iOS app Android app

Huffpost Election Reaction

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.

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 .

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.

Asma Nemati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asma Nemati

...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.