August 28th, 2008
10:56 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama tells Dems: 'I accept your nomination'

Sen. Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination Thursday night.
Sen. Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination Thursday night.

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is laying out his plan to lead the country into an era of change after what he called eight years of failed policies.

Watch: 'I accept,' says Obama

"I believe that as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming. Because I've seen it. Because I've lived it," Obama will say, according to a copy of his speech released Thursday evening.

"Change happens because the American people demand it - because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time," he will say.

Watch: 'Eight is enough'

At the beginning of his speech, he detailed what he called the failures of the Bush administration.

Watch: Obama: 'We are better'

"America, we are better than these last eight years," he said. "This moment, this election, is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive."

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Update: McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds released this statement in response to Sen. Obama's acceptance speech: "Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama. . . . The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be President."

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Jill

    Thank God for Obama!!

    August 28, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. John

    Martin Luther King had a DREAM & Obama is DREAMING. Fluff doesn't win elections. John McCain will be our next President. Facts are facts and America, my America is not falling apart as the Democrats want people to believe so that they can scare people to vote for them.

    August 28, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Kathy

    What a speech!!! Finally a candidate who gets it. It's time for a government that will work for the people who pay his salary instead of just feeding their own interests and egos. The day of the average American worker and family has come.

    August 28, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Tonya

    Way to go Obama, you knocked it right out of the stadium, if we fumble the ball this election I wouldn't know what to think Not Now, Not Never, Not Mccain.....

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Katrina

    You quoted some great lines, but let's hear it for "As president of the United States, I will cut taxes for 95 percent of working families." So the Repugs can finally stop pretending he's the taxman. Ok?

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. Copperfield

    john williams san diego, ca. August 28th, 2008 10:48 pm ET:

    I don't knwo what is more disgusting: that you would say something like that, or that CNN would post it.

    In the words of an amazing orator with GOOD INTENTIONS:

    ENOUGH.

    Obama/Biden!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. beth

    I watched this speech and if Obama wins this election, he needs to kiss the feets of Hillary and Bill Clinton. His speech was no where as.eloquent or believable.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. AZ_Jan

    And what a set! Those idiots who called it a temple to Obama couldn't recognize the White House????????? That's what it represented – and it was brilliant and beautiful.

    I feel as though I've just witnessed the most momentous event of the century so far. Come on America, it's time to move forward. It's time for real change.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. wale ebi

    God bless America and God bless Africa

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Grandpa Simpson

    My friends, Senator Obama can give a great speech. But we need to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran, then bomb, bomb, bomb Russia, and then bomb, bomb, bomb China.

    Economy? My friends, don't tell me about economy. You don't know about economy until you have to pay the electric and water bills on seven homes.

    Hillary Clinton to PUMAs: "You're all a bunch of blithering ninnies."

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Jason

    How can McCain stand against this? How can he show us the last eight years, which he was praising nearly the entire time, and say that more of the same is as powerful as what we're capable of?

    The dirty tricks, the name-calling, the liars pretending to be Democrats that are turning against Obama...it has failed and will be brought to an end when Barack Obama takes the Presidency. We are stronger than that cowardice.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    what a joke

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. Texas Straight Talker

    Its up to us to do this and YES WE CAN!

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Florida voter

    obama's inspirational and a good oratator. Unfortunately, that doesnt make him qualified to be president.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Mimi

    Anyone who just witnessed that message and didn't find anything positive or rewarding about it is just plain ole ignorant.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Gerry

    Senator Obama delivered an excellent and well crafted speech tonight. I expected a lot from him and I was not disappointed. Senator needs to continue to take it to John McCain and not let McCain get away with one single thing.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. ODyson

    As AMERICANS, my entire family will proudly cast our votes for the NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.................OBAMA!!!!!!

    I am moved to tears... great speech Mr. President

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Ready for REAL Change, NC

    the people on here who vote for McCain over Obama are just AFRAID TO VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN - POINT BLANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. Dan J

    The action movie closing credits music and the White House background... it's all a bit much. It's unfortunate that Obama's speech didn't match the Beijing Olympics style closing. Too many people, too many fireworks, too much pizazz. It all diluted the effect.

    Questions of elitism and egoism are really going to be brought up now.

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Redbug-OHIO FOR OBAMA

    For all who are going to vote for mcsame go head, waste your vote. Because SENATOR BARACK OBAMA WILL BE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA come November 4th. He is just what this country needs. What has been going on since dumb dumb bush took office is a sin and a shame. If you are not rich they don't care whether you are dead or alive, as long as they can continue to fill their pockets. If mcsame is elected ALL AMERICANS will know what slavery is all about. I don't care if you are black, white, yellow, green or blue you will be a slave to the rich.

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. timber (ex dem)

    BARF! What a phony, arrogant, conceited man. He is not fooling me.

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. alvino

    What a phenomenal speech! Tomorrow Rush Limbaugh will dwell on the fact Obama had to clear his throat once. It is amazing that some small minds would hold someone's oratorical skills against him. Unlike Bush the Younger, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton could actually speak in complete sentences.

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. ruth

    His message was so on point!!! For all you who still don't want him as president, make it because you really don't believe in his message and not cause you are just stupid, like the woman or man who still talks about Hillary. get your head out of your butt and grow up.And for those republicans your turn will come next week and i wlill have to take no doze to they awake.

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. one nation under god!!!!

    ive never seen such a fake spectacle in all my life.he said absolutely nothing.If any of you brainless obama supporters can telll me where he stands on one issue ill vote for him.but you cant so its McCaine baby

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. 17 year old future politician

    I will never forget this day. NEVER!

    August 28, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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