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."

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  1. John B. From New Hampshire

    to those of you here that say the speech had no specifics or ideas, all rhetoric, it's clear, very clear... YOU WERE NOT LISTENING ONE BIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Non-Kool Aid Drinker

    Nice "last action hero" movie music at the end, a nice nod to the liberals in Hollywood who you pander to....

    Boring speech...

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Paul

    Go McCain. That speech was garbage. Once again you liberals are blind by his fake promises.

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. ree

    Didn't watch had more important things to do. Seems like it was the same old thing.

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. betty

    For someone not wanting to bring negativy into the campigan, Obama seemed very negative to me–with all the McCain Bashing–I liked to know how he plans to Pay for all these wonderful changes also–if he gets that far. He's No Clinton–No Way–No How-No Obama!!

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. David Goldman for OBAMA

    LOVE YOU BROTHER !!!

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Lindsay

    Obama could fart on stage and you minless liberal fascists would call it a great speech.good god your pothetic
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    Yeah, and he could literally turn water into wine and all the limbaugh neocon sheep would say he was advocating alcoholism!

    c'mon, people, grow up already

    CNN please post even though you NEVER post my comments!!

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. DRH

    Did Obama explain it to you republicans and swing voters clearly, or are you guys going to let South Africa shame you all. Don’t let the color of his skin or his name stop you from doing what is RIGHT. We need change!!!!!!!! We the people to from one union, it’s about US!!!!!!!! TRUTH!!!!!! Vote Democrat

    August 28, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. wow

    The best part is talking about what he hopes to do during his presidency, I have always wondered if he had any concrete plans ... seems like he does, GO OBAMA!

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    Reminds me of that old Van Halen song 'Hot for Teacher' where David Lee Roth says, "I don't feel tardy."

    I don't share the images of a broken country that needs to be tended to by a Savior like Barack Obama.

    I'll tell you this though...that man is the best speech giver this country has produced since Martin Luther King Jr. He surely has a gift, but I just disagree with too many of his positions to see myself voting for him.

    It's not that he's black, but because he's green. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin, but it's thickness.

    Maybe in a future election, but not this one.

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Neel- Toronto

    WOW
    GO BO GO
    GO BO GO

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Robert in CT

    john williams san diego, ca.

    so... the republican talking point is to compare Obama to Hitler now? It is getting lamer every day (and more pointless in terms or ruining a good war hero's reputation for nothing).

    We miss you John McCain 1.0

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  13. Realist

    Good luck McCain. You have your work cut out for you.

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. Sue

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was expecting a great speech, but he just blew me away.
    I can't Wait until November gets here so I can go vote for him. Amazing!
    I loved it when he said this isn't about him, it's about US~~~

    GO Obama/Biden '08

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. john williams san diego, ca.

    to paraphase the new orator / speech reader as he has recently said-words just words- they have no substance but you must follow.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Carmen

    I hope he has proven himself by now. Come on already for those who still doubt -STOP comparing with our old politicians, and the lousy excuse that he doesn't have enough experience. He is a graduate lawyer, politician, from Harvard. He is highly educated and has fresh well thought plans that will change not carry on with the old.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. Denise J.

    What school did Leslie Sanchez attend? Apparently, they hadn't taught her very well in the composition of a speech or a well written speech for that matter. Perhaps its good that she is on the Republicans analyzing team. Or better yet, she must be George Bush's speech writer. We know how well those have been written...

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. Mike, Neb.

    What a wonderful speech!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. Steve - Atlanta, GA

    A Republican here seriously considering voting for Obama after tonight! I think we are all opening our eyes to the bad shape our country is in after past 8 years....

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  20. stone

    Good speaker ,but not really president.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    AND THE WINER IS----AMERICA.

    WE LOVE THE LAND THAT PRODUCED AN OBAMA.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. forobama

    To Angelo, McCain sure hasn't proved himself either... oh he did, saying that we are in a mental recession. How ignorant and out of touch with society is that?

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. Ricky

    Hey " No subtance" blogger, McCain wont live to 2016

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama spoke well. He attacked the ideas that conservative say liberals have: no calls for individual responsibilites. Everything he said is what the country needs ; new calls for education, energy and communal responsibilites.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Conky

    Still an empty suit calling McCain old. Yeah, we get it.. McCain is much older and more experienced.

    I wish I could be excited by the promise of more taxes and more government run by a neophyte politician hoping to coast in on Martin Luther King's greatness.

    PUMA , I believe McCain to be the lesser of two evils.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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