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Obama Rides 'Change' Message To The Presidency

Barack Obama becomes the first African American to wwin the presidency, changing the political map in the process.

Barack Obama's victory tonight affirms a fundamental re-shaping of the electoral map that has dominated American politics for the better part of the last decade. The Illinois senator capitalized on a strong desire for a shakeup in the status quo and a deep dissatisfaction with the current president and direction of the country to score a historic win across the political landscape.

Obama's victory was both broad and deep; he won hotly contested states in every corner of the country from New Hampshire in the Northeast, and likely Virginia in the South to Ohio in the Midwest and New Mexico in the West.

The win also marked a re-ordering of the political map as Obama ran surprisingly well in a series of states -- Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana to name three -- long considered to be Republican strongholds at the presidential level.

In broadening the electoral map, Obama made good on a pledge from early in his campaign to break the traditional red state/blue state divide into which the country had been split since the closely contested presidential election of 2000.

Early indications were that the senator from Illinois would enjoy significantly larger margins in the House and Senate as well.

Senate Democrats picked up four seats early in the night -- North Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia and New Mexico -- and seemed likely to claim victories in Colorado and Oregon as well. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) narrowly held on in a tough race against Democrat Bruce Lunsford while appointed Sen. Roger Wicker (R) appeared likely to hold his seat in Mississippi. Those two Republicans wins are likely to keep Democrats from winning the 60 seats in the Senate that would allow them to break Republican filibusters.

On the House side, Florida was an early center of action with three incumbents -- two Republicans and one Democrat -- losing. The Democratic domination in the Northeast was furthered by Jim Himes' victory over Republican Rep. Chris Shays, and two easy open seat victories in New York.

But the story of the night was clearly Obama, the first African American nominee of either party and now the first black man to be elected president of the United States.

The keys to Obama's victory are myriad but two factors stand out: the remarkable unpopularity of President George W. Bush and the Democratic nominee's massive fundraising edge.

In the national exit poll, just 27 percent of those surveys approved of the job Bush had done as president while roughly three times that number disapproved.

While McCain did his best to separate himself from the tarnished Bush brand, exit polling in key states showed he had not done enough. In Pennsylvania, more than half of all voters said McCain would be a continuation of Bush policies and that bloc went for Obama by a 90 percent to 10 percent margin.

Obama's massive financial edge is the other critical factor that stands out when analyzing his victory. Obama opted out of the public financing system early in the summer and by September and October it was clear he had made the right political choice -- outspending McCain on television at a three- and four-to-one clip in key battleground states. Obama's financial edge also guaranteed him a large and effective ground operation, a turnout effort that proved crucial to his narrow margins in some of these swing states.

Much will be said and written of this race in the days, weeks, months and years to come. But, what is clear tonight is that the man and the moment have met. Barack Obama is the next president of the United States.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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"So I honor the rightwingnuts right to continue hating everyone to the left of Hitler. But you will never, never, get my vote, and I will work as hard as I can to undermine your every effort, in every way I can, as long as I live."

U Da Uniter

Posted by: leapin | November 5, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Ahh...great! Blog much does it cost and do they take plastic?

Posted by: DavidinCentralFlorida | November 5, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | November 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StephanieInCA | November 5, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

“We may be facing a failing economy, a high job loss, a high loss in mortgages, a conflicting war, an enery crisis, a large healthcare crisis, but...we need to be assured that if we would no doubt turn from our evil ways, unite on one accord and respect our land and our people , then shall we open the doors to be once again be bless by our Creator, for together we stand and divided we fall. Much love to all and God Bless America!

These are beautiful thoughts that I agree with, however, many of Obama’s supporters on this blog are atheist, god-haters which would negate any blessings.

Posted by: leapin | November 5, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

What a great day in our History!!!!

That said, it's an American tradition to honor our fellow Americans' hatefulness as their "right." So I honor the rightwingnuts right to continue hating everyone to the left of Hitler. But you will never, never, get my vote, and I will work as hard as I can to undermine your every effort, in every way I can, as long as I live.

Enjoy watching history move past you. It will whether you want it to or not.

(excerpts from mike a., september 3, 2008)

Posted by: Godhimself1 | November 5, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Americans, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! By electing Obama, you have given the world, yes the WORLD, hope. Hope for the future, hope for freedom, hope for reconcilliation, hope for all mankind. Thank you.
And what I really loved about last nights coverage wasn't just the expected tears of joy in the Afro-Americans, but the tears and obvious joy on so many white faces in the crowd. I knew the race was over when the RNC convention showed so few coloured people in the audience, and the speeches were all about sarcasm and democrat bashing. Politics of division and fear suffered a major defeat last night, and I hope we never have to see it again.
a hopeful, thankful and joyous Canuck

Posted by: katem1 | November 5, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama Rides 'Change' Message To The Presidency

Congratulations to President Barack Obama of the United States of America. In all sincereness, the majority has won and knows exactly what is needed to forward our country what's best for it. America is a beautiful country, inherited by all that have been bless with it. On one accord in all our endeavors we will restore, unite and forward a better today and tommorrow for ourselves and our future generations to come. Yesterday is gone. So let's respect our forward agenda that we may take our rightful stand in a land which has been granted all by the Creator and move on. Together we can do it and together we will do it. A bright horizon is ahead for all should we turn from our evil ways that our land may be healed and our blessings will flow forever more like a river with no ends. I knew from day one in my spirit that Obama would win because if you know anything about a word from the Creator than you would understand why it is so that Obama has become the much needed change mechanism that America needs at this critical time in our nation. We may be facing a failing economy, a high job loss, a high loss in mortgages, a conflicting war, an enery crisis, a large healthcare crisis, but...we need to be assured that if we would no doubt turn from our evil ways, unite on one accord and respect our land and our people , then shall we open the doors to be once again be bless by our Creator, for together we stand and divided we fall. Much love to all and God Bless America!



Posted by: Nisey01 | November 5, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Even the right-wing hatemongers on this board who keep ranting about "Hussein" and about Obama's birth certificate had better pray that Obama is a successful president, because if he doesn't succeed there won't be much left of this country by the time he leaves office.

I suggest you Limbaugh-worshiping dittoheads read the most recent column in this paper by former Bush aide Michael Gerson, who reminds us that when Clinton was elected conservatives refused to accept him as a legitimate president and did all they could to undermine him for eight years. That Clinton accomplished as much as he did is a miracle given the opposition he faced. The problems we have now make those Clinton inherited seem minor by comparison, and if Obama doesn't succeed in dealing with them even conservatives are going to be very, very sorry. There is no conservative or liberal financial system, stock market or housing market. Conservatives aren't going to be immune from the consequences if Obama can't repair the damage done to these institutions.

Posted by: | November 5, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

In his gracious, touching concession speech, McCain showed some real class. I wish I could say the same of all his supporters. It's time to give up the hate and the name-calling. For all their differences, there are plenty of things that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can agree upon, and this country desperately needs us all to start working together.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 5, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse





Let's see his birth certificate..........




Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 5, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Big losers: kingofzouk and 37th&O AKA dorchester&congress.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 5, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse





Let's see his birth certificate..........




Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 5, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse





Let's see his birth certificate..........




Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 5, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I go cold when I hear Democrats talk about building consensus and reaching across the aisle.

The more Republicans are allowed to participate in American politics, the more internationally aggressive US politics will be.

Among White men, McCain beat Obama by 16 points. As for America's largest demographic, White protestants, McCain carried it by 31 points. They haven't been won over, and they aren't part of this victory. They've been beaten, and the point of beating them was to prevent them making any more idiotic or evil decisions.

We in the world don't need Obama to unite America, we need him to keep America's many crazies away from the levers of power.

The last time Americans of all parties agreed on something, it was that invading Iraq would be a really good idea.

Posted by: bourassa1 | November 5, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I love greenfaucet because of all of their great financial commentaries... but every once in a while you get to read about a hardcore republican moving the other way.

Posted by: macebruce | November 5, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse


I will defend your right to hate everybody left of hitler because that is what America is; Free.

However, I 'd like to invite you to expand your scope of thinking. To really think of what America is: A great democratic experiment where ALL are welcome to work for the common good of all and not just for yourself.

Thozmaniac, I ask you to at least entertain the idea that perhaps all these millions of people are on to something. Something bigger than you or me.

Again, you have the right to hate because this is America. However, it must be said Thozmaniac, that hating is SO UN-AMERICAN.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | November 5, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: caraprado1 | November 5, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Socialism is the only cure for tribalism, tribalism is bigotry. Bigots are people who despise other people solely because they are "not like me". Working for the common good is the only safe future for humanity.

There never has and never will be a free market. This illusion is perpetrated by the people who control the market to protect their dominance of it.

So no. Forget post-partisan. The far right and the far left are the path to fascism, they are in fact indistinct. The correct partisan path is left of the current center and America voted overwhelmingly to move this way. Optimistic I am!

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Look how post-partisan all these creeps are on here this morning - it is all a fraud.




Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 5, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse





All the World's problems have now been solved. The Middle East will now have peace. All our enemies will now lay down their arms. Racial relations are now all in harmony. We are now in a post-racial post-partisan world and everything is wonderful.





Posted by: DorchesterAndCongress | November 5, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

But wait almost all white men voted for McCain...except those earning $200,000 or more who came out in strong numbers for Obama.

So the white people who were going to be hit hardest by Obama's "wealth distribution" were the ones who gave him the most support.

Maybe rich Americans believe they can actually still survive under a 39.6% tax rate. :-)

Posted by: Southeasterner | November 5, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

The last time I was this proud of my country was in July of 1969, and no more so then, than now. I am not a civil-rights activist, and while I appreciate the coincidental importance of having chosen a black man to be our next President, it is precisely because that detail was judged irrelevant by so many voters that this victory is so significant. I suspect President-elect Obama would agree with me.

Posted by: randy1955 | November 5, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

It is not time to forgive and forget. We need to destroy the Republican menace. The thing is, if you are going to stick a knife in the head of a dragon, you better hold on to the handle until it is well and truly dead.


it's time for republicans to return to their roots...they are necessary to a balanced's evangelicals that we need to keep out of the public square....religion belongs in the home and church, not the public square.

that's why mccain lost: Palin's evangelical agenda.

I look forward to a reborn republicanism.

Or perhaps the birth of a new enlightened libertarianism.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 5, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I think that it is funny... in 2006, we elected a democratic congress and senate based on their message of change. Let me ask just one question: are we better off now then we were 2 years ago when we voted them in? When in 2006 the Dow was at 14000+ and the economy was growing? How do you account for that? How do you account for a congressional rating of an all time low being hit of 9%? Dem's had the majority, the Dem's caused the Fannie/Freddie and mortgage meltdown (Bill Clinton's own words).

I am behind whomever is in the white house, and I do pray that Barack Obama does make this country a great place and not what his detractors have said he would do. But in the end, I truly fear a return to the days of the Jimmy Carter presidency. Let's just hope that the damage is not too great.

Posted by: Andy4Change | November 5, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

All of you Republicans need to get your heads out of each others' bottoms.

So do the "die hard" Clinton people.

This was the best $2300. I ever spent.

It is not time to forgive and forget. We need to destroy the Republican menace. The thing is, if you are going to stick a knife in the head of a dragon, you better hold on to the handle until it is well and truly dead.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 5, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Good morning America

Good morning President Barack Obama

Good morning Vice President Joe Biden

U2 - beautiful day

Good Morning World

Yes we did :-)

Posted by: cooday | November 5, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

All the hard work and gut busting long nights have paid off. Barak just sunk a swish from mid court. God Speed to President Elect Obama and to America.

Posted by: ronimacz | November 5, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse



Today I am proud to be an American. The haters have been beaten. a good man has won. It is a brighter day and I have hope for a better future.

Posted by: drindl | November 5, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the same haters are here posting the same racist, illiterate, small mindedness. As for me, I am proud to have worked for Barack Obama and even prouder that he is our new President-elect. We can emerge from the nightmare of the Bush/Cheney administration to the change that our new President- with our help and support- will bring. God Bless America and our new President, Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: silverspring25 | November 5, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

The deep symbolism of Obama's election is something I think all Americans can be excited about.

Posted by: Kristen2 | November 5, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama's transfiguration of America has begun.
Joe Scarborough just set fire to his Klan robes. He is acting like he voted for Obama. Joe now claims all that came before was just an illusion.

Posted by: seemstome |


Not quite.

he just exhorted us to celebrate future evangelical successes just as conservatives celebrate Obama's success.


Conservatives celebrate Obama because his is a message inherently American...freedom, justice, opportunity.

evangelicals want to straightjacket America with their personal religious beliefs.


Posted by: wpost4112 | November 5, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama's transfiguration of America has begun.
Joe Scarborough just set fire to his Klan robes. He is acting like he voted for Obama. Joe now claims all that came before was just an illusion.

Posted by: seemstome | November 5, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

No more will people speak of the Bradley effect. In years to come, when elections are held and candidates win against terrible adversity they will liken it to the

Posted by: seemstome | November 5, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

I heartily congratulate you, Mr. President Elect Barack Obama. We are very proud of you here in Africa. Definitely you will make an excellent President for America. May God Richly Bless you and give you exceptional abilities as you prepare to take up your new job! Very well done!

Posted by: kemboj | November 5, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

The Republic has been saved!

Long live the Republic!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 5, 2008 5:14 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations President Obama and Vice President Biden... This is very exciting to have an intelligent team in the White House

Posted by: RickJ | November 5, 2008 3:49 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: zosima | November 5, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

I think in his speech, Obama forgot to thank three people; those were Bush, Cheney, and Greenspan. Bush and Cheney should be thanked for all they've done in 7.5 years to make Americans lose trust in GOP.
Greenspan must be thanked for being the exuberant Maestro of jerking the interest rates to inflate, to bust the housing market bubble; just in time to crash the stock market to make many Americans vote against GOP.

Posted by: scooterlibre | November 5, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

"Great and Classy Concession speech by Mr McCain"

Yes, I'm looking forward to liking and admiring him again. I don't think it will take too long to cleanse himself of the filth that is the Republican base.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 5, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank You!!! Thank you!!! America. I am proud of my country for the 1st time in 8 years. President Obama is a man who unites. Its that simple. He will unite us to the best of OUR ability. Its up to us as much as its up to him. Thank you America. And to the world. This American apologizes for the last 8 years.

Posted by: trudger95 | November 5, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Opa2 - Ypu don't have much to worry about. I was one of tens of thousands of campaign workers for Obama and we'll be there to protect him and his family where necessary. It may sound rotten, but I think our first job is going to be curbing the Democratic Congress. Some of them are out and out greedy rats, but most are genuinely good liberals who want to pass overly expensive programs or garner person power. Obama is a moderate, and the nay sayers here are about to realize that, and we will need to form partnerships with some of the rather more liberal members of our tent without letting them run over us. Once they get used to the idea, I expect our chief allies to be the moderate and honest moderate conservatives. The messages of personal responsibility, patriotism, and hard work and sacrifice aren't just empty words, Obama means them.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 5, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden - and kudos to Howard Dean for his "50 State" strategy.

I'm a proud American, too, and I'm thrilled. Watching Obama's speech tonight, I saw a thoughtful, intelligent, serious leader - and at this critical time in our country's history we need such a president. I'm only sad b/c so many people posting seem to think this election will be the end of our country as we know it.

On second thought, maybe it will. Maybe President Obama will succeed in bring us together. Maybe he'll bring out the best in all if us. Maybe he'll change the tone in Washington, stop the lying and deception, stop treating us like children who are either too easily manipulated or can't handle the truth. No, I won't be having a beer w/ this guy. But I'll take serious and intelligent discussions of the issues over a beer - any time.

Posted by: -pamela | November 5, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Sitting here in Kerala, South India, I have been reading about and watching the details of the American Elections for the past several weeks. We, in India, are as much interested in your search for a fit leader in this era of recession and other turbulent conditions all around. The American economy, irrespective of one agreeing with or or protesting against capitalist ideas, affects business everywhere and the living conditions of even the ordinary folks.

This change of leadership in the US is believed to usher in a real change in approach towards the problems affecting people and the relationship with other countries. The rude sense of supremacy over others and the tendency to snatch all advantages should change and a more cordial relationship with and respect towards other nations will bring peace and prosperity to the entire world.

Let President Barrack Obama thoughtfully but boldly press for a thorough change wherever needed and prove worthy of the enormous popular faith reposed on him. All the Best to Obama and his team !


Posted by: kccthampan | November 5, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the President-Elect and to his family. However, judging by what I read in these posts, a word of caution to his children that I hope the parents will pass on to them before January 20th 2009: "Dear children. They are going to say some really ugly things about your father and perhaps about your mother too. And maybe even about you guys. Do not believe a single thing of what you hear. We are your parents and we will be good to you and take care of you."

Posted by: Opa2 | November 5, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Joe the plumber's life just went down the drain...and clogged it.The Republican party has a mandate to 're-invent' itself.If it does so,which is doubtful,it can anchor itself for a run in 2012.The problem is that they have no candidates to fill the bill.Name me one!
Vaya con dios,mi amigos.

Posted by: klowry57 | November 5, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to President Obama, and on a personal note as a native of Maryland's glorious Eastern Shore, congratulations also to Mr. Kratovil, who avenged the very disappointing primary loss of the noble Wayne Gilchrest with a victory of the people he will serve with dignity

Posted by: kdemko | November 5, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I am mourning today, so sad and down.. I cry for America. I love America, I grow up with American Dream, now I have to see America go down.. God has mercy on all of us. I guess the time has come. People has voted for him to proved that they are not[aka USA] racist without thinking and knowing who is Obama. The Media is responsible for all of this.. please don't wash your hand when the table will be turned. John McCain, you have done a wonderful job, NEVER GIVE UP, you are already win.. I admire you from the deepest of my heart. You are my hero. WHAT'S MATTER IN LIFE IS NOT WINNING,BUT SURVIVING. You did.. Congratulation America, now the world WILL laugh at you, not because black president[nothing to do with it], but the idea of how easy it is to make you all choose a leader of your country with a racism issued NOT QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCES. Wise guy use to say to me IF I comment about something, he said: EVERYTHING IS ALREADY PERFECT. There're no right and there're no wrong. It's Perfect Thank you. ISRAEL GOD BLESS ALL OF US

Posted by: lyn_sherry | November 5, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: fu_buki | November 5, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Thank God! The sooner President Obama get down to work the quicker we'll all be better off. I look forward to having our jobs back from India and China, the restoration of our manufacturing capability, getting this country back to work, but most of all I look forward to our return to morality and living up to the promise or Founding Fathers made to humanity.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 5, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Thozmaniac:
"America died tonight. I've already gone through the house and thrown all my American flags away. I'm adopting the Confederate Stars and Bars as my country's flag.
Already got it flying high and proud."
Oh well, Thozmaniac.

- We'll all miss ya.
Ain't Democracy GRAND!!!!!!

Posted by: T-Prop | November 5, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

This is a time of supreme reflection,appreciation,and hope.Thereafter,we must unite as the 'true Americans' that we are.
We will be strong.
Bet on it.

Posted by: klowry57 | November 5, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Where are the early votes? Almost 2,000,000 voters voted early in Georgia. The WP reports a total of 3,100,000 votes for President in Georgia with 83% of precincts reporting?

Posted by: jerik1 | November 5, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse






Posted by: T-Prop | November 5, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse




America, I told you so.

Barack Obama, PRESIDENT! I am proud to be an AMERICAN.

As we have told you for the last 21 months, there is NO BETTER PERSON to lead this country than Senator Obama.

The GOP SLANDER MACHINE had no hopes of gaining traction against a GREAT MAN like Barack Obama.





Posted by: 37thand0St | November 5, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations, America!

Posted by: Liberty77 | November 5, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Oprah won the White House! Hooray, just like Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series!! I voted for Obama, just the way that Oprah and Madonna told me to!!! I've now become "Obama-fied" the same way that the people who voted last time, got "Bushed"...Hooray!!

Posted by: familyautos | November 5, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

This presidential election has been the most democratic of any I have known going back to Eisenhower. Millions of citizens were able to participate directly, first with their small monetary contributions and finally with their votes.
Lobbyists and Corporations have had their say in Obama's election but so have we even more so.
More than any other in recent history, this is OUR president, and he got here just in time.

Posted by: seemstome | November 5, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I am 59 years old, a black woman and an American who loves this country. To have seen this in my own lifetime is something I find tough to describe. My heart is so full tonight it feels near to spilling over. What a country we have!

Posted by: sherirogers | November 5, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Hey NomoStew,
I've been flying the Stars and Bars outside my home for 17 years.
It'll come down when someone takes it down and it won't be me. Maybe you'd like to try?

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 5, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

You folks who actually bought all that trash about Marxism and Muslim conspiracy and secret black power are going to be SOOOOO embarrassed when none of it comes true. It will reassure you greatly to start mixing in a few facts now that there's no reason to keep duping people - or yourselves.

Posted by: NomoStew | November 5, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Chris the letter your preventing me and others from posting about Barack Obama's racism against Hispanics will rightly turn Hispanics against Obama for fraud. They voted for him based on a lie. There is no reason for you and your paper to suppress it any longer right the election is over just tell America the truth Chris...

Posted by: TheoriginalMoniker | November 5, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Thozmaniac, no doubt you spent the last 8 years calling anyone who complained about your guy a traitor. Sorry you believe all that trash about Obama, but he's really not going to be all that bad. I'd hope you could be patriot enough to honor your nation's democratic processes and offer the same kind of loyalty to our President that you wanted for the one you supported. That is, criticize away - that's your American right. But grow up and practice some actual democracy. And if you haven't intended the image of raising the flag of Dixie because a black man won, think about it.

Posted by: NomoStew | November 5, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I've never been more ashamed of America and being an *ugh* (american) than I am tonight.
You've all been duped.
The bright side? In less than six months I'll be laughing at your misery.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

To-day, a Marxist and in turn a socialist became president. He will take my money that I work 6 days a week for and re-disribute it to those that don't work. Happy day. " I just want to share the wealth . " he said. His ceiling was $250,000 combined earnigs, that got reduced to $150,000 before the election and I believe that will go down again when he takes office. America...YOU HAVE GOT WHAT YOU VOTED FOR, YOU WILL BE SO SORRY!

Posted by: catzzz999 | November 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I will respect the Office of President. Obama will serve the people for the next four years. My respect for the "Office" does not accept the fact that we have been duped by an "agenda". For those who don't believe this statement, here's a link for you.

God Help Us
Oregon Mom

Posted by: epicwolf1 | November 5, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Barack.
I also voted with great anticipation for change for Bush in 2000 but was sorely disappointed.
Don't disappoint me for the second time.
Get to work

Posted by: Kingofkings1 | November 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: nr18313attnet | November 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

The difference in the intelligence and rationale of the pro-Obama vs. the anti-Obama posts is EXACTLY why this election was the right thing.

America has finally done something SMART that will be good for EVERYONE, as opposed to furthering the partisan, negative rhetoric that is so evident amongst Obama's detractors.

I wish you well, my friends, and hope you realize that the glass is NOT half-empty.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 4, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

congratulations barack obama! tonight we celebrate,tomorrow the real work begins!

Posted by: jayspartan | November 4, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Unlike W, Obama will hold himself accountable. Pretty funny, really, hearing the right whine about accountability after the W years. Tonight at last, I can genuinely laugh about that.

Posted by: NomoStew | November 4, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

tomm 22 - he just got voted in....

get it

Posted by: Mimp1 | November 4, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I pray for BHO to show leadership and wisdom for our sake. I thank McC for a beautiful concession speech, full of grace and conciliation.

G'night, y'all.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 4, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, America. I bought a new flag tonight, and at long last I can fly Old Glory with pride once again.

The work is just beginning, people.

Posted by: essbird | November 4, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter. America died tonight. Taken by the enemy without so much as a whimper. I've already gone through the house and thrown all my American flags away. I'm adopting the Confederate Stars and Bars as my country's flag.
Already got it flying high and proud.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | November 4, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

All our hard work here in Pennsylvania has paid off! Welcome President Obama!

Posted by: PAVoter | November 4, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

The country has finally woken up!

Maybe there is hope for us yet.

A rebuking of the "Rule of the Neocons" is a first step to redemption.

Thanks God! I can stop stressing out about this election.

And we won VA too!!!! Halleluya!!!

Posted by: impeachemall | November 4, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama Rides 'Change' Message To The Presidency

God Bless America!

Congratulations to President Barack Obama. We the people now must embark on this journey and on one accord to accomplish this much needed mission that has been set before us and we must do it together. "Yes We Can" and "Yes We Will". God blessed us all with this beautiful land, so let's turn from our evil ways, that our land may be healed. Love you all...God Bless America!



Posted by: Nisey01 | November 4, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Chris, for your insight, humor, and dogged determination in The Fix. Twittering through the debates with you was the experience of a lifetime of campaigns!! And now, you're right. "The man and the moment have met." We're soaking up these precious moments as we watch our country do a new thing. Wow!!!

Posted by: HazardKY | November 4, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, now I'm being censored from posting evidence of Barack Obama's racism against Hispanics! No wonder I don't see chaos45i posting here anymore.

Posted by: TheoriginalMoniker | November 4, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Speech! Speech! Speech!

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

One question:

If he does something wrong will there be any accountability at all? Or does he just NEVER do anything wrong so I'm a racist for even asking the question.

Posted by: Tom22 | November 4, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when the Sermon on the Mount Speech begins?

He is the Messiah. He will be held accountable for Noting and to No one. If anyone does try to hold him accountable all the Obama fanatics will destroy them and call them racists.


Posted by: Tom22 | November 4, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't just win tonight.

The United States regained its soul ...

Integrity and Honor!!!

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | November 4, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

It's a massive repudiation of hubris, ignorance, and ugliness. It's a new day.

Posted by: Attucks | November 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

To anyone disappointed or angry about the Obama win. Please consider this point:

Our country is constantly questioned with regards to our commitment to equality and democracy. Today we showed the world that we are committed to the principles are founding fathers fought for and obtained for us. For just one moment, leave the politics aside and be proud of the fact that a man, who 60 years ago, could not share a bathroom, eat at a restaurant, and was considered a 2nd class citizen because of his heritage and color, has been voted to this nations highest office. THINK ABOUT THE MESSAGE IT SENDS TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY. WE HAVE JUST DISARMED THESE PEOPLE OF A MAJOR WEAPON IN THEIR ARSENAL.

Again...please consider the message we have sent to the world.

We can start the name calling, nastiness, and generally childish behavior tomorrow Tonight....let's think about that oh so powerful phrase found in the Declaration of Independence .."All men are created equal" and be reminded that this is indeed the land of dreams and opportunity!!!!

Posted by: chefra | November 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama's victory is a victory for all Americans!

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | November 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

America and the World won tonight when Barack Obama became our President. God Bless America!

Posted by: AndrearKline | November 4, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

IN February of 2007 I put a sticker on my car ¨Barrack Obama¨ surrounded by four smaller stickers ¨¨ INTELLIGENCE VISION CHARACTER JUDGMENT. I live in Timonium, Maryland. For these many months I rode around advertising a man many people had no idea who he was or that he had a chance of winning the presidency. I blogged, donated, canvassed near Social Security and yesterday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was all worth it. I am supremely happy to have taken a tiny part in his quest for the leadership for our country. I know he was the best of us and the best of any of the candidates. We needed the best. Thank you for running and thank you for choosing the best campaign team on Earth!!!!!

Posted by: Howcouldthishavehappenedtosuchanicecountry | November 4, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

No matter your political bent, there is no denying the historical nature of this win for Obama. Lots of topics to dissected and discussed for days to come.

For McCain, it will be all about how he blew what should have been a final surge in the battlegrounds. So many folks though he had put away PA and OH with taxes, Rev. Wright and Joe the Plumber.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 4, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris you know Barack Obama used Hispanic/Latinos. Lets hear about what you knew and when. Obama was not about to tell them about his ongoing discrimination against them in Illinois. They were just fooled into voting for him.

Posted by: TheoriginalMoniker | November 4, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Great and Classy Concession speech by Mr McCain

Posted by: chet_brewer | November 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Our long national nightmare is over...and Chris, I told ya Biden would be Veep! It's been fun.

Posted by: soonerthought | November 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

one important thing for the Republican Party to learn tonight is this election has marked the end of moderate Republican Legislators with the demise of chris shayes and wayne gilchrest and their like. The Republican party now has the party they have asked for the last 12 years anyone who doesnt line up with the right wing nuts is destroyed in the primary or so wounded that they lose the general. The destruction of the middle of the republican party has led to its demise.

Posted by: chet_brewer | November 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. I just worked for two days in Philly, driving from NYC to work in the south Philly and the organization of the Obama team and the heart and soul of every who worked were at the heart of this victory.

Posted by: jolu32339 | November 4, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

my heart goes out to you america - you-ve done the right thing - Im very very happy for you. I live overseas and am not a citizen of your country but this is a wonderful and depply historic moment, a truly great event in the history of modern democracy

Posted by: Mimp1 | November 4, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Barack and Joe! I have hope again!

Posted by: jaynashvil | November 4, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Tonight is the culmination of the true spirit of the American Dream. That, with hard work and desire, you can accomplish. You can rise above, you can defy expectations, you can succeed. You simply can.

Tomorrow, this country begins to pull itself together, and resumes its journey down the road of tomorrow as one nation. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, once again, will simply be Americans.

I wish the very best to all of us in the years to come. America shall be made new once again. Congratulations to President-Elect Obama, Vice President-Elect Biden, and also to Senator McCain and Governor Palin. Whatever our differences, this nation is better for the experience of this campaign.

God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.

Posted by: cam8 | November 4, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse






Posted by: | November 4, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

37thandOSt/DorchesterandCongress, eat your heart out!

This is wonderful. Congratulations, President-Elect Barack Obama!

Posted by: Heron | November 4, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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