Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.
The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his victory by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Iowa.
A huge crowd in Grant Park in Chicago erupted in jubilation at the news of Obama’s victory. Some wept.
McCain called to concede defeat — and the end of his own 10-year quest for the White House.
Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as president and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.
As the 44th president, Obama will move into the Oval Office as leader of a country that is almost certainly in recession, and fighting two long wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.
The popular vote was close, but not the count in the Electoral College, where it mattered most.
There, Obama’s audacious decision to contest McCain in states that hadn’t gone Democratic in years paid rich dividends.
Obama has said his first order of presidential business will be to tackle the economy. He has also pledged to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months.
Fellow Democrats rode his coattails to larger majorities in both houses of Congress. They defeated incumbent Republicans and won open seats by turn.
I hope our new Democratic government will show some of the restraint in ruling this country that the Republicans didn’t. Whether this country shoots off the road on the right or left side it’s still is going to bad for the country. Congradulations M. President-elect, you fought an honorable campaign, you’ve taken the high road, I hope you stay there. Good luck to you and us the Us. The People have spoken very loudly today.
God Bless US!!! Now the work begins to heal, educate, re-educate and turn this great nation around for the better, for ALL of US. President elect Obama will have our backs and we have to make sure he stays on track.
And finally, can we burn those maps that identify us as Blues and Reds.