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Yes We Can, Said Barack Obama, And We Did

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.

A Plea to President-elect Obama: Adoption is the Option

Richard C. Thompson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Thompson

During your acceptance speech last night, which was a great and compassionate one, you told your daughters that you are getting them a puppy for the White House. Adoption is the option.

Global Reactions to Obama Victory from Moscow to Beijing to Muslim World

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

Here are some comments I gathered on what Obama's victory means for America's image in the world, from thinkers such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Tariq Ramadan, and Garry Kasparov.

At Long Last, It's Beginning To Feel Like America

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We set about the task of freeing ourselves from the darkness of this decade and the shadows that have for too long haunted us. In this respect, all of us -- all races -- are a little more free at last.

The Tech Presidency: What Obama's Victory Means for Our Wired Future

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

In today's very special "The Day After Yesterday" edition of Wilshire & Washington, Zach Tumin of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government joins our hosts to talk technology in the new administration.

America 2008, Or Berlin 1989?

Andrew Gumbel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Gumbel

With a black man pulling off the astonishing feat of rising to the presidency in a land riven by racism for more than two centuries, there was a sense of extraordinary release, and even more extraordinary empowerment.

Our Obama Administration: Forging a Durable New Deal

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Although America is a young nation, we have pulled together many times to overcome seemingly overwhelming threats to not only our economy but to our basic way of life.

Renewed Hope for Peace

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Crandell

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation President David Krieger is drafting a special First 100 Days program. Dr. Krieger has already completed a briefing for the new president.

What Obama Needs to Do to Tackle Global Poverty

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kumi Naidoo

What we need from your presidency, Mr. Obama, is a vision of how every man woman and child on our planet is connected and poverty can be changed.

My Ambien Dream: A Black Man Named Obama Elected U.S. President

Dana Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dana Kennedy

In my dream, America, the allegedly dazed and confused, passport-challenged nation of racist, fat people who voted George W. Bush into office twice, just elected an African-American man.

Paris Notebook: Slumber Party for Obama

Elizabeth Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bard

I did not fully understand the power of our inspired cliche; until I moved to a place - even one as civilized as France - where they are not born with it .

Asma Nemati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asma Nemati

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Chinese Obamaphilia? Today, No. Tomorrow, Perhaps.

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

When asked about America's election, most mainland Chinese say they don't much care, as long the new president does nothing to block China's rise or disrupt global stability.

Partying for Obama in Phnom Penh

Elena Lesley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elena Lesley

Chants of "Obama! Obama!" and "Yes we can!" echoed through the popular Phnom Penh restaurant, while a supporter sporting an Obama mask worked the crowd.

LBJ Can Rest Easy Now

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Barack Obama's election proves that by doing the right thing, Lyndon B. Johnson and his party ultimately got their reward.

Incurious George

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

For whatever else the election of Barack Obama accomplishes or fails to accomplish, I think it has put an end to the nearly-decade-long Age of Incuriosity of the Bush administration.

Decline with a Chance of Fall

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Acknowledging class was always difficult for "New Democrats" -- it was second-wave, it was divisive -- but 2008 made retro politics cool again.

Tears For Country

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

On Monday afternoon a day before the election, after placing Obama-Biden signs on doors in Northeast Philadelphia for nine hours, I sat down on a stranger's stoop, by myself, and cried.

A Night When The People Holding Open the Doors Were Happier Than The Ones Walking Through Them

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

I was in D.C. last night -- at 10:30 pm I happened to walk past a very stuffy private club, one that as far as I can tell, is populated exclusively by hardcore Republican men in their later years.

What We Will Remember: Obama's Victory Speech and McCain's Concession

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Obama and McCain accomplished two very different objectives last night: Obama unified and inspired; McCain departed with grace. Here's what history will remember of the speeches of November 4, 2008.

Barack's Big Gamble ... And His Vision

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why did Obama risk following a strategy that had failed so often in recent campaigns? Obama saw something in the zeitgeist.

The View from Union Square, New York

Jim David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim David

When we got into Union Square, it was a cacophony of screaming, jumping, and celebration. Their faces were unrestrained joy and happiness.

On January 20, With the Stroke of a Pen, President Obama Can Undo Some of the Damage of the Past Eight Years

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Presidents have enormous power to establish policy by executive order, federal regulation, or simply by refocusing the efforts and emphases of the executive agencies.

Barack Obama: America's 44th President

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

The election of Illinois Senator Barack Obama as America's 44th president is astounding, historical, implausible, improbable and completely without precedent.

He's Ready . . . To Be Our Most Able President

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greene

Here is my post from October 16, 2006, and another prediction: within the first three months of an Obama Administration, we will say that he is the most able president since Lincoln.