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Barack Obama Elected President Of The United States


Nearly two years after announcing his candidacy, Senator Barack Obama has been elected as the 44th President of the United States. And, unlike years past, Obama’s victory was clear-cut: the Senator won 349 electoral votes. He needed 270 to clinch the office.

Taking the state a bit after midnight last night in Chicago, Obama opened his acceptance speech with some of the most inspiring words ever uttered in our nation’s history:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

The politico went on to declare that “change has come to America,” before concluding:

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids. To restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace. To reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many we are one.

Obama’s rival, Senator John McCain, offered an exceptionally gracious and teary concession speech. Though his supporters in Arizona booed at the mention of Obama’s name, McCain urged them to rally behind their new president:

These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight that I will do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans who supported me to join not only in congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and honest effort to find the necessary compromises to bridge our difference.

Watching the results last night, we were in a bit of shock when Obama was announced the winner – had we done it? Had our nation really elected a black president? Yes. Sitting here, this morning, a bit hung over and exhausted, we’re getting a bit misty as the reality set in – hundreds of years of oppression and racism were stomped. Surely division will continue to plague this great nation, but never before have the American ideals been as clear, vibrant and promising.

We’ve included Obama’s entire speech down below.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Nov 5, 2008
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  • 27 Comments
    • MEN-SAR
      MEN-SAR

      isnt it ironic that terrorists are more prominent than ever and the U.S. of A just elected a muslim as their president.

      Nov 5, 2008 at 8:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • diago
      diago

      I was so happy when he won and then even happier when he mentioned gays in his speech. Then, I started reading about proposition 8 and that good feeling disappeared.

      Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vinman
      Vinman

      I have stopped reading all of Church Hillbilly comments and I guess you are now on the list Men-Sar

      Nov 5, 2008 at 9:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      It’s official:

      http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/2008/nov/05/proposition-8-passes-amending-california-constitut/

      YES WE CAN!!!!!

      OBAMA’08

      Nov 5, 2008 at 9:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      To all the Diago’s out there, Cheer up! Hope made a comeback!:

      “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” -OBAMA

      “As a Christian — he is a member of the United Church of Christ — Mr. Obama believes that marriage is a sacred union, a blessing from God, and one that is intended for a man and a woman exclusively, according to these supporters and Obama campaign advisers.” -OBAMA

      “he does not support it and is not inclined to fight for it, his advisers say.” -OBAMA

      http://www.queerty.com/obama-prop-8-unnecessary-but-doesnt-believe-in-gay-marriage-20081103/

      HOPE!!!!!!!!!!

      Nov 5, 2008 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AJC
      AJC

      Congratulations from Canada on the election of Obama as president-elect of the United States!

      But with regard to Prop 8, it’s still the same old politics of division: we have our piece of the pie, but we’re not going to let you have yours. We’re a legitimate minority, but you’re not.

      Challenge it in the courts! The neo-cons certainly would: they wouldn’t let their “fears” of so-called “activist judges” prevent them from achieving their goals. Queers in California need to do likewise!

      Nov 5, 2008 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      “African Americans voted for Barack Obama, but they also voted to support Proposition 8, 70 percent to 30 percent. Latino voters were roughly divided on the question.

      Campaign manager Jeff Flint said the Yes on 8 campaign “always felt like a strong turnout among ethnic Democrats, particularly African Americans and Latinos, would be helpful to us.”

      “They are culturally conservative. They support traditional marriage,” he said. “We felt like a Barack Obama surge with those voters would actually help us.”

      http://www.sacbee.com/749/story/1371940.html

      CONGRATULATIONS! FEEL PROUD!!!

      YES WE CAN!!!!!

      OBAMA’08

      Nov 5, 2008 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RainaWeather
      RainaWeather

      I’m going back to the other site.

      Nov 5, 2008 at 10:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      Official prop 8 results by county map:

      http://vote.sos.ca.gov/Returns/props/map190000000008.html

      YES WE CAN!!!!

      OBAMA’08

      Nov 5, 2008 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      THE CHANGE WE NEEDED!

      OBAMA’08

      Nov 5, 2008 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      I have lived for over thirty years in Africa.

      There is not one single country in Africa, run by Negroids, that is a success! Not one? Why not?

      In the Western hemisphere we have Haiti, also run by Negroids and a total disaster!

      Now you have the US of A run by a Negroid, I can’t see how he can be successful (even if he wanted to).

      If you want to see how quickly a first world country can go down the tubes, have a look at former FIRST WORLD South Africa under Negroid rule! It’s grinding to a halt after 14 years of Negroid management and it has one of the highest murder rates on the planet (especially Negroid against Caucasians).

      You voted for change and change you’ll be getting!

      Nov 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seitan-on-a-stick
      seitan-on-a-stick

      Congrats to President-Elect Barack Obama. It’s time for the mentally ill racist gays to pack it up and move on. Churchill-y is Man-sar is Peter Pan. All Hail the new Commander In Chief!

      Nov 5, 2008 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      All Hail Him!!!!

      YES WE CAN * YES WE CAN * YES WE CAN

      WE HAVE NO MORE MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN CA THANKS TO HIM! AND PEOLE LIKE YOU No. 12.

      YES WE CAN * YES WE CAN * YES WE CAN

      HOPE!!!!

      OBAMA ’08

      Nov 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hal
      hal

      im proud to call barack obama my president! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCqVcWzzO74

      Nov 5, 2008 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • susan
      susan

      I’ve been listening to the obama tribute by shontelle “battle cry” all day today

      Nov 5, 2008 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • copehead
      copehead

      NOW is a better time than any to make sure that you check out the election inspired album Grassroots: Yes We Can! Shontelle, one of the album features, has a beutiful song called “Battel Cry” and you can see the video on the post below!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCqVcWzzO74

      Nov 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greatness
      greatness

      Battle cry best song by shontelle!!!! love that video too

      Nov 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      Here’s my “battel cry”:

      http://www.jewishjournal.com/thegodblog/item/prop_8_passes_the_legal_battle_begins_20081105/

      “Not yet clear why Prop. 8, which had been losing in polls, passed. Ted Olsen at Christianity Today thinks Barack Obama, who opposed the measure but not gay marriage, helped:

      But African-American Californians overwhelmingly supported Prop. 8, by a 7-to-3 margin. Black women (who made up 6% of the electorate) were even more supportive, telling exit pollsters they voted for the measure by a 3-to-1 margin.”

      YES THEY DID IT!

      OBAMA ’08

      Nov 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • History in the making
      History in the making

      To me, the Shontelle song is the best Obama tribute out there…I cry everytime I see the video.

      Nov 5, 2008 at 5:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      i was not suprized at all, and went to bed early, with the assurance that Obama would win. I spent most of the morning where people had been lined up for blocks just loving the Obama energy, the energy of hope. I have never seen people so charged In my life. I saw the early results but for once I had faith that America was not going to let itself be fucked agai

      PeterPan: the African countries you refer to have all been White colonies to start with are you dense?

      Nov 5, 2008 at 6:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      @ Satan-on-a-prick – I’m me. Not Churchill-Y or Man-sar.

      “All Hail the new Commander In Chief!” you say. In six months time you are going to look such a dick, sorry, prick, it won’t be funny.

      Meanwhile enjoy your retarded tirades. Here, where I live at the moment, people a laughing at America for having voted for a fraudster who does not know who his father is, hates his granny, had books written for him, has no clue where he was born or when, exactly, his granny died! Does not have a birth certificate, doesn’t want the world to know how he go into Harvard etc. or that loves getting BJ’s from white call boys in the back of a limo.

      Prick indeed!

      All Hail to Mr Putin, the leader of the free world who bows to no-one!

      From Europe (Central).

      Nov 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      @ M Shane who said ‘ PeterPan: the African countries you refer to have all been White colonies to start with are you dense?’

      Without colonies their would not have been very many African countries. Liberia, Ethiopia, Haiti have never been colonies and are totally down the sewer. Are you dense?

      BTW: Qweerty is censoring perfectly well presented comments. So I won’t bother commenting further here. As long as they know that they will be guilty and held accountable, one day, of the conspiracy they are helping to conceal.

      Goodbye!

      Nov 5, 2008 at 7:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • My View
      My View

      Author: History in the making
      Comment: To me, the Shontelle song is the best Obama tribute out there…I cry everytime I see the video.’

      I cry every time I see this video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdM8PDu6VMg

      Will we ever learn?

      Nov 5, 2008 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • My View
      My View

      A message from Ron Paul:

      http://campaignforliberty.org/

      Nov 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      Here’s a better view:

      http://www.cbs2.com/video/?id=82302@kcbs.dayport.com

      Nov 5, 2008 at 11:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • susie
      susie

      We did it! Obama is in the white house! The Battle Cry song is inspiring and makes me proud to be an American!

      Nov 5, 2008 at 11:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jj
      jj

      This site is gross.

      Nov 6, 2008 at 5:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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