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Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine.
And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House. To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.
Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements.
Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington.
And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother's watching, along with the family that made me who I am. To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way.
And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you.
It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep.
It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth. And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.
But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.