My Bet for President and now the first ever African American President in United States of America Barack Obama spoke to an estimated 125,000 supporters at Chicago's Grant Park, giving an historic victory speech after being named the first African-American president-elect of the United States.
"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America -- I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you -- we as a people will get there," a celebratory but sober Obama told the crowd.
Obama highlighted the historic nature of his win by telling the story of a 106-year-old African-American voter from Atlanta, Ann Nixon Cooper, who voted in the election after having lived through a time when she did not have the right to vote.
The president-elect appeared onstage with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 10 and Sasha, 7. He was also joined onstage by vice president –elect Joe Biden and his family.
In his speech, Obama thanked his wife, saying, "I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation's next First Lady, Michelle Obama."
He also thanked his daughters and his late grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, saying he could not have achieved such success without her. The president-elect also thanked former opponent John McCain for his unwavering service to the nation.
"He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves," Obama said of McCain. "He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader." I hope he will fulfill his promises.