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Presidential Election

France Celebrates Obama's Big Win

Jessica Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Roy

Last night, American expatriates and our interested French brethren gathered to celebrate, drink champagne and dance with their necks craned painfully so as to have an eye constantly on CNN.

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.

Election Night With Old Glory

Robert D. Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert D. Patterson

"Face each other, each holding one end. Fold it lengthwise with the blue field under, then again lengthwise to show the blue field on top. Now Robert...

Joy, Cautious Optimism Permeate Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Americans Chose Change" was the striking blue headline in Wednesday's An-Nahar daily of Lebanon.

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.

Mandate for Change

Greg Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Saunders

Barack Obama is under no obligation to govern like a centrist or temper his policy goals to accommodate a point-of-view that the American people have decisively rejected. Obama won. Elections have consequences.

Defying Gravity

Jon Klane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Klane

I'm experiencing something unbelievable, transformational, surreal. It occurs to me that the last time I had this feeling was on the morning of 9/11. Only this time, the towers are going back up.

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.

A New Deal for America? Yes We Can!

Matthew Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Stein

It has been estimated that we could fund the changes necessary to turn our world around by shifting just 1/6th of the world's military budget into programs that support energy efficiency.

What Do We Do Now?

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Avi Sinensky

For the first time in my life I got a glimpse into what it must have felt like for my grandparents in 1948: to witness with their own eyes the realization of an impossible dream.

What We Will Remember: Obama's Victory Speech and McCain's Concession

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Obama and McCain accomplished two very different objectives last night: Obama unified and inspired; McCain departed with grace. Here's what history will remember of the speeches of November 4, 2008.

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.

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.

What a Relief -- America Survives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

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.

Why Democrats Can Hold the Veteran and Military Family Vote Moving Forward

Jonathan Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Powers

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.

Nomination for Best Image of Election Night 2008

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

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."

Why Obama Will Lose Today....

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Grenell

Since Obama's problems from the Democratic Primary have not been resolved, nor reported by the national media, the Electoral College map signals trouble for the media's main man.

America Elects 'A Rock Star'

David A. Andelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Andelman

The all but unanimous conclusion from my time taking calls from folks on Radio France was a simple one: "Barack Obama is 'le rock star.'"

Election Day Liveblog

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I am sitting with a number of the biggest players in American politics and they are gasping for air. This is a big night. Change, but it will come with crisis.

Finally, A President Who Looks Like Me!

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.

So Far in 40 Years

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

When my mother got married, my grandfather said he'd shoot my dad with a shotgun (an inauspicious but common beginning for an interracial marriage).

Election Night, Do Not Concede: Open Letter Signed By Gore Vidal & Others

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

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?

My Letter to Barack Obama

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Stevens, Jr.

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.

Wondering What Will Be

Richard Schiff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Schiff

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.

Obama's Springfield Connection: 'Whatever He Says You Can Take To the Bank'

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Now that Illinois is offering a second President to the United States, it seemed fitting to spend the night watching Senator Barack Obama with the Democratic County Chair in Springfield.