Sen. Barack Obama swept to a historic victory Tuesday night, winning the presidential election.
Sen. John McCain praised his rival's win.
"I deeply admire and commend him for achieving this victory. This is a
historic election and I recognize the special prize this must be for African
Americans tonight," said McCain. "We both recognized we have come a long way form the injustices of years ago. Let there be no American who fails to cherish their rights on this earth. "
President-elect Obama later addressed the nation, vowing to be a president for all of America, even those who voted against him.
The president-elect cast his election as a defining moment in American history and an answer to cynicism, fear and doubt about the power of democracy.
His victory speech was delivered before a multiracial crowd of more than 100,000 people. Many cried and nodded their heads while he spoke surrounded by clear bulletproof screens on his left and right.
He sprinkled his address with references to the civil rights struggle that has led to him being elected the country's first black president.
To those who voted against him, he said, "I will be your president, too."