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.
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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.
The tears running down my face last night and this morning were of something so much more than happiness, so much more than simple relief. They were an exhalation.
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.
For the first time in my life I got a glimpse into what it must have felt like for my grandparents in 1948: to witness with their own eyes the realization of an impossible dream.
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.
AdAge announced today that yesterday, November 4, is the most significant day for marketers in the history of the world.
The task facing President-elect Obama is to articulate the role of government in the 21st century just as FDR articulated its role in the 20th.
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.
For best image of the night, I nominate this image juxtaposing Newsweek's recent cover entitled "America the Conservative" next to 2008's electoral map showing a landslide for the "socialist."
Since Obama's problems from the Democratic Primary have not been resolved, nor reported by the national media, the Electoral College map signals trouble for the media's main man.
The all but unanimous conclusion from my time taking calls from folks on Radio France was a simple one: "Barack Obama is 'le rock star.'"
I am sitting with a number of the biggest players in American politics and they are gasping for air. This is a big night. Change, but it will come with crisis.
Barack Obama is the first president in my lifetime who resembles me and the people I know.
When my mother got married, my grandfather said he'd shoot my dad with a shotgun (an inauspicious but common beginning for an interracial marriage).
I wrote to Barack several days later. Here's the letter. Looking back, it seems as if today was somehow written in America's destiny.
It is reasonable to once again expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican officials, as in 2004; should we also expect Democrats to once again concede in the face of fraud?
As we stand on the verge of a shifting earth I wonder is this the Big One, the epiphany that leads us to brilliance in real time, or is this one of the aftershocks.
Now that Illinois is offering a second President to the United States, it seemed fitting to spend the night watching Senator Barack Obama with the Democratic County Chair in Springfield.
When we vote, there will be many by our side we can't see, but they'll be watching us. Whitman wrote that for all we know, he may be standing looking over our shoulders now. He may be right.
As a member of the sixties generation, whose vision of America was shattered by the three assassinations of that time, it was bitter indeed to witness the devolution of the last eight years.
The youth vote is likely to make up 25% of the electorate today and is a powerful national voice that is demanding green jobs and clean energy to reinvigorate and re-power our economy.
As a foreign observer, I am amazed by the level of political engagement and the turnout of the American citizens to the voting ballots - these things reflect their commitment to a better world.
If the election of 2000 reminded us that every vote counts, 2008 has provoked a wholesale political awakening. Across the globe, US politics is, as Tina Brown might say, the big fat story.
Obama ran a campaign that began with a speech that proclaimed, "We aren't Red States. We aren't Blue States. We are the United States." And that is how he won. That is the politics of change.
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