Obama speaks of financial crisis, Iraq as ‘challenges’ ahead

Obama speaks of financial crisis, Iraq as ‘challenges’ ahead

Washington: Even in the midst of celebrating his historic win, the financial turmoil and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan weighed heavily in the mind of US President-elect Barack Obama.

In his acceptance speech in front of thousands of cheering supporters in Chicago, the man who became the first black President of the US talked about the challenges before the nation and the ‘enormity of the task that lies ahead’.

“Even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century," the 47-year-old said.

“Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us," he said.

“There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage or pay their doctors’ bills or save enough for their child’s college education," he said.

Obama noted: “There is a new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair."

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there," he said.