He wants America not to give up, and know that change has come to America. America has come a long way from when it first started as nothing, now is a strong and independent country. "That his strength came 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." I thought that this quote related to me because my parents first came to this country the highest paying job they could find was $4.50 an hour. "That his campaign money was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give 5 to 20 dollars to the cause." I feel that this quote shows how we as Americans if we pull together we can accomplish a lot. That this victory was "Our Victory." He says that we did not do this on order to win an election, we did it to face what lied ahead for the future. That people in the US are suffering and they need help. We will get to the future. The road ahead is not pretty, but we will make it through. If one person suffers we all suffers. In order to help the economy go up again, we need to help the people first and then worry about Wall Street. American needs to be built up again from the bottom, up. Women have gone a long deal from what it used to be Women are now respected and seen as equals to men. America can change, and it will for the better.


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  3. Barack Obama's speech was full of confidence and power. One of the things that I like about his speech was his statement "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." If Obama ran for president ten years ago, people probably would have laughed at him and said that he was crazy. This election proves that America has changed a lot from when it was first founded. Another statement that I liked from Obama's speech is "It's the answer that led thse who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achiebe to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day." Obama also said "It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America." To me, this statement defines America today. We have gone from discriminating the African American race to having an African American leader. Now that is change. I agree with Sydney that change won't come right away. It is going to take a long time, but change will come.

    source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/obama.transcript/index.html

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  4. 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.

    I like how Obama shows over all how some one who is low or not in status, but on the ranking scale can still pull out of know were and make it BIG. I mean how much bigger can you make it then the president of the united states of america!!! I do like his speech in the way most of it was about how we are the land of the free and democracy. I think our founding fathers never would have thought that that we would have had a african american president. We have moved so far in out country. For example we could have also had our first woman president or our first woman vice president. I don't think our founding fathers ever thought of that ether!


    http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/minor/2008/11/05/obamas-victory-speech-transcript/

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  5. As I watched Obama’s speech on the tevelvision Tuesday night I couldn’t help but feel somewhat inspired, corny as it may seem. On Tuesday night he made history, he is on his way to becoming the first African American President of the United States of America. “Change has come to America”, he stated during his speech, and it’s true. With the winning of Obama, change is definently in on its way. He appropriately addresses McCain with a positive attitude despite the mud-slinging that occurred during the campaign, “Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader”. Obama’s campaign was funded by normal American’s contributing to his cause, “It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20”. He represents of these people and hoping to strike a change for these people, and for the rest of America. One of the many highlight’s of his speech was that he didn’t say that he can solve all the problems within his term, but he can certainty try, ‘the road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there”. He sets goals that are realistic, and hopes to achieve them, but he doesn’t promise them, because he truly knows that all of our problems can’t be solved all at once. Our problems take time to solve, and they can’t be solved in just one term, as he mentions. He states that “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,” which addresses that his victory will not only make these changes. Changes need to be made to alter our future and make sure we don’t repeat the past. Another part of his speech that resonated with me was when he recalls upon one woman, Ann Nixon Cooper, who is 106 years old and has lived through the good and bad years of America. She’s seen change through her years and this year she voted for change. Hopefully, Barack Obama can bring us the change we need to help our future.

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  6. Obama's speech brought hope to the United States. He showed a lot of confidence and power on what he wants to do for the United States. He thanked everyone in the campaign, from his family to his co-workers. An interesting key point that he stated was: "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". This quote showed that anything can happen in America. Even a black man becoming the leader of the country. Barrack Obama showed that he could lead this country to greatness and that the middle and lower class deserves to become a step higher. Barrack Obama wants equality and for the poor to feel good about themselves. Another interesting key point was when he brought up Ann Nixon Cooper. Barrack said: "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 color 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". This shows that some people on election day felt so proud to be African American because it broke another huge barrier. Another interesting key point that I liked was when he said: "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in 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". This shows that Barrack knows what is ahead of him and he is accepting the challenge. That is exactly what the United States needs. A leader. Overall Barrack Obama sent a huge message out that he will do anything within his power to reform America.

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    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/convention2008/barackobamavictoryspeech.htm

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  7. The acceptance speech that Barack Obama gave was indeed very historic. He is our first African American President in the United States. Barack Obama spoke on these points in his acceptance speech. More Americans are out of work and working harder for less while more have lost their homes and have cars and credit card bills they can't afford.
    * These issues are not just of the government's making but the failure to respond is a result of broken Washington politics and the failed policies of George W. Bush.
    America can be a better and more compassionate country than it has been during the past eight years. This election is America's chance to keep the American promise alive. The country owes John McCain gratitude for his war service and for times when he has broken ranks with Republican party.
    However, McCain has voted with Bush 90pc of the time which leaves doubts over his judgement. McCain doesn't know what is going on in the lives of Americans. An economy is strong if it "honours the dignity of work". America has an obligation to teach each other with dignity and respect. Tax breaks to corporations that ship overseas to be stopped. Capital gains taxes for small businesses to be eliminated. Taxes for 95pc of all working families to be cut.
    Aims to end dependence on Middle East oil within 10 years. Tap up natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. Invest in fuel efficient cars. New teachers to be paid higher salaries. Better care and benefits for troops when they come home. War in Iraq will be ended responsibly and the fight in Afghanistan finished. He did say more but i believe these are the main ones.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2644057/Barack-Obamas-speech-The-key-points.html

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  8. I thought Obama's speech was very moving. He not only moved the United States, but he also moved the people from different countries as well. His becoming president really changed the face of the United states. Him being the first black president opened doors for everyone. I liked what he said that "change has come to america" because at this point we really need a change for the economy and for the well being of this great nation. I also liked that he will change the face of the government by fixing the corruption of the government. what I also like is that he will be cutting taxes for 95 percent of the population. I feel really good about our new president and the time he is in term. I am sure he will do a lot of good things for this country.


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  9. "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."

    I think Obama's speech was amazing. I felt he put all his heart into his speech. I just feel he relates to everyone and knows what he is doing. He uses the words "our" and "we" because it really isn's all about him and how he will listen to our voices and opinions. He knows he has long way to go to prove himself and he doesn't promise us anything he can't do. I think all we need to do is be patience because nothing is going to improve over night. This has been a very historic moment in history and will always be remembered and I think it couldn't have happen to a better person than Barack Obama. What caught my attention was his plans to change the war,tax, and health care situations for the better and to turn this country around for greatness. America is ready for change and I think Obama can do it.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-barack-obama-speech,0,524762.story

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  10. President-Elect Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, while inspiring, didn’t earn my respect. I still feel that Obama doesn’t have enough experience, but I am waiting to see that policy that he acts when he takes office. It seemed that the speech and the way it was delivered by Obama were very similar to the way Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches were delivered and written.
    I did like that he called for everyone to come together. I hope that he can come together, but I have a feeling that the Republican Party will be stubborn. In order to solve the country’s problems, we need to come together. Also I like the he stressed patience, “The road ahead will be long.” I think that the American people lack patience, since we live in a world of instant gratification.


    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/video.transcript/index.html

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  11. I think Obama's speech was very well prepared and he knew exactly what he wanted to say. It was very inspiring and motivational. I got a good vibe from hearing it, I feel like there is hope for the United States. Obama is changing things already in the United States, he is making good changes. He is our first African American President in the United States. Of course there are still issues that need to be resolved in our economy, over time we can fix those and Obama shows this in his speech. "We are, and always will be, the United States of American. It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve and put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day" Obama spoke very proudly of the US and I think now we are finally in good hands. Obama will change our country for the better and not for the worse. This is exactly what we have needed and now we have it.

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  12. President-Elect Barack Obama's Speech was very emotional and inspirational. He is a very strong leader and his speech reminds me somewhat of the speech that was given my MLK jr. Obama provides hope and and change for this country that is much needed. He is an average American, like all of us, and it made him very realatable when he thanked his family and friends for what he has now.
    Some of his main points of the evening were; our financial crisis, the war in Iraq, and that our planet is in peril.
    He wants to eliminate parental worry about how they are going to pay for their child's education, pay their morgages, or pay the grocery bills, to survive. Also, he acknoledges that the troops in Iraq need to come home, and that as he spoke thay were busy protecting our country and working hard. And lastly, that we have altrnate sources of energy and other ways in making out planet a greener, cleaner place for all of us to live in.
    Overall, I was very happy with his speech and his ideas for our country. Obama is a good leader and I am very excited to see what he has in store for our futures.

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  13. "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep." I feel Obama knows what he has to do and knows that it would take time
    I think he will have a big effect on the people of America because he cares for the poor. I also like how he is going to help prevent global warming.
    I think he will do well and I am excited to see his plans for the future.

    source-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJfGx4G8tjo

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  14. I thought President Barack Obama's speech was extremely emotional and powerful. He is a very influential leader as well as an inspirational speaker. This historic election proved that America really is the land of opportunity and that times have changed, women are able to run for president and we now have our first African American President. Obama put alot of faith back into parts of America but now we must wait and see if he is successful in bringing the change he speaks of. "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. " America has been waiting, and I hope he is able to change our country for the better. I also think that he did not accept this victory for himself or for the people of the Democratic party but for the entire country, regardless of their political associations. "But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you". Our country is beginning a new chapter in our history and I'm anxious to see how Obama handles his presidential duties.


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  15. "Yes we can!" says Obama. The way he speaks is very powerful and his positive enthusiasm convinces me more that he will get us out of this devastating time. "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". This is showing that Obama has faith in himself and in the U.S to change the future in a positive way. His speech gave the citizens confidence hope and support in knowing our country is trying to become a better place. When he said to everyone near the end of his speech "I believe that, as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming, because I've seen it, because I've lived it." GO OBAMA!

    By: Lexi, Michelle, Sierra, Brandon

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  16. I agree with Zita, President-Elecct Barrack Obama's speech was inspiring, however it did not earn my respect ether. Obama, in my opinion does not have enough experience to run this country. Now that he is next to run our country, I just hope that he can do a good job. I hope that he is up for this and that he can handle it. Again, as Zita said, the republicans will be stubborn but Maybe with time, Obama will earn their respect, trust, and cooperation. It is a long road ahead but I hope it is easier than it looks.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/video.transcript/index.html

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  17. I watched Obama's speech live from my television on Election night and I knew that it was a moment that I would remember for the rest of my life. Obama started off his speech with "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." I took AP United States history last year and I learned how to analyze and think like a historian. Although this is a Government class, I still use what I learned last year all the time. To actually witness dreams coming true, to see an African American be elected to the Presidency after all the struggles they went through during slavery and the Civil Rights movement, and to see that change really is coming, that truly resonated with me. Another part of his speech that stayed with me was when he said "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 the 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 to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand." Obama recognizing that he will make mistakes but he will try to explain why he's doing what he's doing is important, and reminds us he's only human. Also, he recognizes that he can not make all of the changes himself, that we as a people need to rise above, which is important. We will make more changes more quickly if we all work together. The third part that really stuck out in my mind was when he said "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too." Recognizing how there are millions of people who were not happy with Obama winning that November 4th evening is important. I'm sure that it resonated well with some Republicans knowing that Obama will work with them and listen to their needs.



    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/obama.transcript/index.html

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