On air: The day after the night before

Well he’s done it. Barack Obama has made history by becoming America’s first black President. But as the euphoria subsides the hard work begins to deliver the change he’s promised. You can call us now on country code 44 20 70 83 72 72.

We want to hear from you – where did you watch the coverage? Do you believe that Obama can restore confidence, sort out the economy and improve the image of the US around world? Or are we expecting too much from him?

This map shows the views of BBC listeners around the world and their mood.

If you voted for John McCain do you feel let down? Or can you now get behind Barack Obama for the sake of the nation? And if you’re outside the US what would you like to see Obama do first?

208 Responses to “On air: The day after the night before”

  1. November 5, 2008 at 16:06

    At this moment in time after two consecutive disasterous Bush terms that polarized the nation that was topped with by a nasty campaign, it will probably take a while for the country to reunite. We have become too used to being polarized; it has become normal. The first thing Obama needs to do is select a capable cabinet.

  2. 2 pratik
    November 5, 2008 at 16:12

    So the “Change” has come to America.
    But the real question is, will it trickle down to those who need it the most? Can it ease suffering on the main street and poor neighborhoods of American cities?
    As for rest of the world, will Obama Presidency make life any better for Iraqis, Afghans or people in Darfur, DRC and elsewhere?
    Will Obama’s America take leadership role to rescue our planet from menace of climate change?
    “Change” in Washington counldn’t be more dramatic in terms it’s symbolism. Lets “Hope” it will be equally dramatic in substance.

  3. 3 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 16:12

    That Obama can think of anything other than his Grandmother right now is a little bit disturbing to me. But you all voted for a sociopath, so congrats! You deserve what you get.

  4. 4 Roy, Washington DC
    November 5, 2008 at 16:14

    The Bush administration has done quite a bit of damage to this country, both in terms of the economy and in terms of its global reputation. Obama is going to have a lot of work to do. He seems to be much more in touch with the average American than either Bush or McCain, though, so hopefully this will put us back on the right track.

  5. 5 J in Portland Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 16:18

    I think that when any team loses there is always a time of disappointment and you can’t expect anyone who has put a lot of energy into something to just jump and say that they are behind the person who defeated them.

    Let’s give the Republicans a little time to lick their wounds, pull themselves up by their bootstraps and then in time we can all stand together and fix this country.

    I am so PROUD to be an American!

    Now we will all get to work regaining the United States’ leader status, not a leader by force but a leader that is to be admired, turned to in time of need, respected and looked up to …..not feared.

  6. 6 Bruce Sickles
    November 5, 2008 at 16:20

    As our new prsident has stated there are many challenges and sacrificies ahead. This really is just the beginning and things will get worse before they get better. My big fear is that the american people will show their usual fickleness and turn on the president as soon as they realize that change is not instantaneous.

    We need to slow down, take our time and give Barack Obama all the time and support he needs to make what changes he can as well as making what changes we can to support a new direction.

    I beg you all to PLEASE work to make this country as great as it can be.

  7. 7 Jennifer
    November 5, 2008 at 16:21

    As a McCain/Palin supporter, I do feel let down by my “fellow americans” who seem to think that hope and someone saying they want to make change is a strategic plan that will fix us right up. It’s not. People are hanging their hopes and dreams on Obama’s promises only to be let down. Sure, as Americans, we can look past his skin color but wanting to “make history” is no reason to elect anyone because of their color. As it is, I believe that some people will only become angry and rebel. We only further divided ourselves by electing Obama. We will not “reunite”.

    My hope is that the next 4 years go by very fast! In the mean time, I am sure the hard working people will be much more selective with what they spend as we will be taxed, our economy will go bye bye, and we will really hurt.

  8. November 5, 2008 at 16:24

    Congradulations Mr. President elect!!!

    I voted for McCain, but loved his generous and gracous concession speech.

    No one knows much about Pres. Obama. He stepped through all the land mines and stones by telling everyone what they wanted to hear and never really angering anyone in order to make it through all the barriers. But he is smart, and his bearing, style, calm, self assured manner, plus being a genuine nice guy who everyone who meets him…likes him…made it all possible.

    He is the ultimate in the self made man and from the classic, single mom household who was blessed with ample amounts of smooth talent.

    Churchill once said the greatest arguement against democracy is spending a little time with the average voter and going from there or words to that effect.

    Well the American voters got tired of being bilked and went with their gut level and elected a guy who looked and sounded good.

    Let us hope he is the real thing and he actually can lead us to make America a bit better place.

    I’m really proud of him and his family. He is a tremendous example of basically making your own way and success in a very complicated and tough society.

    He makes me proud to be an American, That is something, a good start.


    On the rainy but wonderful Oregon Coast

  9. 9 Anya
    November 5, 2008 at 16:28

    Barac is not a perfect candidate, yet I believe he can do a lot to improve the difficult situations.

    I was ones told that dreamers make good business managers (I was surprised to hear that as many times a stereotype of a dreamer is irresponsible airhead) – dreamers can see what’s not there yet, while thinkers can only see what already had happened.

    Barac has proven that he could see what was not possible yet. I say that not only because he is black. He ran his campaign very differently from anyone else.
    He understand the difficulties of the poor, he understands the importance of many issues, such as education, healthcare and disastrous policies in Iraq. He listens to people who agree with him and with people who don’t agree with him. I believe he has a vision of what is not there yet, of what needs to happen and how to get there.

  10. 10 Monica in DC
    November 5, 2008 at 16:31

    @ Troop-
    I wish all McCain supporters were as gracious as you.

  11. November 5, 2008 at 16:36

    If there was ever a way to quantify the progression of human evolution and if there was any doubt in the philosophy of human evolution, then Obama’s victory is without a doubt proof of that evolution. This leads me to state that this is by far the largest cultural achievement in human history.

  12. 12 Luci Smith
    November 5, 2008 at 16:38

    Congratulations, America!

    I grew up in the segregated city of Dallas, Texas and like many others who watched television coverage of Obama’s speech, I cried tears of happiness as well as relief. Like a lot of other people my age, the nightmare for me started with Ronald Reagan and I look forward to the exit of Dubya.

    At home, I would have been on all of the channels, but as a visitor to London, I just had the BBC and ITV coverage and the BBC London radio this morning( – am cut off from the World Service radio and telly where I am).

    As a former US citizen, I sincerely hope that Obama’s first priorities are Health Care and Peace (stopping wars). Maybe Americans need to learn that spending tax money on providing Public Services like Health Care and Education pay off in the long run for the Society as a whole. And then there is climate change…God help the people who live anywhere from Florida to New Orleans to Texas along the coastline.

    Obama and his staff and advisors seem very capable and well-organized. One can only wish them luck and give them a chance to get started. A man on the BBC London Radio said this morning that Obama was being handed a poisoned chalice. I tend to agree, but one can only hope for the best.

    I’d like to hear what Noam Chomsky is saying today.

  13. 13 Lee Yew Moon
    November 5, 2008 at 16:42

    Congratulations America. I don’t know if President Obama will solve all your problems but I truly believe he was the better man with the better team. I also think he will restore America’s sense of right and wrong when dealing with the rest of the world. If I were American, I would give a lot to help him succeed – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity – don’t squander it.

    And don’t let another Bush or Cheney near the White House.

  14. November 5, 2008 at 16:44

    We experienced a pivotal moment in American history last night, that was overdue. Today I am blissful… jovial… jubilant… elated… enraptured… and honored to be part of American’s change and wholly welcome President Barack Obama. Congrats Team Obama!

    This does not mean that government will solve all our problems and that we have a lot of work to do. President Obama and al our elected officials, new and old, have a LOT of work to do in restoring the promise land, our economy and our standing around the world.

    I dare say, if Bush was the price we had to pay to move the country in this direction of progress and change; then it was worth it for me! The GOP party has forever been changed, they are no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln and need to “relevant” themselves and streamline their priorities. Republicans can no longer be the party that segregates and oppresses people with their wordy semantics while empowering the extremely wealthy million/billionaires.

  15. 15 Luz Ma from Mexico
    November 5, 2008 at 16:53

    I think the election of Barack Obama as next U.S. President is the begining of a must needed change not only in his country but around the world.

    My opinion is that the market fundamentalist and corporate governments era is about to end, and this election was a great contributing factor.

    Congratulations to all Americans! You have shown the world that the power of a Nation is in its people.

  16. 16 J in Portland Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 16:58

    Jennifer……trust me I did not vote for Obama based on his color….he stated very clearly what his goals were. Even the Right-wing pundits (Fox included) stated that Obama’s tax plan would be more benefit to lower and middle class people on main street.

    McCain did not say even once how he was going to manage the economy in any different way than Bush has….he stated very clearly that he was going to leave it the same. He seemed unaware that privatizing the banks through the bailouts was more socialist than anything Obama proposed.

    The fact that we made history by electing a black man is just an incredibly fantastic added bonus.

    BTW…..I was laid off my job that I have had for 9 years due to this economic down turn along with 18% of the rest of the staff at my company…….there is nothing any McCain support can say to convince me that leaving the financial situation in this country the same would be the best thing for this country.

    Status quo out of FEAR is not progress.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

  17. 17 JoLinda
    November 5, 2008 at 16:59

    I’m an evangelical Christian, African-American housewife, home and business owner and former Republican District Leader in Harlem, USA. I rose on Election day prayed and went to the polls with my husband. We waited on line for over two hours and voted for John McCain.

    We were not against President-elect Barak Obama; actually we are quite proud of him. We were not voting “blindly” the Republican Party line. We did not and do not like his policy makers Senators Kennedy and Durbin and what they planned to do with healthcare and taxes. I clearly explained my healthcare position on the Hip Hop Republican website http://hiphoprepublican.com/healthcare/ and the proposed tax policy of President-Elect Obama will hurt small businesses that other than the government employ most Americans.

    As a proud American and community advocate I will support the new President-Elect in all aspects of that word. However, being a good American that does not mean that I follow “in lock step” of everything he says. It does mean as a citizen, it is my duty to correct him with taste and work toward the goals and objectives that preserve the American Dream.

  18. 18 Luz Ma from Mexico
    November 5, 2008 at 17:00

    I was watching the coverage at my mom´s house in one of the national channels when it was interrupted because the Mexican Minister of Interior and 12 others (so far) died in a plan crash in Mexico City 😦 Then I switched to the only American network I have in cable: CBS.

    At the same time, I was having an online party via MSN with friends around the world (which I met through the WHYS blog). It was really fun. I really enjoyed sharing with them the election results 🙂

  19. 19 Anthony
    November 5, 2008 at 17:02

    Lol @ steve

    Ummmmm, he’s a strong guy, I’m sure he has more important things to think about than a grandmother who has been suffering for so long. I would be happy she died if I was him.

    Also, you have no right to judge any politicians since: a) You’re not running. b) you didn’t vote. or c)you’re not trying to find or push someone worthy of office.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  20. 20 abhinav31
    November 5, 2008 at 17:03

    Well as they say:American Politics is the cleanest and one of the most closely contested ones.And this presidential elections prove it.The best part was the generosity of McCain after the loss.That is what we call sportsmanship.
    Congratulations to Obama!!Hope he will be able to bring positive ‘Change’in America.Hope he can resolve the financial crisis.The Picture has just begun.
    let the Curtains FALL!!!

  21. 21 wow
    November 5, 2008 at 17:09

    Just wanted to say Obama is not BLACK.
    He is Malato. His mother is white.

  22. 22 Steven/Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 17:12

    I voted for Obama and happy to see him as my next president. I feel it spoke volumes for conservatives when they BOOed The President Elect during McCain’s concession speech. Honestly, I was concerned about what and if President Obama would be a repeat of W and be so enamored with his own success to focus on what needs to be done. However, from listening to his “victory” speech I am confident, he will move our country in the right direction. To my fellow Americans who voted for McCain your person lost now please get on board with Obama and help in the fight for change.

    @ Jessica in NYC
    You must not have lost any friends during a presidency I have lost quite a few and could never consider this worth it to get people to accept change

  23. 23 Katharina in Ghent
    November 5, 2008 at 17:29

    @ Steve
    That Obama can think of anything other than his Grandmother right now is a little bit disturbing to me. But you all voted for a sociopath, so congrats! You deserve what you get.

    Here’s a newsflash: she’s dead. As shocking as this seems, it means that there’s nothing he can or has to do for her. I’m certain he mourns, and I’m glad that he visited her one week before the elections (how does that fit???), but as someone who lost her grandmother while working abroad: once she’s dead, it’s over. You can go to her funeral etc., but that’s about it. In any normal profession, you get one day off, max. I’m sure he’ll make another trip to Hawaii very soon.

  24. November 5, 2008 at 17:32

    The 2008 election tragedy

    The election of Barack Hussein Obama is the biggest mistake and tragedy in the US history. I cannot believe that the American people are that ignorant to elect such a person for this highest office, who might be even not a natural born citizen of the US.
    He is just one of Chicago bad politicians, a hypocrite and inexperienced. America is doomed with him there. He is going to be a disaster in America with his liberal policies and a disaster in his foreign policies. People voted for him waiting for a hand out since among his socialistic and Marxist policies to take money from the people who are earning by working hard to the people who have their hand out, just free money. The very bias media put him there; they brushed away his bad associates, his hate munger minister, and just went after the Republicans who lost because they were not conservative enough. The Republicans have to go back to their root principals. It is a nightmare that we have Obama in top office; he is not even qualified to be a senator. He will never be my president or my commander in chief. In two years the House of Representatives will be up for re-election, the conservatism will sweep them then. Remember, Obama is a president-elect; he is not the President yet, thankfully.

  25. 25 Jennifer
    November 5, 2008 at 17:33

    Re: “Ummmmm, he’s a strong guy, I’m sure he has more important things to think about than a grandmother who has been suffering for so long. I would be happy she died if I was him.”

    That doesn’t make him “strong” that makes him heartless. Who would “be happy” about someone who was supposedly so close to them died? It speaks alot to someone’s priorities. Family, to most, would be much more important.

  26. 26 Katharina in Ghent
    November 5, 2008 at 17:35

    What strikes me most is how people seem to be “electrified”, energetic, much more so than if McCain would have won. Americans seem to know that a lot of work lies ahead of them, but they seem to be willing to get started. My impression is that if McCain would have won, people would have leaned back and kept waiting for more bad economic news to come in, instead of getting up and active.

  27. 27 Venessa
    November 5, 2008 at 17:35

    I live in Portland, OR and there was celebrating in the streets when Obama’s victory was announced. It is truly amazing how 8 years of bad policy has awakened the apathetic people in this country!

  28. 28 DOLAPO AINA
    November 5, 2008 at 17:40

    Barak Obama would not only restore confidence in the United States but in the world. It would take time due to the mess Bush would leave behind. Obama would have to circle himself with a good team like what he did with his campaign. Though it would take time but he would surely bring about some measured changes if not at a full scale. It is quite ironic that those who said he wasn’t and had no experience where unconsciously telling us that or were making Bush look ALBERT EINSTEINISH and sound SHAKESPEAREAN
    Obama would restore confidence not only in the states but globally. The problem was with the government and not the citizens.
    It isn’t obvious he would improve the dented and tinted image of the US? People might be expecting too much, this should be curtailed but he would deliver.

    Dolapo Aina
    Lagos, Nigeria

  29. 29 Thea Winter - Indianapolis IN, USA
    November 5, 2008 at 17:42

    I was working my part time job (a Sears store that is closing). I did not vote for Obama but will pray for him everyday as we are told to do. My full time job is with a small minority owned woman business that I hope will be here a year from now. Why? Because I believe the business makes more and the new Tax plan that Pres. Obama will put into place will harm our business.

  30. 30 michael gagne
    November 5, 2008 at 17:42

    I feel like a born again American. Now the real work begins.

  31. 31 Dan
    November 5, 2008 at 17:44

    I am in wonder looking at all the comments. Most think that Obama will end the war, bring about Global Peace, fix the economy of the world, give everybody unlimited healthcare, pay everyones utility bills, provide cheap gas, eliminate greenhouse gasses, pwer the planet wth ixie dust, give everyone reparations, give everyone a high aying job, liquidate the Wall Street Titans, repair your car, bring all 3rd world countries into the first world, cure all disease and then in his 2nd hundred days ………….

  32. November 5, 2008 at 17:53

    Unfortunately, a large electoral college win does not fit well with a slim popular vote margin, and it’s clear that the USA remains a politically divided culture.

    No doubt the McCain campaign is second-guessing its decisions, including Sarah Palin as the veep candidate – and wondering aloud whether Colin Powell or Condi Rice or Joe Lieberman as veeps might have made the difference. The USA pundits and media were overwhelmingly opposed to the McCain-Palin ticket, and the GOP in general. In fact, the normally staid and seemingly neutral media were less so – during ABC’s live coverage, when ABC called the race for Obama-Biden, one could clearly hear a “whoop” and clapping in the background sounds of the studio, before the sound was quickly squelched.

    The president-elect is inheriting a mess, both internally and externally, and I wish him all the luck in the world, as he’s going to need all the help he can get.

    And, please – can we finally, finally leave race out of the equation, folks? For the record, the president-elect is 50% Caucasian, 42% Kenyan African, and 8% Arabic, by way of descent. He is in no way African American or Black American, or any other appellation one might wish to apply. His mother was a 100% Caucasian, native-born USA citizen, while his father was a Kenyan citizen, of Kenyan African and Arabic descent (84% Kenyan, 16% Arabic).

    However, it would appear that the president-elect is – for the record – 100% American

  33. 33 J in Portland Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 17:53

    @ Hiam….

    Before you start regurgitating the information that right-wing pundits have been spewing for months… you might want to start reading about John McCain’s associations.

    There is not a person on this planet who has not met someone they dislike, disagree with or do not want to associate themselves with…….should all people be judged on these associations? I have very dear friends who I completely disagree with when it comes to political, racial, economic and environmental views. I still love them but I do not want anyone to think that their views are mine.

    You talk of ‘hate mongering’ and the things you are saying come across as hateful and not productive….they sound like the things that pundits who don’t want you to look at facts would say.

    I highly recommend that people read, read, read, read and when you are done with that read some more. Facts speak for themselves….you want tight connections and actual friendships…….go look up and read about G Gordon Liddy, Ollie North and also the Keating Five. Don’t listen to what people tell you…..go get the facts. Then come back and tell me about how someone’s associations should negate them from public office.

  34. 34 ditibe
    November 5, 2008 at 18:00

    “People voted for him waiting for a hand out since among his socialistic and Marxist policies to take money from the people who are earning by working hard to the people who have their hand out, just free money.”

    Wow, the fear and brainwashing went deep for some people. Everytime the government gives it’s people money or benefits that somebody doesn’t agree with they call it socialistic. What do you call the $700 billion dollar bailout that your government handed out to private banks? And the banks that needed to go bankrupt and had to get taken over by your government to run? This was done under a republican leadership too. Why didn’t you mention that as Marxist or socialistic? Give it rest now! Because taxes are necessary to run the country and if there wasn’t taxes there wouldn’t be the ability to bail anybody out. The $700 billion dollar bailout for banks was necessary even though it hurt and is socialistic. As is the need to help the middle class with a tax break at this time. Sure the wealthier making $250000 are going to pay a little more for a while, but they can afford it when so many others can’t. Greed caused the meltdown, so don’t let greed destroy the middle class. Think of it as a necessary thing when there is an imbalance that has put so many in a financial hole.

  35. November 5, 2008 at 18:03


    “That doesn’t make him “strong” that makes him heartless. Who would “be happy” about someone who was supposedly so close to them died? It speaks alot to someone’s priorities. Family, to most, would be much more important.”

    Do you really know that makes him heartless? I bet it was his grandmothers wish, dream, more than you or I could ever guess that he won, and that despite his love of her that he continue to work to reach something that no man ever again will, to become the first American President of African, or colored, decent. But if you somehow know these things about this reality, what is the the reality of McCain and his current wife … what happened to the first one? I think the same could be said in this reasoning.

    I myself would not be the fool who claims to know the heart of a “man” other then my own. In the case you missed it, I addressed some of your thoughts on this fear and doom theory in the previous thread. If you care to read it.


  36. November 5, 2008 at 18:04

    I cannot believe that the American people blame the Republicans and President Bush for what happened in the financial sector. The Democras have been in charge in congress for the last two years, and they have done nothing to correct the problems. The Republicans tried to fix it but were opposed by the Democrats. Now the American people elected the sleazy politician from Chicago, what a shame. Very soon they will wake up to what they have done to their country. The country would be better with a third Bush term! He is a good President.

  37. November 5, 2008 at 18:11

    Well we in America have elected a complete novice to run the worlds largest corporation this guy has
    not even run a lemonade stand.
    And what dose the world think that joyful sound is drowning out the sound of the Russian missiles being
    set up in your back yard

  38. 38 John D. Augustine - WI USA
    November 5, 2008 at 18:16


    With apologies to the acadamy,
    and for whatever else I may have fudged:

    (Si no *se* entiende:)

  39. November 5, 2008 at 18:22

    This an historic victory that will be stenciled on the mental sheets of generations unborn. Challenges are plethora but he has shown to do change things. With the strength of the resilient american people, i am optimistic that he will heal the wounds of a bitter campaign and reset the american economy. I have an abiding hope in his ability to deliver.

  40. 40 Ogola B
    November 5, 2008 at 18:23

    Barack Obama is an Orator, a man whose political ideologies are better off from any other American president who has been on the soil! If one is keen enough to have followed his political statements, then definately he would have voted for Obama.
    When you analyse his political statements you would realise that he really means what he says. The economic situation in the world will have to change, the betterment of living will do the same and the rest…….
    I as an individual, i would not follow or vote someone who is not spoken. Obama convinced the public with his manifesto, he made statements that drove the world and i guarantee you that he will fufill them. He is yet to be sworn in as the commander in chief and the president of the biggest economy in the world.
    His Tie and stockings as michelle once said will lie at the white house thinking for the nation and the world at large.
    In his victory statement he called upon all Americans to give support as there is no president who does not get resistsnce from oppositions or any other elements persay!
    America choose the right president, leave along uncalled” for “statement from pakistan and a simple statements from china and other Asian countries. African has got full support and we can change from buying equipments from the chinese. In anycase there products are doing bad however much they still technology. How can three to four nations go against the world?
    I now pray Obama takes a full rest and starts business in the house. let the Orator do his calling. Mc cain’s age unforfunately was not allowing but unity, democracy and prosperity is the seat!
    The world is jubilating elsewhere for this change. Regards to Joe bidden, Obama’s vice. Long live Obama. Solidarity!

  41. November 5, 2008 at 18:23

    @ Steven/Oregon

    “You must not have lost any friends during a presidency I have lost quite a few and could never consider this worth it to get people to accept change.”

    Everything has a price, the question is, what is the amount you or I are willing to pay? I will not presume to have lost as much as you, but I would not say I have not lost.

    Bush segregated us and made our differences the most important issue. Obama will unite us and bring our common ground to the forefront. I’m from the south, so I learned push [a little ] hard. I was the lone voice of decent most of my life growing up in a conservative environment often surrounded by strong racism, bigotry and intolerance. “Imagining” I have something I have in common with those crazy republican relatives of mine excites me…. (ha, weren’t expecting me to say “relatives”, were you?)

  42. 42 Anthony
    November 5, 2008 at 18:23

    @ Christopher in Ohio

    I don’t feel that 9 million votes is a “Slim Margin”. Now in 2000, thats was a slim margin. Also, look at the Senate and House, I’m seeing blue all over my friend.

    I do agree with you on the 100% American though, forget the black 🙂

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  43. November 5, 2008 at 18:27

    @ Hiam, this is a rude awakening of reality. Did you write that a third term for Bush would have been better? I guess in an utopian world. You need to wake up an face the depth of reasoning. The American people have spoken.

  44. 44 Mandie in Cape Coral, FL
    November 5, 2008 at 18:28

    I watched last night with tears of excitement and of jubilation streaming down my face in the comfort of my own home. I had to refrain from waking my children up to tell them our guy won. I watched until after Mr. Obama gave his speech and was even more proud of him then I was at the start of the day. He recounted all that he stood for and reaffirmed what his message had been the entire time, he will lead us to where we want to go. He will lead the nation back up from the recession we are in and the state of decay that we are in on the issues of health care, education, and energy Independence. This morning my children were up before I was and they banged on the bedroom door wanting to know who had been victorious, I refused to tell them, I had them turn on the television. It was only a matter of moments before the news announced, for what I am sure was the hundredth time that Barack had won, and they screamed and yelled and danced in our living room. They are that aware of the significance of his accomplishment and that they too can go anywhere they want in their futures.
    I am proud to be an American!

  45. 45 Rashid Patch
    November 5, 2008 at 18:28

    I personally witnessed the apartheid of “Jim Crow” segregation, and the denial of civil rights of black Americans. When I lived in Virginia, in the mid-1950s, about age 8 or 9, our school received bomb threats – and I got shot at by the Klu Klux Klan – because Irish was definitely not white (and Catholic was very definitely not Christian).

    Our family then moved, and I did the rest of my growing up on the South Side of Chicago. I finished grade school in Gage Park, went to high school at St. Rita’s on 63rd & Oakley, and then went to IIT. I lived at 57th & California, 91st & Laramie, 33rd & Indiana, 31st & Lowe, Halsted & Fullerton.

    I witnessed the race-based fears and hatred that shaped the urban landscapes of America into the ghettos of Irish, Polish, Italians, Lithuanians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Blacks, Chinese, Japanese, Arabs, fearful of crossing a street into another ethnic enclave, youth ready to fight each other to the death over ancient prejudices. I witnessed the racist and sectarian prejudice against Irish and Catholic during the 1960 presidential campaign. I watched uniformed Nazi Party marches in the streets of Chicago in the 1960s, in Marquette Park. I dodged snipers on 39th St. I had my phone tapped. I saw riots, and whole city blocks burning. I saw tanks on the streets, while the whole world watched. Fred Hampton was my neighbor when he – along with others – was assassinated by the FBI and COINTELPRO agents.

    Our country has come a great long way in the past half century; far enough that an African-American can be elected president – despite having gone to Columbia and Harvard, despite having taught at University of Chicago.

    But there is much further to go. There is still racism and sectarian prejudice in America, still even at the highest levels of government.

    I have been a Muslim for 30 years now. I have seen mosques firebombed here in California. Muslim women friends have been harassed on the streets, and spat at, for wearing hijab. Muslim women wearing hijab have been hustled out of public view at presidential candidates public appearances. Muslims in candidates campaigns have been forced to resign. Presidential candidates have seemingly felt it impolitic even to address Muslim or Arab organizations, apparently for fear of criticism from bigots.

    I hope and pray that a new administration will change this, and make efforts to show that there is no longer such trace of racist and sectarian prejudice in America. I have to say, that the new administration will have to take visible and positive steps to show this – there is too much of a legacy of prejudice to just disappear on it’s own.

    May God guide Mr. Obama, and bless his efforts for the good.

    As-Salaamo Aleykum, wa Rahmatullah, wa Barakata Hu!
    Peace be with you, and God’s Mercy, and His Blessings.

    Rashid Patch
    Oakland, California

  46. 46 Steven/Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 18:29

    I don’t blame just the repubs for the econ crisis i blame all my pervious leaders. ALL of them were self righteous and playing to there base because they just wanted to win not say what they stood for and say i understand you might not feel that way but what can we do to come to a compromise.I believe President Obama will do this.

    I predict that by the end of his presidency the only people who will still be against him are the; Racist (lets face it they exsist) The wealthy (they won’t be able to put him in his pocket like bush). and the Repubs that only vote repub cause there daddy voted repub and so on and so forth. Don’t be afraid of change its ok to mix things up

  47. 47 Dr Ashraf Gango
    November 5, 2008 at 18:30

    Obama’s victory proves once more that the United States is as in Cameron’s words “the beacon of freedom” and a lighthouse of opportunity. It is a lesson and an inspiration for
    the whole of humanity that the hope to rise over racial divide into a new brighter
    human consciousness and awareness celebrating the content and what really makes us human beings intelligent and worthy.
    Obama’s victory is a victory for America which has inspired the world in science, knowledge and innovation and pioneered the advancement of the front of freedom and respect. A victory for the forces of advancement, progress and creativity inside America and the inspiration is indeed a legacy and a shared vision for the whole of humanity.
    A great intellectual and moral tide is forming in America by the intelligence, passion, imagination and creativity of people of America.

    Dr. Ashraf Gango
    Nottingham, UK

  48. 48 Moruf Alao
    November 5, 2008 at 18:30

    Rightly Obama victory is a door that opens to eight years of gross manipulation.The vehicle of U.S was packed with men of good intensions and positive aspirations but the ignition key was given to a blind man who only trust his instincts.
    Now Obama will have to meet people aspiration and exceed their expectation simply by being selfless.
    Welcome to the world of changer President Barak Obama.

  49. 49 Joe constituent of Joe
    November 5, 2008 at 18:38

    I hope this forever marginalizes the far right in this country. Those “agents of intolerence” that McCain described 8 years ago should use this as an opportunity to re-assess the role of religion in their lives and in the lives of those in this country.

    This is an inspirational day in the history of the United States. We are living up to our own ideals as a society by electing a person of color to the Presidencey. America celebrates; the world celebrates. Now Mr. Obama must stand and deliver.

  50. 50 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 18:40

    @ Jennifer,

    You lost that is it. You wish for the next 4 years to go by fast. trust me the last 8 years were slow and painfull to me, while watching how this great nation was slowly flushed down the toilet in the name of greed and god. thankfully the majority of people have finally woken up, even though they had to be hit hard in ther wallet. Today is one of the happiest days have had in nearly decade…..

  51. November 5, 2008 at 18:43

    To those Nay sayersn who spout, “you will be sorry, he will let you down.” Are you saying this because your past candidates let you down. What is it that you think Obama said he would do that he won’t. Do you think he will not pull troops out of Iraq? Do you think he will not lower taxes on the middle class? Do you think he will not create a program where people can do public service in exchange for education? Do you think he will not stop a terrorist attack? Do you think he will not sit down with our enemies and find common ground? Do you think he won’t reduce unemployment and secure American jobs? Let us get it on the table right now what it is and how it is that you pessimists think he will “let us down.

    For those who say, “he said whatever people wanted to hear.” Hoe do you justify McCain voting and speaking out against the Bush tax cuts in 2001, and then being for them on the campaign trail. How do you rectify McCain writing the most liberal illegal immigration/ “amnesty” bill, and then opposing his own bill on the campaign trail.? How can you accuse Obama of it when McCain campaigned the whole time about how important experience and foreign policy is, then picked a 5 community college cheerleader to be one heartbeat away from his cancerous health? Explain how these are not, “saying what people want to hear?”

  52. 52 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 18:43

    @ steve,

    “That Obama can think of anything other than his Grandmother right now is a little bit disturbing to me. But you all voted for a sociopath, so congrats! You deserve what you get.”

    so what would you like him to do, sit down and cry? he knew she was going to die and visted her while she was alive, surely a better option than JUST go to her funeral….while death is tragic, it is certainly not then end and we all have to get on with life.

  53. 53 J in Portland Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 18:44

    Quoting Dr. Gango

    Obama’s victory proves once more that the United States is as in Cameron’s words “the beacon of freedom” and a lighthouse of opportunity.

    WOW!!! When was the last time you heard anyone else in the world refer to to US that way. It’s been way too long. ………That in itself is worth all of this.

    The whole world was watching……and it smiled.

  54. 54 Ramesh Gundapaneni
    November 5, 2008 at 18:45

    Well, my guess is that Americans have made a hat trick in choosing the wrong president. but, voting for Obama is more prudent than voting for Bush twice. However, I have my own reservations about Obama. I hope he would prove himself and follow the right policies in reviving american economy. That would be good for the whole world, not just US.

  55. 55 Thea Winter - Indianapolis IN, USA
    November 5, 2008 at 18:45

    @ ditibe
    “What do you call the $700 billion dollar bailout that your government handed out to private banks? And the banks that needed to go bankrupt and had to get taken over by your government to run? This was done under a republican leadership too. ”

    Well, you are correct that it was done under the republican leadership. But Pres. Obama voted for it also. So did a lot of Dems.

    The biggest problem we have is that both parties want to keep us apart. They will use economic division, racial, religion, and what ever means possible to keep good hard working Americans apart and not talking to each other. WHY? Because if we start taking to each other they know that they will lose power over us. We as a people are so divided that we can not see that we are divided.

  56. November 5, 2008 at 18:48

    Rosa sat…
    so that Martin could walk,
    so that Obama could run,
    so that our children can fly!

    I’m so excited, you’d think I was elected to something!

    I received the above in an email today from a republican turn democrat friend.

    It’s a beautiful day. I’m off to celebrate.

  57. 57 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 18:49

    @ Jens

    family is more important than personal aspirations. This is proof of what kind of a preson he is, as a politician. A non sociopath would be miserable the day after their close relative died.

    If the person who raised me had just died, even winning a billion dollars would do nothing to change my mood. That he can just normally function right now says a lot, and confirmed my suspicions about who runs for political office.

  58. 58 John in Salem
    November 5, 2008 at 18:50

    Apparently you also have no respect for McCain either, or you would have paid attention to what he said last night.
    I despise Bush – have even hated him at times – but he has been MY president for the last 8 years, like it or not. That’s the way it works here, and if YOU don’t like it you’re welcome to leave.

  59. 59 Rolf Ka
    November 5, 2008 at 18:51

    While Obama’s victory is fabulous in the context of US history, and while there is every reason to expect improvement after the -in terms of global opinion- abysmal performance of the Bush administration, last night’s breakthrough achievement is more about a long overdue coming to terms with global reality than setting new standards. It remains to be seen to what extent the US is willing to forgo unilateralism and the claim of exceptionalism. The world may almost have a unanimous voice on the need for the US to think and act more in line with the rest of the globe -in America itself this view is fragile and will not be easy to sell in times of economic difficulties and in face of a weakened but still strong opposition.

  60. 60 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 18:52

    @ Dwight

    Try not to drown in the koolaid! If you really think Obama will be the first politician to ever fufill his promises that he said just to get elected, then I have beachfront property in Arizona to sell you.

    You are going to be VERY dissapointed if you actually think Obama will do what he says he’s going to do.

  61. November 5, 2008 at 18:52

    I was glued to the computer until nearly midnight last night with the exception of a few breaks to clean up my house and kitchen. And of course, “The 3-B’s” as Ros described it 😉

    Posted a response for BBC on seesmic before bedtime.
    And I’m just completely excited that Palin won’t be anywhere near the white house. Bye…. BYE! Go back to Alaska….

  62. November 5, 2008 at 18:53

    The whole world was watching……and it smiled.

    Finally! Thats what, the first time in 8 years?

  63. 63 Ogola B
    November 5, 2008 at 18:55

    A man whose statements are emotional, a man whose truth is seen from his speach, a man who analyses issues,a man who drives a stetement, a man who cares for the vulnerable and a man who is worth his compaign. Why then do we read books? To make the world a better place or a speculation? A man who is yet to implement will obviously get a briefing about how to go about things. The change is real and beautiful!

  64. 64 Anthony
    November 5, 2008 at 19:00

    @ steve

    Why would someone need to be sad after a suffering relative died? Only a weak person would be miserable after. Why even care at all, it’s life, especially if you don’t believe in God, then it’s just another animal dying.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  65. 65 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 19:02


    did you hear the clip of the two canadien comics, who punked palin, by prettending to be sarkosy….it is an absolut screamer and shows why she should never have even been considered an option for the VP.

  66. 66 Ana
    November 5, 2008 at 19:03

    A few hours after the elections, slowly a sobering: Will he disappoint us? thoughts are creeping up in the minds of a lot of people. It is this cynicism that has gotten us where we have been for so long, making us irresponsible gluttons. I consider this attitude to be missing the entire point of the results of this election…In my view, the result of this election is showing us all that when the people get together we can change the direction of an entire nation. That said it is not in Obama’s hands to solve our problems, it is in our hands. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. I’ll be volunteering more than ever. YES to 2009!!

  67. 67 Dan
    November 5, 2008 at 19:05

    Despite who was elected I am so very proud of my country as there is no other country on Earth that can PEACEFULLY change its government so radically.
    Now as Americans we support Obama and look to see how he will govern.

  68. November 5, 2008 at 19:05

    @ Jens:

    Sure did, Will had it on his blog lol.

  69. 69 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 19:07

    @ Anthony

    Wow. Apparently I’m a weak person. That you don’t get upset from the loss of a relative, I’m at a loss for words.

  70. 70 Jennifer
    November 5, 2008 at 19:08

    @ Jens

    I didn’t loose anything. I am still very much myself but I feel that the American people have lost more than they will ever gain. We will not make “peace” with all of these other countries just because right now they are happy for Obama. He will be tested and yeah; will fail. You should be ruing this day if you are still trying to blame republicans for the problems we have today. Democrats are just as much to blame; maybe even moreso considering all the laws that Clinton passed to take into effect months after he was out of office! That’s politics baby!

  71. 71 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 19:08

    Someone wrote in saying MLK would be very happy at the results of the election. MLK wanted people to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. That so many blacks voted for Obama simply because he is black would have greatly upset MLK.

  72. 72 Mary in Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 19:08

    Steve November 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    How do you know what Obama was thinking? How dare you even try?

    What did you expect him to do? Beat his breast and wail? When he announced to a crowd that his grandmother had passed, there are pictures of him with tears in his eyes. Guess you must have missed that.

    Obama most likely grieved in private, as most of us do. Grief is usually considered a private matter. Just because he did not make any public statements, does mean she was not on his mind. So I ask you again, how do you know what Obama was thinking?

    By the way, thank you for reminding me why I stopped coming here. Your comments tend to fill me with something less than joy.

  73. 73 Shaun in Halifax
    November 5, 2008 at 19:10

    Maybe Pres. Obama is grieving. But perhaps his grief is personal and *gasp* none of our business.

    Are you serious? You’re REALLY attacking him because he doesn’t want to publicly comment about his grammy? Isn’t there something more important to nit-pick?

    I’m sure I’d love to go on television if my nanna died and say how sad I am. No, wait… I wouldn’t. Because going on television to talk about how sad I am turns her death into a circus and a spectacle. When it should be a somber, private FAMILY affair.

    Which actually brings me nicely to a question I’ve been pondering.

    Do public figures have a right to privacy or should their entire lives be under the microscope until their term is over?

  74. 74 Kelsie in Houston
    November 5, 2008 at 19:11

    I think we just regained our confidence and sense of purpose as a nation, and I hope Mr Obama will return the warm expressions of support coming in from around the world with an assurance: the United States are listening, and ready to talk.

    The election is over–that was the easy part. Now it’s time for everyone—Democrats and Republicans; Americans and the world—to roll up our sleeves and get the work done.

    Yes we can.

  75. 75 John in Scotland
    November 5, 2008 at 19:12

    So far this is about race and in that respect it is a milestone for the minority people of America …However this is not the boom period in which JFK was a manifestation of . Rather Obama will be the president of a country whose economic clout has been eclipsed .Not only that, tensions throughout the world are and will develop over diminishing resources . Russia ,is already flexing her muscles in this regard .

    On top of that the latest data for climate change suggests it will be well and truly upon us in the next decade , reorganising our world in ways we cant imagine.

    As opposed to uniting Americans ,Obama will in reality set’ the cat amongst the pigeons ‘..in this he has no option as the economic crisis will deepen, and he will have to choose rich or poor .Something that till now liberalism has sided with the former .

    As a guy at the personnal level , I think he has grace ,poise ..and integrity …but if you take him on his speech it contains the same idealism that is not grounded in reality. It is the realities of a diminished America in a changed world that will dictate what he does …not a jeffersonian dream of a return to some ”mythical American ideal”.

    Personnally …rather him than me

  76. 76 Tom D Ford
    November 5, 2008 at 19:13

    I see it as a resounding rejection of Conservatism, the politics of hate, fear-mongering, and divisiveness.

    Non-Conservatives have endured decades of lies, smears, De-Regulated greed and corruption and now have finally stood up and said no to Conservatism.

    I hope that Moderate Republicans will take their party back from the extremist Conservative Republicans and once again put forth Centrist Republicans that we can all be proud of like some of the former Republican Governors of Oregon and other honorable political leaders like President Eisenhower.

  77. 77 Shaun in Halifax
    November 5, 2008 at 19:16

    @ Steve

    There’s actually a substantial body of literature on the psychological makeup of leaders. My favorite is the theory that no well-adjusted person would want to run for office. A leader is constantly needed and in demand and in the public spotlight and his/her phone is ringing 24/7.

    The personality that can deal with that is a damaged one which is constantly seeking to be needed in order to be fulfilled. That’s why you hear about a lot of politicians who suffer great depression as soon as their star has faded. They’re no longer needed and the phone stops ringing.

    Do any psychologists/psychiatrists have any comments?

  78. 78 Syed Hasan Turab
    November 5, 2008 at 19:18

    This change was essential in USA, infact USA been kidnapped by Mineroties & White Youth, even old aged Democrates been conveyanced to quet. This is the first time this nation show strength of USA & this was essential for Democracy.
    The reason for rejection of Republican’s have differant perspective & angels:-
    (1) Improper Economy monitoring by Govt.
    (2) Failour to maintain Stratic relation with allies & friends.
    (3) Converting Afghanistan AS DRUG STATE UNDER US commd & controll.
    (4) Inability to reach enemies of USA.
    (5) Efforts to stop China from Hot water.
    (6) Violation of International Atomic Plorification Treaty by way of selling plain water reactor & atomic technology to India at there own Terms.
    (6) Open war fronts against wealthy Muslim Community.
    (7) Unconditional support to Isriel.
    Infact Repulicans & Democrates in Senate & Congress are in urgent need of retirement or atleast fixing terms to run the sucessfull USA.We have to quet with our marshall behaviour against any nation including Cold war situation’s with Pakistan & China.
    I hope Democrates will suceed to change US immage in International lobby as USA need strong economy & economic issues may not be addressed with out Stratigic relation’s in International community just Isriel & Jewish relation’s are not enough.

  79. 79 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 19:18

    Has any european nation ever had a non white leader? I thought America was supposed to backwards and behind with the times? What’s the reason that european nations have only been headed by whites?

  80. November 5, 2008 at 19:19


    Having had a terminally ill relative die when the news came I was not sad. I was relieved for the person. It is not always the worst news to receive, especially after watching someone suffer who know will die regardless. There is time to prepare for the inevitable. I do not hold anything against Obama given my experience, and that he went to her side near the end anyway. However, after reading many of your comments I believe that you impossible to please, that nothing anyone else does is good enough, and that everyone is subject to condemnation from you.

  81. 81 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 19:19


    yes you would be miserable, but this campaigne etc is larger than live…….becoming president carries the responsibility for a nation, if not the world.

    plus how do you know how he feels…..

  82. November 5, 2008 at 19:19

    Mr. Obama has the potential to be truly transformational for this country. Rather than simply being bi-racial (and in reality, there is absolutely no scientific basis for a characteristic called ‘race;’ there is no gene for it), more importantly, he is international. He has lived in a variety of cultures, with a variety of perspectives and histories. He has been raised multiculturally. Until now, American leadership has been too typically steeped in a white, European, Christian perspective that has consistently viewed and behaved in the world in an ‘us vs them’ manner that always amounts to a zero-sum game; if ‘we’ lose, ‘they’ win. The world is past the time when this perspective is productive. In fact, if we were to maintain this perspective, it would be to the certain detriment, and perhaps eventual doom, of the entire world.

  83. 83 CJ McAuley
    November 5, 2008 at 19:20

    I heard a very interesting comment/opinion on Radio Ulster/Talk Back this morning(my time in Canada) from a nun who is from Ulster and who works with the U.N. in New York. She made the point of either being “pro-life”(meaning supporting health care for everyone) versus “pro-birth”, and subsequently not really caring how that child has access to health care. Coming from a Roman Catholic nun, I found that take both refreshing as well as enlightening!

  84. 84 Anthony
    November 5, 2008 at 19:23

    Everyone is saying how Obama is one man and can’t make that much of a difference. Well, if one administration can screw so much up, I’m sure one administration can atleast NOT screw things up, although I really feel he will help America get back on path.

    @ steve

    No, I said if you were miserable, and going against not being able to take care of your responsibilities after. I remember my Grandpa, who raised me for the first few years of my life, died, and I cried and was sad, but I went to work the next day. What was I supposed to do all day, fall to my knees and rip my shirt, cry and break things and complain about how life is unfair? Thats life buddy, and like I said, evolution teaches that were just animals right, so who cares anyways?

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  85. 85 Tom D Ford
    November 5, 2008 at 19:24

    It’s not that expectations are too high, the problem is that Conservative Republicans have done so much damage to America and the world and the problems they created will take great effort and a lot of time to correct!

  86. 86 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 19:24

    you lost, just face it. the republicans got spanked for 8 years of lying and fear mongering.

    yes we will be better of, even you, since social justice will return….

  87. 87 Jennifer
    November 5, 2008 at 19:26

    @ Anthony

    I really don’t understand how anyone could not show grief for someone who was do dear to them. Yes, his grief was personal but I’d be bawling like a baby if I lost my mom. It wouldn’t matter what big event was occurring. I’d be putting that first and foremost in my mind and in my priorities.

    Re: Race

    96% of African Americans voted for Obama……….I guess they all had the same outlook he did.


    Where was the private family affair talk when we found out Sarah Palin’s daughter was pregnant? Oh the double standard!

  88. 88 Ogola B
    November 5, 2008 at 19:28

    The caller is lost!

  89. 89 Steven/Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 19:28

    Jens in NYC I apologize if it sounded as though i was saying you had not suffered… that was not my intention and as for standing by your beliefs against your relatives bigots and all that jazz I admire you and want to say thank you for your courage very rare is it that you find someone in that has the “testical fortitude” (don’t know the version for women sorry) to stand alone….. maybe you should run for a local office.

    Oh yeah btw i wanna send you a digital High 5

    @ Steve
    With a democratic legislative branch i think he will be able to accomplish alot of he has said he would do. Because he brought so many in “on his coat tails” they will owe him something. Regean did the same thing if i am not mistaken

  90. November 5, 2008 at 19:28

    @ Caller (Greg)
    We’ll be too busy spreading wealth around in the United States

    Because God forbid we take care of our own people before running off to kill or take care of others.

  91. November 5, 2008 at 19:28

    @ jens

    Believe me, while I understand, this is not the way.

    “you lost, just face it. the republicans got spanked for 8 years of lying and fear mongering.”

  92. 92 james
    November 5, 2008 at 19:28

    This was a landslide victory. John McCain even said to his voters that it is extremely important to support President Obama, and do their part to make this nation United again. That means working towards the middle to solve problems.

    Your focus is smuged. Blacks were not the only reason why Obama won, and neither were Democrats. Millions of Americans believe that Obama is the motivation that the nation needs to be United. It has not been since the generation that lived through the great depression and fought through WWII that this country has been United. Our country is weak, and it is time for all the latest geneartions to NUT UP and take care of their neighbors whether they are black, white, yellow, red, blue, male, female, etc.

    What makes our nation so unique is its diversity in all facets. Religion, Color, Sexuality, etc. We are a Democracy, and will never be a socialist society (We Have a Congress).

    The guy who just spoke about him being weak, you are wrong. You are the reason why this nation is divided, you and people alike. Nut up and take care of your people first.

  93. 93 Dan
    November 5, 2008 at 19:29

    Just exactly what is “Social Justice”?
    These are just words written on a Democrat bumper sticker. What is it?

  94. 94 Craig in Minneapolis, MN
    November 5, 2008 at 19:30

    It is absolutely STUPEFYING and TRANSCENDENT that approx 45 years after the assassination of MLK, Malcolm X, and countless other Civil Rights leaders… Approx 150 years following the Emancipation Proclamation… We, as a country, have finally decided it is okay to end 232 years of ‘WHITE MALE RULE’ in the United States. I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN TODAY!!! I AM EQUALLY AS GRATEFUL TO BE A WITNESS TO THIS MAJOR EVENT IN HISTORY!!! 🙂

  95. 95 Justin from Iowa
    November 5, 2008 at 19:30

    Ewoks are little furry humanoids that were cute and cuddly and drove Star Wars fans nuts because they were such a silly element thrown into the dramatic conclusion to the original Star Wars trilogy.

    Think Monty Python thrown into a parliamentary budget debate.

  96. November 5, 2008 at 19:31

    Steve, I don’t beleive he will. I am not going to e disappointed if he doesn’t do all of them things he promised. But if he just does a handful of these things I will fell elated. Yet there are people out there telling me I will be disappointed by Obama. I just wonder why they sya that. I garuentee that George Bush didn’t fulfill everybodies wildest dreams.

    I am just trying to nail down which one people are saying he won’t do so that I can came back later and say, “you were wrong.” I got 4 years as of now. I am confident in my pick. Finallyone I am willing to stick my neck out on the line and put faith in. So what is it he won’t do that he said he would? Anybody?

  97. 97 Steven/Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 19:31

    @ steve
    The fact he isn’t falling apart over a family members death is no reason to call him a psycho is….. well…… Pyscho his grandmother was on his way out (dying) for a while he had time to come to terms with it, just like any well adjusted person would.

  98. 98 Ogola B
    November 5, 2008 at 19:34

    I expect obama to call for all minutes held by the previous presidency and scrutinise what to implement and what to leave go according to his policies. I as well expect the precurrent parliament to corperate so that business gets done!

  99. 99 Venessa
    November 5, 2008 at 19:34

    Brett ~

    “Because God forbid we take care of our own people before running off to kill or take care of others.”


  100. 100 Shirley Lutzky
    November 5, 2008 at 19:35

    A profound sigh of relief – the end of two hundred years of racism and eight years of tragic rule in the United States of America. Goodness has prevailed. And the world, in so many ways on the edge of a cliff, is sighing the most profound sigh of relief. It is amazing, to those of us who have become so very cynical, that we have been given and have chosen a leader with extraordinary wisdom and compassion for this time, evidenced in his beautifully run campaign, and his past as a Senator and community worker, and even as a loving family man. Today we Americans can truly lift our heads. And so can the world, especially Africa and Kenya. I expect exceptional leadership and exceptional events and a brand new atmosphere of optimism and strength throughout the world..

  101. 101 Justin from Iowa
    November 5, 2008 at 19:35

    Ok, les talk about spreading the wealth. Actually, lets talk about its opposite, CONCENTRATING wealth. Executives are earning 100 times, or more, the salaries and benefits of their employees. Executive positions in germany, england, europe in general earn 20 times, at most, in comparison.

    So if Obama plans on carving off some of that fat greed and using it to fund things like, oh I don’t know, health care for veterans, housing for the homeless, fueling infrastructure and energy investments for job creation, etc etc…


  102. 102 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 19:35

    @ Brett

    if you’re so concerned about helping “our own” why don’t you voluntarily pay higher taxes? You can pay more than you currently do. Why don’t you? Or do you want to use other people’s money to do what you aren’t willing to do yourself?

    Understand now why people hav ea problem with the “spread the wealth” thing? Enabling laziness and entitlement mentalities helps nobody.

  103. 103 Jim
    November 5, 2008 at 19:35

    I always find it interesting that republican supporters cite Obama’s “redistribution of wealth” as a fear tactic, yet it is okay to redistribute the wealth to support Iraq with new schools, hospitals, paying the foreign military. Taking American dollars to improve Iraqi infrastructure as roads, water, waste treatment facilities. Using American taxes to put Iraqis to work.

    How is that not “redistribution” of wealth, and why wouldn’t republican supporters NOT want to support their own country?

  104. 104 Venessa
    November 5, 2008 at 19:35

    James ~ Well said!

  105. 105 Eric in Portland, Oregon
    November 5, 2008 at 19:36

    I believe that we were long overdue for change. I also believe that Obama’s overwhelming win for the White House is evidence that the U.S. has endured more than enough economic & social damage on both a national and international scale.

    I think it is sad that much of America still follows a dangerous, archaic, self-destructive path of inflicting their religious views, or in my opinion, “mentally unstable way of thinking”, thereby imposing so called moral beliefs on others–especially through politics….

    Wake up Bible-Belt-God-Fearing-America… stop being fundamentalist, self-righteous, hypocrites and realize that you have supported an awful, relentless, unfair Bush Administration for the last 8 years.

  106. 106 Pamela
    November 5, 2008 at 19:36


    Where were all these Christians and other right-wingers begging this morning for a “centrist government” during the past eight years? They didn’t appear to be interested in centrism under a right-wing president, and we are all suffering the consequences.

    It’s up to the Democrats to clean up the terrible mess the Republicans have made. Let’s hope the U.S. electorate will remember what we’ve suffered these eight years, and won’t fall into complacency after the repair work is done again, as we did after the Clinton years.

    El Cerrito, California

  107. 107 Kenny In Florida
    November 5, 2008 at 19:38

    Today, I feel cautiously optimistic that the U.S. will head in the right direction. While I completely supported Oboma and deeply wished to see him succeed I say cautiously optimistic because now its time for him to put his actions where his words are. I also want to say thanks to the minorities and youth who finally got out and voted! I am most confident that the previous two elections would have had a completely different turnout it it weren’t for the voter apathy in these two crucial demographics. Thank you America for this ray of hope after 8 years of dwindling my hope in the country.

  108. 108 Rabten
    November 5, 2008 at 19:38

    I’m from America
    My parent’s immigrant to America in 19th century and I were 17 year old when I moved to American from India. I never felt that I am part of this great nation until yesterday. Rose, I’m Tibetan American from America.

  109. 109 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 19:38


    what do you mean this is not the way?

    the lost because people are sick and tired of being lied to and governed by fear….

  110. 110 Anthony
    November 5, 2008 at 19:38

    @ Brett

    I know right! But don’t you know, Socialism is EVIL….unless you’re bailing out ex millionares on wall street. If I’m ever making 250K a year, I’ll be happy to give an extra 7500. Like Warren Buffet has said “The rich should be taxed more.”.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  111. 111 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 19:40


    yeah it is a terrible thing to have social justice, rather than greed and violence

  112. 112 Ogola B
    November 5, 2008 at 19:40

    Ros there! now the world is getting it. I love this blog and the new elect obama reveals it. cheers!

  113. 113 Ryan
    November 5, 2008 at 19:40

    Happy Democracy Day!!!
    I’m proud to be an American today. Bush has made that task very difficult.
    It’s a good day for American history and the entire world!
    He’s got a lot of work and I think we as Americans will have to push our sleeves up and get to work to help him, our country and the world.

  114. 114 Janis in Latvia
    November 5, 2008 at 19:42

    Is not it too great emphasis laid on a race in the United States presidential elections? So many accentuate: “Barak Obama has been elected the first African-American president of the United States”. But not the Afro-Americanism define a belonging to USA. Not the Afro-Americanism privileged Barak Obama to acquire trustworthiness to become elected as a president of the United States. Citizenship binds Barak Obama, John McCain and others people of United States to their country. The values, principles and ideals which forms the USA are “magnet” that calls to trust in, follow, and belong to the United States. Election program, problem solutions and purposes of senator’s Barak Obama’s team draw into so many citizens of the US to participate in realization of their suffrage to express faithfulness to senator Barak Obama as a president of the United States of America. Definitely Barak Obama made and shall make a history. But is not the program, problem solutions and determinations of Barak Obama’s team makes this victory so remarkable in such a challenging situation for the United States and the world.

  115. 115 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 19:42

    I’m curious, why is the US the only country required to “redeem” itself? Somehow by electing a black man, the US has redeemed itselfr om years of slavery and segregation and discrimination.

    But have other countries done no wrong and aren’t required to redeem itself?

    Howcome Germany doesn’t have to have a Jewish Chancellor to redeem Germany’s actions during WW2?

    Why is the USA the only country ever expected to redeem itself?

  116. 116 Lisa
    November 5, 2008 at 19:43

    I am incredibly struck by Jennifer’s distaste for her “fellow Americans” who voted for Obama. As much as I screeched out in anger at her statement, I admit I understand–as this is exactly how I felt upon Bush’s election (of course, the first, just four years ago). Does she possibly feel as disenfranchised as I–and everyone I know–did at that moment?

    Whatever the answer, last night’s results were a magical salve. And no, of course nobody can solve the multifaceted disaster that has recently come of our country. But I know that I awoke this morning thrilled and ready to do whatever I can to help impart change. I am proud of a country that has chosen a man of intelligence and grace; to me, color is not the issue–it’s merely the icing on the cake. Much more than race, what Obama represents to me is a return to intelligent ideals–something this country has been devoid of for far too long.

    I would also like to congratulate McCain on an elegant concession speech. His words added to the import of the moment.

  117. 117 Kenny In Florida
    November 5, 2008 at 19:43

    @ Tom D Ford
    Thank you for your comments about the ultra conservatism in the republican party. You have summed up many of my feeling that I am reluctant to say, I guess because it just seems so blatantly obvious!

  118. 118 Margaret
    November 5, 2008 at 19:45

    There is no doubt many, many people are very excited and happy that Obama has won. The screams of jubilation I could hear around my city at the the time of the announcement last night attest to that!

    However, there is another feeling running through people, myself included: immense relief. The U.S.A. now has the leadership to turn the country from it’s appalling stances on torture, ignorance, greed, war mongering. It really does feel like the end of an error.

    I am happily impatient for Obama to lead us back to the global community and the 21st century.

  119. November 5, 2008 at 19:45

    We have a politically mixed marriage with two small children. This historic election has provided my husband and I to share our rather similar views on being an active part of a democracy. The most shocking question our 8 year old daughter had was on the way to the Democratic Party Caucus in February. She asked me “Are you going to vote for the girl?” I told her that I was not. “But you’re a girl, shouldn’t you vote for a girl”. WOW! Complex politic brought down the the schoolyard level which is right where it was. Thankfully my husband and I were able to talk with her about voting your conscious and standing strong in your convictions without being a “meaner”!

  120. 120 Anthony
    November 5, 2008 at 19:47

    @ James

    Well, with about 40 million blacks in the U.S., and since 95% voted for Obama, I’d say Blacks were the driving force that made him win.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  121. 121 Jonathan
    November 5, 2008 at 19:48

    I won’t be disappointed. My hopes are realistic. To start with, I want my government to stop kidnapping people and torturing them for years without legal charges. That alone would be enough to make me happy.

    The bar has been lowered over the past eight years.

    San Francisco

  122. 122 selena in Canada
    November 5, 2008 at 19:50

    I celebrate with the United States and its citizens for embracing the idea of change. Savor and enjoy this day!

    Only time will tell about the quality of the leadership. Leadership is defined by results, not inspirational speeches.

    We live in hope!

  123. November 5, 2008 at 19:51


    I know so many conservatives that are opposed to government spending and socialism, but Every time I tell one I work for the government their next question is, “Can you get me in?” If you receive money from the government, you are essentially participating in a socialistic program. Appropriate spending by the government is necessary. as our society grows and new issues arise so do the need for a governing participation.

  124. 124 John (in Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
    November 5, 2008 at 19:56

    @McCain supporters – I think you have your own party to blame for this one. Perhaps not in every race, but certainly the one for the White House was dramatically affected by the outgoing Bush Administration. As an example, there’s nothing “conservative” about the way #43 handled the invasion of Iraq and I think many people felt betrayed by the RNC because of this, among other issues.

  125. 125 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 19:56

    @ Selena

    I doubt Obama will be very popular in Canada for long. He’s anti free trade because it causes Americans to lose jobs, and many of those jobs went to Canada.

  126. November 5, 2008 at 19:57

    Obama won – they spoke and said that they had enough.

    What Reagan started, Bush continued – let that now end with President Obama!

    Let’s hope that he is re-elected and a two term Democrat elected after that in his image.

    His job will not be easy – and he needs all of America to help him – all I can say to those who voted for him, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

  127. 127 Edmond Gray
    November 5, 2008 at 19:58

    I am happy that a black fourth generation American won the US election, the question is can this happen in a European country like the UK?

  128. November 5, 2008 at 19:59

    A quick poll of my American expat friends indicates that more than 90% are unhappy with the result of the American election and fearful of what President-elect Obama, rather than McCain, will mean for Israel.

    “I am so depressed,: said one of the respondents to my poll.” Obama is a manipulator who is surrounded by unsavory characters. He will champion the Arabs and be a disaster for Israel.”

    To balance that, here’s a comment from one of the few who reacted positively: “Joe Biden is a strong ally of Israel and I’m sure this means Obama will be too. I imagine, by today, the world already has a different, more positive view of America. For the first time in a while I feel proud to be American.”

    We can’t know for certain, of course, whether or not Obama will be good for Israel. But for once I’m not only thinking about my small corner of the world. As a non-American, I acknowledge with admiration what the greatest democracy in the world has done. The sight of people queuing to vote all over the USA was incredible. Tomorrow I’ll go back to worrying full-time about Iran, about the kassam rockets that continue to rain down, and about who the real Obama might be. Just for today, I can only acknowledge the momentous result of this election.

  129. 129 alden
    November 5, 2008 at 19:59

    i am jubilant from mr obama’s trimumph, but fear for his life. the u.s. will regain its worldwide respect….

    Caribbean – Antigua

  130. 130 Ralph de Rijke
    November 5, 2008 at 20:00

    Like millions of others in the US and around the world, I take enormous delight in the election of a young, intelligent, and idealistic African American as its newest President. I feel as if I have waited 40 years to see this happen.

    It remains to be seen, however, whether he, or anyone, can unite the country in solving its deepest problems: its devastating civic and national indebtedness, its continuing dependency on cheap and abundant fossil fuels, its looming welfare and pensions crisis, and its lamentable reputation abroad, especially in the Muslim world.

    Good luck, Obama – you’re going to need it!

    Ralph de Rijke

  131. 131 Iris in California
    November 5, 2008 at 20:02

    I feel very moved and hopeful that Obama has been elected. Meanwhile, here in California I wait with bated breath to hear the final results for Proposition 8- hoping for a NO win to bring down the oppositional push to amend the constitution which has granted same sex marriage. In his victory speech last, night I felt overjoyed to hear Obama openly include gay people in a positive and equal light as citizens contributing to the make-up of what we call “America”. I feel that with Obama as president, we gay citizens at least have a chance of having an ally in the lessening the discrimination against gays. While, at the same time, I was dismayed and confused to hear Obama voice his more conservative, but popular- not to mention discriminatory- view on marriage in one of the debates. However, it could be that while running for president he needed to take this stance to maintain the popular vote, but, as his speech hinted at last night, he may come through to help the gay population win the fight for equality as other monumental leaders of the past have done for women, blacks and immigrants.

  132. 132 John Foster
    November 5, 2008 at 20:04

    Amen to Jonathan in San Francisco! My hopes are almost as modest.;-)

  133. 133 steven
    November 5, 2008 at 20:05

    It’s not one man. It’s a majority vote. It is more likely that we the people will fail Obama and subsequently ourselves than Obama will fail us.

  134. 134 Gene
    November 5, 2008 at 20:06

    John in Cleveland:
    I agree with you when you say McCain was hindered by his party. I truly feel if Bush had a better approval rating, then McCain might have stood a chance.

  135. 135 Steve
    November 5, 2008 at 20:09

    @ Iris

    The “gay marriage” in california was from a court decision, not the constitution. The court read in a constitutional right to gay marriage, and Proposition 8 would get rid of that interpretation. That’s called democracy. Do you think that unelected judges should trump the will of the people? We talk about democracy all the time on here. Sometimes democracy produces results you don’t like. I support gay marriage, but if the people don’t want gay marriage, that’s democracy. Democracy doesn’t always mean results you like. It also includes results you don’t like.

  136. 136 Jonathan
    November 5, 2008 at 20:10

    @Tom D Ford

    One more time:

    The bush administration is not and has not been conservative. Note the lower case “c” — it refers to a philosophy, to which Bush-Cheney do NOT subscribe. With a capital “C” as you insist on using, your formulation is even more misguided, since that refers to a political party which doesn’t even exist in the United States.

    You’ve got a point, it deserves to be made, and you keep trying over and over and over to make it. If you take a few minutes to learn the words you use, you will make it even better.

    Here’s a clue: Bush administration is radical right wing. They heedlessly destroy institutions like Constitutional government and international law. By definition, conservatives don’t do that; they cherish institutions and try to conserve them (see that same word stem?).

  137. 137 Kenny In Florida
    November 5, 2008 at 20:11

    @ Dwight From Cleveland
    Lets not forget that these people have no hesitations about calling the police when there car is stolen, dropping a letter off in the post, sending there kids to public school (I realize not everyone does) and getting their books from the local library! Yet socialism is evil, i guess we just need to call it government ran.

  138. November 5, 2008 at 20:11

    People seem to have forgotten that Obama talked of bombing Iran and invading Pakistan. He said that troops would be withdrawn from Iraq from his first day in office. That will turn Iraq into another Somalia. People who voted for Jon McCain because they didn’t want a black man to be the president will be condemned, but there will be little condemnation towards those black people who voted for Barack Obama because they wanted a black president. The fact that some black people and some white people voted along racist lines just shows that America still has racial problems. I think gang culture in places like New York and California will continue to be a major problem by the time Barack Obama leaves office. He won’t be remembered for lifting black people out of poverty. People say that he makes inspiring speeches, but to me he sounds like a preacher, and in the US, there are plenty of them so his way of speaking is not unique. Inspiring speeches won’t stop the recession, terrorism, etc.

  139. November 5, 2008 at 20:16

    Or do you want to use other people’s money to do what you aren’t willing to do yourself?

    I’m willing to pay whatever I need in taxes, just the same as everyone else. We’re all in this together.

  140. 140 CJ McAuley
    November 5, 2008 at 20:18

    The thing about Canada is this: because it is so cold and snowy for so long each year, we are all pragmatic. There is no illusion about ANY USA President here. I remember the ‘softwood-lumber rulings” won by Canada under the “Free Trade” Agreement, which 2 different administrations ignored, until pliant Harpo came to power. But this day, of all days, is not one for negativism. Perhaps one day we will elect an Aboriginal Canadian as our PM; then most of this continent will have begun burying the ghosts that haunt both our nations.

  141. 141 Chairman, UK
    November 5, 2008 at 20:20

    Congratulations, Senator Obama. I join the whole world, and especially the American people, to congratulate Senator (President Elect) Barack Obama, on this his historic victory and to wish him God’s Greatest Protection and we pray that the Almighty, in his infinite goodness, may grant him wisdom, strengthy and the ability to lead his country.

    As a Sierra Leonean, I want to especially point this victory for the ultimate democracy, squarely in the face of Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, with a strong message for him and his government, to emulate and put into practice, the ideals and the lessons learnt from the last few months of the American election, that have culminated in this wonderful historic event.

  142. 142 Chairman, UK
    November 5, 2008 at 20:22


  143. 143 Jonathan
    November 5, 2008 at 20:23


    Thanks very much for the good wishes. I think happier days are ahead.

    I’m compelled to point out that all the American problems you mentioned are very much worse in Europe, including your own country.

    Debt, welfare and pension liability, energy costs, and problematic relations with Moslems are all more severe on your side of the pond, the last tragically critical in the Netherlands of course. You guys have had the good sense not to go blundering about and invading random Muslim countries on a whim, but you do have severe tensions– Moslem populations in Europe are much less well integrated than in America, and more alienated and militant.

  144. November 5, 2008 at 20:37

    There seems to be a lot of bush haters the media has done there job.
    What has gone on in the last eight years if you have found out it was not from the US media.
    There has been a change in governance around the world it is closer to bush then most would admit.
    We have developed a world that operates in a vacuum.
    We need a good depression to wake up the enlightened.
    When you are hungry your senses are keen.
    Bloated governments stifle humanity.
    We have a broken banking system perpetrated by do-gooders.

  145. 145 Anya
    November 5, 2008 at 20:42

    @ Steve
    “A non sociopath would be miserable the day after their close relative died.”

    I would not be so quick to judge someone we don’t know personally.
    People deal with their grief in different ways.

    If I remember correctly, his grandmother was sick for a while before she died, and he suspended a lot of his campaigning, meetings and appointments to fly to Hawaii and spend time with her at the most crucial time of his campaign, a few days before the election.
    It is possible that Barac knew that his grandmother did not have much longer and accepted it by the time she died. I am not saying that’s the case, I am just asking to keep an open mind.

    Besides I would hope his aspirations are exclusively personal. A lot of people depend on him, and I hope he realizes it.

    Personally I think it is so sad that she could not live a day longer to see someone she loved and raised to become a president.

  146. November 5, 2008 at 20:43

    After Obama’s victory speech I joined a thousand other people outside the White House. Here’s a video of what I witnessed outside the White House this morning at 2am: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAyTxQHnJwc

  147. 147 Pangolin-California
    November 5, 2008 at 20:44

    Well, reading some of the comments here makes one thing very clear. Republicans do not learn. After the numerous disasters of the last eight years and the absolute failure of the McCain-Palin campaign to articulate a valid plan they remain on the same ideological path as if they were steel rails.

    How many times do you have to repeat a failure before you get it? Why can’t you even do the maths that show the bankruptcy of republican policies? Where is the responsibility?

  148. 148 selena in Canada
    November 5, 2008 at 20:51

    Sometimes I am incredulous at the judgments people make in an all knowing manner.

    To bring President-elect Obama’s poor grandmother into the conversation is downright strange.

    People grieve in different ways. Obama did what not many politicians would ever dream of doing. He left his campaign and went to see his grandmother before she died.

    Why on earth do you want the poor man to demonstrate grief? Remember how Queen Elizabeth was badgered after Diana died. The Queen is not prone to displays of emotion yet everyone expected her to bow to public wishes. She did but do you think that made her grief any more or less real?

    Personal displays are not for the departed; they are for the person who grieves. No two people feel things the same way. Let Obama and his family conduct their personal affairs without any expectations on our part. It is better that way.

  149. 149 Carol in OH
    November 5, 2008 at 20:55

    @ Troop
    November 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I wish thall all of the skeptics/McCain supporters were as gracious as you are. I must say this is the most intelligent comment that I have read or heard from the opposition. Thnx for the civility

  150. 150 gary
    November 5, 2008 at 20:56

    To the winners: Congratulations! Try to the best you can for every person in the country. To the losers: Better luck next time. You gave it your best shot! To those who see this (now past) event as reason to not work as hard as they can to solve problems our country faces: Shame on you!

  151. 151 bjay
    November 5, 2008 at 20:58

    The day after the night before

    YE !

    NO surprises!
    We got a MAN.
    However, we got a party,
    Party Harty, but NO MoNeY-as usual with this party.
    The Republican did not bring out the ‘big guns’ to win this election-for a losing battle!
    YE !
    The name of the GAME is how to deal with the CORPORATE DICTATORSHIP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now, you have to approach these games with the ‘Machivavellien’ attitude!
    YE ! Take this common to the bank or you will be let down !

    Bjay connotation with accent.

    ps; “Mankind so easily settle things by obstruct words, like, patriotism, morality, virtue, morality, honor, freedom, etc, etc.
    The job is to go above/beyond that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  152. November 5, 2008 at 21:12

    Hi WHYSers!

    In answer to Ros’ question, I watched it on CNN, listened to the World Service on the 104.3 FM band and blogged online all night, at least for as long as I was able to.

    Obama’s acceptance speech though was the clearest indication that he recognises the gravity of what happened last night and the road ahead. I surely think that it is not beyond him and his exceptional team of advisers to provide some real solutions to the economic crisis, as well as clean up the image of America, in terms of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It will not be easy, but it surely will be possible with an inclusive approach and everyone doing their part. Collective responsibility is far better option than unilateralism.

  153. 153 kpelly hezekiah
    November 5, 2008 at 21:23

    Mr. Obama, is trully, a politician. In the first minutes of his victory speech he said because he won the election the change has come. Then by the end of the same speech he tells the US voters that voting for him isn’t the change but the chance to make the change and that nothing will actually change if americans continue to do things in the same old way. The most interesting aspect of his speech to me was when he said midway that that change may not occur even during his 1st term in office but surely the change will come and so people should not give up. The politician that he is he has started his moves towards his 2nd term campaign. I pity the US innocent citizens who got carried away by his oratory.

  154. November 5, 2008 at 21:32

    @ Anthony, LA, CA

    The popular vote margin, by the latest numbers reported, is 63,459,085 Obama-Biden to 56,122,033, with 83% of the vote counted, a difference of 7,337,052. With a total count of 119,581,118, and ignoring, for now, the votes for the other candidates, the margin is just over 6% (less, of course, if your factor in the other candidates), equating to a country that remains divided 53-47.

    I, too, am seeing blue all over – the unfortunate thing being, however, that the blue colors the urbanized parts of the country, while the red washes all of the rest (take a look at http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/results.htm). I fear we’re heading for a new kind of targeted disenfranchisement in future elections, as technology allows candidates to focus attention of the special few, or the certain areas, that will guarantee a win, but not necessarily fair representation.

    And, yes, it’s time, once and for all, to put the race card back into the deck, seal the deck, and lock it away for all time.

  155. 155 kpelly hezekiah
    November 5, 2008 at 21:33

    US citizens, you have just managed to elect a cheerleader and he has told you point blank that role up your sleeves otherwise you have yourselves to blame and not him which is the very opposite of what he said when he wanted your votes. At that time he said vote for him to fix your problems economically, socially, etc. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

  156. 156 kpelly hezekiah
    November 5, 2008 at 21:38

    On a more serious not, I’m pleading with all of you, like the good old senator mccain said to join hands with Obama and help him navigate the murky international waters otherwise the man will lead you to a worse place than bush has done. He is just inexperienced.

  157. 157 John in Scotland
    November 5, 2008 at 21:43

    Judging by the garbelled inconsequencial drivel of about 90% of the contributions here ….I’d say theres no hope for humanity.

    Be sure you Americans will be at each others throats in a year or 2.You are delusional about who you are . You seem to live in this myth world of you being the greatest democracy ….when you dont even have civilised health care .
    Quite frankly you are a ‘confused obese nation’ .Perhaps you should learn from your ‘ Native people ‘ who you have so comprehensively abused.

    In the words of John trudell ( native soiux):

    ” we know the difference between the reality of freedom and the illusion of freedom…the way to live with earth and the way not to …we choose the way of earth ”

    If you want to know exactly what your predicament is and that of Obama …the new JFK ( not), then listen to World business news (world service).

    I think its great that a man of colour has made it to the white house ….and he is certainly at a personal level someone I think anyone would like . Trouble is he,s got you lot to deal with….on top of a collapsed economy and a massively deficit dollar …..God help him!!!

  158. 158 John LaGrua/New York
    November 5, 2008 at 21:45

    No surprise after the Bush debacle and McCain’s performance Joined at the hip with Lieberman and Palin ,McCain was doomed .The US voter showed it respected intelligence and achievement as a prospect of future performance and soundly rejetected the Bush crowd which had reeked such havoc on the world .Not even Ghenghis Kahn spread so much misery as W .The egalitaran nonsense from the McCain campaign fell flat as people saw the need for a preisdent who understood theitr problems but had demonstrated in his personal life the qualities of initiative ,hard work and perserverance against great odds.Race was overshadowed by these characteristics .He will need al the help he can get form a carefully chosen cabinet and advisers.God Speed.,

  159. 159 Thomas Murray
    November 5, 2008 at 21:48

    I wasn’t surprised John McCain won 52-47 percent in Kentucky.

    But I work two liberal precincts in Louisville (G109 (mine) and G108). Together we voted Barack Obama over McCain 75-24 percent, results midway between those in San Francisco and Los Angeles County in California.

    Here, politics isn’t argued politely, but usually entails spittle-spewing invectives about George Bush. If you Europeans knew just how put-out the American people are about the Bushies, you’d sleep better at night.

    What’s comparably interesting about McCain and Obama is that they both deliver relatively short speeches, and not the yawn-inducing Castro-length everything-I-know Wagnerian-opera-sized 2-hour plus length jerimiads that Bill Clinton would give.

    On the other hand, the social “changes” that both Obama and McCain presented differed in syntax only. Both Obama and McCain on the war in Iraq essentially said: “We wanna get outa there.” On health care: “It’s too expensive. It’s gotta be fixed.” On the stock market: “Bail it. We’ll collect the rent later.”

    So the choice between them was a dart toss. But I think the general feeling was that the electorate felt the Republicans needed a spanking for causing the nightmare in Iraq and letting Wall Street off its leash to start biting everyone.

    F.Y.I. I watched the coverage from bed. I was too tired to do much of anything else.

    Regards. Louisville, Kentucky, US.

  160. 160 Ramesh Gundapaneni
    November 5, 2008 at 22:12

    Yes, on record Obama is seen as the first black president. But i don’t give much importance to that fact. Personally he must be a great character as his opponents did not find a way to tarnish his image inspite of his roots, seemingly muslim family name that sounds almost similar to Osama, that could have been handy weapons to his opponents. I too doubt his capabilities to perform as a President. But whenever they won, Democrat presidents have done a reasonably good job. So the only thing to watch out for is whether Obama provides a memorable ledership or not.

  161. 161 gary
    November 5, 2008 at 22:24

    To those who’ve made comments about Mr. Obama’s grandmother and his consideration for her: Hey guys, if you’ve not been there, lay off. It’s bad form. Life at its ending can be remarkably painful to endure and to watch. Many people are happy to see an elderly loved one finally out of pain.

  162. November 5, 2008 at 22:51

    I take issue with any suggestions that to believe in hope is a bad thing. Separate and apart from the challenges inherrent in the polling technology, itself, some of which are alluded to above, there is no denying that part of the real reason behind the Obama victory and the reactions across the world has been precisely because as ‘the greatest nation on earth’, American influence stretches far and wide. It is good when such an influence is used for positive and good things, as promises to be the case with Obama in charge, as compared to say President Bush, whose administration’s foreign policies alienated many within the global community.

    The point could hardly be that Obama is the Messiah, come to save us from ourselves. Rather, that the Presidency of the US is one which, when used with responsibility and balance, can be far more positive in its effects than seems to be the case now. Let us recall that Obama did say that the ‘war on terror’ did not make the world any safer, which seems to be true.

    This is part of what fuels the tidal wave of emotions experienced, collectively, in the global community last night. The hope that the world might be even a step closer to real security than what obtains at present is a potent contagion. That effort requires collective responsibility and engagement.

  163. 163 Bert
    November 5, 2008 at 22:56

    I hope the Republican party got the message that stubborn cussedness in the face of hopelessly failed policies will not fly. And let’s hope that Obama doesn’t turn out to be the socialist he sounds like he might be.

    I don’t pin any hopes on Obama to fix the economy. Neither he nor McCain had anything useful to offer in that regard. But I think he can get us out of having to pour $10B a week, more or less, into Iraq. And I hope he doesn’t think that freeing us of that unnecessary burden means he can throw that same sum into another black hole or two, around the world or even at home.

    My problem is that I hear a lot of “gimme gimme,” with outstretched hands, from all parts of the world. As if everyone now expects Obama to play fast and free with money he doesn’t have. My expectation is that he’ll be under intense scrutiny now. Any sign of excessive magnanimousness, at home or abroad, and the Democrats will get tossed out of Congress in the next two years.

    If he sticks to his message of personal responsibility, and on international pilicy that isn’t utterly “my way or the highway,” as was Bush’s, we may have hope yet.


  164. 164 Jens
    November 5, 2008 at 22:57

    john in scotland,

    i am ever so glad you are in scotland and not here. we truely do not need your negativity……

  165. 165 Don
    November 5, 2008 at 23:01

    Sitting here on the morning after, it is quite difficult to judge or identify my emotions. The writing was on the wall for some time now, however the actuality and realness of the day is both elusive and biting. I should take comfort in the fact that half the country is more or less feeling this same way, but I don’t. The very first emotion is anger and resentment in a powerful and almost overwhelming rush. “I’ll simply be mad and hateful for the next four years”, that is my most dominant thought. And the impulse is truly base. Yet, resonating somewhere in the depths of consciousness is a small entity, a notion, hazy and elusive.

    In this halcyon moment I can glimpse an image of reason. The perception that what I can’t quite grasp is delicate, substantial and may easily evanesce. If I silently ascend into this hidden realm the words begin to appear — grace, tolerance, freedom, humility. Other words appear — autonomy, choice, independence, sovereignty. The enlightenment emancipates my optimism. We are each incredible thinking beings who can direct our contemplations toward whatsoever we choose. We can will contentment over resentment; buckle up rather than buckling under; understanding over ignorance and individual thought over the collective chant.

    Easier said than done, certainly. The gloating has begun, however it takes two to tango (tangle). My initial reaction to the “Obama” flags waving out the driver’s window was to extend the middle finger. Though, if you think about it, that person is happy and my sallow gesture will do nothing to dampen that sanguine soul.

    The fact is we’ve had hatred and loathing permeating this country since shortly after 9/11. We must ask ourselves why? The status quo won’t do and yes, things must change. We, the losers, must make the first step. We either choose to look backwards and say “Why decimate a man and drag his name through the mud”. Or we can move forward by giving up the past, but not giving up our quest for greater individual freedom.

  166. 166 Francis Idowu
    November 5, 2008 at 23:22

    The election of Barack Obama as the first African American president of the United States of America is victory for people of reason in the world; but for those that believe they are superior to other human beings it is a big shame. The United Kingdom of Great Britain belongs to that second group and should therefore cover their face in shame.
    Listening to the BBC (particularly radio) during the American electioneering campaign was a very harrowing experince. They never saw anything positive in the candidacy of Barack Obama as they always reported on him from a negative point of view. The report was always reassuring that John McCain was “fast narrowing” the gap, or that Obama would not be able to sustain the lead. All this was all the BBC saw from day to day even when the reality was completely different. When I could no longer stand the bias reporting, I stopped tuning to the BBC in the car or at home and rather switched over to the CNN where reporting was more balanced and realistic.
    No one should be surprised at this attitude of the BBC because their view reflects that of the British people who would always sing about equality on one side of their mouth (with their usually deceptive smiles), but practice a completely different thing on the football field, restaurants, offices and road. If you can, ask Gordon Brown (a Scottish) was he is putting up with in the hands of the English people.
    Well, America, a bigger, richer, more powerful and better focused country has proved to the British people that the entire human race is equal before God.

    Let the British people continue to celebrate halloween in preference to Christmas; prefer the pub to the Church; bend over backwards to appease other religions and rubbish Christianity-the very foundation of their success; and write commedies about God while they continue to seek after ghosts!!!! Well, in the United States of America, God has spoken, and it is loud and clear for those that care to hear!!! The United Kingdom must return to their roots founded on the virtues of Godliness if they hope to remain great! God bless our dearly beloved country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

  167. 167 Roberto
    November 5, 2008 at 23:38

    RE “” I voted for Obama and happy to see him as my next president. I feel it spoke volumes for conservatives when they BOOed The President Elect during McCain’s concession speech. “”

    ———– Time to start paying attention.

    That’s what partisan party sheep do, cheer their hero blindly and boo their villian with vigor. They did it in Gore/Kerry concessions, they did it in GWSr/Dole concessions and on ad infinitum back through history.

    They’ll all be back 4 yrs from now, cheering and booing on cue and blithering on about policies like a puppy with his chew toy..

  168. 168 Don
    November 5, 2008 at 23:43

    Did the president do something hideous or despicable? The short answer is “no”. We’ve had presidents who were ethically deficient in various degrees, whether personally iniquitous or those succumbing to the temptations of power. We can all name a few on each side of the aisle. President Bush would fall to the more principled side of the continuum. So, perhaps he made bad policy decisions. If so, which ones?

    The Iraq War is often touted as his failed war, yet he was not alone in seeing the threat from Radical Islam. All flavors of politicians were rattling their swords with notable exception of the true Libertarians. President Bush merely had the audacity to follow through on “our” words. A politician who does what he says he’ll do.

    The economy is the other highly promoted presidential failure. Although President Bush did not reign in spending he, of course, was confronted with a democratic house and senate. That is no excuse, rather a shared blame. The housing market crash added to the hyperbole, as fingers pointed. Yet, none of those armchair quarterbacks reviewed the highlights and noticed the democratic tampering with Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae.

    What then caused the extreme derision? Perhaps it was two fold. Anger — anger at our vulnerability as an open society and anger at our loss. The President reflected our national profile and many of us were disguised by the reality. War and aggression is awful, yet you can’t ignore the problem any more than you can ignore cancer. Many did not want to face the reality of what the world was throwing our way. Suddenly, that anger gets directed toward the man holding the mirror. Throw in a close election and a few dangling chads to make an evil brew.

    We individualists, we conservatives, we free market supporters must extended our conciliatorial hand to the collective winners. We have the power to make things miserable or make things better.

  169. November 5, 2008 at 23:52

    @ jens

    I mean we can’t throw anything in anyone’s face anymore, no matter how frustrating it might may be.

  170. 170 Bert
    November 5, 2008 at 23:56

    — “The Iraq War is often touted as his failed war, yet he was not alone in seeing the threat from Radical Islam. All flavors of politicians were rattling their swords with notable exception of the true Libertarians. President Bush merely had the audacity to follow through on “our” words. A politician who does what he says he’ll do.”

    Sorry, but that’s rather confused. The Iraq war was never about radical Islam, until after the WMDs were not found. The excuse for the unnecessary invasion was changed from WMDs to “terrorism,” which terrorism increased in Iraq thanks to our failed policy there.

    I pin that entirely on this past administration.

    — “The economy is the other highly promoted presidential failure. Although President Bush did not reign in spending he, of course, was confronted with a democratic house and senate.”

    I’m with you there. The problem was the way Fanny and Freddie didn’t seem to mind making risky loans, because we, the taxpayers, were “guaranteed” to bail them out. Not something the Republicans can be accused of specifically. If anything is more likely true, it is that Mr. Obama would perpetuate that sort of policy in the future. That’s what the Congress has to keep an eagle eye on.


  171. November 6, 2008 at 00:29

    I’ve been trying to remember if there was ever a moment in time when Americans spontaneously went out into the streets celebrating, rejoicing, because of the results of an election?

    I think perhaps the only other time anything like it has occurred was the end of World War II? And isn’t it like we have been oppressed, and then perhaps depressed since Bush@Co started exercising power after 911? Or as if we have been in under the thumb of an angry, theocratic dictator, and we are suddenly freed in a spontaneous revolution?

    American democracy works! I hope you all who don’t have it yet, will get it soon. These blogs will hopefully speed things up!

  172. 172 Ramesh Gundapaneni
    November 6, 2008 at 02:26

    I am basically from India. The last time I talked about race relations in US, i was told that calling someone a black is offensive, instead, we should call him African American. But now everybody is calling Obama as first black president and Nobody seems to be feeling offensive about that either. I am just trying to understand the reason. Do people there find it more akward to call him ‘First African American president’ and hence settled for ‘First black president’? Someone clarify me please!!

  173. 173 Kelsie in Houston
    November 6, 2008 at 02:34

    “This is a turning point for the United States. It may also be a turning point for the world…”
    –European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

    “I know that he [Mr Obama] is a true friend of Britain.”
    –UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown

    I could not be prouder of the United States than right now, in this moment, as the world and America finally ‘rediscover’ each other. Let the partisans and pundits fight it out and fling their mud: nothing can dampen my spirits, or those of millions of Americans across our nation.

  174. 174 Ray and Corrine in Des Moines
    November 6, 2008 at 02:36

    In his acceptance speech Obama said “…it began in the backyards of Des Moines…”
    We here in Des Moines, Iowa USA are proud to have chosen him first, in our Iowa Caucuses. He has come a long way since then, with a lot of hard work, organization and the desire of many for a new beginning. People all over the world have shown that they still love America and are looking forward to a much better America with improved relations with other nations.

  175. 175 ChibiMethos
    November 6, 2008 at 03:32

    As a black American female, I am NOT happy about Obama. I never trusted the man; his campaign was a clarion call down the rosewood path and I am disapointed that many of the American people fell for it.

    He has no policies except socialism, and he does not speak for me. I just hope America will be able to survive him.

    JoLinda, I agree with you on some things, but I don’t think I’ll ever agree with his policies.

    Hiam Chipman, I’m already looking forward to the House sweeps in two years.

  176. 176 Tom D Ford
    November 6, 2008 at 04:22

    OK, here’s a point of paranoia; Cheney/Bush created private Conservative Republican corporate armies like Blackwater, can the Secret Service protect Obama from them?

    And can and will Democrats legislate them out of existence?

    And will they go peacefully?

    And what other chimeras did Cheney/Bush create in secret that will have to be dealt with and got rid of?

    Hmm. Will an Obama-Democratic government be willing and able to peal back the secrecy and expose the fetid putrid rot of the Cheney/Bush/Conservative Republican government and disinfect it?

    Yep, it is going to be interesting.

    CSI-Cheney/Bush/Conservative Republicans! The new and riveting crime drama reality show!

  177. 177 Don
    November 6, 2008 at 04:27

    *** Sorry, but that’s rather confused. The Iraq war was never about radical Islam, until after the WMDs were not found. The excuse for the unnecessary invasion was changed from WMDs to “terrorism,” which terrorism increased in Iraq thanks to our failed policy there. ***

    Yes, I will admit it is confusing, but I put the source of that confusion squarely on the American Mass Media. The dissemination of information is very selective and shallow via our TV and newspapers. Sounds bites take sway over substance. Just glance at The Economist or The Cato Institute to get an idea of diverse and unvarnished research.

    The Republicans typically don’t market their positions very well. The WMD was indeed only a part of the reason for the war. You could read through the 23 reasons listed in the Senate Resolution and in there you will find Al-Qaeda and terrorism. The smoke and mirrors to rewrite who did what doesn’t hold up to the black and white facts on document.

    WMD were listed, however I would maintain that the major reason for going to Iraq was to have a foothold in the Middle East to fight the terrorist on our terms. If you look around, we”ve done fairly well at isolating and removing them. Sure, sometimes things get worse before they get better, however delaying the inevitable is simply sticking your head in the sand.

    There are some soldiers who don’t think we should be there — I met one out on the trail last month. However, the majority of soldiers know and believe in the fight. And I don’t believe for one minute that the terrorists we are fighting today would have simply been working a 9-5 if we hadn’t stirred the nest. That’s a little naive.

  178. 178 Tom D Ford
    November 6, 2008 at 04:59

    In a sense, complacent Americans finally got tired of the stench and throw out the garbage. Goodbye to Conservatives and good riddance!

  179. 179 Jack Hughes
    November 6, 2008 at 05:00

    @Francis Idowu

    You must be talking about a different BBC to the one that I pay for.

    Can you help us all by posting the name of any BBC correspondent that you suspect just might be a closet Republican sympathiser.

    With a brief quote from said correspondent.

    Just one beeber will do.

  180. November 6, 2008 at 08:12

    @ Jennifer

    “Democrats have already been in control of just as much as Republicans.”

    Take a look at factual history.


    From 1995 till 2007 and the 110th congress, Republicans have had the majority.
    There is a period from 2001-2003 where control bounces back and forth, but the majority of the time belongs to republicans. And despite the fact that the Democrats have the majority of seats, that hasn’t prevented the Republicans from filibustering.

    –The term first came into use in the United States Senate, where Senate rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless a supermajority of three-fifths of the Senate (60 Senators, if all 100 seats are filled) brings debate to a close by invoking cloture.[6]–wikipedia–

    The basic premise is to talk random BS all day so the other party can’t do what they want. You should take a deeper look into what you think you know.

  181. November 6, 2008 at 08:20

    Honestly, why in any forum of government should there exsit such a idiotic rule as filibuster. I want John McCain and that pen which knows names on who got this heap of dung started.

  182. November 6, 2008 at 08:47

    I apologize for the multiple posts but ya know … (laughing) I mean, it’s worth it.

    I think it is important to note that if one looks at the history page of the senate, and the number of seats controlled by parties, that the last time a congress actually had a chance to do something without interference of the other party by filibustering was in the late 70’s, and there was a period of “real” control in the 60’s by Democrats. I for one cannot say how horrible or terrific those times were, because I was born in 1977. Actually looking over the history page and keeping in mind the need for 60 seats to shoot down a filibuster, is it any wonder they do not get anything done but self serving pay raises?

    For the record, I am an independent, if I must define myself politically.

  183. November 6, 2008 at 09:07

    Congratulations on Obama, the world’s first HYBRID PRESIDENT.


    His mother was white, or did you all miss something.

    This again, is all about the mesia potraying him as something he in not.

    Even Jessie Jackson was told to shut up because he stated this pretty basic fact.

    2nd: People who think he is going to change things, are in for a shock. The individuals who are in control of America, are white.

    The anticipation of change is emmence, but it will soon fizzle out, when Obama realises he cannot do very much.

    Just like Kennedy, he will try and when he gets near the bone, he will be warned. If he ignores it, he will be eliminated.

    America is a violent country ruled by the gun.

    In the next 23 days, you will realise what I mean, if you thought Virginia Tech was shocking, hold on to your seats.

  184. November 6, 2008 at 09:14


    i like to side with obama with one thing.its true that he has brought some hope to pure black americans that in america,itspossible for anyone to realise his or her dreams.so,its up to indigenous both black parents families to pull up their socks so as their children too can become president before a cloned american does.
    this is because am sure luther king had in mind that one day the american president will come from a family of both black parents.though he might not have said so…….so,i still have hope that luthers true dream will be realised in future to bring change and not just to brainwash the world.

    precisely right


  185. 186 rick
    November 6, 2008 at 09:21

    Congradulations America!
    You have elected a man of vision.
    We have recently done the same in Australia.
    All is well.
    There is hope after all.

  186. 187 Paul W
    November 6, 2008 at 11:16

    How black is Obama anyway ? He was raised with white values, ethics, beliefs and culture.

    Had he been born somewhere like Chicago, raised in the poor black inner city areas he would never have had the oppertunities he has had due to his white family.

    Don’t get me wrong, good luck to Obama for making the most of the hand life gave him, but let’s not assume that any black person could have gotten as far as he has.

  187. 188 Bryan
    November 6, 2008 at 11:18

    Steve November 5, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Why is the USA the only country ever expected to redeem itself?

    Excellent question. The lefty MSM and people from over the world are flooding the airwaves with the idea that the only valid and decent thing America has done in its entire history is elect a coloured man as president, and that America has now finally made amends for all its sins and has only now come of age.

    Actually I can think of a few more countries that were/are expected to redeem themselves. White South Africa redeemed itself and dissolved apartheid and handed over power to blacks. (white South Africans are now slowly but surely becoming the new oppressed, but that’s another debate.) Similarly, Rhodesia redeemed itself, unfortunately turning into Zimbabwe. Israel is also expected to redeem itself by either reducing the country to an indefensible size or allowing Palestinian “refugees” to flood the country and thereby turn Jews into powerless, second-class citizens in their own land.

    How come Germany doesn’t have to have a Jewish Chancellor to redeem Germany’s actions during WW2?

    Another excellent question. We expect the people currently praising America for electing Obama as a “black” American to turn their attention to Germany, which, incredibly, still has regular neoNazi marches and denial of the Holocaust. We expect worldwide hysteria and relentless pressure on Germany to elect one of its Jewish citizens to the most powerful position in the country. Don’t think we’ll get it, though.

  188. November 6, 2008 at 12:07

    @Steve November 5, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    The answer is simple. If you present yourself as being “the way, the light, and the truth” then you are going to be scrutinized for your hypocrisies. The US feels the need to “spread democracy” and claim the “moral high ground” on the world stage. In some cases some administration has used force to enforce it. It is natural for people to expect the US to explain and atone for its own insufficiencies.

  189. 190 Bryan
    November 6, 2008 at 12:16

    Barack Obama ended his victory speech with these words:

    God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

    Now these could just be words, or the president-elect could really be a God-fearing Christian. If he is, how will that affect the support he has received from committed atheists and those on the left who have endless scorn for Christians?

  190. 191 selena in Canada
    November 6, 2008 at 15:05

    Now these could just be words, or the president-elect could really be a God-fearing Christian.

    Does anyone think that Obama is not a God-fearing Christian?

  191. 192 Luise
    November 6, 2008 at 15:27

    Obama can’t do magic so I think it will take some time to get the economy stronger and I wouldn’t expect to much of him. I think he WILL change some things but not so fast!

  192. November 6, 2008 at 15:31

    I think first of all this is a real victory for the spirit of the people. It is a moment to remember and celebrate along the path of creating a better country and, a better world.

    However, within the limits of what is actually possible in American politics I foresee little change. Those with the power behind the scenes, and holding the wealth will never allow something to come between them and more acquisition of power and wealth.

    But this is a step along the way to bringing the US into the modern world of democracy. It may take another generation and a lot of disappointments along the way.

    Obama will do his best and soon realize his hands will be tied in ways he never quite imagined. but real change is not for this 4 or 8 year period. he can though, lay the groundwork for future change that will be consequent to this election and owe a lot to what has now happened in the country.

  193. November 6, 2008 at 16:49


    What do you define as sociopath exactly, in association with Barack Obama. He has a family for god sake! I think you need to study its definition more closely. Unless you want to put your own interpretation upon it that is.
    Were you party to the telephone calls informing him about his terminally ill grandmother? Probably against the advice of his team in the crucial final election days, he went to visit her in those last hours. Do you know what was discussed between the two of them? No you don’t. She was a defining influence upon him throughout his life, and helped shape him in to the man he has become. Unless he chooses to do so, we will never have access to the final conversations and words exchanged between the both of them. But it is possible as others in her predicament as I have witnessed myself when someone dies, that during those final conversations people will say my life is now over and it is time for you to live yours and fulfill your deeply held dreams as far as possible.
    It is highly unlikely that she would not have been aware and extremely proud of the fact that her dear grandson was standing upon the cusp of history. Therefore the fact probably did not escape her notice that his destiny, that of America and the world’s was of so much more and overriding importance than the passing of one individual, no matter how terribly painful. We will never know unless Barack decides to divulge the content of those conversations, which he probably never will. And as you should already know, as pointed out to you by others posting here, people choose to grieve in their own way be it in public or private for a short time or long, who are we to judge?
    At his acceptance speech there were visible tears and upset in full gaze of the watching world and media. Not enough for you? I suggest you look to yourself and not others in this instance.

  194. 195 R B Dass
    November 6, 2008 at 18:28

    All the people of the world have high expectations from
    Mr Obama for a common goal of Peace, harmony,justice and international welfare. The task is hard and we wish him sucess and victory always.Will one day see a colored PM in the UK ?

  195. November 6, 2008 at 18:40

    @ pratik

    You would appear to be a ‘sociopath’ get over yourself. I you must realise that firstly Obama did not choose the time of his grandmother’s demise, nor did he choose the date of the polling day. Good luck to him he has a massive task on his hands inheriting the mess the U.S is in thanks to George W.

  196. 197 Joan
    November 6, 2008 at 19:02

    I think that President-Elect Obama is a intelligent, competent, man who has the good judgement to select cabinet members who are of a high caliber. That, combined with his open-mindedness, will move the country on the right direction. People SHOULD NOT EXPECT HIM TO WAVE A MAGIC WAND make everything all better. That jerk Bush has left country in an awful mess, that will not easily be cleaned up. I do think that President-Elect Obama can improve our relationship with the international community because he is a multi-cultural person; and does not hold the imperialist idea of past “old, white men” who have been president. I know that he, and his cabinet, will makes mistakes in trying to clean-up the “cesspool-of-a-mess” that Bush left. Nevertheless, I will have confidence that he is trying to do the right thing for the country (even the racist idiots who did not vote for him just because of the color of his skin, and the hateful cretins who may try to assassinate him). I believe that he is a good and honorable man who will do his best for this country. Even if he fall short of his aspirations, he will do a heck of a lot better than that knuckle-head Bush.

  197. November 6, 2008 at 22:11

    All you sour grapes Republicans,

    I’ll say this here and now. If Obama had lost this election by fair means or foul, I’d be bitterly disappointed and thinking why Americans didn’t have the foresight to unshackle themselves from their recent and shameful past in relation to the treatment of blacks and slaves.
    But I wouldn’t carp on about it in the really bitter and somewhat threatening manner some of you on this blog are so doing.
    Michel Orr’s comment – “Just like Kennedy, he will try and when he gets near the bone, he will be warned. If he ignores it, he will be eliminated. America is a violent country ruled by the gun. In the next 23 days, you will realise what I mean, if you thought Virginia Tech was shocking, hold on to your seats”. What precisely do you mean? Just to speak this way is not at all pleasant or displays any sense of empathy for Obama’s position. Hiam Chipman’s comment – “Remember, Obama is a president-elect; he is not the President yet, thankfully.” The implied and hidden invective within both comments is distasteful and deeply disturbing.
    And for all of you who think the war in Iraq is a good thing then I suggest you seek out more soldiers who are prepared to speak out about the futile loss of combatants there. Never mind the shameful and vast numbers of Iraqi civilians who have been killed as a consequence of the violence there since 2003, 600,000 plus dead Iraqis per Lancet Report, dismissed by Bush & Blair out of hand. The UK government Ministry of Defense adviser on record as warning Blair not to ignore or deny the findings. Of course he did so. Some success story the Iraq war. Sad as it is 3,000 dead Americans re. 9/11 pales into insignificance. Cont’d.

  198. November 6, 2008 at 22:13

    All you Sour Grapes Republican supporters,

    How many times does it have to be said THERE WERE NO TERRORISTS IN IRAQ BEFORE THE ILLEGAL INVASION!!! NONE!!! Indeed those terrorists as labelled by the US & UK are to some freedom fighters. But you guys with your blinkered dyed in the wool opinions will not look further beyond which is fed to you by a predominantly right wing media, not liberal or left wing as you suppose. Even media as a whole is doing a disservice to the people no matter the political standpoints as perceived by you and others. If you think there is half the story out there then think again my friends. Because the journalists of real integrity and stature hardly get a look in be it Iraq, Afghanistan or the numerous and divisive conflicts the US have been involved in before. And when they do it is at considerable risk to themselves, not safely embedded ones fearing to go beyond the perimeter and just tow the army line on reporting events in Iraq.
    You want proof I’ll give you proof! But you are so unlikely to accept because you’re afraid of what might happen to you when it grabs you by the throat and forces you to swallow deeply unpalatable truths!
    I pointed out to one of the posters here the truth when it came to a politician she looked upon admiringly. She is not prepared to discuss it further, despite my wishes. She wrongly feels that it’s better not to be further discussed, more commonly known as denial.
    It is not fear of the unknown, fear of the enemy, fear of the future that eats away at people’s souls. It is FEAR of FEAR itself that creates such tensions, divisions and hatred in society and the world a whole. When we can get beyond that we will begin to go forward as human beings and not as frightened and scared individuals, broken communities, damaged societies, divided nations, and the world interminably in conflict with itself. Otherwise we continue in much the same vein as before. What do you want, what do you desire from this brief existence that we have all been granted here? Please ask yourselves this question, if only once in your lifetime.

  199. November 6, 2008 at 22:40

    @ Matthew

    “It is not fear of the unknown, fear of the enemy, fear of the future that eats away at people’s souls. It is FEAR of FEAR itself that creates such tensions, divisions and hatred in society and the world a whole.”

    I agree it is disturbing to hear those comments that imply assassination of a man who has not yet taken office.

    Btw, thanks for your previous comments/info. It was helpful. I rarely go back and read previous blog post, so it was good that you pointed it out. Cheers.

  200. 201 Bryan
    November 6, 2008 at 23:24

    Ramesh Gundapaneni November 6, 2008 at 2:26 am,

    Yours is one of the most insightful comments I’ve seen on this debate. Yes, now in the post-election euphoria, people can call their hero anything – the PC “African American”, or “coloured” or “black.” The compulsion to make whitey feel guilty and insist that he use the politically correct terminology when talking about blacks has been temporarily forgotten in the victory celebrations. I even heard Obama described as a “black American” on the BBC, of all places.

    Funny thing is, Obama is not black, and it’s about as accurate to call him black as it is to call him white. But that small fact is lost in the hero-worship and mass hysteria.

    selena in Canada November 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Does anyone think that Obama is not a God-fearing Christian?

    When I saw video clips of the reverend Jeremiah Wright spewing his hatred of white people, I had serious doubts that God was worshipped in Obama’s church.

    Matthew November 6, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    How many times does it have to be said THERE WERE NO TERRORISTS IN IRAQ BEFORE THE ILLEGAL INVASION!!!

    You shouldn’t shout, especially when you are wrong. There was at least one terrorist in Iraq – Saddam Hussein himself. He sponsored Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians. But I guess you’ve never heard about that.

  201. November 6, 2008 at 23:46

    @ Matthew November 6, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Well said!

    @ Steven/Oregon

    *High-five back at you for the win of President Obama*

    No need to apologize. Even if you had insulted me (though I did not see it that way), I have thick skin, remember I am related to the enemy. LOL 😀

  202. November 7, 2008 at 05:34

    Please forgive the apparent ignorance of my question, but Why is Mr Obama referred to as black, if he is just as much (50%) white as black? This doesn’t seem a fair claim to me and tacitly raises the spectre of racism where it ought to be the perfect example of not mentioning colour. Does black cancel out white in this new euphoric world? I am astonished to see how the media across the board refer to Barack Obama as “black” without a moment’s hesitation.If I were a white American, such as Obama’s late mum, I’d be very concerned about this.

  203. 204 Alex
    November 7, 2008 at 16:02

    I am from Great Britain and usually I would not make comment on a blog about an American election because I know that you, understandably get fed up with the rest of the world poking their nose in. I’m going to do so anyway though! I’m a member of the UK Conservative Party (the main Right-wing party of the UK) and I am horrified by the damage that President Bush has done to the reputation of Liberalism and to the right.

    The economic policies of that government have been a disaster, a government that likes free markets when it suits them but imposes trade barriers and subsidy when it doesn’t. A government that has allowed US debt to approach record levels and greatly misunderstood the cost of going to war. This has not been a good example of prudence!!!

    I supported Barack Obama, whilst I am concerned about any return to protectionism this seems to be a minor issue compared to some of the others. Compared to his predecessor;

    1 Obama can string together coherent sentences. 100% improvement
    2 Obama MAY turn out to have a less bellicose and more realistic foreign policy 200% improvement
    3 Obama is not a Social Conservative. 300% improvement!

    As for Obama being a Marxist, anyone who seriously believes that is crazy. I’m not a big fan of lefties myself but you really do get paranoid ;). Maybe Obama will not be perfect (and he won’t) but he is a step in the right direction. Capitalism serves us well, but Republican lunatics who commit ideological folly do not.

  204. 205 Peter
    November 8, 2008 at 11:20

    Poor US.

    I ask: since when did the whole world march out on streets to salute America? And that it happened now just because a guy called Obama with no concrete proof of his policies except his say so, seems to me even more suspect. I smell a fish and I ask Americans to look beyond the face value of things. I started feeling wierd about this guy Obama when Louis Farrakhan endorsed him. Farrakhan is a Muslim who is quite aware of Obama’s turn-coat to Christianity. Muslims dont suffer turncoats lightly: they slaughter them out of hand; so why did this consummate hater of America suddenly feel warmth for a certain Christian candidate, and how come the rest of the green-eyed world, typically more ready to burn US flags or go “humph!” at American triumphs, be celebrating like this a cup final win? Then to cap things was the congratulatory message FROM Ahmedinajjad! Strewth and Crickey!!

    Let me say again: I smell rotting fish. Can’t elaborate too much, but please use your heads.

  205. November 9, 2008 at 03:34


    Elaborate, elaborate, please do. Because there isn’t anything much of substance and further information that your eliciting here, as far as I can see. You’re just regurgitating similar nonsense from Palin world. A person who was seeking the second highest political office in the land, and if we weren’t where we are now and McCain had won the election, then quite possibly slipping on the shoes of presidency at one point. Nightmare scenario! She doesn’t know that Africa is a continent, has been pranked by a spoof French President Sarkozy, and is not the sharpest tool in the box to put it lightly.
    Please explain the rotting fish analogy; I’m fascinated to know what you mean as I’m sure are others posting here.
    You’re just spouting the same right wing bilge that we’ve all grown accustomed to hearing and seeing via FOX News and similar one agenda media. This is not just my analysis, but leading Republicans who this time voted for Obama because in their words the party had been hijacked by “the crazies.” John LeBoutillier, Republican and former member of the House of Representatives has said re. Palin – “she is a joke.”
    When are you guys going to get your head round the fact that the Republican Party has been hijacked under Bush & Cheney into manacling itself to a far right wing Neo Con agenda that has done untold damage to America home and abroad and been the most disastrous of administrations in your entire history of elected governments? Maybe, never. And you really think McCain would have improved things and moved away from basic evangelical Christian fundamentalist policies influencing a covert and less conspicuous Neo Con agenda? Then you like to fly in the face of reality, sadly.

  206. 207 Bletso
    November 11, 2008 at 02:06

    Obama is an Oreo. His exposure to African American culture came when he joined the church of Rev. Jeremiah Wright as an adult. The people of that church has given him a taste what being black in the USA urban ghetto is all about. Lets hope for all that he is inspired for only what is good for all.

  207. 208 Michelle
    December 25, 2008 at 01:47

    I’m a Republican, and i was needless to say devestated by Obama winning the election. Although deep down i knew it was inevitable i guess.
    Afterall, he’s ‘change’ isn’t he? The first black president. Wow. Talk about racial barriers being broken down.. not.
    People treat this guy like he’s some messiah, which he isn’t. I’m not anti-Obama, on the contrary, i think the guy’s a good actor.

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