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November 4, 2008

PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA.... At 11 p.m. EST, the networks have called California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii for Barack Obama.

And with that announcement, Obama will be the 44th president of the United States.

Yes. He. Did.

Update: I'm not embarrassed to admit that I'm at a loss for words. Eleven months ago today, Obama told a group of Iowans, "You know, they said this day would never come."

And yet, he we are. It's an extraordinary moment to savor.

Steve Benen 11:01 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (21)

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I am sure my being first here is a fluke of IT issues, but so be it and I am proud to say it:


In my area of VA, Democrats celebrated in the Hampton Holiday Inn. Cautiously optimistic as the electoral votes started rolling in, we really got a lift and reinforced hope when Pennsylvania went to Obama. Not a big surprise, but it meant that McCain had a tough fight. Then around 23:00 Virginia was called for Obama and the crowd went wild, and almost as if on cue for followup: Obama projected as US President 2008! What joy, relief, and (for the mostly black crowd) pride. Obama's proud but conciliatory speech was very stirring, it said just what needed saying. Congratulations, baby! John McCain gets credit for a gracious concession speech and for supplying a colorful character into the public eye (now safe to chuckle over.)

For those of us who worked to canvass and register voters, it was especially poignant and rewarding to have won Virginia. I didn't do as much as I could have, but it helped and that made me feel a part of history not just for the USA and the world, but my state as well. The young "kids" who had been organizing for Obama around here were happy but dazed, as if they couldn't believe it. We had record voter turnout, I don't have exact figures yet. One nice local touch: Glenn Nye beat out Bush flunky Thelma Drake, who we'd been angling to boot out for a long time.

And now, it is still "Yes we can" to solve America's problems and pitch in for the world as well. We all have to pitch in.

Posted by: Neil B on November 5, 2008 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK


Posted by: ThirstyApe on November 5, 2008 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

But how does Obama winning the election hurt Obama's chances for winning the election?


Eff it, I still think she was/is HILARIOUS.

Posted by: slappy magoo on November 5, 2008 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

This middle aged child of the 1950's and '60s choked up when he actually voted for Barack Obama. I would never have dreamed that I would someday vote for a Black man for president. And tears rolled down my cheeks when the announcement came in at 11:00 PM.

Yes. We. Could.

Posted by: Eeyore on November 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

What a warm feeling this day gives. Makes me think of the dear departed who never lived to see this day that they would have so cherished. Only the kinders of the Obama revolution don't know how rare such a day is in human life.

Posted by: Michael7843853 on November 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

My congratulations go out to the American people for having the courage to stand up and make a change. Wish your election had been before Canada's. Then we may have had the same courage to make such a change.

Posted by: Private Label Ebooks on November 5, 2008 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

My name is Matthew W. Campbell. I am a 19 year old white male participating in my first election. I believe myself to be from a democratic background and i belive myself to be a democrat. Everything i post from here foward is strictly MY opinion. I reside in southern Tennessee, where some people are more racial here than other places, my grand-father is extremely racial. I am not one of those people. I was extremely proud that the african-americans have a president stemming from african-american descent. Now, having said all that, i did not vote for Barack H. Obama. I was not going to be swept by the fact that this could be the first african-american president, and i did not, nor was i going to be swayed by that. My vote was solely based on the fact of my beliefs. Obama is an admitted Muslim, he will not put his hand on the Bible nor will he say "one nation under god", even though this nation, when founded, was on the beliefs of Christianity, and on the ten commandments. Hence, you kill someone or you steal something, you go to jail no matter what race or religion you are. Adultry and using the lords name in vain, disobeying your elders and parents, all this is frowned upon no matter what race or religion you are. So how do we as Americans of this great nation let someone lead this nation, and not even believe what this nation stands for. CHRISTIANS voted for this man, the same man that is all for abortion. Abortion, that is murder...not in my opinion but is as a matter of fact murder. And he wants us to governmently support abortion. That means my hard earned money is not only going to taxes and social security and tenncare, but now it is going to fund the murder of unborn children. I highly disagree with this and will not vote for someone who wants this to happen and i cannot fathom how people of this nation can vote for him based on that fact. I hate to say it but what won this election for Barack Obama is ignorant people with a vote. The people that just listened to P. Diddy or other celebrities when they said vote for Obama. The people that voted for Obama solely because of race or age. Now i am going to use my cousin for example. She is a white female and is 19. She has had african-american boyfriends and has many african-american friends as do i. She voted yesterday and could not tell me or you or anyone about any of Barack Obamas policies and what he plans to "change" in office. The only thing she did know is what she read out of a cosmo magazine. That John McCain was against abortion but wanted to take birth control off of medicare. That one thing swayed her vote and she voted,in my opinion,because she loves making the band and p. diddy spoke on he felt about change and obama quite often, and that of course many of her friends voted Obama strictly on race. People should not vote unless they know WHAT they are voting for, not WHO they are but WHAT they stand for. But whats done is done, Barack Obama is our 44th President and we must live with that. be it a mistake or a godsend we will find out in the very near future. May God be with everyone,in his name i pray.

Posted by: matthew w. campbell on November 5, 2008 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

Obama victory is a victory from God and the people of New World(United State).may the good lord who is our strengh strengthening him and make him a seccessful leader in the history of United State.

Posted by: Desmond Owusu on November 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

I am overwhelmed with joy. It is time for this change and it is the Lord's will. Barrack Obama is the chosen one! I knew from the beginning when others did not believe that Barrack Obama will be the Nominee and the PRESIDENT of this Great Country, leading us where we desperately need to go, and be as a world leader. When people were messing his name up, I would say, you better get his name right because, you will soon be calling him President Barrack Obama. I am an african who have lived in this country for almost 30 years. I just received my citizenship on September 11, 2008 and registered to vote right after the ceremony. I have always followed politics in this country. I am very excited that my vote helped bring change to this country and made history. Now let us join hands, hearts, and minds in supporting our 44th President of the United States of America, President Barrack Obama! Thank you.

Posted by: Nancy C. on November 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Mr. Campbell,

You actually might be more like your grandfather than you think, but that is ok. We all have things we need to work on, and God is certainly ABLE to deliver! Obama is a professed Christian, and if you really knew Muslims, you would know they aren't likely to back down on their profession of Mohammad for anything - not even the Presidency of the U.S. Do we know if he is truly a Christian in his heart? no - no more than we know whether or not you, Bush, McCain or anyone else on this earth is truly a Christian in their heart. That is for God to judge, and trust me, he will judge Obama, as well as you and me. Obama also does not support abortion, but instead said that abortion is a matter that should be discussed with families and thier religious leaders - hence, leaving the responsiblity for morality on the shoulders of every individual - not on the government. Since God does the same thing - makes everyone responsible for their own choices - how can you be a Christian and not believe in taking responsiblity for your own actions. How you managed to go through this entire campaingn and not know Obama's stance on the issues is amazing and leads me to believe you are the one who has not been listening - or has been listening to the wrong people. During the next election - try moving from Southern TN and places of the sort and sit alone and watch the debates - you might actually come out with your own opinion based on the facts and not what the people around you are abviously saying about the candidate. 63 million people haven't been deceived by P diddy and the likes of him - come on, you are smarter than that - well, at least i hope you are. I've actually heard very few celeberties' feelings about Obama - but I have been intelligent enought to listen to Obama and develop my own stance.

Posted by: diagnosisq on November 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Hello Matthew,

I am not going to write a long blog about your email, but as the previous blogger stated, you are truly mislead. You stated that PRESIDENT Obama would not say "one nation under god", well the United States Supreme Court is allowing people to remove the GOD from everywhere. The pledge of allegiance, which I grew up on saying in school, is no longer done, they took away the ten commandments from a government building. The next thing you know, they will be removing "IN GOD WE TRUST" from the money and every court in the United States. So, are we truly "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" or are we only One Nation Under God until the Supreme Court rules?

Posted by: CLB on November 5, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Well I hope now Obama going to be a good president, but it already looks like he not going to keep any of his promises, Last night in his speech he said, he mite not be able to do anything in the first Year or even in his FIrst term, Tell you this right now,, he will not make a second term,,THinking he can sit on his lazy ass, thinking he just got a job at the DMV and take his time, If something don't happen in 2 years he Dust,

Posted by: Jody V on November 5, 2008 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

Dear Jody,

If you had paid attention to the speech or would have actually listened to it yourself you would have known that Obama said no such thing. He just emphasized the fact that recovery from the dire current economic, political and military situation is likely to be a lengthy process and that may take even two terms. He is simply keeping in touch with the statements he has made all along the campaign and not offering false hopes about a miraculous turn-around after 8 years of mismanagement of the country. Obama has not pulled back from any of his earlier promises and just reminded people of what needs to be done.
Below is just an extract from the speech to which you are referring.

"We may not get there in one year or even in one term, (...) But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there."

Posted by: John on November 5, 2008 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

I am so terrified of Obama for my children and family because of his association with highly radical university educated killers who have a plan in place for the extermination of tens of millions of Americans. We are very afraid.


Posted by: Mary on November 5, 2008 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

Yesterday was a fantastic day, and for the first time in a long time I felt a greater sense of hope about our country and our people. It is sad to see so much ignorance in this country from posters like "Matthew Campbell" and "Mary" (if those are your real names).

Given that you both are posting to blogs on the Internet, and given that spending a few minutes on Google would quickly allow you to see where your ignorance lies, I can't for a minute imagine that you both actually believe the stuff you are posting. Instead, you are both just trying to engage in greater fear mongering, division, and hatred.

It is refreshing to know that your hatred and bigotry will be drowned out by 64+ million people who have chosen to believe in unity, hope, and the promise of a better America.

Comments welcome: http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

Posted by: When Elephants Fly on November 5, 2008 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

Dear Daisy, I think you were not very respectul to the previous poster, but it was in fact almost 140 million Americans that went out and cast their ballots, out of which about 75 million voted for Barack Obama. Percentage-wise, this amounts to 64.1% of registered voters. This is the highest voter turnout in American elections in 100 years (since 1908) according to the AP (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i34ao3tow5yhj2v7v24HM_wbT8JQD948LJRG0 ) or in 40 years according to the Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/11/05/2008-could-mark-highest-voter-turnout-rate-since-1968/ ).
If you are a conservative and a Republican in the true sense of the word and of the Republican principles, then Obama would have been the obvious wiser choice as he seeks to reduce the size of government (which under Bush has reached its highest rate of expansion since Roosevelt during the Great Depression), and to reduce the role of the government as a regulator of people's livelihoods. Personally, I like to go by John Locke's maxim that "a government that governs best is a government that governs least".
All the best

Posted by: John on November 5, 2008 at 9:24 PM | PERMALINK

Errata to the previous post, the quote belongs to Thomas Paine, not John Locke, and was made known through Thomas Jefferson. Either way, both philosophers were of tremendous influence and help to the American revolution and their ideas can be clearly seen in important documents estabilishing the American government and proclaiming American values, such as the Declaration of Independence.

Posted by: John on November 5, 2008 at 9:28 PM | PERMALINK

***UNPUBLISHED***Thus the beginning of the end. Can't wait to see the turban come out and the armada of planes begin their decent!

At least we had a good stretch.

Posted by: Beginning of End on November 5, 2008 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Everywhere people need change... but then be wise. The wind of change might be worst...
Just remember what your forefathers brought forth... "a great nation". Let us pray for the new American President. God is faithful,His plans will be fulfilled by and by.

Posted by: Rod on November 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM | PERMALINK

This is to the guy that is from Tennessee. It doesn't mean your not racist because u say ur not racist, it doesn't go that way. The only reason you had stated for not voting for Obama was he was for abortion thats fine. He is not for abortion he is for pro choice, which is a democratic viewpoint. Obama didn't just come up with that this past election. When you say ignorant people that don't know what they are talking about and just go along with p.diddy and other celebrities voted for obama you definately don't sound ignorant yourself. There are plenty of well educated voters that just don't vote for the fad and may see the potential in Obama. We all have our own opinion, and you thinking that those who vote for Obama just don't know any better makes you and idiot..thats my opinion. I know I'm definately tired of what has gone on these past couple of years, I don't know if he will make it much better, but we gave Bush a chance and look where that got us. Change is inevitable. One day I would just love it that people won't judge you for the color of your skin, religion, sex and so on.. America is a melting pot in the end everyone is going to be mixed with something. So get over it.

P.S. I am white, educated female!

Posted by: get over it on November 6, 2008 at 12:04 AM | PERMALINK

we are indonesian! we love obama! cayo...bravo! you're the winner!good luck

Posted by: Age n Annis on November 6, 2008 at 12:30 AM | PERMALINK



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