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Huffpost Election Reaction

The Power of Y.O.U.!

Dan Siegel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Siegel

The Obama victory was powered by something new: The Y.O.U. Movement. This movement is composed of three integral forces which are shaping the next generation of citizen-driven politics.

How the Obama Election Transformed Historic Locations

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Children of color, indeed of all colors, across America woke up on Wednesday morning not just to a new day, but a new world.

This Sunday In Washington

George Stevens, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Stevens, Jr.

If the rest of the America is anything like Rock Creek Park on Sunday -- then this is a country suddenly filled with hope.

Through Indian Eyes

Lynda Resnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynda Resnick

Everywhere we went, from Mumbai to Jodhpur to Delhi, people were curious and engaged in our election, and everyone knew the players. They were all rooting for Obama.

Now We Must

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

Obama will automatically be a good president not because he's the first black man to be elected, or because he's a Democrat, but because he is an actual, evolved, progressive, intelligent American.

Hearing Ann Dunham

Ann Medlock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ann Medlock

Me, I'm looking for the first time at a President young enough to be one of my kids. Ann Dunham's son, Toot Dunham's grandson, is in fact younger than two of my sons.

Psychologically Processing the Election

Gordon Marino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Marino

The election of Barack Obama last week proved Alexis de Tocqueville's claim that democracies have a unique ability to correct themselves.

Barack Obama is Elected President -- Now What?

Cory Booker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cory Booker

For all of us who love America, such a time of jubilation and triumph must also be a time of sober focus on the work that must still be done to make our union more perfect.

Obama's Hope Spreads to the Middle East

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.

After Four Decades, Finally: The Beginning of the End

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Now that long journey into darkness has finally come to an end -- my own view is that the 2006 Congressional elections may have been the turning point.

Kathleen Parker, Now Hailed by Liberals, Questioned Obama's Americanism Back in May

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Kathleen Parker earned plaudits from liberals during the fall campaign by speaking out against the Palin pick, but allow me to point out that in May she strongly questioned Obama's patriotism.

Europe's Usurpation of the Obama Triumph

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrei Markovits

Europe is rejoicing in the Obama victory and claiming it as a direct result of their moral superiority over Americans while at the same time hiding their own shortcomings and intolerances.

Election Detox: What Will I Do With My Free Time?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I'm coming off an election addiction that feels like I'm trying kick crack cocaine. How am I supposed to get through the day without constantly checking HuffPost or CNN?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In the wake of Obama's overwhelming victory, and Democratic gains in the House and Senate, conservatives are desperately trying to convince the world that these results are meaningless. "Democrats should not make the mistake of viewing Tuesday's results as a repudiation of conservatism," insisted John Boehner. "Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country," claimed Karl Rove. "This country remains every bit as center-right as it has for a generation," parroted Brent Bozell. And David Brooks dreamed of an Obama administration that understands "this was an election where the middle asserted itself." Drunk on self-delusion, a staggering GOP whistles past the electoral graveyard, missing the whole point of this election: the center has shifted, and positions that used to be considered left-wing -- on healthcare, on global warming, on corporate responsibility, on Iraq -- are now solidly mainstream.

Election Reflection: Good News and Bad News for Women and Families

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Sadly, many voters did not see past their fears to understand how denying LGBT people rights is cut from the same cloth of discrimination that made Obama's election such a poignant event.

Re: Scott Kesterson's "The Other Side of Paradise"

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Gilfillan

The one thing that all US Army personnel have in common is their choice to wear the uniform and volunteer to serve the nation, regardless of who is in charge and regardless of if they agree.

Destiny

Darryle Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darryle Pollack

Best of all was the surge of hope -- to feed a starving country. As if Obama took a fresh batch of cookies out of the oven, and the scent floated all over the world, impossible to resist.

Where Were You on November 4, 2008?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

November 4, 2008 will never get fuzzy. It is my very first, unforgettable day of public joy.

A New Faith Coalition

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Further polling results will help to answer the critical question of why religious voters cast their ballots the way they did. But three factors are likely key to understanding the religious shift.

All the Clichés About Colour Obscure the Real Challenges Awaiting Obama

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Jenkins

But embracing someone for where he comes from rather than for what he may do has been the hubris of politics throughout history.

The Politics of Realignment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Barack Obama's victory could well be the third realigning election in the past century -- one that will be seen by historians as the beginning of an emerging Democratic majority.

A Shout-Out for My Neighbor, Hillary

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

On election night as we proudly watched our new president-elect we wondered what Hillary felt as she watched in her Dutch Colonial down the road.

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.

Keeping Obama's Campaign "Army" Mobilized as a Force for Change in Peacetime

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

What we have seen in the last year is a rebirth of participatory democracy, infused by the energy of millions. Imagine what this energy can do if it channeled into ongoing action.

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.