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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.
Alan B, St Petersburg, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am so glad Florida delivered, this time. And, I am especially happy that I made the time to help by taking the day off to help those in need reach their polling places. I look forward to this country moving onward and upward from here. This is hugely historic like nothing in my life before. I'm not old enough to remember JFK, MLK-Jr, desegregation, Vietnam or the first man on the moon. And, though I was lucky to be one of the first/few to use the Internet as we now know it, this blows that historic moment away. Now, let's get to work!
What should we do next? We've tossed around the idea of alternative energy sources. Will someone with the ability to spread the word start talking about Thorium?? It's a viable source for safe nuclear energy w/o a weapons-grade by-product when the fuel rods are spent. It would give Iran their nuclear energy WITHOUT giving them nuclear 'power.' It's good for all of us!!!!!!
Alice P, Montgomery, AL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory means that small efforts can matter.
What should we do next? Use the organization and momentum we've built to further the public service Obama is calling for.
Franne E, Accord, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? my granddaughter-Zoe Hirsch-accompanied her dad to the polls- she'll cherish this historic moment ! Yes we can!
What should we do next? end the war in Iraq
Hilda T, Marysville, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? YES WE CAN, YES WE DID!!!! MY THREE DAUGHTERS AGES 17,11,9 MY MOM 77 AND MYSELF VOLUNTEERED AT OUR CAMPAIGN CENTER WITH PHONE CALLS, DOOR-TO-DOOR,SIGN WAVING AND WE GOT TO SEE AND HEAR GOVENOR GREGOIRE, SENATOR CANTWELL, SENATOR MURREY,US REPRENTATIVE RICK LARSON AND LOCAL POLITICAINS WHILE WE WERE THERE. WE HAVE PICTURES OF ALL OF THEM. WE PUT THEM INTO KODAK SITE. IT WAS GREAT TO WIN BIG. WE FEEL HAPPY TO BE AN AMERICAN AGAIN!!!!
What should we do next? STAY INVOLVED AND MAKE SURE WE KEEP TABS ON EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS ACTION.
Kathryn L, Port Ludlow, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We have given a TON of hope to millions around the world. I never thought this would happen in my lifetime, but I am PROUD.
What should we do next? Stay engaged as much as possible..we know how fragile it all is, having been without sane government for 8 years. Praise the good stuff whenever it happens.
Laura F, Russett, MD
What does Obama's victory mean to you? CHANGE and an opportunity to erase the misery of the past eight years
What should we do next? Fight against the growing tide of gay marriage bans
Kim A, Makawao, HI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am overcome by emotion today. The phone calls, the emails, the endless hours of conversation with believers and non-believers alike...America listened and Americans spoke loud and clear with their votes yesterday. I believe!
What should we do next? We must keep this movement going, on a local basis, to solve our community's problems and to support President Obama with our voices and deeds in accomplishing the daunting tasks that lay ahead of him. This is only the beginning of the journey!
Sheila P, Aurora, CO
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This VICTORY is simply amazing and soo much a BLESSING for this country! I am so happy to have been one of the millions of Americans who volunteered to make calls to others and encourage them to go out and to do the same! It was worth every bit of pride I feel on this glorious day! Now my own children will have a reason to fight the good fight for Peace, Justice and Humility. YES WE DID DO THIS!
What should we do next? We need to get started ORGANIZING our next plan for the improvments that we have been longing for for so long. WE need to hit the ground running and press on no matter what while the fire is in our hearts and the need is the greatest. Never give in to the naysayers...always look for what is good and righteous! Work hard to make this life beneficial to everyone.
Renee W, Prairie du Sac, WI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory to me means hope. Hope for myself, and hope for my daughter's future. The hope that one day she will not have to struggle being a single mother like myself. The hope that she will be able to get a college education. His win finally means that anyone CAN do anything in this country. I just want to tell him thank you! I want to thank his girls, and his amazing wife for sacrificing him to make my life better. I know they missed him, but it will be a sacrifice that we have to make sure that we live up to. I just have love in my heart, it is just something I haven't felt in the 35 years I have been alive.
What should we do next? I think we should ask the same things of our nation as Sen. Obama did. We should keep donating what we can to help Katrina victims, and other people who don't have homes. If he can raise that much money to get elected, I think he would be able to do a drive for hunger also. But, first before everyone starts throwing all this pressure at President Obama, I just want the world to take a breath and appreciate what has happened, and what this great man has achieved.
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!
Deb H, Lehigh Acres, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Brighter future, steady leadership, hope for a united country - working together and taking responsibility for ourselves and each other.
What should we do next? Use the same strategies from the campaign to KEEP people engaged and involved in the process of solving the issues we face - together - united.
Beth Z, Richmond, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I volunteered several times, making phone calls to Oregon, Missouri and South Carolina. My 15 yr. old daughter and 12 yr. old son volunteered their time as well. Two days before the election, 3 of my friends joined me at the local field office to make phone calls. When I arrived, I found many more friends there. Helping with the Obama campaign meant a lot to me, my family and my friends. It was truly a community coming together for an important cause. What a great opportunity for a mitzvah.
What should we do next? Help to overturn California's Proposition 8. We need all the help we can get!
Ellen H, Pleasant Vly, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I have a Peace Corps friend who married a man from a small village in Guinea in Africa. they have a beautiful, extremely bright French and English speaking 2 year old little girl, Mariama. Obama proves that with hard work and persistence anything she can do and be whatever she dreams of in life.
What should we do next? create realistic expectations for the next 4 years
Naomi D, Roanoke, VA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We are Virginians living in Dubai for 2 years. My daughters go to an international school with kids from 72 other countries. After this election, we are so proud to say we are Americans, and I am even more proud to say I am from the blue state of Virginia!
What should we do next? Adopt stray cats and dogs! And then fix the environment--each and every one of us. Obama needs to remind us that we are all resposible: when we drive instead of walking, when we turn up the heat instead of putting on a sweater, when we buy what we don't really need....it all adds up. How about calling for a little sacrifice from *every*one?