23 comments on “History

  1. I never thought in my lifetime that this would happened. Our country has so much to be proud for. I’m proud to be a part of history. Now comes the hard part…even harder than getting elected. Now is the time where our country starts to heal.

    God bless this country and this world!

  2. Houston, the Eagle has landed. That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

  3. A black person as POTUS. I still feel like I’m a dream world. God bless you PRESIDENT OBAMA!

  4. Hi Andre. I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now. I’ve never left comments (even on some of your more tempting posts), but today I felt like I needed to.

    I can’t begin to say how thankful I am that God has allowed Obama to reach this pennacle. I truly believe that Obama has this country on the road to change and will end to move all the divisive and hate driven politics of the past. I believe I can truly say that the future is bright for my son.

  5. The country made its choice. I didn’t vote for Obama and I still don’t think he’s qualified to handle things, but he’s here now. Hopefully we can all put the political bickering behind us and move forward.

  6. Josh, I agree that the country should unify around Obama and the change he wants to bring. But I also find it interesting that the GOP has NEVER pushed for unity before. Calling half the country “un-America”, referring to a presidential candidate as a terrorist and a socialist, provoking a spirit of hate and bigotry. And this was all within the past month!! You’ll forgive me if I don’t completely buy into the GOP trying to “unify” people.

  7. What amazed me most was Obama’s dominance by the sheer numbers. Some national exit poll numbers:

    Women: Obama 56%, McCain 43%
    African Americans: Obama 95%, McCain 4%
    Voters under 30: Obama 66%, McCain 32%
    Latino Americans: Obama 66%, McCain 32%
    First-time voters: Obama 68%, McCain 31%
    Voters earning < $100,000: Obama 55%, McCain 43%

    Says it all.

  8. KC, those numbers just go to show that Sarah Palin can learn a thing or two about community organizing.

  9. “those numbers just go to show that Sarah Palin can learn a thing or two about community organizing.”

    The same can be said of the rest of the GOP for their sneering and condescension. But I have to give Sen. McCain credit for a marvelous concession speech. I truly believe that if he demonstrated half of this class and dignity during the campaign, he would have made this contest a lot closer than it was. If he showed better judgement in his VP selection, he’d be the President-Elect right now.

    But he didn’t. None of them did.

    …and Barack Hussein Obama is the new President of the United States of America!

    I’m walking on air right now!!!!

  10. Thank you Barack. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Thanks to your mother and – yes – your father. Thanks to your grandparents! Thanks to the generations of people who have given you to the world. Most of all, thanks be to God for blessing us with the opportunity to see something I NEVER thought I’d live long enough to see.

    I am deeply humbled by what Americans have done. I feel acceptance and self-esteem. I feel immense pride in everyone. This is a beautiful time for America right now.

  11. i always knew it would happen in my lifetime; just didn’t know when until Barack Obama decided to run, and what a wonderful race he ran. i am so proud of all of the voters on yesterday, standing in long lines, enduring the rain and cold temps and aches and pains in their bodies, people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, voting for the first time ever. not only was there unity yesterday, but it truly marked the beginning outward show of change.

  12. Hey Dre,
    Is it just me or did the sun shine a little brighter today? And I swear the air even smelled better. Maybe it’s just my outlook that’s suddenly better. Anyway, congrats to all the Obama supporters! Let’s make Barack proud and turn this country around.

  13. As I was watching McCain’s concession speech again (music to my ears!), I was disturbed by all the boos Obama received even after winning a long and hard fought contest. That made me realize that we have to work harder than ever to come together. The sparks of fear, hate, and bigotry must be doused FOR GOOD otherwise a fire could STILL start. The nation’s rebuilding must begin now.

  14. Greg, I’ll take your argument a step further to say that McCain’s concession speech was just as racially tinged as anything else he and Palin have been doing during the campaign. Instead of making Obama’s win a victory for the nation at large, he made the win all about African Americans. While I agree that AA’s have every reason to take this home as a victory for their years of struggle and oppression, this wasn’t just about black people. Don’t congratulate black people for this victory. Congratulate EVERYBODY involved.

    What I took away from McCain’s speech was a trivialization of Obama’s lopsided victory by playing the ultimate in race cards. It was pathetic.

  15. Paige/Greg, I’m not sure what race you are (it really doesn’t matter, except for the purpose of this post). But being an African American, I didn’t think there was anything even remotely racist about his concession speech. In fact, I think his speech was one of the only real times during the campaign where he found his own voice. He was simply recognizing the historic significance of the win for blacks. I would’ve expected the same recognition for women had Hillary won.

    McCain, Palin, and the rest of the GOP pulled some real doozies during the campaign. But this wasn’t one of them.

  16. It was quite simply the most spectacle thing I have ever witnessed. Being one generation removed (and barely, at that) from Jim Crow, watching the country elect a black man for President exceeded anything I or my parents could ever imagine. God has blessed us tremendously to see this day.

  17. Was I the only one moved when Jesse Jackson was on screen crying? His face said it all.

  18. “Was I the only one moved when Jesse Jackson was on screen crying? His face said it all.”

    Uh…yeah. You were.

    Remember, this was the same Jesse who threatened to cut Obama’s nuts off.

  19. J. Alex, I’ve been annoyed by many of Jesse’s shenanigans over the years (especially some his more recent gaffes about Obama.) No argument there. But a part of me was feeling Jesse too. Like many older people, Jesse lived through the struggle. He was arrested as a teen for trying to go to a public library (nowadays, you can’t drag black kids to libraries). He had hoses turned on him. He was attacked by dogs. He stood next to King as he was killed. The brotha went through some stuff. So while I tend to be critical of a lot of his empty racial pimping of today, I have to also acknowledge the things he went through that I’ll never experience. I mean, being an 80’s kid, the worst racial things I can remember are Reaganomics, Rodney King, OJ, and BET. Not quite the same thing…

  20. Andre, I think you’re absolutely correct about the historical significance of Obama’s presidency. But I think Jesse’s crying also signified the sadness/disappointment he had for not being involved in the process of getting Obama elected. I think Jesse Jackson saw himself being on the opposite end of a truly historic event. It was him and others like him marching in Selma. He was the one who made the initial run for President which some have said paved the way for Obama (I don’t agree, but that’s what many people are saying). Yet, the only role Jesse will be remembered for playing this year was the man who made an unfortunate comment in between interviews.

    Think about it: where was Jesse located during Obama’s winning announcement? He wasn’t with the camp. He wasn’t in the entourage. He was in the middle of a bunch of random people. That’s as far out of the reach of the campaign (and the history books) as a person can get. I imagine this was all difficult for him to grasp.

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