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PostSubject: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:07 am

Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.

My friends, we have -- 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.

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 dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters.

America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful 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 him 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 good will 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. It's 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'm 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 -- I am also, of course, very thankful to Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I've 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 for 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 -- 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 - 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 - 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. Thank you all very much.

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:43 am

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I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will 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.


This particular moment of McCain's speech, was very touching. Yes, I'm sure that he hated having to say it... but, it NEEDED to be said. And I hope, and pray, that ALL American's will stand behind our next President, and support him, and his vision.

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:12 am

That part is interesting, actually. You know, people like Surley Joe and other folks we used to poke fun at because of their views on politics. Will they support a black, democrat as president? We only knew them when Bush was president and cocking things up... will they continue to show the same unyielding support to their commander in chief, as they said they would back in the day?

Humm....

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:19 am

did you hear the boos at various parts of his speech?

what a bunch of fucking clowns. McCain's okay, but some of his supporters can jump of a fuckin' bridge. Grown men acting like 12-year-olds. Disgusting.
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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:12 am

I agree. Actually, every speech I've heard him give has had a whole lot of people booing in the crowd. The first few times I thought that it was rude of them to boo McCain during his speech, but I realized after a while that they're booing Obama.

I don't get that. If you're moved by what he said, you can cheer for him... the booing makes no sense to me.

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:16 pm

Evan, we heard that boo'ing, loud and clear. It made us pretty upset, actually. But, what can you do? I would have been upset by a McCain/Palin win... but, I wouldn't have stood in Grant Park, during Obama's speech, boo'ing the other side, simply because we lost. It was rude to do so... because McCain was calling the Repub's to join together and show SUPPORT for our next President. Bunch of idiots, in my opinion! Probably drank too much champaigne, during the evening, thinking that they had it in the bag! HA! Only one word comes to mind... LANDSLIDE!!

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:42 pm

They named a park after me?

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:13 pm

What I found very telling was the fact that when McCain mentions Obama, his supporters boo and hiss...

When Obama mentions McCain, his supporters applaud...

Those booing and hissing could take a big lesson from the Obama supporters on that.
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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:31 pm

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They named a park after me?

Why yes they did, Grant... an entire park, after you! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:32 pm

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What I found very telling was the fact that when McCain mentions Obama, his supporters boo and hiss...

When Obama mentions McCain, his supporters applaud...

Those booing and hissing could take a big lesson from the Obama supporters on that.


Yeah, I noticed that as well. Quite interesting. Says a lot about the Repubs!

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:33 pm

Yeah, if Obama had lost no one in the crowd would have booed? Heh.

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:34 pm

Never said that they wouldn't, Heck! It just speaks volumes!

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:38 pm

Hmmmm, no, not really.

Both sides boo and hiss.

Obama rally had probably 10 times more people. Where were all those mics at...

Anyway, I was cracking up seeing Oprah and Jesse Jackson over and over. It's like the news directors were like, "look, famous black people! Show them, quick!"

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:43 pm

I didn't see anything wrong with showing Jesse and Oprah. I thought that it was wonderful seeing them, along with all the other people that were in Grant Park for such an event. We had a friend there, and actually saw her on tv, right after Obama finished his speech. That was totally cool.

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PostSubject: Re: McCain concedes (transcript)   Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:57 pm

You had a pal there? That's sweet.

Man, I just got the funniest f'n text message. It says "Our New National Anthem" then the theme song from 'The Jeffersons' starts playing. I laughed my balls off.

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