Senator McCain's Concession Speech

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    From Fox News: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcBt2a0LUyQ]YouTube - McCain concession speech[/ame]


    Transcript: John McCain Concession Speech, November 4, 2008 : Clips & Comment

    "My friends, we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Sen. Barack Obama — to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.

    In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans, who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president, is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.

    This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

    I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Sen. Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

    A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to visit — to dine at the White House — was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States. Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

    Sen. Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day — though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her Creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.

    Sen. Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

    I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

    Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.

    It is natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought — we fought as hard as we could.

    And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.

    I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends. The road was a difficult one from the outset. But your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you.

    I am especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother and all my family and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign. I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me.

    You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate's family than on the candidate, and that's been true in this campaign. All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude, and the promise of more peaceful years ahead.

    I am also, of course, very thankful to Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I have ever seen and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength. Her husband, Todd, and their five beautiful children, with their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country.

    To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly month after month in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times — thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship.

    I don't know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I'll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I'm sure I made my share of them. But I won't spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been.

    This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life. And my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Sen. Obama and my old friend, Sen. Joe Biden, should have the honor of leading us for the next four years.

    I would not be an American worthy of the name, should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century. Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone and I thank the people of Arizona for it.

    Tonight — tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Sen. Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.

    And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.

    Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America."


    I think everyone agrees that this is a very gracious speech and that some of the old John McCain is displayed in this moment. Perhaps if we had seen this during his campaign, the election would have gone differently. But its too late to go back and, instead, we all must move forward in the name of humanity and because that is one of the things that it means to be when you're a citizen of the United States.

    The reason I am posting this and starting this thread is to illustrate two things:

    1) That if McCain supporters and Republicans can emulate the spirit of this speech, then many of the things that Obama promised (prosperity for the middle classes, better national security, a cleaner and healthier global environment, the end to unconstitutional and criminal wars, political divisiveness, better education, and a progressive social agenda with equality and freedom for all) can really be achieved. But, if they continue to dwell on the tactics of fear and hatred that the McCain campaign used to try to achieve the White House, the conditions of life and the legacy of this nation will continue to worsen. Even McCain knew that his supporters shouldn't have booed when he mentioned Obama during his speech.

    2) That John McCain isn't his campaign and for all of us who respect him, let's remember who he used to be and give him a chance to erase or overshadow this dark time in his conduct. We can forgive him and allow his legacy to shine with his military service, public service, his honesty and integrity. If liberals and Obama supporters can remember that some Republicans can be like McCain, and we can have the courage to reach across the aisle, then perhaps we'll increase our chances for hope and change in this nation and this world.

    Let's all of us remember that we're all citizens of the United States despite and inspite of all of our differences. Let's all of us work together to bring about the change we and the world so desperately need. And let's all of us respect eachother and live in a nation where we all get along and can live peacefully and like one big, (mostly) happy family. We all have more in common than we do in differences.

    Let's leave fear and hatred behind, all of us, and unite for hope and change!
     
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    McCain gave an excellent speech.

    He's a decent man, faulted as all humans are, but decent.

    I think he's going to find more friends on the left than he will on the right when he returns to the Senate.

    Republicans are in such disarray that some of them are looking to Sarah Palin for leadership .. the absolute depths of desperation.
     
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    I agree 100%. Great man. Too good for the party he belongs to.

    How do you feel about Obama by the way BAC? I know it must have touched you more than you thought it was going to, based on the conversations we had before election night.

    I'm dying to hear if it moved you at all. If not, you are the only black guy I know who wasn't moved/touched/inspired.
     
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    You didn't reply to me. Was the moment Obama got elected bigger than you expected?

    Also, I heard GA is still counting. I know McCain won Georgia, but will it even be close?
     
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    Actually I neg repped you for being immature, insulting, and disrespectful and I want to try and get you to make thoughtful, respectful, poignant remarks instead. Don't know if it'll work, but I'm gonna try...
     
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    when did you become my daddy you big pussie?
     
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    Today.:lol:
     
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    well shit, I want a divorce. I don't want no big pussie for a daddy. Respect? From Me? That's something you'll never get Rhett Butler. You need to take yer fat ass nose outta everybody's business...
     
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    do you really think aversive conditioning works on someone like that?
     

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