Barack Obama has said "change has come to America" on becoming the first black President of the United States.
"It's been a long time coming. But tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America," Mr Obama told 100,000 supporters, as he took his victory bow with his family.
"A new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear the world down, we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security, we support you."
U.S. president-elect Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to supporters during his election night rally after being declared the winner of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign in Chicago.
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