In the last hour, out of the top 30 hits on my site 28 of them are for some variation of a search for “obama concession speech new hampshire”.
UPDATE: I watched my sitemeter. There was a point that out of 100 hit 75 of them were for this speech.
For those of you coming here with that search parameter, you can visit the Senator’s campaign site for the full text of the speech. A word of warning…the page is loading slow, so I’m assuming many people are accessing it.
For the record, the part that got me was the rollout of the new campaign slogan:
But the reason our campaign has always been different is because it’s
not just about what I will do as President, it’s also about what you,
the people who love this country, can do to change it.
That’s why tonight belongs to you. It belongs to the organizers and
the volunteers and the staff who believed in our improbable journey
and rallied so many others to join.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no
matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the
power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will
only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been
asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against
offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been
anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible
odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t
try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a
simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
Yes we can.
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the
destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail
toward freedom through the darkest of nights.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and
pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the
ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and
prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this
world. Yes we can.
And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn
that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so
different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the
hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are
the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we
will remember that there is something happening in America; that we
are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people;
we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter
in America’s story with three words that will ring from coast to
coast; from sea to shining sea – Yes. We. Can.
It’s a great speech and weaving in small towns with well known metropolises (metroplii?) was simply brilliant in that he didn’t diminish the weight of those towns by saying “the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg, South Carolina are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas”.
This speech paid homage to all those civil rights leaders who fought and died for us to live in a country where anything is possible. Last night, Obama paid tribute to Cesar Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and President John F. Kennedy, rolling their greatest hits into one monster of call. Letting us know not only what this country has done, but what this country can do.
The speech wove together this entire country, regards of your race or economic standard. Regardless of your age or gender. Regardless if you were born here or not. This speech transcends.
¡Si, Se Puede!