CBNNews.com - Standing before a crowd of more than 80,000 people gathered in the home of the Denver Broncos, Sen. Barack Obama secured his place in history Thursday night by accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president.
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By accepting tonight, Obama becomes the first black man to represent a major political party for president - the same day Martin Luther King Jr. made his most famous speech 45 years ago.
"I accept your nomination for president of the United States," Obama said to the packed stadium. More than 84,000 people jammed into the field at Mile High Stadium to hear Obama's historic acceptance speech, city officials say.
"Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story," Obama said in his opening remarks, reminding the crowd of his more humble beginnings.
"It is that promise that has always set this country apart - that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well," he said.
Change of Venue
The Democrats moved their convention to Invesco Field to allow for the larger crowd - a move some feared too risky. The behind the scenes security and logistical details were enormous. But for the thousands more who were able to attend, it was all worth it.
Grabbing a stadium seat on this last night of the convention meant witnessing not only a piece of history, but the hope that all Americans look for every four years.
"This moment - this election - is our chance to keep the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third," Obama said. "On November 4th, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough."
Earlier Thursday, a McCain spokesperson told CBN News that the venue for Obama's speech was over the top.
"It's dangerous for the campaign because it plays into a larger narrative about whether or not it's truly a celebrity candidacy or is there substantive things he's proposing for the country," McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds said.
But the Illinois senator deflected those criticisms Thursday night, telling those gathered that the election was not about him.
"What the nay-sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me. It's been about you," he said.
On John McCain
The newly minted Presidential nominee then took fresh aim at his Republican rival John McCain.
"Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and respect," he said.
"But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time," he said. "What does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.
He also urged those gathered to take personal responsibility for the strength of America's future.
"Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair," he said. "But we must also admit that programs alone can't replace parents; that government can't turn off the television and make a child do her homework; that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the love and guidance their children need."
Earlier in the day, the McCain camp set aside the usual campaign rhetoric by releasing an ad praising Obama for his historic moment. Obama's acceptance speech comes on the same day 45 years ago that Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington D.C.
"And it is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln's Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream," Obama said.
"The men and women who gathered there could've heard many things," he said. "But what the people heard instead - people of every creed and color, from every walk of life - is that in America, our destiny is inextricably linked. That together, our dreams can be one."