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Michelle A, San Ramon, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I haven't stopped smiling since Tuesday night! I feel such relief, as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders from the last 8 years. It seems the universe delivers us the most incredible leaders when we need it most; JFK, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to name a couple, now Barak Obama! Peace!
What should we do next? With the majority in senate and house this is a great opportunity for real change. Bring our troops home, get our economy on a better path and healthcare must be fixed.
Femi F, Miami, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? From the first time I heard his voice at the democratic convention, I printed Obama for President signs from my pc. I believed then, we achieved Tuesday, ready to work tomorrow!
What should we do next? We should form community groups and continue to use the e-tech strategy to ensure every community has a representative voice to take to congress and the President.
Pj W, Fishers, IN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? As a volunteer since the primaries it has given me a new since of hope and determination! I am soooo proud to have a president who is for all americans, serious about his plan for us all and has a good since of humore!
What should we do next? Keep the hope, fire and passion alive as we help him turn America around!
shayla t, tampa, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? VICTORY TO ME MEANS, FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS.
Barbara A, Pleasanton, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This victory provides an opportunity for peace and reconciliation, for coming together as a nation to remember who we are: A democratic republic whose cornerstone founding principles and ideals are not about power, money and exlusion or elitism. Rather, we are a nation that knows we can only stand, solid and secure, on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all - worldwide!
What should we do next? Keep the grassroots efforts moving. Let our leaders know we want to do the work with them when they are working for the good of the nation and the good of the world.
nancy n, palm beach gardens, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It gives me hope. I am 50 years old and see our country united and strong, thanks to President Elect Obama. He is an elegant and brilliant man. If he runs our country like his campaign, we will endure. I was brought to tears when he won. What an incredible moment in history!
What should we do next? We should continue the support for our new President. Keep an active and daily place where we can all share positive messages and support for our country and pray that those who are suffering the most will have hope!
April L, Royalton, MN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This victory means to in our humanity is restored. It means my contribution matters, I want to serve my country in a way I've never felt before. I want to hang a picture of Obama on my wall and fly my flag in front of my house. It means my three year old daughter, an Obama fan herself, who is just starting to have a real working memory will be able to say "I saw this man, I went walking with my mother to campaign for this man, I helped my mom vote for this man." This transformative and historical figure belongs to all of us, both the man and the experience. I am elated.
What should we do next? Stay involved!
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I can finally believe in hopes and dreams coming true and my grandkids will get to experience them also....
What should we do next? learn to love one another more and accept each other regardless of race, creed or color. Love has no boundaries.
Sheila K, Chapel Hill, NC
What does Obama's victory mean to you? OK, so yesterday at 5:00AM I get up and at 6:00 I'm at the Chapel Hill Obama campaign HQ and there are 50 people—some students! At 6:00AM!--lined up outside waiting to get signs so they can stand on street corners and wave and shout at cars and passers-by to remind them to VOTE! I juggled clubs and shouted in the rain till 8:30! JUGGLERS FOR OBAMA!
What should we do next? The Obama campaign has mobilized a million or more people--young, old, retired, middle-aged, of every ethnic and racial background--to get involved in making the United States a better place. Now all million of us need to mobilize to make working for the betterment of our country a cultural norm--something expected of everyone, even children and wealthy retirees. The government is financially in a hole--there isn't money to pay for all the work that needs doing--but if every citizen commits to spending some time every week doing something for our communities, then we can change, yes we can! We need volunteers in public schools to help children who are at risk learn reading and math. We need volunteers to help prisoners make the transition back to the outside. We need volunteers to help overworked social workers support families in crisis. We need volunteers to build affordable housing for working Americans who can't afford their rent. We need volunteers to help with health care in hospitals and clinics and to help with health education. We need volunteers to make buildings accessible to people with disabilities. We need volunteers to help out at non-profit organizations. And on and on...Imagine the change we can create if every able citizen pitched in. We can make this country great again, yes we can, if we all pitch in with our time, energy, and hope for a better future! YES WE CAN!
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 all adds up. How about calling for a little sacrifice from *every*one?
Nikki F, Myrtle Beach, SC
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The victory of President Obama? Wow! "President" Obama. I mean to hear those words, to say those words, and know that he has broken a barrier that has been up for so long. That is just the most beautiful thing ever. I mean to put up this victory together with the lottery...hands down the one I would take. Sounds untrue but REALLY I can rewind that day over and over and over again in my mind, and on DVD! I had to record it. This is very historic not just for me, but for my daughters, mom, grandmother, and my famly that marched with Dr. King. He stated that this was not his victory it was ours. It really is the worlds. He has an entire nation behind him, celebrating him, wishing, hoping and praying for his success. I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
What should we do next? Support him and not be alarmed if there is a change that can't be made when we want it to be. The people of America must realize he has not only been given the power to shape this nation. He has been given a nation that has been badly shapened. He has to gradually rebuild what has been torn down. Yet I know he will do it with the people of America in mind. So just be patient and supportive. Like me.
Sarah W, Great Neck, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Often I find myself at a loss for words. It's a beautiful-struggle trying to find right words to express exactly how I feel. I really believe President-Elect Obama's win was as much a personal victory myself and for every American hopeful as it was a global one. This triumph resonates with so many that there is an unspoken connectedness worldwide. For the first time in my lifetime it's not because of a tragedy, but because of a triumph that Americans all over this nation have come together, chanting for change and spreading "the audacity of hope". I find myself overwhelmed with emotion at random parts of the day, trying to really grasp the fact that my prayers have been answered, my daydreams a reality, and my generation heard. There is something happening in America and it is happening to all of us. It is our time to step up to the plate and answer our own questions, become our own hopefuls, and call upon ourselves for change. And as yesterday has proven, we are doing exactly that. It's important to carry this hope with us throughout the journey we will face. This journey will be long. America has been reborn and the term "babysteps" has never been more appropriate.
What should we do next? We should understand the importance of patience. When dealing with those who don't agree with our values. We should not isolate them by attacking, but carry ourselves as Obama would, with a graceful, calm composure. It's important to understand that knowledge is power. Enlighten those who disagree, if that can't be, just focus on enlightening yourself. Take advantage of opportunity. ALWAYS have hope. And do not forget that we are one people. This is our time to prevail, but we cannot and will not be able to do this without each other.
Patrick N, Brooklyn, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? To me this victory is more than just ending the atrocities of a bitter right wing administration and preventing it to continue. It's about what we've done, as individual citizens, to make ourselves actually be a part of the campaign and vote with a feeling that it actually means something. Before Obama arose from relative obscurity I had never been involved in a campaign, but this was different than any other campaign to come before (in my lifetime, anyhow) and he is not the type of person you usually find in politics. He's one of us, who sees the problems as they are and gives us honest ways to go about resolving them without lying to our faces...he admits his faults and encourages you to admit yours and grow with him as we pick ourselves up and blossom into a peaceful and prosperous nation, which in turn will hopefully create a world of equivalent stature. He's the hope we've all knew was out there but never knew what form it would take or when it might appear, and he has the intelligence and common sense to know that it won't be easy, all that is ahead, but that we need to get through it together, for without each other we are divided, and division comes with a cost we can no longer afford to pay.
What should we do next? Obama asked us to help him, he said he would listen, so now it's time to stand up and speak out, to make ourselves heard and to not sit back and be complacent as we have been for far too long now.
K E, Salisbury, MD
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am old enough to have seen such great cadidates/presidents as John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy. I think Barack Obama excells even these two in his poise and ability to take such hammering and abuse that none of his predicessors could have dealt with so well. Obama will bring an inclusiveness, a humanity and a thoughtfulness that we have not seen in years-- maybe ever.
What should we do next? Work on health care issues, the economy and supporting Pres. Obama to a rightous withdrawel in Iraq.
Ryan S, Winnebago, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? My president isn't black, my president isn't white, my president is someone who will benefit all people.
What should we do next? help to bring the troops home