(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post )


In a speech hearkening back to his 2004 Democratic National Convention address, President Obama invoked the passion and hope that many critics thought was lacking in from his 2012 campaign. 

'A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not I have listened from you, I have learned from you, you have made me a better president, and with your stories and your struggles I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever," he said. 

"I believe we can seize this future because we are not as divided as our politics suggest, we are not as cynical as the pundits believe," the president concluded. "We remain more than a collection of red states and blue states, we remain and will always be the United States of America." Watch the full speech below.