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Vera H, Woodside, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? What emerged from the voting booths across America on November 4th, 2008 was not only a glimmer of hope for a brighter future but also a very simple truth - the knowledge that fair and just leadership is essential to arresting our country's decline. Human rights, health care, education, international affairs - just some of the complex issues our complex culturally and economically diverse nation faces. Our country needs and deserves a complex, intelligent, humane, articulate and diplomatic leader - President Elect Obama has these essential leadership qualities. On Wednesday when I woke my daughter to help her prepare for school I was excited to tell her the election news. For the first time in my politically aware life I was proud to be an American and grateful to be apart of the new American dream! On Wednesday, we witnessed history together as a family, community, and country. President Obama, with the help of his worthy Vice President and Administration, will guide us out of our backyards and off our front stoops - into the global village of the 21st century!
What should we do next? Be responsible US and World citizens, stay politically informed and involved. Be willing to make sacrifices to end the war, and ween ourselves off fossil fuels for the sake of the next generations of Americans and the environment. Hold together and work together to elevate our nation.
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Today I am so very proud of America. I started working on this campaign 20 months ago and this was the proudest moment of my life. My husband and I donated countless hours, over 1,000 phone calls, I week to Colorado to wrok for a week and meet some remarkable people on this journey. But our work has just begun! Aloha to the world.
What should we do next? We must continue to grassroots activism that has brought us to the place in history and continue. Get people involved in this democracy and stay active with neighborhood boards, boards of education, commmissions, really ask people to step up and be part of the solution.
Suluhishi H, long beach, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This is truly the most dynamic event to occur in my lifetime. I'm ecstatic to be a part of making History. I'm overwhelmed by the incredible feeling of hope and prosperity for myself and future generations present by President Barack Obama's victory. Time has arrived to put this nation bacc 2gether. Let's go to work! Peace and Blessings be upon President Obama.
What should we do next? Straighten out this economic fiasco and bring home the troops.
Natalie M, Maplewood, NJ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I feel proud of our country in a way I never knew was possible. Walking in NYC yesterday, was incredible. Everyone was open and hopeful, and truly AMAZED. A dream has been restored. We are ready for the work that lies ahead.
What should we do next? Get to work! Bring home the troops, end the war, provide healthcare to anyone and everyone who needs it, fix our economy and clean up our planet... YES WE CAN!
Miryam W, Warwick, MA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I'm 72, and have voted in every election for the past 51 years, most often feeling I had to choose the lesser of two evils. This year I contributed to, volunteered for, and voted for the best candidate I've had he opportunity to vote for (I was too young to vote for Adlai Stevenson, but worked for him anyway.) Barack gives me reason to hope again. I feel blessed to have lived long enough to see this day. About the photo: I took it in Keene, NH, in August 2007. It makes me sad to see how he has aged since then, and grateful that he remains willing to give of himself to help us achieve the greatness of which our nation is capable.
What should we do next? Support him, politically and spiritually. Be patient if we think he's made a mistake (He will. He's human.) and don't give the nay-sayers any ammunition to use against him.
Risa R, Boise, ID
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We are proud of our President. For the first time in my life... I want an American flag flying out side my home! My daughter is a part of history ~ WE made this happen! God bless America and keep our President safe!
What should we do next? Stay involved! With the President's direction, organize and work in our communities to help one another! I don't want to wait until Jan 20th. I want to start NOW!
Erik, Pittsburgh, PA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? For the first time in 8 years, I'm not apologetic for being an American. I'm proud!
What should we do next? We need to continue supporting President-elect Obama as he tackles problems that have no easy solution. We have to expect sacrifice and not instant answers. We have to hope for a better tomorrow and work toward it.
Linda S, Springfield, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I watched the election results over at my son and daughter-in-law's home. When Obama won my son started to cry tears of joy, while I sat, all choked up, stunned, happy for the historical moment. Finally, a president who will make a difference! I did my campaigning online by changing my Livejournal layout to the one you see here. I felt that any chance to spread the word and support should be taken and utilized, even something small and passive such as a web page. It didn't matter - all things small add up to a very large big thing!
What should we do next? We as a nation need to set aside our political differences and support Obama in what he does. Let's make the next four (maybe eight??) years productive by working to make a difference! Yes, WE CAN!
Ron R, Monroe, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Knowing that there are fellow American friends who strive for our individualism through "the web of containment" to Nest our hopes and dreams for our children secures peace in my smiling heart....
What should we do next? Continue UNITING
James G, Los Angeles, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Now change can happen !
What should we do next? Tell me what I can do to help.
Kathryn P, bellevue, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Gratitude for the people who made this happen. Gratitude that I can have faith in the process in the US again. Gratitude in being American again. I lost that for awhile.
What should we do next? Focus on the economy and jobs. Help folks help themselves.
Hillary L, deerfield, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Words can't describe how historic last night was. On every level historic. Needed and waited for.... about time.
What should we do next? Let us all get a chance to meet him someday. Hillary Levine
Emilie R, Eastsound, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? My wife and I have been volunteering for Obama since the beginning. I can't find a picture of her hand-drawn "Obama 4 President" sign that she made in 2004 when he visited Seattle. It has been an incredible campaign. We have voluntered in many states and cities (Reno, Las Vegas, Iowa, Washington, Maine, New Hampshire, and probably some places that I forget.) I have been constantly impressed by how welcoming Americans are to campaign volunteers. We have been everywhere from expensive huge homes to group homes for the mentally challenged (where it was a three way tie between Obama, McCain, and the "Red Cross"?) The picture is of me at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa with thousands of other Obama supporters.
What should we do next? We need to think about the poor in this country. Las Vegas is heartbreaking, people live in third world squalor in the shadow of casinos with $1000 minimum bet blackjack tables. It is truly revolting.
Simki k, Bethesda, MD
What does Obama's victory mean to you? So many people can claim Barack Obama as their own. Asians, Africans, Midwestern Americans. He is truly a Millenium Man leading our world into the future.
What should we do next? Lobby Congress to do the right thing and push Obama to do great things for America and the world.
Ginger S, Athens, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means I can honestly tell my son that he can be whatever he wants to be. Even the president..although he assured me this morning he doesn't want the job:P
What should we do next? Please start to fight for the rights of gay/lebsian couples.