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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!
Amy R, Wimberley, TX
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This is the first time in my 46 years of life that a candidate I admire, not just prefer over the alternative, has gotten elected. I feel very good and unexpectedly peaceful. This is a new day. A precious - even sacred - opportunity for healing.
What should we do next? Please refrain from hubris. Please win over the naysayers.
Lucia C, Newtonville, MA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? There is no thorn without a rose, to quote Chiara Lubich. To me Obama is that rose of hope, of a more united America.
What should we do next? Help Obama and McCain in their goal of reaching across party lines, of building a strong, united democracy, The UNITED States of America.
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.
Michelle B, Pacific Palisades, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This is the first time I've truly felt love for a president I've helped elect, and felt deeply proud of our country. My kids are soooo happy! I'm thrilled they've had this experience. We are all filled with HOPE and excitement for the future. Let's get to work!
What should we do next? Volunteer and be generous with each other where we can. Educate our children and teach them to be aware of what's happening and how they can be an active part of making change happen.
Vera H, Woodside, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? What emerged from the voting booths across America on November 4th, 2008 was not only a glimmer of hope for a brighter future but also a very simple truth - the knowledge that fair and just leadership is essential to arresting our country's decline. Human rights, health care, education, international affairs - just some of the complex issues our complex culturally and economically diverse nation faces. Our country needs and deserves a complex, intelligent, humane, articulate and diplomatic leader - President Elect Obama has these essential leadership qualities. On Wednesday when I woke my daughter to help her prepare for school I was excited to tell her the election news. For the first time in my politically aware life I was proud to be an American and grateful to be apart of the new American dream! On Wednesday, we witnessed history together as a family, community, and country. President Obama, with the help of his worthy Vice President and Administration, will guide us out of our backyards and off our front stoops - into the global village of the 21st century!
What should we do next? Be responsible US and World citizens, stay politically informed and involved. Be willing to make sacrifices to end the war, and ween ourselves off fossil fuels for the sake of the next generations of Americans and the environment. Hold together and work together to elevate our nation.
Robin E, Davis, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? From Eli: "Remember back in 2001 and 2002, when so many of you joined MoveOn? When President Bush had an 80% approval rating, when you held candles to stop a war the media was cheering on, when there were few politicians with the courage to stand up for the truth? " I remember when MoveOn started in the Clinton years, and we told the Republicans to "move on" from their constant personal attacks. Look how far we've come: they were up to their same dirty tricks, and yesterday our nation rose above it. I awoke to messages from my international friends, congratulating me as an American for prevailing. Today we live in a different world than we did yesterday. And the tomorrows of the next years will prove that our country is ready to shine again.
What should we do next? We should do as our new leader suggests: volunteer! Work in the community. And fight for 5 more seats in the senate!
Andrea J, Bend, OR
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Hope for the middle class and a division among us that will soon disappear
What should we do next? destress for awhile and enjoy the outcome!
Lisa G, Fredonia, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? My belief in American democracy has been restored after 8 years. America is real again. Americans DO have a choice! The outlook for the entire planet has just been turned around. And my 3-yr-old daughter will always know that this man was president of the United States, elected by the majority of people in the US.
What should we do next? Help him!
William H, Anchorage, AK
What does Obama's victory mean to you? After 8 years of horror, you can't imagine how happy I am that Obama won! It's like I can breathe again! At long last, there will be someone I can truly admire in the White House! My family and I jumped up and down, screamed at the top of our lungs and honked our car horn all the way to our friends' house. Finally, there is hope. I am so proud of you Barack! (Bill) I'm really glad Obama won because my mom said she'd get a lobotomy if he didn't. Yes we can! and we did. (Maya)
What should we do next? Wow! There is so much to do! I think we need to reach out to the rest of the world. We have such a bad image out there! We need to get out of Iraq, as soon as we can. Just think what we could do with the money if it was diverted from that mess! There is no such thing as victory, so what are w doing there. We need to convince our nation that being liberal is not a bad thing. We need to rein down on major corporations. Private industry is not necessarily a bad thing, but letting them regulate themselves is. We need to undo every single thing that Bush did over the last 8 years. There is so much to do that it gets overwhelming and it is impossible to figure out where to start.
francine s, atlanta, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? At age 64, and one who has come through the March on Washington, Poor Peoples march,having been shot at,jailed,having to step off of the side walks for others to walk by, having to sit on the back of the bus and train,and much much more, I am so Godly happy and over joyed to see President Obama and his wife and family fulfill the dreams and prayer of the people of this country. Volunteering to get this great man elected is well worth all the sleep and rest i missed. I Know God has ordained this appointment. I will pray daily for his success. This pitcher show some of the for runners that helped get us to this point.God bless America.
What should we do next? Start community support groups to work on the issues the President earmarks. To help our young parents with ideas on how to raise there kids in a way that will show them that they can achieve anything they want to. Volunteer in schools,share our history with the youth so they will understand what we had to go through to get them to this place.
Becky S, Joplin, MO
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory means hope. Working on the MoveOn made me feel closer to the man as though I were cheering for a family member. He will make it happen, for I trust he is the BEST!
What should we do next? There is so much to be done and Obama has proven that he can prioritize as well as keep several plates in the air at once....He was very wise in choosing his team for his campaign, so I have total confidence he can and will "Make It Happen"
Pam W, Fishers, IN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? THE HOPE THAT WE ARE NOW ON THE RIGHT ROAD TO TRULY BECOMING "ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" After many many months of knocking on doors, making phone calls, sending many emails, attending many rally's (getting car towed) and finally working at the polls and being threatened and intimidated. We can now say that this phase is over. We have come far from our struggle for the right to vote. And based on the results of the election, I can truly say that all of our hard work has paid off. Also, As an African American mom, to hear my son say "Does this mean that I can be president someday if I want to" makes this moment even more touching to my heart. As my tears continue to flow I will always remember those three words UTTERED SO POWERFULLY: YES WE CAN! To God be the Glory!
What should we do next? Continue to work to help implement the plan that we BELIEVED in. Yes We Can!
Karlla B, Lancaster, PA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It really means that my children will grow up in a world where they knew their mother made a choice for change, thinking of them and the future of their generation. It means overcoming the scars of the past to elect a truly noble and gracious man, a true role model for all in this great land.
What should we do next? The spirit of community and sacrifice that was elemental to his campaign needs to continue now that the hard work truly awaits us all. We need to continue to be involved and informed, and continue to use our voices to see real change take place.
Briney D, Providence, RI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama Day It starts with a dream and turns everyone around it is love, its giving we all listen to the sound and we've waited for this moment Obama Day Obama Day We've waited for Obama Day Its hope, its light Shining all across the earth Its time, its right This one thing we are sure The wait is finally over Obama Day Obama Day We've waited for Obama Day So look up And look out And take each and every hand We're one voice Let's shout All across this beautiful land Its time to come together for Obama Day, Obama Day We've waited for Obama Day!
What should we do next? Help him accomplish his goals by not expecting too much too soon!