The 2008 election presents another appropriate time when bipartisan unity government is needed more than ever.
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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.
One of the first things French people ask me after I tell them I am American is if I am voting for Obama. One guy actually tried to buy the Obama shirt I picked up at the DNC right off my back.
I kept thinking, "I wish my Mother could be here." I thought about Barack Obama's grandmother...
and Paul Newman, too.
If the Democrats have a monopoly on the presidency and Congress, they'll be evaluated in 2010. That would be valid if, when the Republicans left office, they took their mistakes with them.
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.
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."
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.
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.'"
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.
Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
When we vote, there will be many by our side we can't see, but they'll be watching us. Whitman wrote that for all we know, he may be standing looking over our shoulders now. He may be right.
As a member of the sixties generation, whose vision of America was shattered by the three assassinations of that time, it was bitter indeed to witness the devolution of the last eight years.
The youth vote is likely to make up 25% of the electorate today and is a powerful national voice that is demanding green jobs and clean energy to reinvigorate and re-power our economy.
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.
If the election of 2000 reminded us that every vote counts, 2008 has provoked a wholesale political awakening. Across the globe, US politics is, as Tina Brown might say, the big fat story.
Obama ran a campaign that began with a speech that proclaimed, "We aren't Red States. We aren't Blue States. We are the United States." And that is how he won. That is the politics of change.
The time has come to shift the discussion about environmental protection to green economics, forever burying the notion that resource protection diminishes growth.
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.
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