In a delightfully subversive programming decision, Turner Classic Movies is showing A Face in the Crowd tonight at 8pm, just days before the election.
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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.
This is the great gift of the Bush administration, that apathy has fallen by the way side; citizens are once again active in government. This is George Bush's legacy.
The 2008 election presents another appropriate time when bipartisan unity government is needed more than ever.
For best image of the night, I nominate this image juxtaposing Newsweek's recent cover entitled "America the Conservative" next to 2008's electoral map showing a landslide for the "socialist."
Tonight's election results it also offers proof or disproof of a long-held concept -- that people tend to watch news that comforts them and confirms their attitudes and biases.
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.
When we vote, there will be many by our side we can't see, but they'll be watching us. Whitman wrote that for all we know, he may be standing looking over our shoulders now. He may be right.
In the end Obama is not America`s first black president -- he is America`s first president who happens to be black. The difference is huge.
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.
The Middle East is divided between disbelief and excitement as well as apathy. Many can't believe that America will indeed elect a black man with African roots and a Muslim father as president.
You know what, I'm shell shocked. I can't feel glad yet, that's a quirk of mine, it's hard for me to celebrate.
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.
It is reasonable to once again expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican officials, as in 2004; should we also expect Democrats to once again concede in the face of fraud?
Several years ago, I wrote a book about the lessons of Aesop's Fables. I learned that during the sixth century B.C., Aesop had become counselor to one...
I kept thinking, "I wish my Mother could be here." I thought about Barack Obama's grandmother...
and Paul Newman, too.
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.
As we stand on the verge of a shifting earth I wonder is this the Big One, the epiphany that leads us to brilliance in real time, or is this one of the aftershocks.
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.
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?
Gotta be honest, I expected this way before now. And it's probably a measure of how scared some racists are that America is on the verge of electing its first black president.
In my 24/7 nail-biting terror that the election will be snatched and stolen from Obama, I was reminded that there are many people, committed and dedicated, who work exceedingly hard on Election Day.
Tuesday's election was a milestone in building an America that lives up to its ideals, an event that has broken down old barriers and opened up new doors.
Read Election Results liveblogs from Lincoln Mitchell, Cristina Page, Daniel Sinker from Chicago, Daoud Kuttab from Amman, Jordan, plus more blogging from Andrei Cherny, Peter Daou, Robert Elisberg, Chris Kelly, and many, many more.
Today at least, in St. Louis, America looked back on one of the darkest moments in its history, and resoundingly told Judge Taney to go to hell.
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