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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.

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.

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.

Never Fear: Your Exit Poll is Here!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Ten-Foot Poll was created to plug some of those glaring gaps in the election coverage offered by the networks, the cable outlets and even the internet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.