Congratulations to the President-elect, Barack Hussein Obama II.
I wish him nothing but the best for his term in office. I hope that he will execute the duties and responsibilities of the Presidency with reason, wisdom, and level-headedness.
Regardless of your political leanings, you, too, should wish him well, because on January 20, he will be sworn in as the democratically elected forty-fourth President of the United States–our President. It’s the toughest job in the world, and the next President will have a particulary tough row to hoe.
I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.
Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.
–Senator John McCain