Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obama Wins Historic Election

A DEFINING MOMENT -- Barack Obama, the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, greeted supporters at Chicago's Bryant Park Tuesday night.

Shared Destiny: Yes, We Can!

US Chooses Obama, Change

And so it came to pass that on Nov. 4, 2008, shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man — Barack Hussein Obama — won enough electoral votes to become president of the United States. -- Thomas Friedman, op-ed columnist, New York Times.

At the end of the day, 250,000 supporters cheered President-Elect Barack Obama's victory and acceptance speech in Chicago's Bryant Park while 71 million more watched via television, congratulations poured in from foreign leaders, and jubilation reverberated around the globe.
Above all, it is time to celebrate the country's wholehearted embrace of democracy, reflected in the intense engagement of Americans in this campaign and the outpouring to the polls all over the nation.

For years, we have spoken of bringing free elections to the rest of the world even as we cynically mocked our own ways of conducting politics. Yesterday, we chose to practice what we have been preaching.
E. J. Dionne Jr., op-ed columnist, The Washington Post.

The next First Family of the United States of America.

A Country Where All Things Possible

After following evening poll returns on the Internet and TV, I apparently closed my eyes and missed the moment the Obama-Biden ticket topped the magic 270 electoral college mark. I probably would have slept through the newly-elected president's speech if my sister and a friend hadn't called to share the excitement.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

Its been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.
[from Barack Obama's victory speech]

World Greets News Jubilantly

Remarkable reactions of elation to the presidential election have been reported around the world. Five are pictured below, and others can be viewed in a slide show by Anya Strzemien.

Represented here are scenes from Sydney, Australia; Obama, Japan; the victory party at Grant Park in Chicago; children at the president-elect's former school in Jakarta, Indonesia; and his step-grandmother with family and friends in Kogelo, Kenya.

Newspapers heralded the historic election of this nation's first African-American president. The clickable sampling below includes front pages from The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Omaha World-Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and The News Journal from Vice-President Elect Joe Biden's home state of Delaware.

A President for All Americans
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you.

And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

Barack Obama's acceptance speech can be read or viewed in its entirety here.

Below is a montage by itispersonal, a tribute to
Barack Obama, a man willing to take on the "weight of the world." The accompaniment is a song from singer Clay Aiken's On My Way Here album.

Barack Obama - Weight of the World

God bless the United States of America and our newly-elected leaders!


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SueReu said...

I am so proud of this country!!

Whatever your political views, this is history in the making. I hope people sit back and savor how far we've come.

Thanks Caro and have a WONDERFUL day!!!!

Ashes said...

Excellent blog Caro.

Thank goodness you got the call to hear the speech, it was awesome. Blessings and best of luck to President Elect Obama.

claniac24 said...

GREAT blog, Carolina. And what a wonderful video you brought us. I'm so thrilled with our new President-ekect. I'm hopeful for good days ahead.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

What a Awesome Blog! The video is so so Wonderful, had to watch it twice.

I too, am "so proud of this country!!" Prayers go out to our President Elect Obama,


marhaven said...


Wonderful blog, as usual. I am very excited about this very needed change!!

MissSally said...

I just finished reading "The Audacity of Hope", and have no words to express my sense of wonder & amazement at the depth if this incredible man.

It feels like our nation has just come through a dark tunnel, and emerged to find the dawn of a new day; filled with hope and promise.