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ObamaAnd now we can expectantly count down the days until Dubya leaves the White House and is replaced by the first black American president. Time for change. Time for a chance to address some of the biggest challenges and problems facing this interconnected World we live in instead of just creating new ones. The fact that Obama is the first black American to be president is an amazing and historic moment in American history, a society which struggles to shrug off the shackles of a dark past. Obama was clearly the right candidate for the job and neither endemic prejudices, narrow-mindedness nor hate-campaigns prevented him from winning. He ran rings around his Republican oponents. He is intelligent, has a wide ranging knowledge, is a gifted speaker and he comes across as a thoughtful and astute listener, something very much lacking from the previous administration. A sad fact that he now has the most comprehensive security of any President-in-waiting and his victory speech was given behind a screen of bullet-proof glass. A reminder of the invisible layer which still haunts America today. 

Here is his Victory Speech. All sixteen and a half inspiring minutes of it.