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Presidential Election

Obama's Grammatically Incorrect Election Victory

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

The past tense of "Yes, we can" is not "Yes, we did" but "Yes, we could." But that just sounds weird. The correct phrase should be "Yes, we were able to," but that just sounds too clunky and verbose.

Tears For Obama?

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

Barack Obama and his family are now preparing to move into the White House - which was built with slave labor. That's progress, isn't it?

Israelis Unsure What Obama Means For Their Destiny

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Kloosterman

Maybe Obama will be good for the slumping US and world economy, but most Israelis are suspicious about his lack of experience.

Letters to President Obama from Fourth Graders in Harlem

Lauren Rubinfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Rubinfeld

Dear President Obama, My name is Shareef and I am writing to you to say congratulations on being the first black President. Your wife must be very proud of you.

The Other Side of Paradise, Part 2

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Talking about the election, the Staff Sergeant said to me, "If there is anything I take away from this, it is that change is fearful."

Can We Please Have A Pro-Choice, Pro-Environment Secretary of State?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The new Secretary of State will deal with whatever replaces the Kyoto agreement. Hagel has a 9% 2008 rating from the League of Conservation Voters. Lugar scores 18%. Are they really the best people for the job?

Change Has Come To America

Gen. Wesley Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gen. Wesley Clark

The sight of Barack and Joe Biden, and their families in Grant Park, the warmth of the crowd, and its diversity will long linger as I reflect on how America has changed, and how we have changed ourselves.

A Landslide Victory for Obama In Antarctica

Todd Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Todd Carmichael

The main reason I voted for Obama is because of the effects of climate change I've witnessed first-hand here in Antarctica.

The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Winners: The Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe: they spearheaded a near flawless campaign. Katie Couric: her multi-part interview with Sarah Palin was the turning point in how the country saw Palin -- and by extension John McCain. And she did it in a way that left no room for accusations of being unfair or playing "Gotcha!" Michelle Obama: smarts, grace, style, charm, and a serious "good mommy" vibe -- she's got the whole package. Losers: Joe Lieberman: failed to deliver Democrats, independents, or Jews. And on the way to losing his committee chairmanships. Liddy Dole: her "Godless" ad will be taught in What Not To Do poli sci classes for a century. Joe the Plumber: the clock just hit 15 minutes, and the wakeup call will not be pleasant.

How Our Role as Obama Supporters Should Change: Less Emotion, More Responsibility

Fernanda Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernanda Diaz

We should no longer be adoring fans who are pledging our votes, but instead, the electorate who will hold Obama accountable for the promises he has made and the high standard he has set for himself.

Community Organizer of the World

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

Obama stands today as the president-elect of the United States because of his credential as a community organizer. What a delicious irony.

Yes Business Can

Howard Schultz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Schultz

In tough times like these, many believe that investments in people and training can wait; that corporate social responsibility can be put on the back burner. I believe passionately that this is precisely what American business leaders should not be doing today.

Supposedly Safe GOP House Seat in CA Too Close To Call

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."

Why Some Americans Don't Have Reason to Celebrate

Shaun Jacob Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shaun Jacob Halper

Sorry to be the buzz-kill at the liberal victory-party, but this election has been a historic nightmare for millions of gay Americans.

What We Won on Election Day

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Obama ran a campaign of high integrity, focusing on issues that really mattered, showing he could lead the whole country forward -- not pandering, but speaking to our higher selves.

Whoops: NONE of Top Campaign Bloggers at Newspapers Predicted Obama Win

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Just for fun, one year ago this week, my magazine E&P decided to have some fun and ask top campaign bloggers at the leading newspapers to forecast what was likely to happen in 2008.

Meet the New Christian Right

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Despite talks of its death following the election, within the last two decades the American Christian right has vectored outwards to become a truly global mass membership movement.

Praise God?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Obama's election does not wipe out the vicious racism of centuries, and Prop 8 shows that there is still work to be done confronting the discrimination of Gay and Lesbian people.

The Hope of Obama

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Posted on Alternet, Nov. 6. 2008 Barack Obama's resounding victory has brought even this cynical observer of Democratic Party politics to dare to hop...

Obama Takes His Outside Game to the Inside

Margaret Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margaret Carlson

For a day at least, let's stop and celebrate the improbable assumption of the highest office in the land by this outsider with no birthright, no connections, no mentors.

Election Shows States Moving Forward with Progressive Agenda

Joel Barkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Barkin

The table is set to wipe away the legacy of decades of failed conservative ideology, but what becomes of that opportunity is up to us.

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."

Paris Notebook: Slumber Party for Obama

Elizabeth Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bard

I did not fully understand the power of our inspired cliche; until I moved to a place - even one as civilized as France - where they are not born with it .

A Change is Gonna Come

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

My son will be growing up in a world my father didn't, a world with more possibilities open to him than existed before; closer, at least, to the world as it should be than the world as it was. Or is.

Americans Embrace Pro-Education, Pro-Prevention, Pro-Choice Values in Historic Election

Scott Swenson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Swenson

Social conservatives have a simple choice to make. They can recognize the US as a pluralistic nation with diverse beliefs and work with people they disagree with, or marginalize themselves.