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DeJongh Says Election of Obama Fulfills Promise of America

Nov. 5, 2008 – On Wednesday, Governor John P. deJongh Jr. said that the election of U.S. Senator Barack Obama as the next president of the United States has filled people around the world with both excitement and pride.
"There is excitement at the possibilities that his election has made possible, pride that America has taken this historic step forward towards fulfilling its promise. All in the Virgin Islands rejoice in the moment. And so do I."
DeJongh said we could now look to our children and see their future in a new and hopeful way. We can now speak to our children with a greater conviction that we speak truly. We can take a renewed pride in our nation.
"We can stand before the world confident that America will again be a force for good and a true reflection of our finest principles. And here at home in the Virgin Islands, I believe that we can take from this moment a renewed sense of hope, a renewed belief that by working together we can indeed make things better for us all, and especially for those less fortunate than ourselves." DeJongh said if America can stand together for hope and change, surely we can also.
There was overwhelming support for Obama in the Virgin Islands throughout his bid for the U.S. presidency. The V.I. Democratic Caucus voted with overwhelming support for Obama to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee during party primaries. DeJongh said the momentum for Senator Obama's candidacy grew since a Nov. 5, 2007 fundraising event on St. Thomas. The governor also praised the work of his wife, Cecile, on Obama's campaign. The territory's first lady traveled to South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to campaign for Sen. Obama.

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