The Washington Times - May 20, 2008, 09:45PM
Senator Barack ObamaDes Moines SEE RELATED:


\ The polls are closed in Kentucky and votes are being counted in Oregon, and it’s clear that tonight we have reached a major milestone on this journey.
\ We have won an absolute majority of all the delegates chosen by the people in this Democratic primary process.
\ From the beginning, this journey wasn’t about me or the other candidates. It was about a simple choice — will we continue down the same road with the same leadership that has failed us for so long, or will we take a different path?
\ Too many of us have been disappointed by politics and politicians more times than you can count. We’ve seen promises broken and good ideas drowned in a sea of influence, point-scoring, and petty bickering that has consumed Washington.
\ Yet, in spite of all the doubt and disappointment — or perhaps because of it — people have stood for change.
\ Unfortunately, our opponents in the other party continue to embrace yesterday’s policies and they will continue to employ yesterday’s tactics — they will try to change the subject, and they will play on fears and divisions to distract us from what matters to you and your future.
\ But those tactics will not work in this election.
\ They won’t work because you won’t let them.
\ Not this time. Not this year.
\ We still have work to do to in the remaining states, where we will compete for every delegate available.
\ But tonight, I want to thank you for everything you have done to take us this far — farther than anyone predicted, expected, or even believed possible.
\ And I want to remind you that you will make all the difference in the epic challenge ahead.
\ \ \ Thank you,\ Barack Obama
Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times