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Thank you so much.
  Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won theright to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting ourunion moves forward.
  It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that hastriumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths ofdespair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individualdreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.
  Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard,while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, andwe know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.
  I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the veryfirst time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that. Whether youpounded the pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romneysign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference.
  I just spoke with Gov. Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-foughtcampaign. We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and wecare so strongly about its future. From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family haschosen to give back to America through public service and that is the legacy that we honor andapplaud tonight. In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Gov. Romney to talkabout where we can work together to move this country forward.
  I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years, America's happy warrior, the best vicepresident anybody could ever hope for, Joe Biden.
  And I wouldn't be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago.Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder towatch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as our nation's first lady. Sasha and Malia,before our very eyes you're growing up to become two strong, smart beautiful young women,just like your mom. And I'm so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog's probablyenough.
  To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics. The best. The best ever. Someof you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the verybeginning. But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you willcarry the memory of the history we made together and you will have the lifelong appreciation of agrateful president. Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley.You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you've done and allthe incredible work that you put in.
  I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. And that provides plenty offodder for the cynics that tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domainof special interests. But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at our rallies andcrowded along a rope line in a high school gym, or saw folks working late in a campaign office insome tiny county far away from home, you'll discover something else.
  You'll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who's working his way throughcollege and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity. You'll hear the pride in thevoice of a volunteer who's going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the localauto plant added another shift. You'll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spousewho's working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country everhas to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home.
  That's why we do this. That's what politics can be. That's why elections matter. It's not small, it'sbig. It's important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated.We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through toughtimes, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
  That won't change after tonight, and it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of ourliberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives rightnow just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots likewe did today.
  But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future. We want ourkids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. Acountry that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation,with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.
  We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened byinequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass ona country that's safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended bythe strongest military on earth and the best troops this ─ this world has ever known. But also acountry that moves with confidence beyond this time of war, to shape a peace that is built on thepromise of freedom and dignity for every human being.
  We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to thedreams of an immigrant's daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. To theyoung boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner. To thefurniture worker's child in North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineeror an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president ─ that's the future we hope for. That's thevision we share. That's where we need to go ─ forward. That's where we need to go.
  Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than twocenturies, progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line. It's not always asmooth path.
  By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock orsolve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making thedifficult compromises needed to move this country forward. But that common bond is where wemust begin.
  Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whetherI earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you've made me abetter president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House moredetermined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that liesahead.
  Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working withleaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit.Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We'vegot more work to do.
  But that doesn't mean your work is done. The role of citizen in our democracy does not end withyour vote. America's never been about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done byus together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That's theprinciple we were founded on.
  This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have themost powerful military in history, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university, our cultureare all the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.
  What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation onearth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certainobligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans havefought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love andcharity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.
  I am hopeful tonight because I’ve seen the spirit at work in America. I’ve seen it in the familybusiness whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors, and in theworkers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job. I’ve seen it in thesoldiers who reenlist after losing a limb and in those SEALs who charged up the stairs into darknessand danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them watching their back.
  I’ve seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York, where leaders from every party and levelof government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckageof a terrible storm. And I saw just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story ofhis 8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything had itnot been for health care reform passing just a few months before the insurance company wasabout to stop paying for her care.
  I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet this incredible daughter of his. Andwhen he spoke to the crowd listening to that father’s story, every parent in that room had tears intheir eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own. And I know that every Americanwants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the country I’m so proud to leadas your president.
  And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations ofWashington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopefulabout America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kindof hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from afight.
  I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all theevidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keepreaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
  America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs andnew opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of ourfounders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where youcome from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black orwhite or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay orstraight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
  I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests.We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individualambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and foreverwill be the United States of America.
  And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind theworld just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.
  Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.

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