Now, being human, we are imperfect.
That's why we need each other, to catch each other when we falter, to encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead, some may follow, but none of us can go it alone.
The changes we're working for are changes that we can only accomplish together.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights that belong to us as individuals.
But our lives, our freedom, our happiness are best enjoyed, best protected, and best advanced when we do work together.
That is what we will do now, as we join forces with Senator Obama and his campaign.
We will make history together, as we write the next chapter in America's story.
We will stand united for the values we hold dear, for the vision of progress we share, and for the country we love.
There is nothing more American than that.
And looking out at you today, I have never felt so blessed.
The challenges that I have faced in this campaign-- are nothing compared to those that millions of Americans face every day in their own lives.
So today I'm going to count my blessings and keep on going.
I'm going to keep doing what I was doing long before the cameras ever showed up and what I'll be doing long after they're gone:
working to give every American the same opportunities I had and working to ensure that every child has the chance to grow up and achieve his or her God-given potential.
I will do it with a heart filled with gratitude, with a deep and abiding love for our country, and with nothing but optimism and confidence for the days ahead.
This is now our time to do all that we can to make sure that, in this election, we add another Democratic president to that very small list of the last 40 years and that we take back our country and once again move with progress and commitment to the future.
Thank you all.
And God bless you, and God bless America.