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Diane M, Scottsdale, AZ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I feel like our country is evolving. It's slow but sure and this is a HUGE step forward. Those who are choosing not to evolve are being left behind. The rest of us are ready for change and willing to work to make the U.S. the best it can be - diverse, colorful, progressive!
What should we do next? Help organize the masses to help each other. As President Obama says, we need to be our sister's/brother's keeper. We are motivated to act.
Marilyn P, Glen Ellyn, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means a new era -- coming back to personal friendliness and mutual support. It means a new hope in the U.S., and the globe. I've worn my glittery Obama for President t-shirt all day (I'm over 70!) and an Obama/Kennedy (A New Generation) button all day on my errands!!!! People looked, and one woman (a manager at Kohl's) responded about the great joy last night. As for flags, I have been hesitant to fly one since I am antiwar, and anti a few other policies, but last night at midnight, after the great celebration here in Grant Park, I went out and mounted my US flag on the railing of my condo patio! Hooray!
What should we do next? Select someone and panel (choose some progressive university science departments; maybe Purdue U. my alma mater) to head an enviromental attack program, since we are losing a species every 20 min. (according to Tom Friedman) and ice is melting, etc. This hand in hand with a universal healthcare program. You know all the others! And stop or minimize these goofy wars.
Freda W, Helena, MT
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Finally...proud to be an American. Hopeful that we will now have the tools to take better care of our planet.
What should we do next? celebrate. end the war. improve our relations with countries around the globe.
Lola B, Vienna, MO
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We all did it! We WILL remember our participation to get here counted! Lola Bogue; Vienna, Missouri
What should we do next? Work hard with continued dedication to be participants and not just observers in our country!
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.
Mary M, Torrance, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? his victory has restored my faith in america and our democratic system. it's given me pride in our country and inspired me to continue to support our congress, nation and especially our president.
What should we do next? keep the hope and inspiration going. spread the joy and excitement. we're all in this together.
Marian T, Las Vegas, NV
What does Obama's victory mean to you? My father worked in law enforcement during the riots in 1968 in Chicago. He didn't get home for two days. I have lived thru martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, always keeping hope for america. And now there is hope. Life in our nation now turns a page; it is a new day. With opportunity for all races, all people. My belief is that we will now move forward, as a people and a nation. The progress will be slow at first, but deliberate. It will be accomplished together. At 45, I saw a Black Man and A White Man hold hands and approach this new day together. I beautiful sight I never thought I would live to see. I am grateful that my parents were also alive to see this glorius day.
What should we do next? badn together, help our new president and cabinet use the force of three million online supporters to change America for the better-for everyone.
Ines S, Okemos, MI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means everything. It means that our country has come so far from the dark times when blacks couldn't even vote, it means that we all have a voice and CAN have it be heard, it means that we have a beakon of hope once again and it means that we have a amazing oppertunity to rebuild this great nation and have an honest, caring, and intelligent president and vice president to guide us along the way. I saw Obama speak twice in Michigan and each time I was brought to tears because of how genuine he is as a human being and it's comforting to know someone like him will be in the White House the next four years.
What should we do next? Everyone should join, democrats, republicans, and independents to help our new President get America back on it's feet and support him while he tries to fix the problems that occured the past 8 years.
Freddrenna L, Chicago, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Two years ago I would have laughed in your face at the suggestion that this Country would elect a Black man as President. Thus I cried last night and on several nights at the DNC and expect to cry again on 1-20-09. Now when I try to motivate young black boys I can say with all sincerity that if you prepare yourself and work hard, you can be anything you want to be in this "our America." This election and this man represents the hope of not only Black people but of all people for the creation of an America that exemplies the values espoused by our Founding Fathers. I voted for the future of our Country. Go Barack!
What should we do next? Mobilize for universal health care in some shape or form.
Linda R, Fairfield, CT
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I am thrilled and relieved beyond words! I am also so inspired by Barack Obama's journey and accomplishements so far and his monumental grass routes effort leading to this victorious election. The photo is of myself and my six year old daughter Emerson after casting the vote for Obama and waiting in anticipation for the historical news to follow later that night!
What should we do next? Spread words of optimism, hope and inspiration in the changes for the better that our future now holds.
Robin S, Elkhart, IN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Barack Obama's victory represents what can happen when ordinary people stand together. Power to the people and to democracy... it works! And on a more personal note, its so nice to be an American. I continue to dedicate all my efforts to my son - a soldier in Iraq, not there by choice, a husband, a father... my son... may God keep him safe and bring him safely home to his family, in Indiana... where he BELONGS!!! I am so proud of him.
What should we do next? End the war, PLEASE!
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!!!!!!
Michael K, Salt Lake City, UT
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Not since Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech 45 years ago have I been so moved. I feel like I can begin having faith in my country again. The fact that the youth have so mobilized in this effort gives me even more hope. I don't consider racism solved in this country, but a giant leap has been made. And to have a smart, articulate, THINKING President who has his priorities straight, you just can't top that.
What should we do next? Health care and education are important BUT - two top priorities: Bring the soldiers home AND even more important, a "Manhattan Project" for alternative energy sources. The future of our country, our children and the whole world depends on it.
Khalli G, Memphis, TN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory was my victory as well. There were tears in my eyes as he made his victory speech. I am a 37 year old black female and I knew that maybe in my childrens' lifetime there would be a Black President of the United States, but had begun to believe that it may not ever be a reality in mine. I am so proud of my country for coming together, getting out in numbers and embracing Obama.
What should we do next? Keep sight of the vision and remember that United, Yes, we can!.
John D, huntingdon valley, PA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I have worked with MoveOn.org since 2000 and have been crying all day because of this great victory. I mention the crying, because I firmly believe that we are never closer to truth than with that which makes us cry! The truth is that our nation is a better place today for having chosen President-elect Obama. I have always felt that, no matter what, the American people could rise above any challenge that we face, because we, in fact, recognize greatness; recognize genuineness; recognize leadership. The main part of his outstanding acceptance speech was this..."This victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change." Barack is a transcendent figure, much like Bobby Kennedy who will challenge our entire nation to do what is right and what is outstanding! I am ready to get to work for our nation! YES WE CAN!
What should we do next? begin developing our alternative energy infrastructure!