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《Change Has Come To America》


Hello, Chicago.


If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is aplace where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dreamof our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the powerof our democracy, tonight is your answer.It’s the answer told bylines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers thisnation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and fourhours, many for the very first time in their lives, because theybelieved that this time must be different; that their voice couldbe that difference.


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


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


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


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


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


I would not be standing here tonight without the unyieldingsupport of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock ofour 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 youhave 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 iswatching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss themtonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.


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

我的竞选经理大卫•普劳夫(David Plouffe)、首席策略师大卫•艾克斯罗德(DavidAxelrod)以及政治史上最好的竞选团队--是你们成就了今天,我永远感激你们为实现今天的成就所做出的牺牲。

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


I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’tstart with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was nothatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards ofDes Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches ofCharleston.


It was built by working men and women who dug into what littlesavings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twentydollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people whorejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left theirhomes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and lesssleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold andscorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from themillions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and provedthat more than two centuries later, a government of the people, bythe 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 youdidn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormityof the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, weknow the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest ofour lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financialcrisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know thereare brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and themountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There aremothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fallasleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay theirdoctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy toharness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build andthreats to meet and alliances to repair.


The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may notget there in one year or even one term, but America – I have neverbeen more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. Ipromise you – we as a people will get there.


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


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


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


Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the samepartisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned ourpolitics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from thisstate who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to theWhite House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance,individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we allshare, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victorytonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination toheal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln saidto a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, butfriends…though passion may have strained it must not break ourbonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I haveyet 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, fromparliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios inthe forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, butour destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is athand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you.To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to allthose who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright –tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nationcomes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of ourwealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy,liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.


For that is the true genius of America – that America canchange. Our union can be perfected. And what we have alreadyachieved gives us hope for what we can and must achievetomorrow.


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

这次大选创造了多项“第一”,也诞生了很多将世代流传的故事。但是今天晚上令我难忘的却是在亚特兰大投票的一名妇女:安•尼克松•库波尔(AnnNixon Cooper)。她和其他数百万排队等待投票的选民没有什么差别,除了一点:她已是106岁的高龄。

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States ofAmerica.


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