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Gerry B, Alpharetta, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This morning, I took out and held my copy of Strength to Love by Dr. King. It was a copy that had actually belonged to him, and has notes in the margins penned in his own hand, and some folded sheets of Ebenezer Baptist Church stationery with his handwritten sermon on them. It was given to me by Hosea Williams in 1968, when I was working as a volunteer for SCLC down on Auburn Ave. As I held it, I cried at the overwhelming importance of what occurred last night. I thanked God for the grace given to this nation to respond to the challenge and the opportunity we were given in this election. I remembered many things: April, 1968, at 3:00 am, outside Sisters Chapel at Spellman College on the AU Campus, where Dr. King was lying in State, I was standing in a long line of mourners all waiting respectfully in the chill night air, speaking in hushed tones, or not at all, to view his body and pay our respects No one was impatient, and when we each had our turn to stand before his casket, no one felt pressed to hurry past. I remember taking a few moments in reflection and prayer there, with tears streaming down my face, feeling an intense commitment in my heart to continue what he had given his life trying to accomplish. I was 20 years old at the time, just opening the wrapping on the gift that was to be my life. Now, at 61, I am still unwrapping that gift. Last night was so major for me. There have been so few elections in my life in which I have actually voted for the winner! I have often felt so isolated, out of step with those around me, but yet so sure that the path I was on was the only one that I could walk with conscience. In 2006, I was encouraged by the election results. Last night, I was overwhelmed with joy and hope, gratitude and belief in humanity. I'd like to bottle those feelings and be able to take a swig every now and then just to refresh my soul. I have felt almost euphoric all day, in a very spiritual way. I have a strong belief that this man with the unusual name is living his destiny, and affecting ours in a most profound way, for the good of all. I appreciate all of you, and the ones coming behind you, for living the dream we dreamed, for coming from love and not fear, and for being a part of the new majority in this country. Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!! Gerry Burge
What should we do next? Form task groups to offer assistance on various areas of the agenda.
Angela K, Asehville, NC
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Change is good, necessary and inevitable... with President Obama, those changes can be positive and confident as a stepping stone to ensure that our planet earth CAN be a happier, better place for ALL! I feel comfort, pride, and so much joy in knowing that so many others fortunate enough to be alive during this beautiful, touching milestone of the human race... feel this way too! I am now proud to be an American! We need to show our wonderful new president, and his family, and our fellow American's that we are PROUD of him and are once again able to find faith in our country.
What should we do next? We need to respect this precious man, and the precious opportunities we now have... with a force of intelligent, vigilance, caring, compassionate, informed support! We should stay strong and confident, and ensure that we are blessed with a second term from this wonderful man as our president!!!!
Sheila D, Los Angeles, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Humanity is failing in many states and throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East with increased globalization. These states are brewing current and future threats to global peace, and Barack Obama was the one candidate in the field with the judgment and vision to provide the leadership so urgently needed. We pray that Barack Obama will continue to demonstrate the leadership that America needs to end the war in Iraq, to help stabilize the Middle East, and to turn the page on a foreign policy that has made the United States very vunerable.
What should we do next? The way to continue our fight is to take our energy, strength, and passion into our communities.
Patricia P, Leavenworth, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I was a young mom when we lost John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. The light has begun to shine again. I wore a faux plumeria in my hair to work on Wednesday in honor of our first Hawaiian president: a man who was raised to express honor, respect, humility, patience and kindness.
What should we do next? Roll up our sleeves and ask what we can do for our country. Aloha.
Rachael S, Chicago, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? i woke up this morning to a new world
What should we do next? fix the voting system!!
Barbara G, Burlington, NJ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Yes We DID!! This show of unity has inspired so many people it is incredible. We support you! We only wish your grandmother had not passed away, and had lived to hug the next president of the United States of America. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
What should we do next? Pray that the Congress and Senate all work with President Obama to see the changes become reality. The Georgeanni Family
Adrian G, Sandy, UT
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I just kept thinking of him today and the fact that he was sitting there in his office in Chicago, thinking of ways to HELP US! After 8 years of total neglect, it is so wonderful to have a President who actually cares about us!
What should we do next? I think we should wait and see what he asks us to do. I'll bet he's got all sorts of great plans for us. We chose him, now let's let him lead us on to a great future.
Deborah C, Henderson, NV
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means my children have the best hope for a future where Humanity Comes FIRST!
What should we do next? The same thing we did to elect him, SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!! And get out there and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Lina R, seattle, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? pride in my standing as an american. both my dogs are also proud to live in america too.
What should we do next? accountability- for the next administration and for each other to remain engaged and active
Mamie C, Phoenix, AZ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I want to be a part of THIS political process. This nation has taken a huge step forward. My daughters can be optimistic about the future; both politically and socially- the bar has been raised! I feel more united with my fellow Americans. I actually CARE what is happening in politics now. Simply because I believe in Barack Obama. Before, I did not believe in any politician; I chose the lesser of 2 evils. I want my girls to be politically & socially aware. Whereas before, we have always been involved in our community and in service. This is something I want to always be important to my daughters. But, I never felt compelled to involve them in politics; it is too depressing and the "system is broken" anyway. They are only 10 & almost 7- but, they are "On Board with Barack"!
What should we do next? Stay involved. Keep the momentum of this historic movement going. Spread the optimism and HOPE! Write your senators and congressmen. Make your voice heard on days other than election day (altho- that is very important!)
William H, Anchorage, AK
What does Obama's victory mean to you? After 8 years of horror, you can't imagine how happy I am that Obama won! It's like I can breathe again! At long last, there will be someone I can truly admire in the White House! My family and I jumped up and down, screamed at the top of our lungs and honked our car horn all the way to our friends' house. Finally, there is hope. I am so proud of you Barack! (Bill) I'm really glad Obama won because my mom said she'd get a lobotomy if he didn't. Yes we can! and we did. (Maya)
What should we do next? Wow! There is so much to do! I think we need to reach out to the rest of the world. We have such a bad image out there! We need to get out of Iraq, as soon as we can. Just think what we could do with the money if it was diverted from that mess! There is no such thing as victory, so what are w doing there. We need to convince our nation that being liberal is not a bad thing. We need to rein down on major corporations. Private industry is not necessarily a bad thing, but letting them regulate themselves is. We need to undo every single thing that Bush did over the last 8 years. There is so much to do that it gets overwhelming and it is impossible to figure out where to start.
Natasha M, Decatur, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Even those who were never engaged in the political process have been energized and engaged. After I voted, I took my children down to the King Center because where else should I be. I ran into an older gentleman and he said to me, how could I go anywhere else, but to the place where I can feel the spirit of Dr. King? Barack is the embodiment of our story in America. The unification of the Son of African and Daughter of America. He restored our hope, faith and love to be an American.
What should we do next? Not allow anyone to block the agenda of change. If our congressional leaders stand as an obstacle, go see them, call them, email them and remove them. Don't let them stop this train from moving forward.
Nicole R, Glendale, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory is a victory for us all. American has been annointed the leader of this world and now we have seen our country come together in a way that none of us beleived would happen...and the rest of the world shall follow. Black men & women will be viewed in a more positive light and my children will NEVER experience the world the way I did and those before me. We are truly the United states of America and I am sooo proud to be an American!
What should we do next? We now need to help Obama better this country and the rest of the world!
Danny T, Brookfield, WI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The difference between Obama's Promise and Bush's Mandate is Hope. Hope that we can move to more rational government. Hope that we can move past partisan politics. Hope that we can judge a person for who they are and not how they look. Hope that we can take back the world from religous extremism. Hope that we can continue down the path to equality and justice for all. I look at these maps and I don't see a difference because the difference was small. The difference was us and the hope that we could change the way this country was moving.
What should we do next? Keep him going. Ensure his success. Twart partisan attacks. Voice our dissent, but support his judgement. He may have to table many of the issues that we all want to move on while he sorts out 2 wars and an economic crisis. I hope he moves left when he must (the supreme court) and right when he can (fiscal responsibility) but stays in the center. That will ensure that he is more than just a 2 term president. He could be a legacy president. He could change the partisan bickering that started with Nixon. He could make this country work again and unite us all.
Andre D, Sedona, AZ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I stand with you on this new day, feeling some hope for our future, my kids, my grandkids, my friends, we all can get a better nights sleep tonight. I have always been proud to be an American but now is my proudest moment. Now all we have to do is allow this brilliant "community organizer" to show us the way and then we all need to work our asses off to get there.
What should we do next? make sure he succeeds by each and everyone of us contributing our time as a volunteer in some way to help his vision become reality