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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.

Bob Novak Just Doesn't Get It

Brian Normoyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

The President-Elect flipped eight Bush states to the blue column and managed to get two states to elect a Democrat for President for the first time in nearly half a century.

Lincoln/Obama

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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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.

A Long Road to Walk

Whitney Leigh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Whitney Leigh

Here in California, we appear to have passed Proposition 8

A Moment Which Will Last a Lifetime

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

From 11 p.m., when I heard Olbermann announce that Obama had won, until the middle of the afternoon today, I have been speechless. Me! I get paid for words.

10 Things Obama Can Do ASAP

Randi Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Rhodes

President Elect Obama (smiling broadly) should do ten things as soon as possible: 2. Speak publicly about his regulatory intentions for banks and send a transition team to Treasury.

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."

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.

Obama!

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

As a man whose very humanity is a complex blend of national and racial identity, Obama has the look of a person who transcends the old categories we must now discard.

Election NYC

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Sawyers

Instead of long lines and/or a "dark side," I met a handful of people who were excited and hopeful about a change in administration and international perception of the United States.

Supposedly Safe GOP House Seat in CA Too Close To Call

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."

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?

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.

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.

A Night of Tears

Charles Warner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Warner

A few moments after 11:00 p.m. MSNBC projected the winner, and I began to weep uncontrollably. I can't remember ever crying so hard.

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 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.

Letters to President Obama from Fourth Graders in Harlem

Lauren Rubinfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Rubinfeld

Dear President Obama, My name is Shareef and I am writing to you to say congratulations on being the first black President. Your wife must be very proud of you.

Yes We Did!

Marianne Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

The Obama phenomenon did not come out of nowhere. It emerged as much from our story as from his; as much from our yearning for meaning as from his ambition.

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.

Hot Flashes From the End of the Trail

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

I told Clark how much I admired him and his campaign and with tears streaming down his face, he said, "That was just a lucky moment in time for me. This, this is history."

A Dream Fulfilled

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aram Khayatpour

We see history often, but sadly that history is usually tragic: 9/11, Katrina, the war in Iraq, this is the history of my generation, but Tuesday we had a different kind of history being made.