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Brittany D, Missoula, MT
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This victory if proof for all of us that we have the power to overcome corruption and actually get our voices heard. We can't forget how powerful we are and how great the payoff feels after hard work. If we are willing to put in the work, we can achieve our dreams. Yes we can, yes we did and yes, yes we will!
What should we do next? I would like to see a movement for global climate change! The world needs America to step up to the plate and do it now.
Lynette M, Detroit, MI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It is such a Blessing to see a Strong African American Family in the White House! His win means hope for soo many people who think they "can't" do something. I told my 11 year old nephew that he can do anything...he can be the Mayor on the Moon if he wants!! I am soo proud to be an American!
What should we do next? Volunteer in our communities!! The President can not do it alone. We have to support each other. Pick a charity in your community- food bank, mentoring, etc- and support it!!
Lois L, Portland, OR
What does Obama's victory mean to you? In the preface to her novel Dessa Rose, African American author Sherley Anne Williams wrote, "I loved history as a child, until some clear-eyed young Negro pointed out, quite rightly, that there was no place in the American past I could go and be free." I thought of that line when I awoke Tuesday morning, and was so proud to see it become less true before I went to bed Tuesday night. I am a white woman, I traveled across country to register voters in a swing state, and I know this victory belongs to all of us, because Barack Obama set a tone of collaboration and participation every step of the way. I look forward to us all working together to make this administration and nation the most successful it can be.
What should we do next? Step up to the hard work of making the ideals a reality.
Demetria C, Dallas, TX
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory means there is a chance for middle class/poor people like myself to make it in todays world.
What should we do next? We need to figure out a way to make healthcare affordable. I work for a lawfirm that doesnt offer benefits, and its way to exspensive to obtain on my salary.
Summer C, Grayling, MI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This was the first time that I was old enough to vote, but the past 8 years, I've been old enough to realize that things haven't been well. The past year and a half, I have been spreading the word about Barack and his chance to help save our country. Since August, I have gone around the neighborhoods, knocking on the doors of complete strangers, and talking to them about our country. Many people were scared for not only their future here, but their children's future... and their children's children's future. I've done phone banking, inviting people to share their stories and help with the movement. The past couple days, I volunteered for 12 hours to make sure that we turned my college's county blue on election day... something that hasn't happened since 1992. And on Tuesday, I watched in tears of joy as the results came back... we made a difference, every single one of us. And now we get to cherish this wonderful reward. America, you've got your country back. :)
What should we do next? Help make the transition as smooth as possible, and help support our new president, Barack Hussein Obama!
Jodi L, North Bend, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Hope was the winner. Fear was the loser.
What should we do next? Health care for all.
Patricia V, Miami, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This victory means that anything is possible. I volunteered on this campaign I never been into politics before and I never campaigned for anything or anyone. I am so excited. As an african american female I am so happy I had the oppurtunity to let my voice be heard by electing the first African American President. Thank you all for voting and thank move on for allowing me to participate in making history.
What should we do next? Make sure that Obama does what he says. Don't let us down. We all must do our parts though
Ellen M, Bloomington, IN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? There are so many personal effects of this election, for all of us, but a very powerful one is the fact that it offers hope and inspiration. My two beautiful nieces from Santa Fe, Jade and Jasmine (who are the same ages as Sasha and Malia) watched the election with high hopes, as reflected in their handmade signs and the messages they made for their bedroom door. I have a large far-flung family, with mixed race kin in Germany, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the US: we are all thrilled and dedicated to using this moment to move on in countless positive ways. I was also incredibly proud that we tipped it blue in New Mexico and in Indiana (where I live).
What should we do next? Support him and keep our ground game going, being vigilant, positive, determined and dedicated every day.
S W, , NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory gives me hope in this country for my 7-year old daughter as well as for all the rest of us. And it should inform the rest of the world that most of this country does not agree with the policies of the present administration and we realize that we need to move forward – way forward. I thank Barak and his brave family for all that they have already given and will continue to give to this country. I am moved by his grace, spirit, intelligence, and ability to bring out the best in us. He embodies the word "patriotic."
What should we do next? We must help Obama help this country or the nay-sayers will just point their fingers again. We need to listen to each other and strive toward equality and respect globally. And when this may be difficult, we need to think of how Obama handled his opponents' bashing with dignity and respect.
Lavida M, Dallas, OR
What does Obama's victory mean to you? When I first seen Obama years ago I KNEW! I told my friends that this will be our next president. I had my 14 and 10 year old children watch the whole process with me and when they announced that Obama has won I broke down into tears. Its been a long time comming and I am so proud to be an American today! I think of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou a poem I love so very much ~ Thank you to everyone who helped his campaign and to everyone who voted, you have truly changed the world.
What should we do next? Get ready for change and be patient because its going to take some time to clean up the mess.
Bernidienne L, Charleston, MS
What does Obama's victory mean to you? it means absolutely everything. i am still overwhelmed and so very very proud. i live in a very small (republican) town and i did all i could to to talk to everyone i could and donated when i could.
What should we do next? continue to support him and realize that it is also our responsibility to do what we can for ourselves and to know that he is only human so as to not complain when everything does not go our way
Tyler B, San Diego, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I think it's amazing that so many people could look beyond all the mud slinging and actually give Mr. Obama a chance to show us what he's made of. I am so proud to call Mr. Obama, President. I also am glad for Mr. Biden, he's great!
What should we do next? alternative energy quick!
Susan B, Mansfield, OH
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I have never been more proud of my country than I am at this moment. I am thrilled, relieved, and ever so grateful. This man is a true leader: intelligent, wise, thoughtful, strong and courageous, with the God-given ability to unite people as one. And he is African American. What a proud moment for all of us - we have come such a very long way from slavery, Jim Crow and the segregated South. What a message of hope and possibility! Not only for the minorities of this country, but for all Americans and the entire world. I am bursting with emotion: relief, pride, thankfulness. God Bless America!
What should we do next? We need to keep the momentum going! This has been amazing, to see all these millions of people working together to make change happen. Let's set our sights high, and try to keep young people involved so that they do not fall prey to apathy that we've seen in the past. Let's keep our teenagers engaged in caring about the community and politics, and continue the feeling that they have a voice and a stake in what happens in our world. Let's stay involved to bring about tangible change in our communities, reaching out to people in need, making our cities more eco-friendly and beautiful, and most of all, fostering a real sense of community between neighbors of all races, religions, and political affiliations.
Karen W, Port Orange, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This is the first election where I felt truly passionate about a presidential candidate. It gave me the chance to teach my children about political involvement and the changes needed in our government. I am hopeful for their future, the future of our country, and the future of our entire planet. I look forward to 8 years of solid, thoughtful, intelligent leadership.
What should we do next? There are so many issues to tackle, where do we start? Global warming seems a logical beginning - it will create jobs, decrease our dependence on oil, and begin to bring back respect from the world.
Caitlin L, Wenatchee, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I don't know if I have ever cried so many happy tears in my life! Many, including my family, told me they didn't think this day would ever happen. They told me we would see a lady president before we ever saw one that was black. I told them they were wrong. I believed. I have never been involved in politics, but the first time I ever heard him speak he grabbed me. He made me believe that WE could change this nation. We could overcome the impossible. I am a single mother in college and many times my daughter and I have struggled financially, but we saved our change in our piggy bank and we donated whenever we could. The week before the election I took my four year old with me to our local Democratic office and asked what we could do to help. They gave us brochures to pass out door to door. We spent that afternoon going door to door passing them out. As I held my daughters hand I remember thinking “when she grows up I get to share this magical moment with her.” She would take a brochure out of my hand, run to the door with this sparkle in her eyes and huge grin on her face, leave the brochure on the porch, and come back shouting “I did it mommy!” While doing this she tripped and fell and cut her hand. Here a week later she is still showing people her scrape and saying “This is my Barack Obama scratch!” When we woke up this morning I almost had to pinch myself. My daughter came downstairs and I said “Faith, guess what? Obama won!” She gave me a fist bump and said “We did it mommy and I helped!” I am so honored to be an American for the first time in a long time. I am so grateful my grandparents are still here to witness this and see how far we have come. I am so happy that my generation turned out and ROCKED the vote last night! I think it will be a while before the tears of joy stop falling. Thank you to all that have helped and voted! Many told us we couldn't do this, but we kept shouting, YES WE CAN! God Bless America!
What should we do next? I think the next step is working together. We have elected Barack Obama, but he can't change this country on his own. It will take all of us. Don't stop now. Our job has just begun.