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.'"
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The time has come to shift the discussion about environmental protection to green economics, forever burying the notion that resource protection diminishes growth.
Our neighborhood has had many more Obama lawn signs than McCain, by a a ratio of almost 10:1. Today someone drove through this part of the town and stole all of the Obama signs.
Earlier this year a stunning report from the Pew Center for the States concluded 1 in every 100 American adults is now behind bars. In total more than 2 million people are incarcerated.
Where are the hysterical twin shrieks of voter fraud and voter suppression? Where are the Drudge sirens proclaiming the exit poll results like Moses bringing the Ten Commandments from the mountaintop?
McCain didn't even write his memoir. And the book reads like it was written by the captain of the football team who had the smart kid do it for him.
In the end Obama is not America`s first black president -- he is America`s first president who happens to be black. The difference is huge.
Tonight, the American people didn't just unite their states, they united the world: a world that in 7 short years had seen the nadir of hate, had witnessed the horror of inhumanity.
The Middle East is divided between disbelief and excitement as well as apathy. Many can't believe that America will indeed elect a black man with African roots and a Muslim father as president.
Tuesday's election was a milestone in building an America that lives up to its ideals, an event that has broken down old barriers and opened up new doors.
This is the great gift of the Bush administration, that apathy has fallen by the way side; citizens are once again active in government. This is George Bush's legacy.
Tonight, as Americans have decided they would prefer Obama to McCain as their next president there is a sigh of relief, and disbelief, in many quarters in the Middle East, including in Iran.
Now is the time to stand together with Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the millions of Americans that are hungry for a new day, roll up our sleeves and come on up for the rising.
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