We reelected the first sitting president to endorse marriage equality. We elected the first openly gay senator. For the first time, we defeated a referendum to ban marriage equality, and for the first time, we passed marriage equality by referendum.
America is changing, the middle class and poor need support, and every politician who is not ready for this change should wake today and realize that minorities will wait in line into the early hours of the morning to vote them out of office. Forward, we go.
When the new Congress convenes in January, power will once again be divided between a Republican House and a Democratic President and Senate. So what does it mean for the environment and green politics?
The next four years provide a historic opportunity to end childhood hunger in America. Ensuring children in this country have the food they need to live, learn and play is critical if we are to produce a healthy, educated future workforce and keep America's economy moving forward.
As David Eisenhower taught me in his class on presidential communication at the University of Pennsylvania, strong speeches often have "echoes" of other speeches within them. Last night's victory speech is a perfect example of a speech containing "echoes."
While I don't agree with every decision Obama has made in his first term, I do believe he has the interest of the working family at heart. My call to Obama and his administration focuses more specifically on African-Americans.
Ann Coulter helped in her own inimitable, thoughtless, empty, soulless way to help get Barack Obama elected. She created her own self-fulfilling prophecy. Poor Ann Coulter. She must be so pissed off. The heart bleeds.
This is a victory for all Americans who want to breathe clean air, drink safe water, and protect treasured landscapes. And it is a setback for the fossil fuel companies that invested so heavily in this election and have so little to show for it.
Given the economic doldrums of the past four years, President Obama was unlikely to win reelection this week. The fact that he did says a lot about the strength of his "brand ideal" and the effectiveness of his campaign. So what can we learn from his success?
As Americans go to the polls today, it seems a perfect time to take a final look back at what we've been through the past four years. Some of the reasons you may not like, and some things you may think I missed, but these are my top 50 reasons to vote for President Obama.
As you consider whether you will go out in the last 10 minutes before the polls close to get that one last voter, remember what happened because we fell 550 votes short in Florida in 2000. Those 550 votes had enormous, historic consequences.
My first obligation today is to protect my communities -- this country and this world are my communities -- from catastrophe. Then comes the next obligation: either changing that party or finding another outlet for political action.
As mayors representing America's great cities, we look for a partner in the White House who will help us recover, rebuild and move forward. We have that partner -- and leader -- in President Barack Obama and we believe he has earned a second term.
There are other equally valid reasons, of course, to vote for President Obama on November 6, but these five are at the top of my list. Each, taken separately, strikes me as persuasive. Together I find them compelling.