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Obama Presidency

I Suffer From Campaign Withdrawal

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

It's true. I miss Candidate Obama and Candidate McCain. I miss the debate and primary nights. I miss the moronic focus groups and their silly reaction meters. I want David Gergen to be my grandfather.

Keeping Obama's Campaign "Army" Mobilized as a Force for Change in Peacetime

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

What we have seen in the last year is a rebirth of participatory democracy, infused by the energy of millions. Imagine what this energy can do if it channeled into ongoing action.

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.

Meet the New Christian Right

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Despite talks of its death following the election, within the last two decades the American Christian right has vectored outwards to become a truly global mass membership movement.

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.

Why Some Americans Don't Have Reason to Celebrate

Shaun Jacob Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shaun Jacob Halper

Sorry to be the buzz-kill at the liberal victory-party, but this election has been a historic nightmare for millions of gay Americans.

Prospects for US Environmental Leadership By Obama

Peter M. Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter M. Haas

Barack Obama's election promises much needed leadership for international environmental protection.

Letters to President Obama from Fourth Graders in Harlem

Lauren Rubinfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Rubinfeld

Dear President Obama, My name is Shareef and I am writing to you to say congratulations on being the first black President. Your wife must be very proud of you.

Yes We Did!

Marianne Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

The Obama phenomenon did not come out of nowhere. It emerged as much from our story as from his; as much from our yearning for meaning as from his ambition.

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.

The Hope of Obama

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Posted on Alternet, Nov. 6. 2008 Barack Obama's resounding victory has brought even this cynical observer of Democratic Party politics to dare to hop...

Barack Obama and My Kids

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Menin

Without first acquiring a track record of reaching across the aisle, one of the greatest opportunities to create a modern "New Deal" to help Americans across the country will be lost.

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.

Getting to Work

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Bonifer

Throughout the campaign, this idea of getting down to work told us what kind of person we'd be getting as President.

Whoops: NONE of Top Campaign Bloggers at Newspapers Predicted Obama Win

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Just for fun, one year ago this week, my magazine E&P decided to have some fun and ask top campaign bloggers at the leading newspapers to forecast what was likely to happen in 2008.

Change Has Come To America

Gen. Wesley Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gen. Wesley Clark

The sight of Barack and Joe Biden, and their families in Grant Park, the warmth of the crowd, and its diversity will long linger as I reflect on how America has changed, and how we have changed ourselves.

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."

Bringing the Stories Together

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

In the euphoria the Election night victory, I watched our Wesleyan students celebrating the victory of a man whom they had embraced and in whom they had invested their hopes.

What We Won on Election Day

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Obama ran a campaign of high integrity, focusing on issues that really mattered, showing he could lead the whole country forward -- not pandering, but speaking to our higher selves.

Hot Flashes From the End of the Trail

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

I told Clark how much I admired him and his campaign and with tears streaming down his face, he said, "That was just a lucky moment in time for me. This, this is history."

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.

Barack Obama and the World's Highest Hopes

Bill Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Cusack

I feel as if America just took a shower. This country has never felt so clean and fresh and reinvigorated.

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.

Praise God?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Obama's election does not wipe out the vicious racism of centuries, and Prop 8 shows that there is still work to be done confronting the discrimination of Gay and Lesbian people.

A Dream Fulfilled

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aram Khayatpour

We see history often, but sadly that history is usually tragic: 9/11, Katrina, the war in Iraq, this is the history of my generation, but Tuesday we had a different kind of history being made.