January 3, 2008 | Des Moines, Iowa
Thank you, Iowa.
You know, they said this day would never come.
They said our sights were set too high.
They said this country was too divided; too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose.
But on this January night—at this defining moment in history—you have done what the cynics said we couldn’t do. You have done what the state of New Hampshire can do in five days. You have done what America can do in this new year, 2008. In lines that stretched around schools and churches; in small towns and big cities; you came together as Democrats, Republicans, and independents to stand up and say that we are one nation; we are one people; and our time for change has come.
然而，在这个1月的夜晚 在这个决定性的历史时刻 你们完成了那些愤世嫉俗者断言无法完成的使命。5天后新罕布什尔州也将完成同样的壮举。你们已经完成了美国在新的2008年可以完成的任务。在学校和教堂周围蜿蜒排起的长龙中，在小城镇和大城市，你们 民主党人、共和党人和独立派人士 走到一起，振臂高呼：我们是一个国家，我们是一个民族，变革的时代已经到来。
You said the time has come to move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that’s consumed Washington; to end the political strategy that’s been all about division and instead make it about addition—to build a coalition for change that stretches through Red states and Blue states . Because that’s how we’ll win in November, and that’s how we’ll finally meet the challenges that we face as a nation.
你们说过，我们行动的时机已经到来：超越各种怨恨、琐碎和愤怒，它们已将华盛顿的能量消耗殆尽；终结一切有关分裂的政治决策，并以联合取而代之 在 红州 和 蓝州 建立变革联盟。因为这才是我们在11月赢得大选的方式，是我们作为一个团结一致的民族应对挑战的方式。
We are choosing hope over fear . We’re choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America.
You said the time has come to tell the lobbyists who think their money and their influence speak louder than our voices that they don’t own this government, we do; and we are here to take it back.
The time has come for a President who will be honest about the choices and the challenges we face; who will listen to you and learn from you even when we disagree; who won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to know. And in New Hampshire, if you give me the same chance that Iowa did tonight, I will be that President for America.