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Election Analysis

Obama's Big Bang in France

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Arnold

The truth is -- and some Americans don't understand this -- the French also wanted the best for us.

A Plea to President-elect Obama: Adoption is the Option

Richard C. Thompson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Thompson

During your acceptance speech last night, which was a great and compassionate one, you told your daughters that you are getting them a puppy for the White House. Adoption is the option.

Incurious George

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

For whatever else the election of Barack Obama accomplishes or fails to accomplish, I think it has put an end to the nearly-decade-long Age of Incuriosity of the Bush administration.

One Giant Step

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Leon Roker

We fought. We hoped. We worked. We cried. We panicked. We debated. We held our breath. It's not hyperbolic to say that we helped shift the course of the world.

Yes We Can, Said Barack Obama, And We Did

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.

Making it Work

Jake Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Goldman

A man plastered in Cynthia McKinney stickers poked me right on the Obama button fixed to my coat. "Hold him accountable. Stop the war," he said and dashed out of the car and up the stairs.

Thank You Barack Obama

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Lee Curtis

Thank you Barack Obama. Thank you for four years ago making me say out-loud, "Why can't he be our candidate?" Thank you for blowing away the ether of complacency.

Ya Hussein!

Hooman Majd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hooman Majd

Tonight, as Americans have decided they would prefer Obama to McCain as their next president there is a sigh of relief, and disbelief, in many quarters in the Middle East, including in Iran.

Hello Cleveland

Bruce Springsteen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Springsteen

Now is the time to stand together with Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the millions of Americans that are hungry for a new day, roll up our sleeves and come on up for the rising.

The Sixth Principle

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The president-elect represents a new, post-Clinton, beyond centrism, post-racial, new politics, internet-driven phenomenon. The nation is fed up with neoconservative imperialists, radical fundamentalists, and failed supply-siders.

Yes. We. Did.

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

As Obama has campaigned, so shall he govern. And as he won, so have we won. We must preserve, protect and defend the nation we have won back.

Slowest. Election. Day. Ever.

Benjamin Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Benjamin Sarlin

Where are the hysterical twin shrieks of voter fraud and voter suppression? Where are the Drudge sirens proclaiming the exit poll results like Moses bringing the Ten Commandments from the mountaintop?

Return of the Jedi

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I imagine how my ex-boss, an ailing Ted Kennedy must feel tonight, knowing that many, many months ago he exclaimed to the nation that he could feel change in the air.

The Biggest Loser of the Election is...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

President George Bush is the big loser for reasons that have nothing to do with the election -- he's in a no-win situation regardless of what happens after the election.

Finally, A President Who Looks Like Me!

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.

Election Results Liveblog

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Gov. Ed Rendell seemed very confident a few minutes ago that Obama will score big in the Philadelphia suburbs, making it next to impossible for McCain to take the state.

Obama! By The Content of His Character

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

We must understand one more thing -- how successful President Obama will be in transforming America in a progressive direction will depend on us, as well as on him.

Truth or Fiction: Voting by Memoir

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Henry Sterry

McCain didn't even write his memoir. And the book reads like it was written by the captain of the football team who had the smart kid do it for him.

My Letter to Barack Obama

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Stevens, Jr.

I wrote to Barack several days later. Here's the letter. Looking back, it seems as if today was somehow written in America's destiny.

Reflections on Voting -- 11/4/08

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

I kept thinking, "I wish my Mother could be here." I thought about Barack Obama's grandmother... and Paul Newman, too.

What a Relief -- America Survives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

We docked the ship on shore. We're back to normal now. We have re-established the fundamental building blocks of Western civilization -- we have our foundation underneath us.

Neither Bombs, Rev. Wright or the Gloom of Night

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phillip Martin

In the U.S., the possibility of an African American president does not presuppose the end to color prejudice any more than the election of Mandela meant an end to inequalities in South Africa.

Getting on the Bus

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

The time to celebrate and wax poetic will be limited. It will probably end very abruptly on January 21, 2009, when President Barack Obama commences his grand plan to fix what appears unfixable.

Election Celebration Tips

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

This is a moment to remember, and to share. May we all have a wonderful evening!

American Elections: A True Opportunity for Change, or Just Plastic Surgery?

Gilbert Doumit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gilbert Doumit

As a foreign observer, I am amazed by the level of political engagement and the turnout of the American citizens to the voting ballots - these things reflect their commitment to a better world.