… 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….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 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.- President Elect Barack Obama
His full speech is here. No one man can fix the ills of a nation alone, nor can he repair alone the damage that has been done in this world as a result of American mismanagement and poor leadership. from his speech he knows this only too well. He doesnt have all the answers, and no-one will ever be the “perfect president” (unless you are David Palmer with Jack Bauer on your side….), but i wish him well.
I think I’ll light some fireworks tonight to celebrate