Obama's acceptance speech

  • US President Barack Obama delivers his victory speech after being re-elected for a second term at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won re-election against Republican candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Spencer Platt, AFP)
  • "Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come," Obama said. (Scott Olson, AFP)
  • "I want to thank every American who participated in this election. whether you voted fo the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time - by the way, we have to fix that - whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard, and you made a difference." (Jonathan Daniel, AFP)
  • "To Michelle: Let me say this publicly. I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder of watching the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation's First Lady." (Win McNamee, AFP)
  • "To Sasha and Malia: I'm really proud of you guys. But I will say for now, one dog's probably enough." (Jewel Samad, AFP)
  • "To my campaign staff, thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley. You lifted me up the whole way, and I will always be grateful for everything you've done and all the incredible work you've put in." (Joe Raedle, AFP)
  • "We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant daughter who studies in our school and pledges to our flag." (Jewel Samad, AFP)
  • "Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president. With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do." (Saul Loeb, AFP)
  • "I believe we can seize this future, because we are not as divided as our politics suggests, We are not as cynical as the pundits believe, We are greater than the sum of our ambitions." (Robyn Beck, AFP)