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ELECTION 2008: 7pm 8-28-08 Dems vs Repubs: Obama Speaks at Convention; McCain Picks VP
Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 5:14pm
DENVER, CO From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE 7pm 8-28-08 Barack Obama makes history tonight, speaking as the first-ever African-American candidate for president of the United States, at the final night of the Democratic National Convention. 

Obama's acceptance speech, in front of some 80 thousand supporters at Denver's Invesco Field, comes 45 years to the day, following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I have a dream" speech in 1963. 

And, while millions of Americans are logged on and tuned in to the Democrats' 2008 convention, CNN is reporting that Republican presidential nominee John McCain has selected his vice-presidential running mate, to be announced on Friday, August 29th. 

Going back to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28,1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his vision for a new America:

"I have a dream that one day, this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal,' " he said before a crowd of hundreds of thousands.

King's dream for a land where his children would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" would be repeated, meditated upon and memorized for generations to come.

In the CNN story, on the 45th anniversary of King's rousing call, Sen. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at INVESCO Field in Denver, Colorado.

In what represents at least a partial actualization of King's dream, Obama will become the first African-American to lead a major party's ticket for president of the United States.

Obama has billed himself as the candidate of change since day one of his White House run.  The Illinois senator preached a similar message when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic convention four years ago.

In a speech that helped catapult him from a fresh-faced politician to a recognizable name, Obama told his personal story, one that his since been heard by the millions who have followed him on the presidential trail.

He spoke of his humble upbringing: He was the son of a white woman from Kansas and a man from a small village in Kenya. Obama, whose first name means "blessed," grew up with big dreams that rested in faith in a tolerant nation.

"No other country on earth is my story even possible," he said. "That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles."

What Obama saw as the true genius of America would also become the foundation of his presidential campaign.

When he announced his candidacy in February 2007, Obama told a crowd in Springfield, Illinois, that "few obstacles can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change."

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