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Obama Wins

Congratulations From a Conservative

Douglas MacKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas MacKinnon

While it may anger some of my fellow conservatives, I want President-elect Obama to succeed. More than that, I need him to succeed. Rhetoric is easy but results are hard and often fleeting.

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.

Supposedly Safe GOP House Seat in CA Too Close To Call

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."

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.

Can We Please Have A Pro-Choice, Pro-Environment Secretary of State?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The new Secretary of State will deal with whatever replaces the Kyoto agreement. Hagel has a 9% 2008 rating from the League of Conservation Voters. Lugar scores 18%. Are they really the best people for the job?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yes Business Can

Howard Schultz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Schultz

In tough times like these, many believe that investments in people and training can wait; that corporate social responsibility can be put on the back burner. I believe passionately that this is precisely what American business leaders should not be doing today.

Kennedy, King and Now Obama

Peter J Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter J Burns

At Grant Park Obama reminded us of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy. I saw Dr. King's Dream come true on that stage. And Kennedy's vision was apparent in Obama's challenge to us. Kennedy and King never promised us a hand out. They promised us a fair shake.

Israelis Unsure What Obama Means For Their Destiny

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Kloosterman

Maybe Obama will be good for the slumping US and world economy, but most Israelis are suspicious about his lack of experience.

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.

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.

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.

Dealing with Racism in the Age of Obama

Howard Winant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Winant

Obama's win hardly puts an end to this system of racism, but it's still momentous, because it shows us a way forward, a way to reduce if not eliminate racial injustice and inequality.

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.

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.

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.

Community Organizer of the World

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

Obama stands today as the president-elect of the United States because of his credential as a community organizer. What a delicious irony.

Tears For Obama?

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

Barack Obama and his family are now preparing to move into the White House - which was built with slave labor. That's progress, isn't it?

Quiet first day for Obama after his historic win

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Barack Obama began his first full day as president-elect with the simple pleasure of having breakfast with his daughters, the type of ...

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.

Will President Obama Lead on Climate Change?

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

Now that the heat of the campaign season is behind us, we hope Obama will stop pretending that "clean coal" is a realistic way to reduce carbon emissions and achieve energy independence.

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 .