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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georgiagator25
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georgiagator25 11/05/08 - 01:21 am
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Grumpy take your fear to

Grumpy take your fear to Canada

justtryingtomakeit
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justtryingtomakeit 11/05/08 - 01:23 am
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You are right, you do have to

You are right, you do have to ask...and that was all i was saying...i dont know where my 'opinion' came in if all i was doing was stating the facts...abortion is a sin like any other sin..you can't uphold it higher than any other...good luck to you and may God bless..Congrats again OBAMA and may God bless you too!!!

So tell me...
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So tell me... 11/05/08 - 01:30 am
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The down fall started eight

The down fall started eight years ago.... The US is so overcrowded, can't wait till all the negativity moves to Canada...

So tell me...
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So tell me... 11/05/08 - 01:31 am
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we love you obama!!!

we love you obama!!!

So tell me...
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So tell me... 11/05/08 - 01:31 am
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yes we can.... and we did!

yes we can.... and we did!

WW1949
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WW1949 11/05/08 - 01:34 am
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Good Luck to President Obama

Good Luck to President Obama even though he was not my choice. I just hope he doesn't take away the incentive to work hard and do better for yourself by taking and giving to others that live off the backs of others. That will not work, it never has and never will.

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plzgetalife 11/05/08 - 01:37 am
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It is always ok...to thank

It is always ok...to thank God for what we feel as or sucess or victories!!! To all who disagree oh well!!!! Obama is ProChoice....that means ...he is not for or against it anything .....that is your choice and only God can judge U. I love when people get upset about nonsense.....it really shows who you are!!! Congrats Obama-Biden!!!! Yes we Can!!

Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 11/05/08 - 01:41 am
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Yes we can.

Yes we can.

quickfeet
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quickfeet 11/05/08 - 01:42 am
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well I want health car now...

well I want health car now... lower taxes. i want money from the govt. you promised it and I want it. if not your a failue.....

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pinnacle 11/05/08 - 01:46 am
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I want to know one

I want to know one thing.......am I any closer to getting an invite to the White House since Oboma and I are black......

grumpy
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grumpy 11/05/08 - 01:49 am
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Georgiagator25 I have no fear

Georgiagator25 I have no fear and sure ain't going to Canada. I am going to stay where I am and defend what I have and my family

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godbeeaug 11/05/08 - 01:55 am
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To all the unfaithful for

To all the unfaithful for years your choices had a chance to make this country right now no matter what negativity you put out we have our chance now1

jajo1012
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jajo1012 11/05/08 - 01:58 am
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IN YOUR FACE, Augusta

IN YOUR FACE, Augusta Chronicle.

Marleneansley
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Marleneansley 11/05/08 - 02:07 am
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Right up to the last moment,

Right up to the last moment, I was undecided as to who to
vote for. So that's what was going on in my mind. Then when
I cast my vote, I said a prayer and said in my heart, may the
best man win.
God be with President elect Barack Obama. May God watch over
him and guide him to make the right decisions. It's the toughest
job in the world. God bless him and his family and God bless
America.

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jewel 11/05/08 - 02:07 am
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Good night everyone. It's a

Good night everyone. It's a new day

Marleneansley
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Marleneansley 11/05/08 - 02:16 am
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One more word for "Former

One more word for "Former Augustan". I'm a former Augustan, too, and you are talking ugly about my hometown! I was born and raised in Augusta and although she has some flaws I will not have you talk about my hometown like that! The Augusta
Chronicle is a well respected newspaper! And you, sir, are stereotyping people by calling them 'rednecks". It's unfortunate that you are so uneducated.

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DaveMustaineRules 11/05/08 - 02:29 am
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If God chose Obama to be our

If God chose Obama to be our president, then God must hate us all.

Also, let us not forget that MLK's, prior to his death, was beginning to campaign for true socialism in this country. His idea of freedom was simply to enslave everyone to the government handout machine.

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hisfaith2003 11/05/08 - 02:46 am
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jack 833, God has nothing to

jack 833, God has nothing to do with this, it was the people that elected and place the best man for the job in the white house, Rowr, comments like that make you a racist. Gnip Gnop if you leason to what is being said u would have heard pro choice and yes any and everybody has a choice to make up the OWN MIND or do u want more abused childern that are being abused phsyically and mentally, raped and what ever some adult can do to cause them pain. i am sick of hearing about it. what about u.. Obama is the best man for the job and you know it....

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sjgraci 11/05/08 - 02:48 am
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Say it with me, President

Say it with me, President Barack Hussein Obama! WOW!!! Oh The Times They Are A Changing...

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/05/08 - 02:51 am
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Oh so killing them is a

Oh so killing them is a solution? Do you know how stupid that comment is? There are plenty of childless couples that would adopt thoses babies. There is no "pro choice" there is a pro death. Once again I must remind you all that I congratulate him for winning. He was not my choice but he will be my president. Unlike a lot of you here (like Cain for example) I claim my president whether I agree with him or not. Whether he had my vote or not. I have never hated on him nor called him names. You can ask Hypo or Gacopperhead several others who I have debated with (I used to be wyldsfam4)I only wish him to change his views on killing babies. Don't I have that right as a citizen? To ask something of my elected officials?

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willistontownsc 11/05/08 - 03:11 am
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The GOP needs to remove its

The GOP needs to remove its anti-choice platform in 2012 if they still want to win. If they keep their misogynist platform, the GOP will keep on losing as badly as they did tonight.

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GnipGnop 11/05/08 - 03:18 am
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Yeah it's kinda sad that

Yeah it's kinda sad that liberals will fight tooth and nail to keep a convicted murderer from being executed but won't blink an eye at killing an innocent child. Surely you don't think the pro life stance was at the heart of republican defeat?

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willistontownsc 11/05/08 - 03:22 am
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It played a definite role,

It played a definite role, but it wasn't the heart of why the GOP lost. It is kinda sad that conservatives would fight tooth and nail to murder women with their anti-choice laws and murder people in war and as a form of retribution, but won't do anything for the child once it is completely separated from the mother's womb.

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RichmondCountyResident1 11/05/08 - 03:28 am
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Congratulations President

Congratulations President elect Barack Obama and Vice President elect Joe Biden!!!! Great job John McCain, for the class you showed in a tough moment. God Bless America!!!!!!

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Nammy 11/05/08 - 03:47 am
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They're gonna paint the white

They're gonna paint the white house black now. RCR-thanks for your comment on McCain-shows you do have a bit of class yourself. (sometimes anyway) He tried. A bit late in my opinion-I suppose it's better late than never. He should have fought in the beginning like he did in the end! (Like during that 2nd debate would have been a huge improvement.) I'd like to see how the 3rd party did tho. Guess I'll go hunt it up here somewhere....Have a good day ya'll...it IS a new day after all. Now what we gonna talk about? (': Guess I'll wait and see....

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Reality 11/05/08 - 04:14 am
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I am happy the blacks will

I am happy the blacks will have something to be proud of. This should be more about the direction of the USA. It will prove interesting to see how much of the rhetoric from Obama(or whatever alias he uses) will actually come to fruition......

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GACopperhead 11/05/08 - 04:16 am
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Wylds/gnip, I'm also

Wylds/gnip, I'm also anti-abortion. I hope that this election brings a positive change to our country. I would have voted for the McCain that ran in 2000, and my primary reasons for voting against McCain was that he sold out to the extreme Republican right. I hope that everyone remembers that if the new President and Congress don't serve THE PEOPLE, there will be another election in 2010, in which the balance can be shifted in Congress. It's time for a new path for our government, and this election has proved that the vast majority of AMERICANS believe that we've been on the wrong course for the last 8 years. Republicans need to learn that their beliefs and the horrid negative campaign that was run by them did them in. God Bless this country, it's President, and McCain. He is a good man that sold himself to the wrong people. I know he will continue to work for this country. Let's all work to heal the divisions and improve this country.

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GnipGnop 11/05/08 - 04:50 am
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I would like to thank you

I would like to thank you copper. Though I might not agree with a lot of your posts I have always respected what you wrote. I enjoyed the debates with you. I did not vote for President elect Obama but he will still be my president. I hope he has the vision to lead us in the right direction. I agree that repubs have went about it in the wrong way. Maybe they will see the writing on the wall. I would rather see a real party that represents the middle class. Until that day comes I will continue to cross party lines to vote for the candidate that I think represents me the best. To willistown I'm still waiting on a response to all those murdered women you talk about. I would like to see where those numbers came from. -- as evident of the 266,000,000 dead women the GOP's anti-choice policies left behind. As well as everything that was mentioned in that LTE.
Posted by willistontownsc on Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:56 PM

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bone 11/05/08 - 05:14 am
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if obama even lives up to 1/2

if obama even lives up to 1/2 of his promises he'll be a good president.

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laprince 11/05/08 - 05:18 am
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CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT

CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA!! In the Bible, it says that God rains on the just and the unjust. He loves us all. In the book of proverbs it says when you get wisdom, get understanding also. Women have a choice in the matter, individually of whether to get an abortion or not and it is a sin if they choose to have one. They will have to answer to God themselves. Women have been doing that for all time. It doesn't matter if Barack is for it or against it they will do it anyway no matter what the law says. Barack can't make them do it. The only perfect man that I would have picked for president is JESUS CHRIST. God gave us free will. Once again it's a choice of the woman. I'm personally against abortion and I can shout it from the rooftop but people are going to do what they want to do. This is what I call understanding. Do you understand!!!!

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