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.
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Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.
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.
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.
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.
Our neighborhood has had many more Obama lawn signs than McCain, by a a ratio of almost 10:1. Today someone drove through this part of the town and stole all of the Obama signs.
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.
Numerous veterans are returning home to find a newly found passion for politics as we have seen first hand how America's policies affect other nations and how Washington has failed.
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.
This is a moment to remember, and to share. May we all have a wonderful evening!
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.
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.
To be sure, the failing economy provided Democrats the context they needed. But a candidate with a little backbone gave them the ability to convince voters to take a chance on change.
The first order of business -- and one that cannot wait until inauguration -- must be halting the robbery-in-progress known as the "economic bailout."
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.
For Democrats, who have become accustomed to their party blowing an election even when it seemed like a sure thing, Tuesday night's results were a bitter pill to swallow.
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