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Gerry B, Alpharetta, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This morning, I took out and held my copy of Strength to Love by Dr. King. It was a copy that had actually belonged to him, and has notes in the margins penned in his own hand, and some folded sheets of Ebenezer Baptist Church stationery with his handwritten sermon on them. It was given to me by Hosea Williams in 1968, when I was working as a volunteer for SCLC down on Auburn Ave. As I held it, I cried at the overwhelming importance of what occurred last night. I thanked God for the grace given to this nation to respond to the challenge and the opportunity we were given in this election. I remembered many things: April, 1968, at 3:00 am, outside Sisters Chapel at Spellman College on the AU Campus, where Dr. King was lying in State, I was standing in a long line of mourners all waiting respectfully in the chill night air, speaking in hushed tones, or not at all, to view his body and pay our respects No one was impatient, and when we each had our turn to stand before his casket, no one felt pressed to hurry past. I remember taking a few moments in reflection and prayer there, with tears streaming down my face, feeling an intense commitment in my heart to continue what he had given his life trying to accomplish. I was 20 years old at the time, just opening the wrapping on the gift that was to be my life. Now, at 61, I am still unwrapping that gift. Last night was so major for me. There have been so few elections in my life in which I have actually voted for the winner! I have often felt so isolated, out of step with those around me, but yet so sure that the path I was on was the only one that I could walk with conscience. In 2006, I was encouraged by the election results. Last night, I was overwhelmed with joy and hope, gratitude and belief in humanity. I'd like to bottle those feelings and be able to take a swig every now and then just to refresh my soul. I have felt almost euphoric all day, in a very spiritual way. I have a strong belief that this man with the unusual name is living his destiny, and affecting ours in a most profound way, for the good of all. I appreciate all of you, and the ones coming behind you, for living the dream we dreamed, for coming from love and not fear, and for being a part of the new majority in this country. Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!! Gerry Burge
What should we do next? Form task groups to offer assistance on various areas of the agenda.
Lakishea H, Detroit, MI
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means history and believing that whatever you want you can get it!!!
What should we do next? Lowering taxes for the middle class and fixing the economy.
Melissa M, HOPE MILLS, NC
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I think his Presidency will put the United back in the United States of Ameerica. This is a picture of my Marine son I will always cherish
What should we do next? Fix the economy
Kari L, Seattle, WA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that for the first time in my life I feel like I belong in this country, and that this country will finally become a member of this world.
What should we do next? Work to separate church and state from the issue of marriage. Civil Unions for all who want them! Civil unions are an economic alliance for adults who want to combine finances. Marriage should be completely separate and a matter left entirely for religious institutions to decide. If people want to get married, they need to find a religious institution that will do this for them. Ban state endorsed marriages!
Christine G, Englewood, FL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means that we have truly made the first step towards "enlightenment", as a country and hopefully as a global society. Barack Obama truly is a symbol of hope and unity for our United States as a United people. My husband and I own several hair salons and recently acquired the building adjacent to our property. In August of this year, three amazing young people arrived in our Sarasota County of FL, Bridgette, Kevin and Eric. Their dedication to the campaign, their drive and enthusiasm, not only inspired our 16 year old daughter to canvass, phone bank and hold up "honking" signs for Barack, it inspired us as well to donate our space for a call bank center, and eventually a base in south Sarasota County. It was appropriately dubbed "The Obama Salon". In addition, I had the honor and privilege of being a volunteer driver for Senator Obama's visit to Sarasota, FL. This is an incredibly historic event and we as a people need to rise to it's occasion. God Bless America and God Bless President-elect Barack Obama!
What should we do next? Rally as country men and women, and together rally and support our future President and the enormous task that lies ahead. Oh, and remember the "golden rule", do unto others and you would have them do unto you...in other words, be nice, kind and never assume!
Molly R, Silver Spring, MD
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Working with the guys in Monroe County PA during election day. Oh what a feeeling!
What should we do next? Let's tackle the healthcare fiasco
Jennifer O, Brooklyn, NY
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's victory means I am truly proud to be an American. It means I can look every kid I work with in the eye and tell them they can be whatever they want. It means we are finally moving forward as a nation. Above all else it means hope.
What should we do next? Look forward and implement Obama's message of change and hope into our daily lives.
Connie B, Carmel, IN
What does Obama's victory mean to you? The victory means everything to me and my family. We live in the middle of the reddest part of Indiana. We are fed up with politics as usual and Obama represents everything we need in this country. Not only is he the smartest candidate we have seen in many years, he also has organized one of the biggest grass roots systems ever seen since the electronic and digital age came about. If he runs the White House anything like he ran his campaign, I believe there is nothing this man can't accomplish. He has inspired me, my family and millions of regular 'Joe's' like myself and I am very proud to have his campaign materials plastered all over my house. Way to go USA. Today and for the future, I am very proud to be an American. We finally got an election right. YES WE CAN!
What should we do next? Communication is vital. We need to keep these lines open to keep us informed as to what Obama needs us to do. We have an army of volunteers, let's not let it disband.
Michelle T, San Clemente, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? HOPE for a smarter, better tomorrow...and that when we work together, anything is possible!
What should we do next? Meet with the smartest people on the planet and figure out how to solve our problems in a bi-partisan way...then communicate with the American people and let us weigh in, so that we really stay connected.
joe l, Manoa, PA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? This country has Hope again When I was 8 years old, my Dad took me to see JFK's motorcade go by when he was campaigning for President. I still remember it like it was yesterday. That was the last President in MHO that truly brought hope to this country. That hope died on Nov. 22,1963, but is now back again. May God bless Obama and protect him. What a great time this is to be an American!!!! Thanks to all who helped out on the campaign. Our group got together last night and watched Obama's historic speech. What a great night it was!!!
What should we do next? Make sure Obama & Biden do what they said they were going to do and more.
Marissa D, Marietta, GA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? What an amazing experience! He has created a worldwide movement of positive change that we desperately need right now! YES WE DID!
What should we do next? Give him a country to govern. We all need to get our act together so that his job, although difficult, can be made somewhat easier.
Liz S, geneva, OH
What does Obama's victory mean to you? Obama's presidency changes everything. We have thoughtful, intelligent, culturally developed leader in this country. Americans have shown again they can speak as a powerful voice, as they did during the great movements of our time; civil rights, womens' rights, peace movements. Now the world and our children can see the ideals so clearly stated in the Constitution live. I met so many people phoning and canvassing who were so ready to "move on" that my hope was rekindled even before President-elect Obama won the election. I'm a sixty-year old (well, not that old) teacher. I'm happy for us all, but mostly for my sons' generation, that will now move this country forward. liz from Ashtabula, OH
What should we do next? Keep sending information that keeps people informed about what's going on and issues that bear watching in Congress, Supreme Court, Justice Department and so on. This could help focus the members' work.
Valerie L, Hollyglen, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? It means hope! It means change! It means Americans have settled the scores of the past and time for us to loook forward with pride and hope!!!
What should we do next? I agree and whole heartedly share the overwhelming sense of accomplishment that we all witnessed last night. Many of our ancestors bled and died for just this moment in time. Yet, as a people our work really just begins. We only satisfied half of the equation. Now we need to be working to ensure that we assist him in this position. Nothing to small-recycling to assist with the environment, etc. Now is not the time to sit back and relish in this accomplishment. It time to roll up our sleeves and join Mr. Barrack Obama, our President in making America and Americans the best country in the world. Let's make this a better world for all of us ans work on 2012.
Gloria D, Lake Zurich, IL
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I feel so blessed to be a witness to this historic event in our country. Barack Obama is the right man, sent to us at this time to bring our country out of the darkness of the past 8 years and to bring us together; as he reminds us - we are not just America. We are the UNITED States of America. Now is the time to realize that and to make life better for all of our citizens, not just the chosen few.
What should we do next? Now we need to do the hard work - to convince many on the Right that this is the beginning, not the end!
Michelle A, San Ramon, CA
What does Obama's victory mean to you? I haven't stopped smiling since Tuesday night! I feel such relief, as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders from the last 8 years. It seems the universe delivers us the most incredible leaders when we need it most; JFK, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to name a couple, now Barak Obama! Peace!
What should we do next? With the majority in senate and house this is a great opportunity for real change. Bring our troops home, get our economy on a better path and healthcare must be fixed.