(CNN) — Barack Obama told supporters that “change has come to America” as he claimed victory in a historic presidential election.
Sen. Barack Obama addresses a crowd of 125,000 people in Chicago, Illinois.

Sen. Barack Obama addresses a crowd of 125,000 people in Chicago, Illinois.

Sen. Barack Obama addresses a crowd of 125,000 people in Chicago, Illinois.

“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,” Obama said in Chicago, Illinois, before an estimated crowd of up to 240,000 people.

With Obama’s projected win, he will become the first African-American to win the White House.

Obama had an overwhelming victory over Sen. John McCain, who pledged Tuesday night to help Obama lead. Video Watch Obama pay tribute to McCain »

“Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much, and tonight, I remain her servant,” McCain said.

McCain called Obama to congratulate him, and Obama told the Arizona senator he was eager to sit down and talk about how the two of them can work together.

President Bush also called Obama to offer his congratulations.

Bush told Obama he was about to begin one of the great journeys of his life, and invited him to visit the White House as soon as it could be arranged, according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

Obama will be working with a heavily Democratic Congress. Democrats picked up Senate seats in New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia, among others. Read about the Senate races

“While the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress,” Obama said. Video Watch more on the balance of power »

Flanked by American flags, Obama told the roaring crowd, “This is your victory.”

“To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn — I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too,” he said.

Supporters in Chicago cheering, “Yes, we can” were met with cries of “Yes, we did.”

More than 1,000 people gathered outside of the White House, chanting “Obama, Obama!”

Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former rival for the Democratic nomination, said in a statement that “we are celebrating an historic victory for the American people.” iReport.com: Share your Election Day reaction with CNN

“This was a long and hard fought campaign but the result was well worth the wait. Together, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a Democratic Congress, we will chart a better course to build a new economy and rebuild our leadership in the world.”

Sen. Ted Kennedy said Americans “spoke loud and clear” in electing Obama.

“They understood his vision of a fairer and more just America and embraced it. They heard his call for a new generation of Americans to participate in government and were inspired. They believed that change is possible and voted to be part of America’s future,” the Massachusetts senator said in a statement.

As results came in Tuesday night, Obama picked up early wins in Pennsylvania and Ohio — states considered must-wins for McCain.

Obama also won Virginia, a state that has not voted for a Democratic president since 1964.

Going into the election, national polls showed Obama with an 8-point lead.

Voters expressed excitement and pride in their country after casting their ballots in the historic election. Poll workers reported high turnout across many parts of the country, and some voters waited hours to cast their ballots. Read about election problems

Tuesday marks the end of the longest presidential campaign season in U.S. history — 21 months.

Obama, 47, will now begin his transition to the White House. He will be sworn in at the 44th president on January 20, 2009.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Farhan on November 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    I vote for Obama 😛

    Walaupun tak bole vote

    then ketentuan siapa menang pon tak bole dipercayai

    so voting pon macam tak guna

    sama je anywhere in the world > vote tapi bole ke kita percayai jawapan dia adalah 100 % ?

    sebabtu la aku tak daftar utk voting in our country 🙂
    it can’t be trusted


  2. Posted by Farhan on November 5, 2008 at 7:10 pm


    voting tu dah tamat ker??

    Obama menang ker??

    position dia ni sama dgn Bush ker? tp nape Bush tak bertanding sekali dlm pilihan raya ni???

    tak faham langsung la pasal bnda-bnda politik ni


  3. Posted by taylineo on November 5, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    “vote tapi bole ke kita percayai jawapan dia adalah 100 % ?”

    Apa maksud ko, Farhan?

    Bab daftar untuk voting tue, aku x salahkan ko la coz ramai gak member kita x daftar tapi aku cuma nak gtau ko yg kita sebagai rakyat Msia ni, kita patut menggunakan hak yang diberikan kepada kita untuk mengundi. Nasib baik kita ada sistem pemerintahan demokratik yang memberikan kita peluang untuk mengundi siapa yang kita rasa paling berhak untuk memerintah negara kita. At least, the suara kita diambil peduli. Bayangkan negara komunis, diorg terpaksa akur je kepada pemerintah diorang yang dilantik ikut suka ati dia je.

    So…aku harap ko pikir la baik2 pasal nak daftar sebagai pengundi ni coz ko tue rakyat Malaysia. Kepada korang yang x daftar lagi dan dah cukup umur tue….g la daftar. Keadaan politik kita skrg….well….korang bole tgk, baca dan lihat sendiri la di media massa. So….at least in the next elections….not so much havoc will happen if more of us vote.

    Pasal election Amerika tue En. Farhan…cubalah ko tgk berita atau baca paper lebih sikit. Ko da meningkat tua dan benda2 mcm ni sepatutnya ko amik tau coz 1) you are an educator, 2) ko xleh nak dok bawah tempurung je….you have to know what is going on around you 3) walaupun ko hanya minat dalam bidang computer tapi ini adalah isu semasa dan isu dunia yang secara tidak langsung ada effect kat diri ko tue gaks.

    Dulu, aku malas gak amik tahu pasal semua benda ni. Pada aku semua benda ni membuang masa aku dan x penting tapi bila da mula kerja dan kira da masuk ke alam dewasa….aku sedar yang benda2 ni penting untuk pengetahuan, ilmu dan perkembangan otak aku. At least skrg, bila aku da tau benda2 ni, bila orang bukak topik ni, aku boleh gak contribute. Ok Farhan? Aku harap ko x kecik ati ngn apa yang aku kata tapi ko kena bukak sikit minda ko untuk lihat benda lain di dunia ni selain komputer.


  4. Posted by syam on November 7, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Saya sokong pendapat Tay..


  5. Posted by wanadeka on November 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

    undi lah Tay..


  6. Posted by andy on November 7, 2008 at 11:58 am



  7. Posted by taylineo on November 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    REFORMASI naper En. Andy?


  8. Posted by CupCake on November 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    undilah TAY! =p

    haha andy xhabies2 nak reformasi die tuh.sila jelaskan maksud reformasi anda en andy.


  9. Posted by wanadeka on November 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    reformasi versi US. obama bawak perubahan kat US.


  10. Posted by andy on November 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    @wanadeka – seikai desu! (walopun jeritan tu adalah random dan hanya berniat utk spam :p)


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