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.
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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.
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.
Tonight, as Americans have decided they would prefer Obama to McCain as their next president there is a sigh of relief, and disbelief, in many quarters in the Middle East, including in Iran.
Now is the time to stand together with Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the millions of Americans that are hungry for a new day, roll up our sleeves and come on up for the rising.
Where are the hysterical twin shrieks of voter fraud and voter suppression? Where are the Drudge sirens proclaiming the exit poll results like Moses bringing the Ten Commandments from the mountaintop?
As Obama has campaigned, so shall he govern. And as he won, so have we won. We must preserve, protect and defend the nation we have won back.
In the end Obama is not America`s first black president -- he is America`s first president who happens to be black. The difference is huge.
I imagine how my ex-boss, an ailing Ted Kennedy must feel tonight, knowing that many, many months ago he exclaimed to the nation that he could feel change in the air.
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Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.
We must understand one more thing -- how successful President Obama will be in transforming America in a progressive direction will depend on us, as well as on him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Democrats, who have become accustomed to their party blowing an election even when it seemed like a sure thing, Tuesday night's results were a bitter pill to swallow.
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