Barack Obama has carved his name out in history by becoming the first ever African American President of the United States. Obama defeated his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain last night. He received more than 50 percent of the popular vote, a feat not accomplished by any other Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
Late Tuesday night, McCain called Obama to concede the race and congratulate him on the victory. “Americans have spoken and they have spoken clearly,” McCain said in his concession speech before his supporters.
In his remarks to the thousands gathered in Chicago, Obama thanked McCain and went on to say, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
America voted in record numbers on Tuesday. Over 130 million Americans turned out to vote in this year’s election which would make this the highest turnout America has seen since 1908.
President-elect Barack Obama will now be inaugurated on January 20, 2009 as the 44th President of the United States of America.