"We're not going back," President Obama said Thursday night, "we are moving forward, America." Obama used his acceptance speech to draw a stark difference between himself and the Republicans. To a crowd fired up and ready to go, Obama said that Democrats and Americans respect and support hard work and small-business risk takers. But, he said, "We also believe in something called citizenship — a word at the very heart of our founding, at the very essence of our democracy. The idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations." He said Americans recognize that our destinies are tied together and freedom requires a commitment to others.
The president said the 2008 election wasn't about him, it was about everyday Americans. "My fellow citizens," he said, "you were the change." He then said his supporters are to thank for health care reform, support for the DREAM Act, and the end of the war in Iraq. Now, he said, "I have never been more hopeful about America. Not because I think I have all the answers. Not because I'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges. I'm hopeful because of you."