Romney Concedes, Speeches Begin
Update: 11:32 pm: The motorcade has pulled up. It is the largest ever for the President. Obama takes the stage to thunderous applause. Snippets below:
We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.
Thanks to every American who participated in the election. Those who waited in line to vote, we have to fix that.
Whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard. [More...]
Praises Romney and family. He offers to talk to Romney and see where we can work together. Thanks America's happy warrior, Joe Biden. "Michelle, I have never loved you more." So proud to see America fall in love with her too. Sasha and Malia, growing up before our very eyes. So proud of "you guys" but for now, one dog is enough. "To the best campaign team in the history of politics, the best, the best ever." (He got that right.) Very emotional, in a good way.
Democracy is messy. That won't change after tonight. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. In other countries, people fight for a chance to argue and cast their ballots like we did today. Despite our differences, most of us share certain hopes for our future.
We believe in a tolerant America, for the child of an immigrant growing up in this country. That's where we need to go.
We will disagree about how to get there, sometimes fiercely.
Whether I earned your vote I have listened to you. You have made me a better President. I return more inspired than ever about the work that lies ahead.
Tonight you voted for actions, not politics as usual. In the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and meeting with the leaders of both parties. We have more work to do.
But your work is not done. Citizenship does not end with voting. It's about what we do together. Love, Charity, Work, Patriotism: That's what makes America great.
We are not as divided as the pundits would have us believe. Very fiery ending, just great.
Speech ends, family and confetti and Joe Biden join him. Speakers blare Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own."
My takeaway: I'm elated. We dodged such a huge bullet tonight. I hope it's never that close again. We need to appreciate what we have when we have it, and not wait until it's almost gone. Congratulations to President Obama, and most of all, to us.Update 11:16 pm: Obama's turn to speak. CNN needs to get rid of its pundits. Not one had anything valuable to contribute. It's torture listening to them while waiting for Obama to arrive.
Larger version here.
Mitt Romney has conceded. He is about to make a speech. President Obama will then make his speech.
Romney: He wishes Obama success in guiding our nation. Paul Ryan is the best choice he's ever made. Ann would have been a wonderful first lady.
He believes in America and the people of America. He's concerned about America. He and Paul have given their all to the campaign. He wishes he had been able to lead the country, but the voters chose otherwise. He prays for America.
President Obama is up next. Earlier, C-Span played his 2008 election night speech. It will be interesting to see the differences.
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