COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - At his South Carolina victory event Saturday night, Barack Obama described the 2008 campaign as a simple fight: "the past versus the future."
"We’re looking to fundamentally change the status quo in Washington – a status quo that extends beyond any particular party," he said. "And right now, that status quo is fighting back with everything it’s got."
Obama said his blowout win should persuade the cynics who thought his victory in Iowa "was just an illusion" that they were wrong.
The Illinois senator's other message: race is not a factor. He told the excited crowd of about 2,000 that after the four early nominating contests, he has "the most diverse coalition of Americans we've seen in a long time."
"They are young and old; rich and poor," Obama said. "They are black and white; Latino and Asian."
He cited a woman who once worked for longtime South Carolina politician Strom Thurmond, a Republican who continued to support segregationist views until his death in 2003.
"[She] knocked on doors for this campaign," Obama said. "Don’t tell me we can’t change."
Speaking in stentorian tones lightened by a singsongy lilt reminiscent of a Baptist preacher, he said, "Yes we can change! Yes we can!"
RACE DOESN'T MATTER, SEX DOESN'T MATTER, RELIGION DOESN'T MATTER, AMERICA AND AMERICANS MATTERS"
Si se Puedo YES WE CAN
OBAMA 08, OBAMA MATTER'S AND YES OBAMA WE HEAR YOU LOAD AND CLEAN
UNITED WE WILL!
Yeah...well good ol' McCain...he'll get rid of those pork barrels....
I'm not gonna lie, the clinton years were pretty good.
But those days are gone.
Real change means we need a new start.
I believe Obama can restore the United States standing
in the world.
Hillary has been bought and paid for. It's time for new
blood. Not another political dynasty.
And Barack is the man for the job.
The man has charisma for days.
Now let's forget about the Bushes and Clintons
and get on with it.
OBAMA IS GREAT!
VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE-
For me this, and every campaign after George Bush, is about logic versus emotion.
Mrs. Barack Obama has a new hair style. She is now sporting the "Condi Flip". I actually preferred her previous style.
Congratulations to Senator Obama, campaigners and supporters. Good job guys.
One thing though, don't be too excited for his win in SC. Although I'm a democrat and voted for Edwards thru absentee ballot, if Obama is the nominee for the democratic party, I'm voting for any republican nominee for General Election.
I want a President to tackle the problems we have, eloquence doesn't make a President. I want experience, track record, someone who stand up instead of voting present.
Any of the Republican candidates especially McCain is much better than Obama.
Spoken from the mouth of a president....
No way he will not change anything without congress
The story of that woman is really inspiring. GO OBAMA!
OMG that was an amazing speech!
he connected so well with the audience,
i was so pyhsced about it!
it's time for a change my peoples..i do not want to go backwards
Yes, Obama, we can change. You are so good at saying that, but, you haven't provided one bit of information on how you plan to make that change. As usual, you continue to talk the talk, but, can't even begin to walk the walk. Move over, and make way for the candidate who has the answers, who knows how to not only inspire change, but, bring change about. Hillary Clinton is the candidate of real change, and she will be our next president! Hillary Clinton '08!
YES WE CAN!!!!!!! Obama 08!
Barak Hussein Obama has nothing but empty rhetoric. How can a guy who couldn't even do his job at Senator ( "just vote present ") perform the job of the President of the United States ?
I just looked at the CNN poll numbers. Obamba captured majorities of the black vote and the young vote, which he has been doing all through this campaign. He did not capture much of the non-black vote and did poorly among older voters.
This is a diverse coalition how exactly? I don't see where he is expanding beyond the base of those who have already been supporting him.
Yes we can, yes we can. Obama can bring the country together to make the changes that we need to move ahead for the future, we believe. He will empower every American to step up and become involved in this country again, to be a part of a greater good, to end this alienation that we have suffered from a government that didn't listen to polls, or pundits, or the people, only the loyal Bushies, it's time for a president that works for and with all Americans.
I do believe, that yes we can.
With China and India growing fast, we need to leave the past and folks with old ideas of the past for the future which is going to be very different from what we are used to...
Wow! "Race is not a factor"? Really. How does Obama think he enjoyed such a big win tonight? When he says the fight is about the "past vs. the future" and "changes in the status quo" he is simply stating what all the democratic candidates believe. Only difference is, both Edwards and Clinton can tell voters exactly what that means and exactly how they'll move forward into the future and change the status quo. (I can't believe he's using that old-time Baptist preacher dialect again.)
YES YOU DID! A LANDSLIDE!!!!!!!!!
As a Republican who feels betrayed by Bush, I never thought I could actually be inspired in this election – especially by a Democrat! Obama is the only candidate in either party that I actually WANT to win, not just would prefer over some other greater evil.
On Super Tuesday, I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to cast my vote for a Democrat.
Change we can believe in!
I guess Mr. Obama forgot he works in Washington where supposedly nothing has been done in last 20 years. Doesn't that make him part Washington problem.
Jesse Jackson won SC right? Enough said!
Easy to say, when you've got no past.
If Barack gets the democratic nomination, then I am certain he will be the next President of the United States! Cheers . . . to the future!