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McCain Keeps It Characteristically Classy (Video Added)

10:19 PM, Nov 4, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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John McCain opened with a stirring account of Obama's win as an indicator of just how far we've come when it comes to bestowing the full blessings of our country on all of our citizens, as he appeared on stage with his wife, mother, running mate, and her husband.

"Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth."

It was an emotional address, as he urged "all who supported me to join me in offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to come together."

He noted that the campaign was perhaps one of the "most challenged" in history, and asked supporters not to be discouraged or indulge in despair.

"Tonight, it is natural to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow, we must move beyond it. We fought as hard as we could," he said, adding that there were likely some mistakes made along the way, but that he would not dwell on them as he moved forward in working to solve America's problems.

He took responsibility for the campaign's loss dramatically, saying "the failure was entirely mine, not yours," which elicited emotional chants of "John McCain" from the Arizona crowd.

McCain intimated that Obama's win was the fruition of an American dream, and promised to reach across the aisle to help "his president" when he got back to Washington, D.C. You got the feeling he really meant it.

Whatever happens next, it was truly a beautiful speech and exit for McCain.

Embedded video from CNN Video