The people of this nation have spoken. They've delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for we the people. We've won with the most votes ever cast on presidential ticket in the history of the nation.
Congressman John Lewis, before his passing, wrote, "Democracy is not a state. It is an act." And what he meant was that America's democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it, and never take it for granted. And protecting our democracy takes struggle; it takes sacrifice, but there is joy in it, and there is progress. Because we the people have the power to build a better future.
美國眾議院議員 John Lewis 在過世前寫道：「民主並非一種狀態。而是一種行動。」他所言之意是，美國的民主並非必然。民主之所以偉大，是由於我們為之奮戰的決心、我們捍衛它的決心，以及不視之為理所當然的態度。保衛民主會有困難；會有犧牲，但其中也會有樂趣，會有進展。因為人民擁有力量，能建造更美好的未來。
I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify, who doesn't see red states or blue states, only sees the United States. It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies; they are Americans. They are Americans.
The Bible tells us, to everything there is a season—a time to build, a time to reap, and a time to sow, and a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.
I'm a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president. I work as hard for those who didn't vote for me as those who did.
And if we could decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate given to us from the American people. They want us to cooperate in their interest, and that's the choice I'll make.
We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses, and what presidents say in this battle matters. It's time for our better angels to prevail. Tonight the whole world is watching America. And I believe, at our best, America's a beacon for the globe.