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Tears For Country

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

On Monday afternoon a day before the election, after placing Obama-Biden signs on doors in Northeast Philadelphia for nine hours, I sat down on a stranger's stoop, by myself, and cried.

On Obama, Race and the End of the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Following the Iowa caucuses, I came away believing then, as I do now, that Obama's powerful voice that emerged that night had the potential to have a profound impact on America.

Culture Zohn: Here's to Eddie and Michael and Barack: Three Who Have Changed the World

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Zohn

I thought, maybe finally the last barriers separating blacks from believing they can get, and will get, what they strive for, can begin to be crossed.

The Most Moving Moment Came from John McCain

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alec Baldwin

McCain had to do the hard thing -- to not only accept loss and graciously congratulate the winner, but to encourage the rest of the country to offer their blessings to the new President-elect and his family.

A Plea to President-elect Obama: Adoption is the Option

Richard C. Thompson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Thompson

During your acceptance speech last night, which was a great and compassionate one, you told your daughters that you are getting them a puppy for the White House. Adoption is the option.

A Memo to President-Elect Obama from America's New Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama is going to be held to a very high standard by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll be watching, and holding everyone in Washington accountable.

Incurious George

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

For whatever else the election of Barack Obama accomplishes or fails to accomplish, I think it has put an end to the nearly-decade-long Age of Incuriosity of the Bush administration.

One Giant Step

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Leon Roker

We fought. We hoped. We worked. We cried. We panicked. We debated. We held our breath. It's not hyperbolic to say that we helped shift the course of the world.

China: Mixture of Hope, Skepticism Greet Obama Victory

Michael Standaert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Standaert

The official reaction here has been congratulatory toward president-elect Obama, though notes of worry that the new administration could usher in protectionist trade measures are being voiced.

Making it Work

Jake Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Goldman

A man plastered in Cynthia McKinney stickers poked me right on the Obama button fixed to my coat. "Hold him accountable. Stop the war," he said and dashed out of the car and up the stairs.

Yes We Can, Said Barack Obama, And We Did

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.

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.

At Long Last, It's Beginning To Feel Like America

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We set about the task of freeing ourselves from the darkness of this decade and the shadows that have for too long haunted us. In this respect, all of us -- all races -- are a little more free at last.

Crossing Two Chasms at Once

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

I'm so glad to be alive. I'm wiped out by the last eight years, but I don't care. Some things are bigger than I am, and bigger than life, and I just lived to see one of them. Toot, 'ya did good.

African Americans vs Gay Americans?

Judy Wieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Wieder

It looks like I still have a lot of work left to do, a lot of marching and protesting--even though I did that already for others and they're not doing the same for me.

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.

What Obama Needs To Do First: Make Clear How Bad It Is

Henry Blodget | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Henry Blodget

If President-Elect Obama were an incoming CEO, he would now be preparing for a massive write-off of the mountains of rotted junk buried on the company's balance sheet and an announcement that recovery will take a long, long time.

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.

A Night When The People Holding Open the Doors Were Happier Than The Ones Walking Through Them

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

I was in D.C. last night -- at 10:30 pm I happened to walk past a very stuffy private club, one that as far as I can tell, is populated exclusively by hardcore Republican men in their later years.

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."

The Tech Presidency: What Obama's Victory Means for Our Wired Future

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

In today's very special "The Day After Yesterday" edition of Wilshire & Washington, Zach Tumin of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government joins our hosts to talk technology in the new administration.

Obama's Election, and the Work Ahead

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

As many people have written, if the election was global, it would have been a landslide for Obama, and the reaction here in Switzerland is quite positive.

This Week in Blackness Episode 12: President-Elect OBAMA

Elon James White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elon James White

The Brooklyn Comedy Company is proud to present its 12th installment of the web series. Comedian Elon James White has a few spaztastic moments after hearing of the Obama win.

The End of the Ignorance

Ian Gurvitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Gurvitz

It took generations for the old guard to die out and for the U.S. to start growing better people. And now they've finally come of age to vote. We can begin to wave farewell to our ignorant past.

Barack's Big Gamble ... And His Vision

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why did Obama risk following a strategy that had failed so often in recent campaigns? Obama saw something in the zeitgeist.