Compendium of Videos & Text of Obama's Speech – Democratic National Convention 2008 in Denver, Colorado; August 25-28, 2008

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Barack Announces his Candidacy


22.03 minutes

Barack Obama Tribute
9.57 minutes

Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech
45.01 minutes

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Compendium of Videos & Text of Obama’s Speech
Democratic National Convention 2008 in Denver, Colorado; August 25-28, 2008

Nancy Pelosi
15.55 minutes
Caroline Kennedy
6.15 minutes
Senator Edward  Kennedy Tribute at the DNC on August 25, 2008
6.15 Minutes
Senator Edward Kennedy
9.46 minutes
Mrs. Michelle Obama
20.14 minutes
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
7.44 minutes
Montana Governor Schweitzer
15.19 minutes
Mark Warner – Keynote Speaker
18.46 minutes
President Bill Clinton
24.47 minutes
Senator Hillary Clinton
22.55 Minutes
Roll Call Vote
1:00:59 hours
[53.40 seconds: New Mexico Yields to Illinois;
54.40: IIlinois Yields to New York
55.00: Hillary Clinton comes into hall
57.08: Clinton calls for acclamation for Obama]
Senator Joe Biden accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for VP
24.25 minutes
Obama “Surprises” Joe Biden at Democratic Convention
5.10 Minutes
Rep. John Lewis
5.32 minutes
Governor Bill Richardson
8.44 minutes
Vice-President Al Gore
15.29 minutes
Stevie Wonder Performs
10.01 minutes


Barack Announces his Candidacy

22.03 minutes

Barack Obama Tribute
9.57 minutes

Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech
45.01 minutes

CNN-Clips  – Part 1 (3.41 minutes)  – Part 2 (2.32 minutes)  – Part 3 (3.36 minutes)  – Part 4 (6.02 minutes)  Part 5 (10:01 minutes)

  Barack Obama Tribute
9.57 minutes

Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech
45.01 minutes

CNN-Clips  – Part 1 (3.41 minutes)  – Part 2 (2.32 minutes)  – Part 3 (3.36 minutes)  – Part 4 (6.02 minutes)  Part 5 (10:01 minutes)

August 28, 2008

The following is the text, as prepared for delivery, of Senator Barack
Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in
Denver, as provided by the Obama campaign.

To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow
citizens of this great nation;

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination
for the presidency of the United States.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who
accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the
farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my
daughters and to yours — Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Clinton,
who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted
Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice
President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful
to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a
man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the
Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to
Sasha and Malia – I love you so much, and I’m so proud of all of you.

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief
union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who
weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America,
their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

It is that promise that has always set this country apart – that
through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual
dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that
the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

That’s why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two
years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men
and women – students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and
janitors — found the courage to keep it alive.

We meet at one of those defining moments – a moment when our nation is
at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been
threatened once more.

Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for
less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your
home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive,
credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond
your reach.

These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to
respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the
failed policies of George W. Bush.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better
country than this.

This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the
brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after
a lifetime of hard work.

This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to
pack up the equipment he’s worked on for twenty years and watch it
shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt
like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on
our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands
while a major American city drowns before our eyes.

Tonight, I say to the American people, to Democrats and Republicans and
Independents across this great land – enough! This moment – this
election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American
promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that
brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this
country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too
much to let the next four years look like the last eight. On November
4th, we must stand up and say: “Eight is enough.”

Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has
worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for
that we owe him our gratitude and respect. And next week, we’ll also
hear about those occasions when he’s broken with his party as evidence
that he can deliver the change that we need.

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety
percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but
really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush
has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don’t know about
you, but I’m not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.

The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your
lives – on health care and education and the economy – Senator McCain
has been anything but independent. He said that our economy has made
“great progress” under this President. He said that the fundamentals of
the economy are strong. And when one of his chief advisors – the man
who wrote his economic plan – was talking about the anxiety Americans
are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a “mental
recession,” and that we’ve become, and I quote, “a nation of whiners.”

A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud auto workers at a Michigan
plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every
day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people
who counted on the brakes that they made. Tell that to the military
families who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved
ones leave for their third or fourth or fifth tour of duty. These are
not whiners. They work hard and give back and keep going without
complaint. These are the Americans that I know.

Now, I don’t believe that Senator McCain doesn’t care what’s going on
in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. Why else would
he define middle-class as someone making under five million dollars a
year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for
big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to
more than one hundred million Americans? How else could he offer a
health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits, or an
education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college,
or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your

It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain
doesn’t get it.

For over two decades, he’s subscribed to that old, discredited
Republican philosophy – give more and more to those with the most and
hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington,
they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is –
you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market
will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps
– even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own.

Well it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to
change America.

You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes
progress in this country.

We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the
mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of
each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college
diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were
created when Bill Clinton was President – when the average American
family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has
under George Bush.

We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of
billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether
someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or
whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after
a sick kid without losing her job – an economy that honors the dignity
of work.

The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are
living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great
– a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.

Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq
and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl
Harbor, marched in Patton’s Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation
with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill.

In the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before
working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and
me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned
to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the
country with the help of student loans and scholarships.

When I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down,
I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I
stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant

And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own
business, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the
secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed
over for promotions because she was a woman. She’s the one who taught
me about hard work. She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new
dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured
everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I
know that she’s watching tonight, and that tonight is her night as

I don’t know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities
lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the
stories that shaped me. And it is on their behalf that I intend to win
this election and keep our promise alive as President of the United

What is that promise?

It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own
lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each
other with dignity and respect.

It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation
and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their
responsibilities to create American jobs, look out for American
workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems,
but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves –
protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep
our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads
and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us,
not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the
most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America – the idea that we are responsible for
ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental
belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right
now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am

Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it,
but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that
ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that
create good jobs right here in America.

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the
start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because
in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on
the middle-class.

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our
planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will
finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Washington’s been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty
years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them. In that
time, he’s said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to
investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we
import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took

Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling
is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.

As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal
technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help
our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the
future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the
American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest 150 billion
dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy
– wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an
investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs
that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.

America, now is not the time for small plans.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every
child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to
compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight
because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle
for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in
early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and
pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange,
I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep
our promise to every young American – if you commit to serving your
community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible
health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan
will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same
kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as
someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she
lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop
discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family
leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping
their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions
are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social
Security for future generations.

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s
work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same
opportunities as your sons.

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I’ve laid out
how I’ll pay for every dime – by closing corporate loopholes and tax
havens that don’t help America grow. But I will also go through the
federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work
and making the ones we do need work better and cost less – because we
cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century

And Democrats, we must also admit that fulfilling America’s promise
will require more than just money. It will require a renewed sense of
responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Kennedy called
our “intellectual and moral strength.” Yes, government must lead on
energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes
and businesses more efficient. Yes, we must provide more ladders to
success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But we
must also admit that programs alone can’t replace parents; that
government can’t turn off the television and make a child do her
homework; that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the
love and guidance their children need.

Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility – that’s the
essence of America’s promise.

And just as we keep our keep our promise to the next generation here at
home, so must we keep America’s promise abroad. If John McCain wants to
have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as
the next Commander-in-Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.

For while Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after
9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract
us from the real threats we face. When John McCain said we could just
“muddle through” in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more
troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked
us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and
his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. John McCain likes to say
that he’ll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell – but he won’t even go
to the cave where he lives.

And today, as my call for a time frame to remove our troops from Iraq
has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush
Administration, even after we learned that Iraq has a $79 billion
surplus while we’re wallowing in deficits, John McCain stands alone in
his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war.

That’s not the judgment we need. That won’t keep America safe. We need
a President who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping
at the ideas of the past.

You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries
by occupying Iraq. You don’t protect Israel and deter Iran just by
talking tough in Washington. You can’t truly stand up for Georgia when
you’ve strained our oldest alliances. If John McCain wants to follow
George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice –
but it is not the change we need.

We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t
tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that
Democrats won’t keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has
squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and
Republicans – have built, and we are here to restore that legacy.

As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but
I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission and a
sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and
the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against
al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to
meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct
diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb
Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats
of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and
genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral
standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all
who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace,
and who yearn for a better future.

These are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look
forward to debating them with John McCain.

But what I will not do is suggest that the Senator takes his positions
for political purposes. Because one of the things that we have to
change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without
challenging each other’s character and patriotism.

The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same
partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love
this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women
who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and
Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some
died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red
America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of

So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.

America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require
tough choices, and Democrats as well as Republicans will need to cast
off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past. For part of what has
been lost these past eight years can’t just be measured by lost wages
or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our sense of
common purpose – our sense of higher purpose. And that’s what we have
to restore.

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the
number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun
ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those
plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t
uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of
criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but
surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters
deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives
free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don’t know
anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or
an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This
too is part of America’s promise – the promise of a democracy where we
can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common

I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They
claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and
more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes
and the abandonment of traditional values. And that’s to be expected.
Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics
to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you
paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

And you know what – it’s worked before. Because it feeds into the
cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work,
all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and
again, then it’s best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already

I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this
office. I don’t fit the typical pedigree, and I haven’t spent my career
in the halls of Washington.

But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is
stirring. What the nay-sayers don’t understand is that this election
has never been about me. It’s been about you.

For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said
enough to the politics of the past. You understand that in this
election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics
with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown
what history teaches us – that at defining moments like this one, the
change we need doesn’t come from Washington. Change comes to
Washington. Change happens because the American people demand it –
because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new
politics for a new time.

America, this is one of those moments.

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. I’ve seen it in Illinois,
when we provided health care to more children and moved more families
from welfare to work. I’ve seen it in Washington, when we worked across
party lines to open up government and hold lobbyists more accountable,
to give better care for our veterans and keep nuclear weapons out of
terrorist hands.

And I’ve seen it in this campaign. In the young people who voted for
the first time, and in those who got involved again after a very long
time. In the Republicans who never thought they’d pick up a Democratic
ballot, but did. I’ve seen it in the workers who would rather cut their
hours back a day than see their friends lose their jobs, in the
soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb, in the good neighbors who
take a stranger in when a hurricane strikes and the floodwaters rise.

This country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not
what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but
that’s not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are
the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to
our shores.

Instead, it is that American spirit – that American promise – that
pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us
together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on
what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.

That promise is our greatest inheritance. It’s a promise I make to my
daughters when I tuck them in at night, and a promise that you make to
yours – a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers
to travel west; a promise that led workers to picket lines, and women
to reach for the ballot.

And it is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought
Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in
Washington, before Lincoln’s Memorial, and hear a young preacher from
Georgia speak of his dream.

The men and women who gathered there could’ve heard many things. They
could’ve heard words of anger and discord. They could’ve been told to
succumb to the fear and frustration of so many dreams deferred.

But what the people heard instead – people of every creed and color,
from every walk of life – is that in America, our destiny is
inextricably linked. That together, our dreams can be one.

“We cannot walk alone,” the preacher cried. “And as we walk, we must
make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not
with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not
with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not
with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we
cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this
election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us
keep that promise – that American promise – and in the words of
Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

Thank you, God Bless you, and and God Bless the United States of



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2 Responses to “Compendium of Videos & Text of Obama's Speech – Democratic National Convention 2008 in Denver, Colorado; August 25-28, 2008”

  1. No matter whose side you\’re on, I think most will agree that Obama\’s speech was a brilliant one. It will be a difficult match for McCain, for sure, but we go on next week and lets see what the Republicans have prepared for the nation.

    • Awesome says:

      There were a lot of passionate phone callers after his speech. Did anyone hear the woman who said she disliked both candidates?

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