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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carolynmack
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carolynmack 11/05/08 - 09:22 am
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To baroness, but voting is a

To baroness, but voting is a right as well as a privilege. See for African Americans, it was never given to us as a privilege, we had to fight for our right to vote. An accomplishment for the struggle that we all are proud of. And seeing Barack Obama becoming this nation that we all love to be a part of than any other country in this world, first African American President, we know that our fathers before us did not struggle in vain. So privilege, NO IT'S OUR RIGHT!!

Sigh....
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Sigh.... 11/05/08 - 09:22 am
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What a great day for this

What a great day for this country. We can only go up from here!!
Congratulations President-Elect Barack Obama.

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 09:23 am
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caucasian works, i guess.

caucasian works, i guess. but i was thinking of the word with a little more racial sting to it....rhymes with slacker

j2says
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j2says 11/05/08 - 09:23 am
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She was saying I wear

She was saying I wear Lipstick that people did not only vote for Obama because he was black but because he was the right man for the job. Obama just happens to be black.

bigalsc
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bigalsc 11/05/08 - 09:44 am
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So where's P Thomas today?

So where's P Thomas today? Drowning in a bottle or re-upping her passport?

zzzzzzt
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zzzzzzt 11/05/08 - 09:57 am
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If you compare results to

If you compare results to previous elections, and look at the voting along racial lines, I think you'll see that his race was really only a consideration among blacks. Now maybe you all can stop whining about inequality and look at the real issues that account for the majority of the social and economic problems present within the black population. That is real change and one positive that I can see from this election. White conservatives may fear his policies and ideas, there is no fear of having a black man in the presidency. However, those disabled and walking with the crutch of racial inequality their entire life might fear having the crutch taken away.

adam
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adam 11/05/08 - 10:01 am
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I accept the peoples

I accept the peoples decision. I am therefore closing my business and retiring. I now understand how selfish I have been. I don't need to make any more money. My life is going to be so much easier now.

Just the Facts Please
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Just the Facts Please 11/05/08 - 10:11 am
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Now the work begins. Can we

Now the work begins. Can we really unite as a nation? Will Congress follow through or will gridlock be the name of the game again? The Economy and the War will be his focus. These are great challenges. I remember a president elect saying once many years ago,"All we have to fear, is fear itself." Let's have hope that we can all work together as we ought to have. God Bless America.

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 10:13 am
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I want to congratulate all

I want to congratulate all the Dems in here especially RCR. shivas, and HYPO Been fun debating all of you. Now waiting for my Obama check, my Obama car, my Obama food, my Obama doctor and medicine, and my Obama gas. I can finally retire and let Obama take care of me! And, he can finish paying off my mortgage while he's at it!

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 10:22 am
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whining is probably the wrong

whining is probably the wrong word, but other than that, well said zzzzz. but don't underestimate the power of victimhood. no crutch has been taken away. there will soon be some blacks calling him a traitor or uncle tom as he starts to hammer home (at least i hope) the idea of self reliance and personal responsibility that i've heard him espouse on several occasions. those are the ones that have missed the message. rather than be inspired by what they saw last night to get their hands dirty, some, unfortunately, will be content to get their hands out.

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 10:24 am
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garciadrive - my hand is out!

garciadrive - my hand is out! Robin Hood Obama!

ljp
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ljp 11/05/08 - 10:29 am
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thats the trouble with this

thats the trouble with this election, noone says the best man was elected.......it's the black man......was elected.........sad for this country

mad_max
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mad_max 11/05/08 - 10:36 am
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Me too adam. I am not

Me too adam. I am not leaving, but I have withdrawn from the U.S.S.R. (Union of Socialist States of America). The Republicans did not do what we sent them there to do so they deserve what happened. However, there is no way Obama can deliver on his promises either. So, I have retired, sold my inverstments, and bought tax free bonds. I refused to finanace the "spread the wealth" theory and the Reid - Pelosi socialist programs that are coming. But at least now the Dems will have no excuse now. And the minorities will have to quit talking about "the man has got his foot on my neck". No excuses folks. Step away from the welfare check, get a job, and start sending the Democrats your taxes. They sure are going to need it and they will not be getting it from me. Oh by the way, I am also selling my home and property Richmond County so you clowns on the commission will not be getting any more money from me either. That decision has nothing to do with the election, it has to do with the fraud, waste, and abuse of with way you spend our tax money. That goes double for the Board of Education. We who were smart enough to make money are smart enough to avoid paying more taxes. Get a job Dems.

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 10:37 am
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robin hood actually returned

robin hood actually returned the taxes to the people who paid them...not exactly consistent with obama's plan of taxing the so called rich and giving to the so called poor...keep your hands out though....in fact you can conduct that tried and true experiment where you wish in one hand and *#@! in the other and see which one fills up first...

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 10:55 am
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lip, it's not sad for this

lip, it's not sad for this country it's actually a happy day...step back for a moment and reflect with me...the founders of this country used to sell black people! actually sold them! that set blacks up as inferiors,legally...when that practice was made illegal it didn't mean equality - in the minds of black or whites, not for a long time...not after brown versus the board..not after the civil rights act...not after the voting rights act...but after last night, after a (sorry but i gotta say it again ) black man was elected to the highest office in the world, blacks have to change their minds ....they can be president of the US if they want... so they have to stop thinking of themselves as inferior (and victims)....whites apparently already have....so, again it's a good thing that people actually see and say that a black man will be president..cause then they have to shut up about it and get on with it....whatever it is

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jusanote 11/05/08 - 10:56 am
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I say that this Obama's

I say that this Obama's election is truly a great moment in black and american history. It is uplifting to see that although racism still exists, it is definitely losing power!! An african american president means that the lives of people like Martin Luther King Jr, Medgar Evers, Malcom X, and Emmett Till have not been lost in vain. For those who came out to Barack the vote I am truly proud of you. This country is headed in a new direction and I wish Barack and his family well. This has brought African Americans everywhere from the outhouse to the White House!!

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owensjef2 11/05/08 - 10:58 am
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Some folks will always be

Some folks will always be silly and ignorant. Obama ... Obama.... Obama. It's a great day!!

owensjef2
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owensjef2 11/05/08 - 11:01 am
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garciadrive you can go

garciadrive you can go somewhere, people like you are a becoming a rare breed.

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 11:08 am
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thanks owenjef, if that was a

thanks owenjef, if that was a compliment...if it wasnt, thanks anyway

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 11:12 am
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mad_max - You posted, "Step

mad_max - You posted, "Step away from the welfare check, get a job, and start sending the Democrats your taxes." Shoot, if you can't beat 'em join 'em. Sign up for the welfare check, quit your job, and let Obama and the Dems support you! They're going to give you a house, a car, gasoline, a doctor and medicine, and send you a check each month. We've got it made!

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 11:13 am
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garciadrive - you make a good

garciadrive - you make a good point. The race business led by CEO's Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson can now join the unemployment line and get their Obama hand-outs too.

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onlynaugusta 11/05/08 - 11:39 am
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OBAMA! OBAMA! Give God the

OBAMA! OBAMA! Give God the glory and the praise.....OBAMA!
Thanks to all who voted for Obama regardless of your race. We needed your vote to make this historical moment.

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Marko4194 11/05/08 - 11:41 am
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First off, congrats to

First off, congrats to President Elect Obama on his win. I have but one problem with all of the hype however...the Chronicle states this will be the first "black" president...get with it people! He is not "black"...he is mixed...therefore, he is NOT the first "black" president. I do not consider this historical. I wish someone could tell me an honest percentage of the votes cast simply to elect a "black" president without any political knowledge or understanding of any kind. I am not for most of Obama's plans or views, but it is what it is and I can only wish the best for us all!

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 11:47 am
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Marko4194 - he is mixed race,

Marko4194 - he is mixed race, but identifies and has called himself black distinguishing himself from his "typical white (now deceased) grandmother."

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 12:04 pm
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I can't wait to get my 40

I can't wait to get my 40 acres and a mule from Obama!

garciadrive
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garciadrive 11/05/08 - 12:26 pm
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greenjacket is right

greenjacket is right marko...he's black and will be until his casket drops...ask any klan member or skinhead, they'll tell you so...as to your question, the way you phrased it, the answer is probably somewhere close to zero percent...generally speaking, blacks understand what obama stands for....now if you had instead left out the part about knowledge and understanding and just asked how many blacks voted for obama because he was black, i'd have to say the percentage is much, much higher...why? well, humans tend to relate to people who look like them...if you do look like them they may even look past some of your flaws and favor you over the alternative....

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/05/08 - 02:45 pm
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GREENJACKET, the only check I

GREENJACKET, the only check I anticipate is the one that I work 40+ hours a week for. People like Karma and I wear lipstick will never be statisfied,. They despise Obama with every fiber of their bodies. I doubt that President Elect Obama will lose sleep over the likes of them. True Americans will rally behind and support OUR President. Naysayers will be just that and all to their lonely pathetic selves.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/05/08 - 02:48 pm
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Well while you are at it,

Well while you are at it, check and see how many whites voted against him because he is Black.

TechLover
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TechLover 11/05/08 - 03:03 pm
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Greenjacket-Maybe you should

Greenjacket-Maybe you should change your screen name to whitehood.

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Dan White 11/05/08 - 03:27 pm
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TechLover - isn't 40 acres

TechLover - isn't 40 acres and a mule what was promised to the freed slaves by the Republicans after the war to reconstruct the South? And wasn't that promise soon broken? Sorry you didn't get my point. Let me make it plain. Obama's promises will go the way of smoke from a fire. They will disappear into the sky.

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