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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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/05/08 - 04:29 am
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Condoning it is a sin too.

Condoning it is a sin too. Just like lusting in your heart.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 11/05/08 - 04:50 am
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What really cracks me up is

What really cracks me up is the hypocrisy...folks I didn't trust him last year or last month or yesterday...And I do not trust him today....nothing has changed... except we will have to give hime a new name as he poses fro all of his propaganda shots.(you think he will wear costumes like sadam did?) anyway henceforth he's barry the hambama.........

Martinez
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Martinez 11/05/08 - 06:15 am
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Wow - The U.S. has elected

Wow - The U.S. has elected the first African American President but clearly there are still some parts of the country, including Augusta, struggling to face forward. He was elected by people of all socio-economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds, in some areas by an overwhelming majority. Like it or not, he is and will be our 44th president.

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 11/05/08 - 06:16 am
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I just hope all those

I just hope all those standing in the voters line with me, thinking they will no longer have to buy gas or pay rent won't be terribly disappointed. He will not deliver, their hopes will be dashed. Honestly, I want all to be happy and live a wonderful life, but we all have to work for what we get, given that opportunity. Maybe he will provide the underclass that opportunity, but will make them work for it as all successful middle and upper middle class do.....Hopefully, we have checks and balances in place where he doesnt have free reign and a blank check.

kiseta50
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kiseta50 11/05/08 - 07:29 am
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I guess I made a full circle

I guess I made a full circle , left the liberal guvernment 39 years ago, and lookes like we will have the same here. I should know how to live my life, just be carefull who I talk to and what I say. I will still fly my USA flag proudly.

Republicant
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Republicant 11/05/08 - 07:30 am
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I feel proud to be an

I feel proud to be an American again.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/05/08 - 07:54 am
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Good for you Republicant. It

Good for you Republicant. It is always nice to have bandwagoners who only play when they win. Thankfully, most Americas are not like you.

sux
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sux 11/05/08 - 08:10 am
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To God be the Glory! I Thank

To God be the Glory! I Thank God for this Opportunity to live in a True America where Everyone can be President. To People like Front-Porch, May God Have Mercy on Your Souls. I Pray as Dr. Martin did that Your descedants won't be as Bitter. Your comment about "There Goes the White-House" You should have Said "Whoop There it Is"LOL! Justice, Opportunity, Hope for ALL AMERICANS Black, Asian, Arabian, Indians, Mexicans, and The Lists goes On & On... God Is In Charge, and His Will Has Been SPOKEN! My Children & My Husband were Rejoicing with President Elect Obama Lastnight.I am So Proud To be A Black-American Woman!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA.. ALL OF US!!!!!!!

wantchangecashadollar
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wantchangecashadollar 11/05/08 - 08:21 am
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I will not support Obama...he

I will not support Obama...he is not my President...I will take the hard line that the Left did with Bush...I will do everything in my power to help Obama fail...I will take Obama' stance and say I hope this country fails at everything we try...then Libs have no one to blame...

Reality
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Reality 11/05/08 - 08:24 am
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I have always been proud to

I have always been proud to be American, one election doesn't make feel any better.....It hasn't been even one day and I'll bet there are 30 headlines about black this or that, not about being American which it should be. I am proud of my heritage as well..........

DMac_357
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DMac_357 11/05/08 - 08:29 am
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Wow, uknownow, those are some

Wow, uknownow, those are some really sour grapes. If you are an American citizen, Obama will be your president, regardless of whether you recognize it or not. I'm sure your power won't be much and Obama's not holding his breath waiting on your help.

DMac_357
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DMac_357 11/05/08 - 08:34 am
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I signed on this morning just

I signed on this morning just to see the posts of 2 individuals but their absences are largely glaring. Where are PT and C134? Regardless of who you voted for or supported, now is the time to unite and help move this country forward. We have some rough times ahead. We are still fighting two wars and our economy hasn't gotten any better as of yet. My prayers go out to Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin. Hopefully they all can get their parties together to truly reach across the isles to pass bipartisan legislation that'll help everyone and not just one class. We're all Americans living in the best country in the world so let's stop being so divided!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/05/08 - 08:37 am
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DMac, did you write that same

DMac, did you write that same advice 4 yrs ago? Save it Hypocrite.

truthbeliever
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truthbeliever 11/05/08 - 08:41 am
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Diehard raciscts and/or

Diehard raciscts and/or Republicans, get out the Xanax. Unlock the liquor cabinet. Augusta Chronicles, you're slipping sales, but drum up somenother else to divide the people.

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 11/05/08 - 08:42 am
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yes we can ??????? more like,

yes we can ???????

more like, yes we better.......it's time to get behind obama, get in behind our congress men and women and light a fire, getthis country moving again, this new president ,just like the last president will only be as good as the people he chooses to work with him...it's a long road to go, but...yes we better !!!
congrats obama, get 'er done !!!!

elizaw
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elizaw 11/05/08 - 08:45 am
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Gnip, you still dont get it,

Gnip, you still dont get it, Yes God did this, and He is a Forgiving God, Just like He forgive McCain when he messed around on his first wife to married the second. Once again Congrats to President Elect Obama. And I would have Congrats McCain also if he had won, either way, they both have some cleaning to do.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 11/05/08 - 08:45 am
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For all of you spouting how

For all of you spouting how proud you are we elected a black president....I'm proud we elected a white president. He's bi-racial people...not black. It bothers me that Obama received 97% of the black vote and McCain only received 3%. It bothers me that all of these "new" and "young" voters were voting for the first time....even though they were under 30. Last time I checked - voting was legal at 18. Get off your soap boxes, get off the bandwagon, and start caring about all of America - not just the America that includes a black candidate. I have faith in the fact our country is still more conservative than liberal, and we won't stand for Obama's, Pelosi's, and Reed's far left agendas. Do I respect Obama? Well, I respect the position of President, but Obama himself still needs to earn my respect. Actions speak louder than words. I'll tell you this though, I was more moved by McCain's concession speech than I was with Obama's acceptance speech. We'll see what he does with the job, with the country, and with all of the "promises of change" that he made us during his campaign. God Bless America.

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Republicant 11/05/08 - 08:49 am
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justthefacts, I work

justthefacts, I work everyday. I am active duty military. You go ahead and keep playing. I want to know if you conservatives are still going to call it un-patriotic to criticize the president and administration?

GnipGnop1
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GnipGnop1 11/05/08 - 08:56 am
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I do get it and I still say

I do get it and I still say God made free will. We control our own destiny. He does not move us around like chess pieces. It's obvious you are the ones that don't get it. If God controlled everything there would be no sin, no death nothing bad. He gives us the chance to live our lives and wishes us to live in his image. For you to say he elected Obama then you would have to say he lets bad things happen too. Don't be naive.

elizaw
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elizaw 11/05/08 - 09:00 am
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Excuse Me, I am truly a

Excuse Me, I am truly a Veteran and surely and Proud One. All people did not vote for Obama because he is black. He just so happen to be, not only that he was RAISED by white people. Color was involved with you, simply because he was black. You did not voted for him because of his color. Picking Palin was a true insult to women, one thing I know personally there are some diehard Retired Military Women and Active (White and Black) that I can see for VP than Palin, which was a major mistake McCain. Just man up and say the real reason why you did not vote for Obama, and that is because of his color. We are in a new day and age. Alot of people dont care about your color, its your character and the people spoke of all race. Thank You Father!!!

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 09:06 am
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karma, you represent the hate

karma, you represent the hate that hate produced around 40 years ago. it's not about trust with you it's about fear......lipstick some of what you said makes sense. for instance it is fair to say obama will have to earn your respect. as he strives to do so over the next four years, please be mindful of the pygmallion effect. keep an open mind....now for the nonsense part. the man is black. we're not talking about his body chemistry or his ancestral roots. it's the color of his skin. period. if you don't understand that, drive to some country town in the backwoods of mississippi and ask questions about him...for those that call him names, as some undoubtedly will, see if they us the "c" word or the "n" word.

Bantana
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Bantana 11/05/08 - 09:09 am
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Now is the time to set aside

Now is the time to set aside your anger and unfounded fears of our country going to h#ll in a handbasket. The acrimony of a long and oftentimes ugly campaign should give way to a wave of acceptance for a man that has shown the intelligence and desire to move this nation forward during what is surely one of the most perilous periods in our brief history. I had hoped that Georgians would recognize the change coming and would set aside old fears to be among those counted as ready for change; that we would be distinguish ourselves as a state that broke away from the archaic conventions of a time long past, but many of us masked our fear of a black man and called it concern for a liberal agenda led by a Marxist devil. President-elect Obama will be one of our most conservative and effective leaders if the citizens of our country stop the divisive fearmongering and start an intelligent and thoughtful discourse, with our elected representatives, on the matters that are truly important to our nation's survival. Give the man a chance.

Reality
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Reality 11/05/08 - 09:10 am
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I think I know the "n" word

I think I know the "n" word but what is the "c" word? Caucasian

elizaw
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elizaw 11/05/08 - 09:11 am
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Thank you Bantana.

Thank you Bantana.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 11/05/08 - 09:12 am
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elizaw - are you calling me

elizaw - are you calling me racist for not voting Obama, or are you saying race wasn't an issue? Your broken English is hard to understand. Also, you and your simple-mindedness is an insult to women, not Palin.

Reality
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Reality 11/05/08 - 09:13 am
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I know it will be hard for

I know it will be hard for you to accept bantana, but some people just don't like or trust him...Just because he is half African doesn't make him honest.

elizaw
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elizaw 11/05/08 - 09:14 am
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Just typing to fast I wear,

Just typing to fast I wear, Wake up and smell the roses. And you get with the program and slowly read it again. Stay Blessed

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 11/05/08 - 09:15 am
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Bantana - tell me...how do

Bantana - tell me...how do you think the man voted "MOST LIBERAL SENATOR" will be one of our most conservative and effective leaders? I'm just curious on your thoughts.

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 11/05/08 - 09:16 am
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Nope...didn't catch what your

Nope...didn't catch what your point was the second time around either elizaw. Sorry.

elizaw
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elizaw 11/05/08 - 09:21 am
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Obviously, I and some others

Obviously, I and some others know exactly where you are coming from. Georgia still have some problems, that is why we are a laughing stock. But this is my last reply. Just pray that we all Unite. This is the United States of America. Stay Bless I Wear..

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