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06.11.2008 US & Canada

It's Real Change – Obama

By Daily Guide

THE PRESIDENT-ELECT of the United States of America, Barack Obama has made it clear that the new wind of change that has blown in America's political history after Tuesday's crucial elections is real.

“A real change has come to America; if there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

“To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote but I need your help and I will be your President to move this great nation forward. A new dawn of American leadership is at hand,” Obama told over 200,000 supporters who gathered at the Chicago Grant Park soon after he won the polls by 51 percent on Tuesday night.

Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday won more than 50 percent of the polls whilst his closest contender, Republican John McCain polled 48 percent.

His victory did not only attract wild jubilation from millions of Democratic Party supporters who shared tears of joy and shouted “Yes We Can”, but also African nationals the world over who expressed massive joy in their home countries.

Forty-seven-year-old Obama pledged in his acceptance speech to heal a reputation tattered by the Iraqi war and a President who shunned the opinions of other nations.

He also promised the American people of his readiness to bring total economic transformation to America.

"To those who would tear the world down, we will defeat you, but to those who seek peace and security, we will support you,” he said.

Barack Obama, who first strode onto the stage with his wife, Michelle and two young daughters, was immediately flanked by Vice-President-elect, Joseph Biden and wife as well as selected well-wishers who exchanged hugs and kisses on the cheeks.

President-elect Obama and yet-to-be First Lady of America, Michelle Obama had earlier in the day cast their votes at a neighbourhood elementary school in Chicago.

They were accompanied by their two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

He is expected to be formally sworn-in as president of America on January 20, 2009. By Grace Eyram Dartey