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Robyn R, Albany, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I cried with happiness when our polls closed in Calif. and the networks declared Obama the winner. My joy is a little diminished by the fact the CA Prop 8 probably passed (my gay mom just got married to my beloved stepmom). But I'm still SO happy that Obama won! He so deserved it. What a fabulous campaign. Thanks Moveon, for making it so easy and efficient for me to participate by making phone calls from home. I hope we can tackle gay rights next. Cheers, Robyn
What should we do next? Please let's work on alternative energy legislation and gay rights.
Catey M, Olympia, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Last night I lay awake in bed unable to sleep pumped with adrenaline. I suddenly became flabbergasted that for eight years I have been filled with anger, fear, cynicism, hopelessness, and shame. So much energy has been spent trying to fight against what has been happening in our country. I have been bitter and utterly depressed. And now. And now. Imagine where our energy can go! The impact of this monumental decision and the work all of us have done to bring this to be make me proud, perhaps for the first time, to be a citizen of the United States of America and hopeful for my daughter and her generation. Thank you! Thank you!
What should we do next? First we should all breathe and celebrate.
Kari L, Seattle, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that for the first time in my life I feel like I belong in this country, and that this country will finally become a member of this world.
What should we do next? Work to separate church and state from the issue of marriage. Civil Unions for all who want them! Civil unions are an economic alliance for adults who want to combine finances. Marriage should be completely separate and a matter left entirely for religious institutions to decide. If people want to get married, they need to find a religious institution that will do this for them. Ban state endorsed marriages!
Richard C, Macomb, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means fulfillment of the American Dream for so many who have been left out of that dream. I, a fifty-something white guy, never thought I would see an African-American as president in my lifetime, and I was overcome with emotion Tuesday night as the reality of Barack's election hit me.
What should we do next? Let's put this country to work and rebuild the infrastructure that has been neglected for the last eight years.
David F, Royersford, PA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am not what you would call overly patriotic- I have felt my country did not always stand for the things our Founding Father's intended- but today, I can honestly say, I am proud to be an American for the first time in my 54 years!
What should we do next? Take a breath and enjoy it
Kathy w, Portland, OR
What does Obama's victory mean to you? A renewed faith in this country, and in the human race!
What should we do next? Take up the task of restoring our environment, breaking down the walls of bipartisanism, bringing this country into a new enlightened era.
Farrah B, Richardson, TX
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means the first of many firsts to come!! His accomplishment will open doors of opportunities to all of us with dreams and the hope of something better. I've never witnessed America more unified in the belief of a leader than I did last night. It was amazing!!
What should we do next? Support him!! Educate ourselves and stay involved in our nation problems and be ready to do our part. That means taking responsibility for some things in our own lives and helping those around us. Obama will do alot for us but he can't do it alone.
Jenny M, Tarrytown, TX
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I've almost had to pinch myself today. Am I awake? I'm not making this up? This afternoon I just burst into tears. I've been working for this day for 45 years, whether it's the marches in Alabama or writing tirelessly to friends, colleagues, and family as well as Presidents and other officials. I've been working with MoveOn.org since its inception. For four years, I've had a photo of Barack Obama on the wall by my computer. It's from his keynote address, and this man from seemingly nowhere electrified me and a heckuva lot of others. Hallelujah! The best part for me? I was born on Jan. 20, and for my 62nd birthday I'm going to get the best present of my life!
What should we do next? Campaign to draw the wars to a close quickly and with integrity, bring the soldiers home so they can help the victims of Katrina and Ike and other natural disasters. So they can go back to being a peace-keeping force, rather than a war-making force. I like another writer's words about a moratorium on No Child Left Behind. Let's look at the studies about learning -- particularly about the parents' role therein -- and create a program that's workable and productive. And of course, pay qualified teachers to teach, and teach the citizens the value of education and learning. Our public school system is a mess; it needs a major makeover, and I don't mean more money thrown at it.
Lynn L, Rockingham, VT
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory, to me, means exactly what he said: a chance. If everyone that supported Obama in this campaign would now stand up for the change we hope for perhaps we would see that change. He needs the movement now more than ever. We should create a coalition providing a statement of our positions on the many important issues facing us all. Some of the issues of concern to me are: A real investigation into the events of 9/11/01 which was used to justify many unfortuate events since its occurence. Repealling of the Patriot Act and other legislations that have destroyed many of our freedoms. Impeachment of Bush and Cheney and the holding of others in that administration accountable for their treasonous actions. Achievement of a drastic change in U. S. foreign policy, specifically towards Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Isreal/Palestine, Cuba, Georgia, Latin America, Cuba, Darfur and Iran (among others). Ending corporate control of the world/globalization. Ending the Prison Industrial Complex and the Drug War. Addressing poverty, both foreign and domestic, and creating in the U. S. a more egalitarian society. Making equal health care accessible to all of our citizens.
What should we do next? We should create a coalition providing a statement of our positions on the many important issues facing us all. Some of the issues of concern to me are: A real investigation into the events of 9/11/01 which were used to justify many unfortuate events since its occurence. Repealling of the Patriot Act and other legislations that have destroyed many of our freedoms. Impeachment of Bush and Cheney and the holding of others in that administration accountable for their treasonous actions. Achievement of a drastic change in U. S. foreign policy, specifically towards Iraq (get out), Afghanistan (get out), Pakistan (stay out), Israel/Palestine (one state solution), Cuba (end trade embargo), Georgia (no missile base), Latin America (no interference in their internal policy), Darfur (sane and honest policy) and Iran (negotiate). Ending corporate control/globalization (ethical corporate policy, domestic and international/regulation). Ending the Prison Industrial Complex and the Drug War. Addressing poverty, both foreign and domestic, and creating in the U. S. a more egalitarian society. Making equal health care accessible to all of our citizens.
Jan G, Simi Valley, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Hope, pride, and a deep sense of a new day for the world and future generations.
What should we do next? Now, at last, is our opportunity to take Ghandi's advice and "be the change we want to see in the world".
Amy T, Austin, TX
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The hope and the joy are made real this day. YES WE DID!!!
What should we do next? Unite! We rallied around Obama to vote him in, now let's come together to bring in everyone as part of the team!
Patty C, Reading, PA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We did it!!!!!!!
What should we do next? Push Environmental Reform!!!!!!!
jessica h, madison, WI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? i'm finally 100% proud to be an american.
What should we do next? never take the democratic process for granted!
Denise R, Pleasant Prairie, WI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? What a glorious day!!! What unity and peace was demonstrated by the Obama supporters. Chicago, you did a fabulous job of welcoming this time in history into our lives!!!!
What should we do next? Embrace all people, Democrat, Republican, Independent. Allow those who opposed the change to heal and help them with the healing process.
Hayley h, Victoria, MN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama spells HOPE for our family and my two beautiful minority daughters adopted from China...because they will grow up knowing 'YES THEY CAN!'
What should we do next? make sure this momentum doesn't fade....it will be an uphill battle, but there is much work to be done, and we need to be united to do it.