I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yesterday I had a dream that our nation would vote for change, and today that dream has been fulfilled.
A dream where racial divides and simple color differences of the skin have become less important to the choosing of the most important person on this planet. A dream where change was hoped for around the entire world, and has been answered by a president reflecting that change. A dream where democracy has once again shown its greatness and inspired others around the world that they can too can fulfill their dreams.
It is an historic day, one in which I think John McCain was secretly hoping for. In his concession speech he clearly had a hope for President Elect, Senator Obama. A hope that Obama would be a symbol to the world that America is truly a great country, a symbol for the rest of the world again, a country that can change for the better, and a country that shows Democracy at its finest.
Only these quotes really speak to this reality:
"As a black British woman, I can't believe that America has voted in a black president," said Jackie Humphries, 49, a librarian who partied with 1,500 people at the U.S. Embassy in London Tuesday night.Change on the scale everyone is undoubtedly hoping for, will not occur overnight. It may not even occur in the term Obama occupies. But it will occur, for the world has ensured this change, with or without Obama. The greatness of a person is not always in their actions, but in the effect their person projects to others that do take action.
"Americans overcame their racial divisions and elected Obama because they wanted the real thing: a candidate who spoke from the bottom of his heart," said Terumi Hino, a photographer and painter in Tokyo. "I think this means the United States can go back to being admired as the country of dreams."
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, the civil rights icon who helped bring down his country's apartheid regime, released a letter to Obama that said, "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place."
"For the first time I feel the phrase, 'I hereby declare that all men are crated equal,' from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, really came to life for me today," said architect Mamdouh al-Sobaihi, a guest at a post-election reception Wednesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "U.S. history has returned to its roots. The forefathers would be very pleased with today's election," he said.
Saudi journalist Samir Saadi said that Obama's election means "the U.S. has won the war on terror."
"Given Obama's name, his background, the doubts about his religion, Americans still voted for him and this proved that America is a democracy," he said. "People here are starting to believe in the U.S. again."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a combative foe of Bush, congratulated Obama on his "historic election of a descendant of Africans" and called for "new relations" between the two nations.
"The choice of an African American president in the United States overturns the whole idea of the stiff and conservative America," Yerofeyev said. "This means that America did wake up. This means that America is again open for free and democratic values. America has once again become a good model to emulate. It has again become a great country."
"Senator Obama's message of hope is not just for America's future, it is also a message of hope for the world as well," said Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
I am proud to be a citizen of the United States. While I've never been otherwise, today is a great day for all of Americans, and for the entire world. Let us ensure we seize this chance to bring together all nations, race, and other divides, as we have shown today that those divides are less significant than we previously believed.