If dere iz anyone out dere who still doubts dat America iz uh place where all things iz possible, who still wonders if da dream o' our founders iz alive in our tyme, who still questions da power o' our democracy, tonight iz yo' answer.
It'sda answer told by lines dat stretched around schools an' churches in numbers dis here nation has never seen, by peeps who waited three hours an' four hours, many fo' da first tyme in they lives, cuz dey believed dat dis here tyme mus' be different, dat they voices could be dat difference.
It'sda answer spoken by young an' old, rich an' poor, Democrat an' Republican, black, whitey, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, salad tosser, straight, disabled an' not disabled. Americans who sent uh message ta da world dat we's gots never been just uh collection o' individuals or uh collection o' red states an' blue states.
We iz, an' always will be, da United States o' America.
It'sda answer dat led those who've been told fo' so long by so many ta be cynical an' fearful an' doubtful about what we's can achieve ta put they hands on da arc o' history an' bend it once mo' toward da hope o' uh bettah day. Video Watch Obama'sspeech in its entirety
It'sbeen uh long tyme coming, but tonight, cuz o' what we's did on dis here date in dis here election at dis here defining moment change has come ta America.
A little bit earlier dis here evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious page from Sen. McCain. Sen. McCain fought long an' hard in dis here campaign. And he'sfought even longer an' harder fo' da country dat he loves. He has endured sacrifices fo' America dat most o' us cannot begin ta imagine. We iz bettah off fo' da service rendered by dis here brave an' selfless leader.
I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin fo' all dat they've achieved. And I peep forward ta working wiff dem ta renew dis here nation'spromise in da months ahead.
I wants ta thank muh ma fuckin partner in dis here journey, uh nig who campaigned from his heart, an' spoke fo' da men an' biAtchez he grew up wiff on da streets o' Scranton an' rode wiff on da train home ta Delaware, da vice president-elect o' da United States, Joe mufuggin' Biden.
And I would not be standing here tonight without da unyielding support o' muh ma fuckin baddest nigga fo' da last 16 years da rock o' our family, da love o' muh ma fuckin life, da nation'snext first beotch Michelle Obama.
Sasha an' Malia I love ya both mo' than ya can imagine. And ya gots earned da new puppy dat'scoming wiff us ta da new White House.
And while she'snahh longer wiff us, I know muh ma fuckin grandmother'swatching, along wiff da family dat made me who I be. I miss dem tonight. I know dat muh ma fuckin debt ta dem iz beyond measure.
To muh ma fuckin sister Maya, muh ma fuckin sister Alma, all muh ma fuckin other brothers an' sisters, thank ya so much fo' all da support dat you've given me. I be grateful ta dem.
And ta muh ma fuckin campaign manager, David Plouffe, da unsung hero o' dis here campaign, who built da baddest -- da baddest political campaign, I th'o't, in da history o' da United States o' America.
To muh ma fuckin chief strategist David Axelrod who'sbeen uh partner wiff me every step o' da way.
To da baddest campaign team ever assembled in da history o' politics ya made dis here happen, an' I be forever grateful fo' what you've sacrificed ta git it done.
But above all, I will never forget who dis here victory truly belongs ta. It belongs ta ya. It belongs ta ya.
I wuz never da likeliest candidate fo' dis here office. We didn't start wiff much money or many endorsements. Our campaign wuz not hatched in da halls o' Washington. It began in da backyards o' Des Moines an' da living rooms o' Concord an' da front porches o' Charleston. It wuz built by working men an' biAtchez who dug into what little savings dey had ta give $5 an' $10 an' $20 ta da cause.
It grew strength from da young peeps who rejected da myth o' they generation'sapathy who left they homes an' they families fo' jobs dat offered little pay an' less sleep.
It drew strength from da not-so-young peeps who braved da bitter cold an' scorching heat ta knock on doors o' perfect strangers, an' from da millions o' Americans who volunteered an' organized an' proved dat mo' than two centuries later uh da system o' da peeps, by da peeps, an' fo' da peeps has not perished from da Earth.
Dis iz yo' victory.
And I know ya didn't do dis here just ta win an election. And I know ya didn't do it fo' me.
You did it cuz ya dig' da enormity o' da task dat lies ahead. For even as we's celebrate tonight, we's know da challenges dat tomorrow will bring iz da greatest o' our lifetime -- two wars, uh planet in peril, da worst financial crisis in uh century.
Even as we's stand here tonight, we's know dere iz brave Americans waking up in da deserts o' Iraq an' da mountains o' Afghanistan ta risk they lives fo' us.
There iz mothers an' fathers who will lie awake afta da chil'ns fall asleep an' wonder how they'll make da mortgage or pay they doctors' bills or save enough fo' they child'scollege education.
There'snew energy ta harness, new jobs ta be created, new schools ta build, an' threats ta meet, alliances ta repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not git dere in one year or even in one term. But, America, I gots never been mo' hopeful than I be tonight dat we's will git dere.
I promise ya, we's as uh peeps will git dere.
There will be setbacks an' false starts. There iz many who won't agree wiff every decision or policy I make as prezident. And we's know da da system can't solve every problem.
But I will always be honest wiff ya about da challenges we's face. I will listen ta ya, especially when we's disagree. And, above all, I will ax ya ta join in da werk o' remaking dis here nation, da only way it'sbeen done in America fo' 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began 21 months ago in da depths o' winter cannot end on dis here autumn night.
This victory alone iz not da change we's seek. It iz only da chance fo' us ta make dat change. And dat cannot happen if we's jet back ta da way things wuz.
It can't happen without ya, without uh new spirit o' service, uh new spirit o' sacrifice.
So let us summon uh new spirit o' patriotism, o' responsibility, where each o' us resolves ta pitch in an' werk harder an' peep afta not only ourselves but each other.
Let us remember dat, if dis here financial crisis taught us anyfin', it'sdat we's cannot gots uh thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
In dis here country, we's rise or fall as one nation, as one peeps. Let'sresist da temptation ta fall back on da same partisanship an' pettiness an' immaturity dat has poisoned our politics fo' so long.
Let'sremember dat it wuz uh nig from dis here state who first carried da banner o' da Republican Party ta da White House, uh party founded on da values o' self-reliance an' individual liberty an' national unity.
Those iz values dat we's all share. And while da Democratic Party has won uh great victory tonight, we's do so wiff uh measure o' humility an' determination ta heal da divides dat gots held back our progress.
As Lincoln said ta uh nation far mo' divided than ours, we's iz not enemies but niggas. Though passion may gots strained, it mus' not break our bonds o' affection.
And ta those Americans whose support I gots yet ta earn, I may not gots won yo' vote tonight, but I hear yo' voices. I need yo' he`p. And I will be yo' prezident, too.
And ta all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments an' palaces, ta those who iz huddled around radios in da forgotten corners o' da world, our stories iz singular, but our destiny iz shared, an' uh new dawn o' American leadership iz at hand.
To those -- ta those who would tear da world down: We will defeat ya. To those who seek peace an' security: We support ya. And ta all those who gots wondered if America'sbeacon still burns as bright: Tonight we's proved once mo' dat da true strength o' our nation comes not from da might o' our arms or da scale o' our wealth, but from da enduring power o' our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity an' unyielding hope.
That'sda true genius o' America: dat America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope fo' what we's can an' mus' achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts an' many stories dat will be told fo' generations. But one dat'son muh ma fuckin mind tonight'sabout uh biotch who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She'suh lot like da millions o' others who stood in line ta make they voice heard in dis here election except fo' one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper iz 106 years old.
She wuz born just uh generation past slavery; uh tyme when dere wuz nahh cars on da road or planes in da sky; when someone like her couldn't vote fo' two reasons -- cuz she wuz uh biotch an' cuz o' da color o' her skin.
And tonight, I th'o't about all dat she'sseen throughout her century in America -- da heartache an' da hope; da struggle an' da progress; da times we's wuz told dat we's can't, an' da peeps who pressed on wiff dat American creed: Yes we's can.
At uh tyme when biAtchez'svoices wuz silenced an' they hopes dismissed, she lived ta see dem stand up an' speak out an' reach fo' da ballot. Yes we's can.
When dere wuz despair in da dust bowl an' depression across da land, she seen uh nation conquer fear itself wiff uh New Deal, new jobs, uh new sense o' common purpose. Yes we's can.
When da baddests fell on our harbor an' tyranny threatened da world, she wuz dere ta witness uh generation rise ta greatness an' uh democracy wuz saved. Yes we's can.
She wuz dere fo' da buses in Montgomery, da hoses in Birmingham, uh bridge in Selma, an' uh preacher from Atlanta who told uh peeps dat "We Shall Overcome." Yes we's can.
A nig touched down on da moon, uh wall came down in Berlin, uh world wuz connected by our own science an' imagination.
And dis here year, in dis here election, she touched her finger ta uh screen, an' cast her vote, cuz afta 106 years in America, through da baddest o' times an' da darkest o' hours, she knows how America can change.
Yes we's can.
America, we's gots come so far. We gots seen so much. But dere iz so much mo' ta do. So tonight, let us ax ourselves -- if our chil'ns should live ta see da next century; if muh ma fuckin daughters should be so lucky ta live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will dey see? What progress will we's gots made?
This iz our chance ta answer dat page. This iz our moment.
This iz our tyme, ta put our peeps back ta werk an' open doors o' opportunity fo' our kids; ta restore prosperity an' promote da cause o' peace; ta reclaim da American dream an' reaffirm dat fundamental truth, dat, out o' many, we's iz one; dat while we's breathe, we's hope. And where we's iz met wiff cynicism an' doubts an' those who tell us dat we's can't, we's will respond wiff dat timeless creed dat sums up da spirit o' uh people: Yes, we's can.
Thank ya. God bless ya. And may God bless da United States o' America. an dat boil on mah ass.
No big loss?
I'm the type who obsessively backs up all my data just in case of shit like this, so until I find a suitable replacement, I'll still have my laptop to play my favourite music on. 50 dollars = no big loss. Rest assured, though, it will be a cold day in hell before I purchase another consumer electronics device from Microsoft.
They managed to turn the broken and (even looking past the brokenness) mediocre game Oblivion in to one of my favorite games ever, so there's hope yet.
I really hope that by The Elder Scrolls 5 they are able to take the hint and get rid of the level scaling. If the world around you levels up with you, why even have leveling? Why not just drop the stats all-together and have a mediocre adventure game? At least that way, you won't have to worry about your character being useless by level 20.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of television." -- The New Mighty Mouse