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'No Limit to America's Greatness'  | e-mail post

Kind of sad, when I ran down to our building's cafe, there were 15 or more people watching Kerry's concession speech, but when I ran down to watch Bush's victory speech, I watched alone. They missed a good speech.

It showed Dick Cheney's sense of humor: "Once again, I delivered the state of Wyoming." Seriously, outside of LBJ versus Goldwater in 1964, Wyoming hasn't voted for a Democrat since Truman.

It showed Republicans' good natures as the crowd genuinely cheered which Bush praised the Kerry campaign, "Senator Kerry waged a spirited campaign, and he and his supporters can be proud of their efforts."

And it was a great speech as well. Here's how Bush wrapped up after thanking everyone. The second to the last paragraph is is the most powerful.

There is an old saying: Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.

In four historic years, America has been given great tasks and faced them with strength and courage.

Our people have restored the vigor of this economy and shown resolve and patience in a new kind of war. Our military has brought justice to the enemy and honor to America. Our nation has defended itself and served the freedom of all mankind. I'm proud to lead such an amazing country, and I'm proud to lead it forward. Because we have done the hard work, we are entering a season of hope.

We will continue our economic progress. We'll reform our outdated tax code. We'll strengthen the Social Security for the next generation. We'll make public schools all they can be. And we will uphold our deepest values of family and faith. We'll help the emerging democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan ... so they can grow in strength and defend their freedom. And then our service men and women will come home with the honor they have earned. With good allies at our side, we will fight this war on terror with every resource of our national power so our children can live in freedom and in peace.

Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.

Let me close with a word for the people of the state of Texas. We have known each other the longest, and you started me on this journey. On the open plains of Texas, I first learned the character of our country: sturdy and honest, and as hopeful as the break of day. I will always be grateful to the good people of my state. And whatever the road that lies ahead, that road will take me home. The campaign has ended, and the United States of America goes forward with confidence and faith. I see a great day coming for our country and I am eager for the work ahead.

Transcript from the White House, the BBC, Newsday, or the LA Times.

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