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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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

The Time-Bombs Ticking Under Obama's Presidency

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

Mr President-Elect, there is a pile of ticking time-bombs waiting in your in-tray and you have to defuse each one of them, fast. Welcome to the next four years of your life.

Joy, Cautious Optimism Permeate Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Americans Chose Change" was the striking blue headline in Wednesday's An-Nahar daily of Lebanon.

The Invitation

Warren Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warren Goldstein

President Obama will combine elements of FDR's and JFK's presidencies: charismatic leadership, ideological flexibility, and responsiveness to pressure from the left.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wall Street Journal: Racism is a Myth

Mark Winston Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Winston Griffith

Perhaps the biggest threat to the social progress of this country is to blind oneself to how much further we have to go before racism as a barrier to achievement is a thing of the past.

Environmental Groups Congratulate Obama on Victory

Maura Judkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maura Judkis

Among the many celebrating Barack Obama's victory today are environmentalists. Here's what some have to say: