Obama triumphs, will be first black US president

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WASHINGTON - 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 his former rival to concede defeat — and the end of his own 10-year quest for the White House. "The American people have spoken, and spoken clearly," McCain told disappointed supporters in Arizona.

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.

The 47-year-old Illinois senator was little known just four years ago. A widely praised speech at the Democratic National Convention, delivered when he was merely a candidate for the Senate, changed that.

Overnight he became a sought-after surrogate campaigner, and he had scarcely settled into his Senate seat when he began preparing for his run for the White House.

A survey of voters leaving polling places on Tuesday showed the economy was by far the top Election Day issue. Six in 10 voters said so, and none of the other top issues — energy, Iraq, terrorism and health care — was picked by more than one in 10.

"May God bless whoever wins tonight," President Bush told dinner guests at the White House, where his tenure runs out on Jan. 20.

The Democratic leaders of Congress celebrated in Washington.

"It is not a mandate for a party or ideology but a mandate for change," said Senate Majority leader Harry reid of Nevada.

Said Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, "Tonight the American people have called for a new direction. They have called for change in America."

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HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/04/08 - 11:09 pm
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Congratulation President

Congratulation President Elect Obama

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/04/08 - 11:09 pm
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Glory to God..... Congrats I

Glory to God..... Congrats I guess God picked the right man. Senator McCain thanks for all you've done for the US, we appreciate you.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:14 pm
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It had nothing to do with God

It had nothing to do with God and everything to do with a democratic process. I wish him well and hope he makes sound decisions. Although he was not my choice he will still be my president.

RAWR
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RAWR 11/04/08 - 11:23 pm
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Who gives a damn about the

Who gives a damn about the color of his skin? I didnt like him for his politics ... not because he is a biracial man.

plzgetalife
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plzgetalife 11/04/08 - 11:31 pm
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God has everything to do with

God has everything to do with it!!!!! God still seats on the throne and will always be the most high....but he has created Barack Obama and no matter what you say or how you feel...he will be the 44th President of the United States of America. Congrats Barack!!!

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owensjef2 11/04/08 - 11:33 pm
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I feel good!

I feel good!

So tell me...
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So tell me... 11/04/08 - 11:33 pm
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yeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!

yeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:34 pm
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You really believe God would

You really believe God would support a man that is for abortion? You are truly clueless.

Former Augustan
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Former Augustan 11/04/08 - 11:36 pm
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I look forward to reading

I look forward to reading comments in the future, but a few of these above show that you rednecks will never learn. I hope the Chronicle chokes on this for many years to come. All of your negative and religious-oriented bleating came to naught, and you deserve it.

justtryingtomakeit
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justtryingtomakeit 11/04/08 - 11:37 pm
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it have everything to do with

it have everything to do with God...the democratic process is just that...a process...a process in which was formed by a nation, under God, indivisible for liberty and justice for all. That came straight from our founding fathers...Obama has been given the opportunity of a lifetime...no matter what his color or race, he has a challenge ahead of him...but a challenge that is well within reach..besides, he can't be any worse than the 43 presidents that preceded him.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:38 pm
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Thank you former for the

Thank you former for the obvious stereotype of someone. I don't see where anything above points to a person being "redneck" as you call it.

tusmooth1
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tusmooth1 11/04/08 - 11:39 pm
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Congrats, President Barack

Congrats, President Barack Obama!!!! McCain thank you for what you did for our country and the class you showed in your moment of defeat. We just pray now for Barack Obama that he does the right things for this country. Good Night Guys!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:41 pm
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I agree, just but to say that

I agree, just but to say that God elected him is just asinine. If God had that much power over us he would have struck down just about all the politicians on the face of the earth. God does not affect us that way. That's where free will comes into play. If you really believe God is sitting up on high and moving us like chess pieces then you negate everything he stands for.

justtryingtomakeit
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justtryingtomakeit 11/04/08 - 11:44 pm
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GnipGnop, Im not the one to

GnipGnop, Im not the one to judge anyone and I dont intend to, but how can you say that God will not support Obama...God supports you, and I know you don't always make decisions that God would smile upon, so does that mean that God would not support you...NO! He loves you just like he loves all of us...with our flaws and all...you can't please everybody...and some folks just can't be pleased.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:47 pm
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You think God would judge

You think God would judge someone favorably that allows a baby to be murdered? You might want to re read your bible. As far as God supporting me? I'm not for murdering innocent babies so I would think that's a plus in his eyes. You might also want to re read my first comments. I wished him well...said he wasn't my choice but that he would be my president.

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Rozzie2003 11/04/08 - 11:53 pm
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God Bless America! Divine

God Bless America!
Divine Intervention sent Martin Luther King to free America and Divine Intervention has sent Obama to restore America.
Amen!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:54 pm
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Thank you rozzie for uttering

Thank you rozzie for uttering that same comment about a hundred times.

Son of God
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Son of God 11/04/08 - 11:55 pm
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To God be the Glory for ALL

To God be the Glory for ALL that he has done. 11 Chronicles 7;14 "If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face,and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." God is the one who can change the heart of a King. God said it, we believe it, and that settles it!From slavery and being sold for a quarter to President. What an awesome God we serve. The end of times is near. Let us hold fast to the confession of our faith. With GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT BELIEVE. Continue to pray for this nation. The prayers of a righteous man availeth much. many are/were called but FEW ARE CHOSEN. BARACK OBAMA WAS CHOSEN BY GOD.

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convertedsoutherner 11/04/08 - 11:56 pm
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McCain was a class act in his

McCain was a class act in his speech tonight. We are very proud of our candidates McCain/Palin and wish them well in their future.

justtryingtomakeit
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justtryingtomakeit 11/04/08 - 11:57 pm
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You may not be for mudering

You may not be for mudering babies, but how closely do you follow the REST of God's word? You can't just pick and choose one thing and cast all other things off to the side like it doesnt matter. And, the bible that I read says that we all have sinned and fell short of His glory, that no sin is unfogiveable except for denying Him and that He shows his favor on all who love and adore him...even Obama, and you and me..im not on this board to argue about who God shows favor on or not...thats not for me to decide...i don't have the power to forgive or bless so all I can do is pray that Obama will lead us in the right direction. Hope you can do the same.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/04/08 - 11:57 pm
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I see some people only use

I see some people only use the parts of the bible that suit them. I am out of here. I wish him well and I hope he makes sound decisions.

KingJames
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KingJames 11/05/08 - 12:02 am
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Congratulations to president

Congratulations to president elect Barack Obama and the new first family. Thank you to Senator John McCain for your many years of service. God bless the Barack Obama, and God bless America.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/05/08 - 12:02 am
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I can't pick and choose but

I can't pick and choose but you can? Ok I can see you think your opinion of God is the way. God bless you, I hope Obama will see the way to stop the murdering of innocent babies.

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frontporch 11/05/08 - 12:02 am
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Put your seat belts

Put your seat belts on.....we're going to be in for a rough ride. There goes the whitehouse....Signed embarrassed

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ss30809 11/05/08 - 12:03 am
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For those ignorant

For those ignorant individuals that said they would be moving to Canada if Obama wins, give me a call, I'll help you move.

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FallingLeaves 11/05/08 - 12:08 am
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I am very proud of McCain. He

I am very proud of McCain. He also gave an excellent speech tonight. Congratulations to Barak Obama, who seems to have been chosen as our 44th president. The popular vote was 51% Obama to 48% McCain as of about 11:40pm. According to all the political pundits, their projections show Obama has 338 electoral votes to McCain's 155. I am also proud of Americans that came out and voted. Was it a record number? If so, let's continue that tradition. Voting is a privilege, not a right. And remember, if you didn't vote, I don't want to hear one peep out of you in complaint about any candidate, whether they won or lost. Palin 2012! (I had to do that! LOL) God Bless America! This IS an historic moment, no matter whom you supported. Appreciate and enjoy it while the honeymoon lasts!

justtryingtomakeit
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justtryingtomakeit 11/05/08 - 12:10 am
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what am I picking and

what am I picking and choosing?? I can't have an opinion about something that is fact. It seems that you are very upset about abortion...I don't like it either, but that does not mean that every abortionist will not be able to be forgiven...that's the beauty of God...he loves us no matter how much dirt and foolishness we have done...And I don't pick and choose.. I can admit that I am not always right with God and I don't fall back on one issue and let that make me feel like Im so righteous when I'm not...I am no better than you so I can't be so judgmental of others...but know that its not an opinion.

frontporch
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frontporch 11/05/08 - 12:10 am
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Do you think Michelle will

Do you think Michelle will stop being an angry woman now? and will Whoopi will act like a grown woman now? To be or not to be....that is the question.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/05/08 - 12:15 am
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You have to ask for

You have to ask for forgiveness to be forgiven. Everytime he condones the murder of a child is that asking for forgiveness? How am I picking and choosing? I only mentioned abortion. The bible says it is wrong. It seems you can have an opinion but anyone with an opposite opinion doesn't know the bible or judges. Funny how that works. Like I said...I am out of here. God bless everyone. I hope this country will stay on the path of what is right...for all citizens.

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grumpy 11/05/08 - 12:15 am
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Well if you thought the last

Well if you thought the last eight years were bad you ain't seen nothing yet. History was made tonight alright. The down fall of this nation has just begun that is the history that was made. GOD HELP US

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