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Why I Voted for You

Dan Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Gordon

I voted for you, Mr. President-Elect, because, having marched up to the threshold of history it would have been too awful for our nation not to have crossed over. You are the best of us.

Defying Gravity

Jon Klane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Klane

I'm experiencing something unbelievable, transformational, surreal. It occurs to me that the last time I had this feeling was on the morning of 9/11. Only this time, the towers are going back up.

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.

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.

A New Deal for America? Yes We Can!

Matthew Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Stein

It has been estimated that we could fund the changes necessary to turn our world around by shifting just 1/6th of the world's military budget into programs that support energy efficiency.

A Jewish Salute to Obama for Inspiring Ethnic Pride

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The most powerful man in the Universe is a man with black skin. If we in the Jewish community cannot celebrate that achievement, then we have no sense of history.

A Bright New Day - But What Now, President Obama?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Millions of Americans have proved that they are hungry for change and have elected a president whose very identity bridges a divide in American society.

Mandate for Change

Greg Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Saunders

Barack Obama is under no obligation to govern like a centrist or temper his policy goals to accommodate a point-of-view that the American people have decisively rejected. Obama won. Elections have consequences.

Better Angels of Our Nature

Terry Tillman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Tillman

We had friends from England, Germany and the USA at our house watching the returns last night, and all were celebrating.

For the First Time In My Adult Life, I'm Proud of My Country

Anya Kamenetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anya Kamenetz

Who is this President Obama? He spoke beautifully! He said things didn't just make sense, they were highly intelligent! He was magnanimous in victory!

Notes from a Dad of Children Like Barack

Roderick Spencer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roderick Spencer

The proof of my children's lack of anxiety over their racial identity, is the amused, slightly puzzled way they watched their parents bawling our eyes out in front of Barack Obama's victory speech last night.

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.

Out of Line: At Last!

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mort Gerberg

Read more reaction from HuffPost bloggers to Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election...

A Contrarian Open Letter to Black America

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The reality of politics and race are such that having a black president will mean little if there are no changes in the material conditions of Black America.

America Grows Up

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Tenenbaum

I don't own rose-colored glasses. Obama's victory doesn't mean all is once again right with the world. But for now we become one nation again. Today we reject race as a deciding factor.

Election Shows States Moving Forward with Progressive Agenda

Joel Barkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Barkin

The table is set to wipe away the legacy of decades of failed conservative ideology, but what becomes of that opportunity is up to us.

America's New President and the Mountain We've Climbed

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

The country will never be the same. Obama has succeeded in bringing out our better nature, in appealing to our better selves.

Election Morning 2008

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jill Robinson

Being pleased to make this vote, this connection with my land again will stay with me for as long as what forever might be.

Which Obamanomics?

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

What economic doctrine will "Obamanomics" be based on? Will it be Rubinomics with its focus on fiscal discipline and reigning in spending? Neo-Keynesianism? Or will it be Innovation Economics?

A Road Less Traveled

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

Barack Obama is a brand new reflection for America to see itself and a new lens through which the world might see us.

ObamaRama in Century City on Election Night

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paige Donner

By 8:15 p.m. fire marshals were already on the scene -- the celebration venue had reached its 10,000 person capacity.

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.

"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.

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.

Reality Check Amidst The Joy: Prepare for 2010 and 2012

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

How do we build on this victory and ensure an enduring Democratic White House and Congress over the inevitable conservative fightback that they are plotting even as we celebrate?