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Allen S, Lincoln, NE
What does Obama's victory mean to you? As a life-long registered Republican (29 years) I joined MoveOn.org over a year and a half ago because I felt that my party had abandonned those of us who were moderates and centrist in our thinking. My party had driven this country to the very edge, and it was going to take the actions of all of us - regardless of political party - who truly love our country and wished to see it restored to its former greatness to come together and do so, AND WE DID! Here in the heart of "red" territory - Nebraska - we delivered one of our five electoral votes to Barack Obama (we award votes based on Congressional District winners, just like Maine), and almost delivered two, with the rural vote outweighing my home of Lincoln, where Barack won handily. I feel the time and money I put into the effort for MoveOn, Obama for America, and the time, effort, and money I put in working for the Democratic challenger to former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns(R) was worth it all. That being said, we can not rest on our laurels, as there is still much work ahead to be done, and we can not take time off if we want our country back. Allen R. Schreiber Lincoln, NE
What should we do next? We need to focus on renewable energy and energy independence. Team up with Pickens Plan and push hard to get us off MidEastern oil. We can NOT fund any of the programs if we are bleeding our economy overseas. Getting out of the mideast makes our being energy independent a win-win-win situation. We keep our money at home, we pull our economy up by its bootstraps developing the technology and employing people here, and we increase the tax base substantially to fund the infrastructure inprovements America so desperately needs.
Lisa P, Fairfax, VA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? After weeks of canvassing, and persuading, and outreach, we are completely thrilled that Virginia went blue! This is a new era for America, and we are excited to be part of it.
What should we do next? We should keep working to combat hatred and bigotry!
Nicole R, Glendale, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory is a victory for us all. American has been annointed the leader of this world and now we have seen our country come together in a way that none of us beleived would happen...and the rest of the world shall follow. Black men & women will be viewed in a more positive light and my children will NEVER experience the world the way I did and those before me. We are truly the United states of America and I am sooo proud to be an American!
What should we do next? We now need to help Obama better this country and the rest of the world!
Marsha M, Bisbee, AZ
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I lived in France the last few years and spent my time excusing myself for being associated with Bush and his lies and war. I am thrilled to be back in the States, witnessing the historical and profoundly moving joy of the election of the great Obamas. I can't wait to help out in whatever ways he calls upon citizens to help. This will be the greatest Brain Trust ever organised by a truly brillant and educated President: our Obama.
What should we do next? Community Service: count me in. Show me the way, please.
Nolan P, Bowling Green,, KY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The election of Barack Obama is a major milestone in American history, a great step forward in realizing the ideals of our Founding Fathers and that other great man from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln. It's take far too long, but under President Obama, hope will be restored, and under his guidance, we'll achieve a true American democracy.
What should we do next? Remain united, move forward, and work to convince the opposition, politely, that they were dead wrong.
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!
Jennifer W, Albuquerque, NM
What does Obama's victory mean to you? this morning, i opened my eyes only to have tears spring back into them for 80th time since ohio was called last night. i am moved by this victory. my faith in america and the power of democracy is restored! this is the first time that i feel my president reflects me and how i see the world, and as i settle into a new sense of faith, hope, and connectivity, i count down the days until 1/20/09. PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!
What should we do next? work on unity and economic stabilization.
Judith D, Denver, CO
What does Obama's victory mean to you? We shed tears of joy and hope. I voluteered as a driver for convention and made phone calls. When our yard signs disappeared, my husband got creative.
What should we do next? Live a healthier live style to take pressure off the health care system. Each make one donation of time or money to a person in need or an organization that assists such individuals.
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.
Jude L, Mendocino, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I worked in the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s, community organizing to improve dialogue between my white community and the nearby black community in Palo Alto. I cherish my experiences from those days and the life-long friendships formed through working side by side. This photo that I am posting is from my chef son in Seattle who went out on Capitol Hill and shot from his Blackberry. I think they are brilliantly framed and even enjoy the grainy nature of the photos.
What should we do next? Your work has been nothing short of brilliant. There are many issues to confront - I think building on the organization and getting people to participate is important, whatever subject is tackled first.
Erika S, West Bend, WI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Joy that we are heding in a good direction and we have some one who listens to US. Hope that we can continue this motivation to make real changes. Faith in our country and our new leader Barack Obama.
What should we do next? Set-up a plan, sort out the priorities and continue to work hard TOGETHER!!
Ruby R, NORCROSS, GA
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.
Katt M, Homosassa, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I went to Obama's rally in Tampa a few weeks ago. I knew then that this man was special, that he had a sincere hope for change and with our help, could turn our country around. A Gov't OF the people, BY the people and FOR the people. What a great speech last night. I am a very proud white, American woman today, yes, we did! Obama/Biden 2008-2016
What should we do next? "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow"
Eric T, hyattsville, MD
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama victory means the beginning of a new era,the start of a new world. The new generation is taking over...I had the chance to campaign with white, latino, black, youth, who believed in a new dream of america, a new deal. Let me thank all the people who answered my call and talked with me during this campaign. Thanks america because UNITED WE STOOD for barack and we will keep STANDING FOR AMERICA. GOD BLESS AMERICA
What should we do next? The next stage is to rebuild America. Rebuild the economy, end the war and learn how to look at each of us not only as black or white or latino but as HUMAN BEING
joseph l, roslindale, MA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that all 3 of my sons can aspire to be president (if they're crazy enough)
What should we do next? keep the presure on to end the war in Iraq