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Posted on Nov 4, 2008
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Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the man soon to be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama.


The New York Times:

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

Mr. Obama’s election amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country. But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago.

Mr. Obama, 47, a first-term Democratic senator from Illinois, defeated Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, a former prisoner of war who was making his second bid for the presidency. Mr. McCain, 72, conceded the race in a speech to his supporters shortly after 11:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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By KDelphi, November 5, 2008 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Why in hell cant we just get ONE frickng true progressive??

Are Dems under the impression that conservatives put them in office?? Because if they are, I believe they are mistaken.

They voted for Joe the Plumber! Throw us a bone, Obama!

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By KDelphi, November 5, 2008 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

Does anyone else think that the “gift of a puppy” is to symbolize that Obama is not a Muslin? (That is posted )

I think the kids just want a puppy….

Creepy…

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By Maani, November 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

KDelphi:

“Clinton? Oprah? Goolsbee? Emanuel? Summers?”

Clinton would be a fool to turn down a Supreme Court seat if offered, though she has claimed she would. She would even be good as Sec’y of State, though Obama would never offer it to her.

Oprah?  Who cares.  Keep her on TV.

Goolsbee?  Never liked the guy, and am not sure I completely trust him.  He has conservative leanings, and has said some pretty strange things.  (And, of course, there was that fiasco in Canada.)  As one person noted, given that George Will wrote a glowing paean re Goolsbee, he may not be the best choice for a Dem administration.

Emanuel?  Good choice for COS.  He’s roundly well-liked, personable, knowledgeable, and has superb skills for that job.

Summers?  Not as bad as most people believe (or as the current TD article on him would have it).  In fact, Treasury Secretaries don’t make policy anyway, though they have a voice in brainstorming, so I’m not sure how much damage he (or any Treas Sec’y) could do. [N.B. Paulson is an exception, and only because of the bailout.]

Peace.

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By cyrena, November 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

By troublesum, November 4 at 8:44 pm #


Are you going to be nice now, cyrena?

~~~~~~

I’m a realist troublesum, and…newsflash…

It’s not about me. Just like it’s not about Obama. It’s about ALL of us.

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By KDelphi, November 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment

Clinton? Oprah?

Goolsbee? Emanuel? Summers?

Doesnt he know any progressives? Someone from PDA would be preferable to these..

I am disappointed that Nader said what he did.

Boy—I just cannot seem to totally agree wtih anyone.

I could take JUST ONE area that the Dems would just say—hey, the progrssives ideas work all over the world. We are just going to do this.

Just one.

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By Maani, November 5, 2008 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment

Folktruther:

You are correct that the 2008 popular vote total (120 million) was just under the 2004 total (121 million).  However, it was still the second largest total in history (recently, e.g., 1988, 90 mil; 1992, 102 mil; 1996, 94 mil; 2000, 101 mil).

And for those who pooh-poohed my comments re the “dangerous period” we are in and why, see the following, which reveals more than its surface suggests:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/05/chertoff-warns-of-transition-vulnerability/#more-29455

Peace.

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By Folktruther, November 5, 2008 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

As CJ has stated so elequently, the ruling class has won for the 55th time in a row.  I’m just so thrilled.  Preliminary results indicate that a lessr proportion of the population voted this time than in 2004.  Apparently most of the population is as thrilled as I am.  Call me a sentimental fool for gushing so sloppily but this is a great victory for..for…well I don’t know exactly know who. 

But I know who it isn’t for.  The American people and people of the world.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, November 5, 2008 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

Cyrena, Thanks. 

It’s a new day in America and I’m thrilled, especially for Obama, Michelle and the girls and, even more, for African-Americans. 

I’m so proud they’ll be our First Family. 

I wish you the best, Cyrena.

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By Purple Girl, November 5, 2008 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

I was 17 when John Lennon was murder and Reagan took office…John’s Song was so appropo for that time- esp in Hindsight.
OH I hated the ‘80’s with the roll out of the Feudalistic ‘Trickle Down’ Cast system economy. I hated the blatant Disregard for the insideous disease first called G.R.I.D. I shuttered at the Air traffic controllers Union busting. I stood in dismay that a sitting president was undermined by a potential Presidential Candidate and yet not one Person was charged with Treason.
I saw a CIA operative ynaked around by the same cast of characters (criminals) as Their last puppet Ronny- appeasing their every twisted desire. I protested against an invasion on behalf of the Saudis into a region laden with conflict.
I watched as a Democrat allowed transgressions and back room deals to determine the course of this country- skimming over the real ills of this nation, pushing it forward only to aid an Agenda which dreamed of some ‘New World Order’. The Clintons years have lost their luster through revelation and Hindsight.Volumes will be written about the Acts of this current adminstration and we must be sure they include the Prologue of Justice which Our Citizens and the World deserve.
We have waited so long, It’s hard to finally ‘Exhale’.
IMAGINE!

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By Rajasekhar Krishnamurthy, November 5, 2008 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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Today is a great day for the entire world. At long last, there is hope for peace, sanity and above all, an opportunity to march forward, divorced of war mongering and armaments. For me, living in far away India, this would be one of the most memorable moments of my life. Americans can now look forward to retaining their days of glory and of the trust of fellow humans. Mr. President-elect, we wish you the very, very best.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 5, 2008 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

Hey! How can I join this “ruling class” y’all keep talking about?  Sounds like you really want to be in THAT club!  Where do I sign up?  Looks like a lot of them started out as ordinary men and women (Clinton, Oprah), only some were born into it (Bush, McCain).  Why not me too?

I’ll bet 99% of you whining about “the ruling class” wish you were a member of it too, but can’t figure out how to get in!

On another topic:

How come all the pundits are so baffled and amazed that Obama bridged the abyss between Blacks and Hispanics?  Isn’t it obvious where he started on that path?

Two years ago, as Hispanics were massing against restrictive Republican immigration and immigrant status policies, they were chanting “Si, se puede! Si, se puede!”

Translation: “Yes, we can!”........DUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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By thebeerdoctor, November 5, 2008 at 8:00 am Link to this comment

When I asked what beer I would suggest to have with now President-elect Obama, I said: SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE 2008.

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By Sister Lauren, November 5, 2008 at 4:05 am Link to this comment
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You asked,

“Dear George W. Bush,

Who would have thought for one second that, only through your ineptness in being the most powerful person in the world, America finally found itself? “

I did! 

And I used the opportunity to build a political movement.  How do you like it?  I call it my ‘religious freedom political action project’ and I think it is doing quite well, thank you.

Next up, registering my church with the IRS.  Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it.  When I planned this whole thing out, I thought after we got a better president we could have a nice religious freedom ceremony in the rose garden honoring the disrespected religions. 

I do know how to plan events, so thanks for asking.

Sincerely,
Sister Lauren, PhT,
The Green Witch of the West
and Wife of Dr. Know, PhD

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By Expat, November 5, 2008 at 4:03 am Link to this comment

Holy Shit!  America actually did it!  I can’t believe it!  They elected a black man!  I’m so confused; this changes everything!  Maybe we’re not so stupid after all.  Could there be a glimmer of hope….....?

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By cyrena, November 5, 2008 at 12:58 am Link to this comment

Greetings Fadel!!

And…THANK you for your kind words. Yes, I’m thrilled at the results of this election. I’m actually so very proud of my fellow Americans.

And that includes you my friend!! smile

KDelphi, you CAN’T just die! No time for that. Yes, things are pretty awful. We KNOW that! We’ve been stressed out and anxious for years now. In fact, I just realized about an hour ago, how incredibly exhausted I am.

But…there’s work to do girl. (and yeah..that includes finding me someplace to live).

But, WE will ‘get to it’ because there *IS* hope. I’m already breathing a sort of huge sigh of relief that FINALLY, we’re gonna get some work done around here. I mean, this guy has so much energy and smarts, and earnestness, that it’s like a huge burden sort of lifted, even in light of what are currently very dire circumstances.

Meantime, I’m honored to have shared this historical experience with all of you here at Truthdig.

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By kath cantarella, November 5, 2008 at 12:22 am Link to this comment
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KDelphi, if you are ever in Oz, look me up and i will gladly buy you a beer.

Congrats!

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By KDelphi, November 5, 2008 at 12:18 am Link to this comment

thanks, cyrena.

Gawd, you arent going to be homeless, are you? People you work with or something?

I guess it is better to be “out” in Ca. than in the Rust Belt.

When I was homeless , it was in florida. Course, no fun there either. I’m sure you wil let people know.

You know Obama was not my choice—but you know that I also knew that it was him or McCain. I just do not see the point in denigrating the win now. This country is in big ass trouble.

It is way to early to pronounce judgement on it.People doing that right now must have really believed a third party was going to win. I never did.Maybe I just need to feel that there is—oh gawd—“hope”,...shit.

Otherwise, I’ll just die.

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By cyrena, November 5, 2008 at 12:10 am Link to this comment

Thanks KDelphi, but I’m firmly convinced that this is a WIN for ALL of us!!!!

I’m not as devoted to Obama (directly) as I am to ALL of us. That’s really the bottom line I think. We could never survive these times without a leader for ALL of us. And, I wanna survive. These last 8 years have truly kicked my ass, and of course we ALL know that I’m not alone.

There is partying here. It’s quiet partying…some have to study and others have to work tomorrow. But, we’re partying none-the-less. (I also have to look for a new home tomorrow).

Now that last part is sort of a bummer. But, that’s the way it’s been. I feel a little bit more certain now, about the long term outcome. So whatever additional ‘homeless’ time I have to do might be easier to manage.

Meantime, Obama has already performed even beyond my own expectations. Then again, I still think it’s all of US who deserve the congratulations!!

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By KDelphi, November 4, 2008 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment

Congratulations , cyrena. I am glad he won.

I hope he lives up to your devotion to him—I really mean that.

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By Catherine, November 4, 2008 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment

Simply one of the most fascinating historical moments in our nation’s existence. I’m so glad I witnessed it, and helped to make it happen!!!!

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By cyrena, November 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

Doctor Knowitall,

I LOVE your post!!! smile

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By KDelphi, November 4, 2008 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

Maani—you could be right—but i rather think not.
Bush may still be there—but he is neutered!

The country would not hear of it. I think , if we had another 9/11 (which is unlikeley , in the extreme), we would stil hand over the reins of power.

Hardly anyone stil wants Bush in.

If we think like that, people will just walk around on eggs, afraid to talk about the issues—which are still very much upon us!

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By Maani, November 4, 2008 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

ocjim and iao6:

Actually, the Bushwacker is still at it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/opinion/04tue1.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print

Even more importantly (and not to take anything away from this truly historic moment), we are actually in the most dangerous time of all: if the Bushies are planning to do anything truly nefarious in orde to attempt to prevent the transfer of power despite the election (I will leave it to your imaginations, but think 9/11), it will occur between now and January 20th.  And if it does (and I admit it is only an “if”), don’t for a moment believe that it was an “outside” perpetrator.

Peace.

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By kaden, November 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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Way to go, Obama! My best wishes to you and our country!

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By Aegrus, November 4, 2008 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

It’s important to remember, though, that our work is not over. Everyone has to be active in their local party clubs and talk to representatives. We have to really focus on changing our country for the better.

Be well, all! I’ve celebrated just a little too much.

My best cigar is now gone.


Congratulations to all who worked so hard, and to all who will continue to work hard!

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By Fadel Abdallah, November 4, 2008 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment

For the time I am speechless and out of breath!
I hope I can find my words and recover my breath to say something sublime fitting for this occasion of Barack Obama beating the odds of so many years of racism and ignorance!

Cyrena! I am sure your happiness has no bounds tonight, so congratulation my friend!

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By Aegrus, November 4, 2008 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment

You know, we can talk about the ruling class, but I will stand by this statement… The cynics and armchair activists who do nothing to embolden the green party or the real progressives in America only have themselves to blame. Obama is the best candidate we have, and America agrees.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. You can be right all the time, and that’s an easy life to live. You can do the right thing, and sometimes that is the hard thing to do. It’s a concession. Obama is the middle candidate who makes the most sense. Deal with it.

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By JakesTake, November 4, 2008 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

It is our time. Let’s live up to Barack’s call. Our work is not over. It has now really just begun. And I’m so thankful for the opportunity.

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By KDelphi, November 4, 2008 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

Congratulations Dems!
kath—Buy ME a beer!! LOL An Austrailian one—US beers suck anymore!

Hell, I am technically a Dem.

I disagree with him on alot—but I wil not take anything away from the Dems tonight.

PLEEZE do this right. The moment is pregnant!(Strange phrase)

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By G.Anderson, November 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

A great day… for our country and our people…..!

Thanks to Robert, and Gore, and everyone who stuck their neck out… The Iraq War is over….

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By CJ, November 4, 2008 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

Unless my math is all wrong, the ruling class has prevailed for the 55th time. Fifty-five for 55. Fifty-five for them, zip for those of us of lower orders. Fox just projected California for Obama, something I and anyone else could have projected years ago, but never mind.

Big TV media is engaged in sentimentalizing, not surprisingly in the case of organs of propaganda. One would think—from the way propaganda outlets are carrying on—this were the finest evening in American history.

We make much of not much, not much of very much. Congrats all around to the Obama campaign, headed up by DLC presided over by Master Dean. Evidently, we’re not quite so racist a place as previously believed, unless we still are, which we likely are, just about as much as before. But…

this time round, we were given choice between Bush III and someone else, anyone else, so long as anyone else wasn’t…radical, socialist, or too seriously “redistributionist.” (We also coin the most ridiculous terms.)

I’ve not watched Fox in ten years, but thought I’d tune in to check out reaction. Same as at MSNBC and CNN! Well, except Fred Barnes just noted, “[Obama’s] going to have to walk the walk…” Not to worry, Fred.

We’ve heard the talk before, not seen the walk ever. The “walk” is not only not possible to walk under circumstances of ruling-class rule, but in the event way forward is envisioned, so many are empidements, not no way to get to that place. Which would be “social justice.” Words I’ve never heard any big-party candidate for president ever utter.

To utter words is, or would be, to be regarded with suspicion.

The man elected has a plan for Afghanistan where he, and we, will never prevail. He has no plan for Iraq. He has no plan to provide healthcare at a reasonable price. He has no plan for the economy either. Beyond plan to repeal Bush tax cuts for top 5%. I never heard of any plan to raise corporate taxes to, say, 90% of net profits, nor any plan to increase taxes on capital gains, or to tax market transactions.

Mr. Obama acquired a million-dollar place at a 25% discount. He is as much of the ruling elite as anyone of any color and/or gender ever was.

But we, we…make a fuss over not much, while forgetting about much. Which is what we do in deceiving ourselves once again (except more so) when we persist in thinking our country the most gloriously democratic in all history. A lovely sentiment, were it only true. But not. Speaking of democracy in place of implementing democracy—here, never mind elsewhere. 

We love to talk, love to chat, as well as to bitch and moan. But when presented with any real option (Kucinich, Nader, et al.), we retreat into what is familiar master-slave relationship as we persist in “fun” no matter the cost of having “fun” to so, so many—both at home and then far more so around the world, where life is not so much damn “fun.”

We adore talk of change while fearing fear itself. We refuse steadfastly to take responsibility, which is finally our fault. Not media’s, not government’s, not even that of the ruling class, which counts on our falling for the same ole con-job every time. We never fail to fall.

I can’t recall when I last saw Krauthammer in the mug. He’s talking standard reactionary line, but does not appear distressed in any way. Rightly so, since why should rep of ruling class feel in the least distressed? Class he fronts has prevailed yet again. 

I do have to note that Fox panel does appear collectively distressed, which is worth something, I suppose. I almost feel sorry for them so downcast do they appear amidst (oddly) blue-cast set. Maybe they saw this coming, though they too should not feel worried in the least. Ah, Brit just said, “Barack HUSSEIN Obama.” Hume’s not lost his sense of humor after all.

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By Thomthum, November 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

huge night for the Dems….best not F it up now…

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By troublesum, November 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

Are you going to be nice now, cyrena?

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By Inherit The Wind, November 4, 2008 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

I’ve been doing the math all night…I said to my kid “If Obama wins Ohio, or Florida, or 2 out of 3 of North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana, it’s all over.”

Gotta figure that California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii are all going for Obama: That’s 77 votes.  As soon as Obama reached 193 electoral vote (and he actually hit 195) it was all over. Currently Obama has 207…but add 77 and it’s 284…It’s all over.

Sadly Mitch McConnell has held on to stay in the Senate.

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By kath cantarella, November 4, 2008 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment
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I’d like to buy the President Elect a beer.

In lieu of that, i will go out and find myself a US citizen and buy them a beer.

Well done, America. Thankyou.

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By iao6, November 4, 2008 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

is it possible george can make anything worse?
well he is crafty in that way….

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By ocjim, November 4, 2008 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

A win for intelligence, principle and hope.

But the Bush plague is still with us until January. Let’s make sure he doesn’t spread global poison before he leaves.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, November 4, 2008 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

Dear George W. Bush:

    On behalf of my fellow citizens, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It is because of you, my friend, that this great country of ours has finally found its groove!

    For this, you will go down in history.  This, sir, is your legacy.  Who would have thought for one second that, only through your ineptness in being the most powerful person in the world, America finally found itself?  By jove, how clever of you, you rascal!

              Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD

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By Aegrus, November 4, 2008 at 8:00 pm Link to this comment

I said it on Super Tuesday. Obama is the next president of the United States of America! Goodbye Neoconservative Doctrine!

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