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Obama: Globalization of Joy

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Diane Francis

Chicago's Grant Park was filled to the brim with half a million happy, cheering Americans from every socio-economic slice of America's multicultural society.

A Victory For Progressive Change

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I look forward to working with the entire progressive community in the months to come as we turn our focus away from elections and toward governing so we can quickly get our nation back on track.

A Transformational Presidency?

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the country at an ideological watershed, Obama has a historic opportunity to reshape the ruling paradigm of American politics.

Pro-Choice Victories in the 2008 Election

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

Last night, while standing just a few feet from the podium from which our next pro-choice president spoke, I was overcome with pride and emotion.

The Long Exhale

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.

The Mortgage Crisis: A Modest Proposal

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In dealing with the mortgage crisis it is critical to keep people in their houses. To do that we have to have ways to renegotiate their mortgages.

How About Those White People?

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Elections aren't about intellect. They're about emotion. That's why people so often vote against their own interests.

So We Finally Exhaled. And it is a Glorious New Day.

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama has truly brought all of us hope for a new tomorrow -- free from hate and fear. He is the catalyst for our hopes, wishes and dreams.

Big Election Winner: Indy Media

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

Of all the factors contributing to Obama's victory -- luck, economic crisis, Bush, Palin -- a major factor is now so second-nature to us that we may overlook its transformative impact since just four years ago: the Internet and the progressive online boom.

History on Cuba - Hidden in Plain View - In Florida's Election Returns

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

In the election returns, hidden in plain view, is license for President-elect Obama to fundamentally rethink U.S. policy toward Cuba and expand on his incremental approach.

The Obama Victory: America Enters the Energy Future

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

An advocate for the environment will be the next US president. We may be eight years late, but America is finally poised to enter the 21st century.

Looking Forward: What Comes After the New Deal and the Raw Deal?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The task facing President-elect Obama is to articulate the role of government in the 21st century just as FDR articulated its role in the 20th.

African Americans vs Gay Americans?

Judy Wieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Wieder

It looks like I still have a lot of work left to do, a lot of marching and protesting--even though I did that already for others and they're not doing the same for me.

Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

What an insult it is to the idea of accountability -- this notion that responsibility for the ugly emotions unleashed by demagoguery this campaign season is wiped away by a concession speech.

A Memo to President-Elect Obama from America's New Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama is going to be held to a very high standard by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll be watching, and holding everyone in Washington accountable.

On Obama, Race and the End of the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Following the Iowa caucuses, I came away believing then, as I do now, that Obama's powerful voice that emerged that night had the potential to have a profound impact on America.

Great Expectations

Al Meyerhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Meyerhoff

Obama has sounded his own call to arms, that "fierce urgency of now." "Now" has come.

The Other Side of Paradise

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Eastern Afghanistan--In the early hours of the morning, an Army Captain watched as the election results were being reported. He shook his head in disgust. "This is proof that the media can elect a President."

Obama's Election, and the Work Ahead

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

As many people have written, if the election was global, it would have been a landslide for Obama, and the reaction here in Switzerland is quite positive.

Obama's Branding Genius

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

AdAge announced today that yesterday, November 4, is the most significant day for marketers in the history of the world.

An Open Letter to Our Next President

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

America's infrastructure is aging. The time to rebuild has come, but the need to bolster our infrastructure also presents a great opportunity to ramp up renewable energy sources.

Hey World, What Do You Think of US Now?

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

We may be seeing the beginnings of presidential leadership that co-inspires mutual trust instead of conspiring to undermine public will.

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.

How to Come Down From Euphoria

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

President-Elect Obama is clearly a very smart guy and a very good politician. Unlike the last Dem with those credentials, he's also exceedingly disciplined. Those qualities will come up against a couple of very major problems.

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.