Chicago: Barack Obama is vowing to be a president for all of America, even those who voted against him.
The president-elect cast his election as a defining moment in American history and an answer to cynicism, fear and doubt about the power of democracy.
His victory speech was delivered before a multiracial crowd of more than 100,000 people. Many cried and nodded their heads while he spoke surrounded by clear bulletproof screens on his left and right.
He sprinkled his address with references to the civil rights struggle that has led to him being elected the country’s first black president.
To those who voted against him, he said, “I will be your president, too.”