CHICAGO - Call it a landslide. Call it a mandate. Call it whatever you want but Barack Obama will be America's next President.
He trounced Republican John McCain to make history as this nation's first black president. And now the real works begins.
Click play for analysis from CBN News Political Correspondent David Brody following this report.
Moment of Triumph
In an election as crazy and wild as we've ever seen, Obama walked onto the stage in Chicago triumphant at last. And he's bringing his campaign of change to The White House.
"Tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America," Obama told an exuberant audience.
This was a change election from the beginning with Obama capitalizing on the mood of the country, a bad economy and an unpopular president.
He realizes the change he has pushed excites many but concerns some.
"To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too," he pledged.
Time of Celebration
For those here in Grant Park in Chicago, they can't wait for change. They've already begun dancing.
Brody: Are you just going to keep dancing?
Woman dancing: All night long. We're going to keep dancing for 4 years. Wait! Eight years!
While there was celebration, there were also tears and hugs--true recognition of the historic nature of America electing the first black President.
One woman took time to reflect on the historic nature of the event.
"Oh my goodness," she said. "I was just wishing that my dad was here. We waited so long for this. I am so excited and I don't want to work the rest of the week."
Another woman said, "Nobody has ever seen anything like this. There may not be anything like this again."
Rolling Up Their Sleeves
So while they dance the night away in Chicago, the hard work now begins.
How to bring a divided America together and craft a policy agenda that needs to be as bi-partisan as possible to be successful?
"We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there," the new President-elect said.
While the post mortem on this election may center on how McCain really never had much of a chance in a tough environment, what shouldn't get lost is how the Obama campaign will go down in political history as one of the most organized and effective teams in political history.
*Original broadcast November 5, 2008.