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"Support I Have Yet to Earn": Obama's Victory Speech

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Barack Obama was in the No-Gloat Zone. For his very first speech as president-elect... Obama crafted a message with much of the scope and power of an inaugural address.

I Suffer From Campaign Withdrawal

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

It's true. I miss Candidate Obama and Candidate McCain. I miss the debate and primary nights. I miss the moronic focus groups and their silly reaction meters. I want David Gergen to be my grandfather.

Obama the Figurehead

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Prop. 8 passed, after Obama's speech. It was a bitter pill for progressives to swallow and a reminder that no matter who is president the public faces many significant issues on its own.

Barack Obama is Not My President

Sara Catania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Catania

We do not choose the presidents who are truly ours, who shape our lives and our psyches. They are chosen for us when we are too young to vote.

Writing Our Redemption

Charles Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Barber

We are, at this very moment, at the start of writing our National Redemption Script.

Barack Obama And Sam Cooke on Election Night

Kerry Candaele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Candaele

Bill Ayers was not Barack Obama's touchstone; rather, it was Sam Cooke and his never-ending refrain, Change is gonna come. And now change has arrived, and we embrace it.

Democracy and the Inclusion of the Undocumented

Joshua Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joshua Hoyt

For many in the immigrant communities the election of Barack Obama is a beacon of hope that our American Democracy will finally include them.

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."

Yes We Can

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Chuda

President Obama will build that bridge everywhere he goes -- he will connect, one person to another --giving them the ability to leap from faith to future.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peaceful Revolution: Obama: How the Mom Vote Played in this Election

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Moms vote. Early exit polls found that moms listened, voted, and played a major role in determining the outcome of this election.

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.

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.

Convulsions, Sobs, and Laughter

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

There was communal joy over the election of Barack Obama but also a physical sense of release amounting to a national convulsion.

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.