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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.
Julie C, Magnolia, MA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means I can believe in my country again. And feel hopeful for myself, my family and friends, my neighbors and my community. I worked in Palm Beach County, Florida, on the campaign and I have never seen or met such a wonderful group of inspired, dedicated and passionate people.
What should we do next? Not forget the promises we have made to each other.
C P, Bethesda, MD
What does Obama's victory mean to you? No words can express what I feel, but yesterday as I was stabnding in front of the White House with thousand of others, in a spontaneous unauthorized celebration/demonstration, a hevy weight got off my chest, I felt liberated, and it brought back to me the feeling I had had when the Berlin Wall finally fell (I am European and had to go through that wall many times). It is a new era, a new world, a new society! It is truly the genuine Dawn of the Twenty First century!
What should we do next? Stay alert, there are thousands of hateful people out there, check the web, it is scary!
Susan S, Wooster, OH
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This is our chance to get our country back and heal the Earth, and to join the family of nations again, with our heads up high! We are so excited to start the healing! Power to the People! My photos are of one of my paintings and an Obama mural I just made for my garage door.
What should we do next? Keep helping Barack, however he asks us to. And reach out to McCain supporters, to work together. As for me, I'll keep making Obama art!
Ray P, Little America, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that a politician can take the high road and still win an election. I am a 79 year old white American and proud to have cast my vote for the first black "American" President.
What should we do next? Help our new President Elect to achieve his goals with total and unqualified support.
Tina S, Lodi, NJ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? There is hope that we may indeed be the Country we were meant to be, the United States of America, United, one voice.
What should we do next? We should ask everyone to spend a few minutes each day simply being, as Obama said in 2004, "my brother's keeper, my sister's keeper". One day at a time, one act of excellence at a time.
Catherine P, Mill Valley, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I get chills thinking about the collective Hope and hard work and vigor that will bring the change to come. My 5th Grade students ran down the hall and hugged me the morning after the election! It's for them and for all of us that we made the phone calls, sent the emails, made the donations. Yes We Did!
What should we do next? Keep the data base of our contact info and keep us in the loop. We learned that, together we can effect change. Let's continue!
Brie D, Brooklyn, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am moved by what has happened in our country in the last 24 hours. I just can't believe that Barack Obama is going to be the President of the United States of America. I am moved, my emotions are full, and I could hardly focus today. I am a young black woman, 26, the great grandaughter of an emancipated slave & share cropper (Joseph Webster of Virginia) emotions are running high because I know that he would be proud, I know that his son, my grandfather Jonas Webster would be proud. I can only think of those who risked and lost their lives for African Americans to have equal rights, and live in this country free from persecution and hate. Words cannot express my feelings. However I will say that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in a presidential campaign of this magnitude. I will never forget the moment that Barack Obama was announced President Elect. I know that change will take years, but I will stand by Obama's side with hope in my heart and realistic expectations.
Lesa F, Buffalo, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I din't realize until I heard Obama's acceptance speech how deeply cynical I had become. I woke up feeling refreshed. Free to feel included, accepted, and ready to start again.
What should we do next? Stand behind him and charge forward.
Marlene S, CHICAGO, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The photo that I submitted shows better than any words I can use what "Obamas win" means to me. I,am a parent of 5,grandmother of 4 (including the 2 youngest in the photo whom I have guardianship of),home schooling parent/grandparent, fitness instructor (with a lot of back pain that is threating my job),wife of a man whose job is being threatened by cut backs in the Chicago Park Dristict,Renter of a house thts in terrible condition with rediculous rent but we have to,stay here because its the safest residence we could find for our children to live in! Thats why I took Jessica and David the two eldest children in the photo,swallowed 2 ibuprofen and decided even if I had to crawl I was going to help in Indiana. went out on election day so gratful that I was finally helping with more than just prayers.We hooked up with the Move on members in Hammond and knocked on doors until the 5:00 hour then watched the polling place until the call came to come in. Even though My back hurts worst than ever, I would and will do it all again in a heartbeat! GOD BLESS US ALL
What should we do next? The disabled community of America is in dire need of new laws to help and protect them. In recent years they have lost much funding and are treated unkindly and unfairly in many situations. Critical help is needed on their behalf, So that their families are able to provide them with a better quality of life. And help is needed for the families to ease the financial burdens of taking care of their loved ones needs.
Kelly C, Ravenswood, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We will get to leap from the 19th century into the 21st. At last!
What should we do next? We need to keep a close watch on all three Federal branches of government and make local governments accountable to us.
Judy P, San Francisco, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? A wonderful release from the past 8 years and a validation for a basic American instinct - that working together and helping each other is a good thing.
What should we do next? Let's wait a week or so and enjoy the glow....
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.
Judy P, Ashland, OR
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I'm deeply moved and relieved today. I keep weeping. I've voted in 9 Pres. elections now, and this is the first time I've cried for joy!
What should we do next? Work together to save the planet and all of us who live on it.
Jeff B, San Luis Obispo, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Hope, for the first time in 8 years I see the sun rising, people rising up and taking the country back! I am so, so very proud of the American people and look to president Obama for a great new future! A democracy is only as strong as the people that stay involved and motivated in the political system and I think we all proved that we are worthy of the hope that is coming.
What should we do next? Just as Obama raised the millions that he did, so can we raise the millions or billions that it takes to solve things like hunger and sickness. "Yes we can?, works with so many things if we put our minds and will to it