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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

History

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

I love history and had often whined that I wasn't lucky enough to have lived during a more exciting age: I could have been a Tuskegee Airman, Buffalo Soldier, or beatnik. But last night history came to me.

"New Energy for America" Trumps "Drill Baby Drill"

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Barack Obama's transformational victory points to a future based on renewable energy, advanced biofuels, efficiency, and low greenhouse-gas-emitting technologies.

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.

America 2008, Or Berlin 1989?

Andrew Gumbel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Gumbel

With a black man pulling off the astonishing feat of rising to the presidency in a land riven by racism for more than two centuries, there was a sense of extraordinary release, and even more extraordinary empowerment.

Yes We Did! But There Is a Lot More to Do

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Obama has not hit a home run; he has merely earned the right to step into the batter's box.

A Whole New Reality

Pamela Gerloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Gerloff

The "everything is possible" mantra is no longer viewable as just a naïve belief, open to scoffing by cynics and pessimists. It's no longer just an idea, a possibility. It happened.

Neither Bombs, Rev. Wright or the Gloom of Night

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phillip Martin

In the U.S., the possibility of an African American president does not presuppose the end to color prejudice any more than the election of Mandela meant an end to inequalities in South Africa.

Vote: The Final Secret?

Susan Straight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Straight

This morning at 7:08 am, I voted alone for the first time in twenty years. I walked the four blocks to my polling place at a local church without my usual entourage -- at least one or two kids and a dog.

The United World of Obama: The Future is Now

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirin Sadeghi

Tonight, the American people didn't just unite their states, they united the world: a world that in 7 short years had seen the nadir of hate, had witnessed the horror of inhumanity.

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.