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Election results: Barack Obama to be next American president

Last post 11-25-2008 9:56 AM by writer lady. 2 replies.
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  • 11-05-2008 12:28 PM

    Election results: Barack Obama to be next American president

    I’m so awash in emotion it’s hard to compose myself, much less this blog. Barack Obama, my candidate, won the election and will be the next president of the United States. But it’s clear now from the wide margin of his victory that he has been our candidate, and must be our president.

    Hope was the foundation of Obama’s campaign, and it resonated with American voters--Democrats and Republican alike. All of the historically red states that are now blue on our national map are proof of it; that Obama won more than twice the electoral votes of his opponent is proof it.

    His message of hope and change and possibility struck a chord, not just with Americans, but with people all over the world. Global pollsters asked the question of 17,000 citizens of 17 other nations, “If you were able to vote in the American presidential election, which candidate would you choose?” And the answer, overwhelmingly, was Barack Obama; in every nation the majority response was “Barack Obama.”

    Though my heart brims with hope, it’s clear in my mind that there are momentous challenges ahead. There will be campaign promises not kept, and divisions not healed. But that we put this African-American man with the worrisome name into office is proof that a chasm deep and wide is healing.

    My family has had soldiers in every major war for the past 65 years, and probably in earlier wars that precede my knowledge of family history. My sister’s son is fighting now in Afghanistan; it’s her comfort that if he dies they will meet on the other side.

    I’m proud of my family’s sacrifices. I love my country, but have never had to make the sacrifices so many others have; my vote is the only proof I’ve ever been asked to give. I know that all the millions of other voters—no matter which candidate they voted for--went to the polls because they love this country, too.

    Today, I hope and pray for America’s future, and for the safety of our next president. And today, I am prouder to be an American than I have ever been.
     

  • 11-05-2008 1:08 PM In reply to

    Re: Election results: Barack Obama to be next American president

    I try to avoid all political discussions around election time. And I get so sick of the advertisements where the candidates put each other down, saying how awful the other one is. I didn't think I cared very much who won. With the government system so bloated and cumbersome, I didn't think anyone would be able to accomplish much. However, when I heard that Obama had won, a huge wave of relief washed over me. I had been expecting McCain to win and I didn't realize how depressed I had been at that thought until it was removed. I feel like a burden of oppression has been lifted from me. Obama may not make all good decisions, but at least I have hope that he will be thinking of the good of the people instead of having to satisfy big businesses that get the Republicans into office.
    May you live every day of your life.
  • 11-25-2008 9:56 AM In reply to

    Re: Election results: Barack Obama to be next American president

    I saw an article yesterday that said even before Obama has taken office, he's already losing supporters among his most liberal power base. Apparently they're disappointed that his cabinet picks and economic plans reflect an old-school, centrist trajectory.

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