A defeated but gracious John McCain was, in keeping with tradition the first candidate to address his supporters after the result was known.
In the company of his wife Cindy and his running- mate Sarah Palin, he congratulated his victor and expressed his respect.
It was his job to thank his supporters and to raise their spirits above their disappointment.
“A little while ago, I had the honour of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next President of the United States that we both love”.
An emotional Palin will go back to Alaska in her roll as Governor to reflect on what might have been as she listened to an eloquent McCain.
“I urge all Americans who supported me to join me and not just in congratulating him, but in offering our next president our good will and ernest 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 our grandchildren a stronger better country than we inherited”.
It was a unifying but spirited speech reminiscent of the McCain seen earlier in the campaign but who of late had become lost in the struggle to play catch-up as the Obama machine rolled on.