Inspiring Video Included!

Barack Makes History

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History has been made, readers.

Barack Obama, a junior Senator from Illinois, an unknown politician and a black man, has won the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. That’s a pretty incredible feat considering this nation’s racist past and, of course, the star power of his main rival, former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Seizing the notable moment in St. Paul last night, Obama swore to the crowd of 18,000 – and the rest of the States – that he will fight for what’s good and right, rather than what’s Right:

All of you chose to support a candidate you believe in deeply. But at the end of the day, we aren’t the reason you came out and waited in lines that stretched block after block to make your voice heard. You didn’t do that because of me or Senator Clinton or anyone else. You did it because you know in your hearts that at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – we cannot afford to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say – let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.

And that new course does not involve presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, a man whom Obama spent the better part of his speech tearing down, a clear indicator that the general election season has begun, if it hadn’t already.

Highlighting McCain’s ties to President Bush, Obama made sure to emphasize his own plans to end the war in Iraq, spread universal healthcare and the need for an “understanding that fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand-in-hand, as they did when Bill Clinton was President.” Obama’s Clinton reference should come as no surprise. In fact, the candidate spent a fair amount of time praising Hillary Clinton’s commitment to this nation’s evolution, a necessary hat tip if Obama wants to seduce Mrs. Clinton’s voters in the November election.

Obama concluded his speech with his unique oratory inspiration, declaring:

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

Even if the Democrats don’t win the White House this November, they’ve done something great. Not only is Barack Obama the first black presidential nominee in the United States, but in all of the Western nations.

Never in our wildest youthful dreams did we imagine a black man could feasibly become this nation’s president. But, in less than a generation after segregation and laws against miscegenation, after Malcolm X and Martin Luther King’s respective assassinations, after an unknown number of race-motivated murders, the United States of America has learned that proverbial lesson: it’s not the color of one’s skin, but the content of their character. And, quite frankly, it’s pretty sweet.

Here’s video of Obama’s victory speech from last night: