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The Morning After

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University and the author of The Agitator's Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family (PublicAffairs, 2008) and Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek and the author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (Random House, 2008) take the long view on yesterday’s voting results.

Event
Walter Isaacson will interview Jon Meacham about his book at the 92nd St. Y on Sunday, November 23rd at 7:30. Ticket information here.

Guests:

Sheryll Cashin and Jon Meacham

Comments [75]

distractioncascade from Blairstown, NJ

Kids/teens are happy about Obama too !!!! Thisd video was put up by a teen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3bgzCiacFs

Nov. 05 2008 07:25 PM
JOE NOT THE PLUMBER....SIXPACK...WHATEVER

USA IS A "COOL" COUNTRY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(At least for a while)
Americans: You can go buy those plane tickets, travel the world and bask in the glory again (if you can afford it).
Dick Cheney and David Addington.... if I were you, I'd stay close to home.

Nov. 05 2008 07:12 PM
JOE NOT THE PLUMBER....SIXPACK...WHATEVER


Ironically, both Bush and Cheney helped in their own indirect way to elect Barak Obama. As defense secretary under GHW Bush, Cheney (with Bush’s support) championed Colin Powell’s appointment to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell served in a very visible capacity in both Bush administrations. Condi Rice was a very visible presence in HW Bush’s White House. In this way, I'm sure, Bush Cheney helped a specific segment of white America achieve a “comfort level” with people of color in White House leadership positions. At one time, Powell was even "the most popular man in America". Regardless of how one feels about the policies and achievements of Powell and Rice (and the administrations they served in) I wouldn't underestimate the "cultural significance" of their appointments. Considering Bush's history with McCain and how McCain shunned Bush during the campaign I wonder if, yesterday, Bush might have gotten up, had a shot or two, read a favorite passage from the Bible and then gone out to VOTE OBAMA. Based on his speach today.....I think he did.

Nov. 05 2008 06:57 PM
Joe

It is amazing to reflect on what happened yesterday, and what has happened in this country during my lifetime.
Consider this:
44 years ago Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was a big issue during the 1964 presidential race. This historic piece of legislation reflected the goals and aspirations that had been courageously championed by ML King and his supporters. It was a high point in King’s career and helped earn him a Nobel Peace Prize later that year. Today, his birthday is a national holiday. And yet....in 1964, this great American WAS NOT EVEN INVITED TO ADRESS THE 1964 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION!!!!
America DOES change!!!! It takes time, perseverence and patience and our struggles are not over...they probably never will be. One must measure progress across very large time horizons. Anyone who doesn't think this is a big deal is either very young or has been asleeep for the past 50 years.

Nov. 05 2008 06:38 PM
Charlie from Bronx

An E-mail message that my daughter received from a friend in Egypt:

I know your email boxes are full of comments on the election, but let me add one more, please.

Here in Egypt, Americans are crying with joy, having stayed up all night watching CNN, BBCW, and al-Jazeera English. My Egyptian in-laws have all called to congratulate me, and congratulate America. The taxi driver who we met at 7 am ( 12 am ET) after watching the returns refused to take money on hearing I had voted for Obama and he had just won.

A few quotes:

Ahmed, my Egyptian brother-in-law: "Watching McCain's concession speech and Obama's acceptance makes us all feel like America IS better than what we see."

Nady (her husband): "I wish I could have become a citizen in time to have voted this year."

MC, a 22-year old Fulbrighter: "this makes me think about public service again."

Ifty(son): "Do you think I could be President?"

Me: Thank-you for giving me my country back!!!!

Nov. 05 2008 05:40 PM
NPV from Sea Cliff, New York, 11579

Oh Joe I am not a big fan of Fox News and I happen to be a actor too, Several plays to my credit. However, most of my acting was as an undercover police officer (sgt). No dress rehearsals... You had only one take and you had to memorize your lines or you could be hurt or God forbid killed. Joe it's not good to be presumptive when making comments about
peoples political affiliations or gender. I happen to like NPR. Most of the listners are well educated. Some, however, are not. The same is true at Fox news. Good luck in you acting career. Sincerely, NPV

Nov. 05 2008 04:42 PM
NPV from Sea Cliff, New York, 11579

Hey, Seth I am NOT A CONSERVATIVE... Sorry to disappoint you. The publications you site are part of the far left media as it applies to economics. Nice try but no cigar. When Amabo raises corporate taxes the corporations will not pursue capital improvements which will result in layoffs and stagnant growth. Seth, You basically sound like a good person and I think that you are sincere... but misdirected. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. G-d bless. NPV

Nov. 05 2008 04:18 PM
Joe the Actor from Manhattan

well said hjs (@66), I wanted to make the same comment to Seth.

It's hard to ignore people who make really whacky angry comments on here sometimes.

Nov. 05 2008 12:51 PM
hjs from 11211

seth
always enjoy reading your posts. keep up the good work. always like to 'meet' people who care about this country enough to have and express thoughts, looking for a better way.
tx

Nov. 05 2008 12:38 PM
Joe the Actor from Manhattan

NVP as per your comment #3: WHY ARE YOU ON THE NPR COMMENTS PAGE??? To be caustic? You love us NPRers, clearly. You spend enough time with us.

Sir, or Madame (let us practice good politics - you could be a woman), you have no intelligent commentary, or intuitive examples made by anyone else you can quote, to back up your statements.

Might I suggest that Sir shops on fox.com for a posting board, or perhaps the Minutemen have a website somewhere that Sir may find more...uh...suitable?

Seriously.

Nov. 05 2008 12:37 PM
Joe the Actor from Manhattan


I saw this written on a preserved portion of the Berlin Wall that is known as the East Side Gallery: Viele kleine Leute, die in vielen kleinen Orten, viele kleine Dinge tun, koennen das Gesicht der Welt verandern. Which means: "Many small people, who in many small places, do many small things, can change the face of the world."

Obama had it right last night and in the email he signed that came into my box last night: "This victory belongs to all of YOU."

As someone else on here said: it was his experience as a community organizer that brought him to victory. I made calls, I donated, more brave people I know knocked on doors. These people are white as well as black. It is believed in Buddhism that changing your mind will change reality, and this has been backed by science. So don't underestimate the power of hope. Don't.

Nov. 05 2008 12:08 PM
seth from Long Island

NPV from Sea Cliff,
Take some time to read the Economist and Financial Times endorsements of Obama before you start shooting your mouth off with ad hominem personal attacks. You clearly have a lot to learn about history, economics, and political science. You're an embarrassment to conservatism.

Nov. 05 2008 11:47 AM
jeff from Manhattan

Headline from Borowitz Report: "Failure to Blow Election Stuns Democrats"

Nov. 05 2008 11:42 AM
moderator from WNYC

For those of you who were looking for information on that Kenyan song: it's on the site now.

Nov. 05 2008 11:36 AM
Stacy R from NJ

Voter fr Bkln (58): Sure, I understand, but I think there could be a lot of resentment that could easily tip the balance and muck up anything Obama tries to accomplish.

Nov. 05 2008 11:34 AM
Mark from Brooklyn

Red-staters need to remember the value of inspiration. Obama's victory will not eradicate racism. But it is a powerful example of America, as a country, doing the right thing -- making good on promises made over 140 years ago. That's what can really make a change.

Nov. 05 2008 11:26 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Stacy (57),
Our representational form of government counts population and the 50 members of our federation, not land mass. Yes, the vast number of counties and overall land mass went the way of McCain, but not the population.

Nov. 05 2008 11:24 AM
Stacy R from NJ

I think it is instructive to look at the "county" map on the NY Times home page. There is a lot less blue out there than the electoral map would have you believe. Obama has his work cut out in trying to win over all those red counties.

Nov. 05 2008 11:17 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

My point, Seth, was that the United States has many “socialist” leanings; leanings Barack Obama (and John McCain) did not disavow. (methods of taxation, regulation, corporate welfare and bailouts, farm policies, protectionist free trade policies) In my opinion, these leanings are not a bad thing, but they put the United States pretty far away from being a nation of free-market capitalist. Personally, I think a truly free-market America would be a miserable place to live. But I think we need to get over our fear of the big S.

Nov. 05 2008 11:17 AM
Danny from Mineola

My wife,and I were tearful that our two children will now live in a country that has elected an African-American as President. I grew up in Harlem, my wife in Bed-Stuy, and now we live in Long Island. We had a bottle of champagne that we opened at 11pm and shared with our teenage daughter (a sip) when the announcement was made, but we had to celebrate in secret. We did not want to upset my Rebublican mother-in-law who lives with us, and we don't discuss politics with our neighbors for fear that they may have extreme anti-Obama views which is not uncommon here. This morning I spoke to a neighbor cautiously and we discussed our "good night". When they ice was broken, we were able to share our excitement. I miss not being in a neighborhood where people can openly share their excitement about this historic event rather than carefully finding others in our "secret society".

Nov. 05 2008 11:16 AM
NPV from Sea Cliff, New York, 11579

Hey Seth from Long Island... It's too bad ignorance is not painful. You are not very bright A c student at best... I would suggest that you begin to learn some American history. I'm sure you're youg and stupid. Maybe its something in the seltzer water that has resulted in your condition. I'm part Jewish and I suggest you read the book of proverbs and the book of Psalms for starters. It will give you some insight into real philosophy. Then pick up a third grade level American history text book so you can learn some American history. NPV

Nov. 05 2008 11:08 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

#42 (Joan), it just goes to show that we aren’t quite where Dr. King dreamed we would be where someone would truly be judged by the content of their character over the color of their skin. President-elect Obama is almost there… The content of his character is how he campaigned, hopefully it is why he was elected. Though the focus for today is the color of his skin, we can hope the content of his character—and more importantly his policies—will be the focus tomorrow.

Nov. 05 2008 11:08 AM
heather from lower east side

Over the last few years I've had the great fortune to have been able to travel to London, Berlin, and parts of Australia. In each location, I sort of ducked down on the fact that I was an American, due to the bad reputation our country earned thanks to Bush. I didn't want anyone overseas to think I was a "typical" conservative, xenophobic, closed-minded Bushite. And so I walked around not speaking much lest my American accent "give me away". Terrible!

NOW, next time I go abroad I'll be able to smile with pride as I say, "Oh, yes, I'm American. Why yes, I did vote for Obama!" :-)

Nov. 05 2008 11:07 AM
seth from Long Island

#43 Voter from Brooklyn,
There's no way Obama would ever have been endorsed by the Financial Times and The Economist if he were truly a dyed in the wool socialist. Republicans who toss around the term socialism have no idea what they're talking about.

Nov. 05 2008 11:05 AM
Tania from Brooklyn

That's right #44! It tells me that as much as these right wing pundits would like us to believe it, this is NOT a center right country any longer!

I would also love to know where to get that Kenyan song.

Nov. 05 2008 11:02 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

To chime in with others… The spectacle of the McCain concession speech was unfortunate. Not unfortunate for what McCain said, but for the boos it received. The McCain of last night was the McCain many Democrats came to love and/or respect. That was a love lost during the campaign. Senator McCain gave an extremely gracious speech, the type one would expect from someone in his fourth decade of service to his nation. The fires of hate stoked during his campaign remain, but at least we got to see a face of McCain we thought we wouldn’t see again.

Nov. 05 2008 11:02 AM
moderator from WNYC

Listeners, try to remember to post your comments in the appropriate segment. We'd like to save the time capsule predictions in particular, so make sure you post them there.

Nov. 05 2008 10:59 AM
Patty from White Plains

President Obama

Hearing those words sends chills through my body. I am 21, a full time college student, i work full time, and for the first time ever i can say i am truely proud to be an American. Being 21 i dont remember much before President Clintons second term in office but i can honestly say until last night
American was just a word,
Not something that I was proud of
Or something I was unproud of for that matter, It was a word.
It sparked no feeling, no emotion,
It was just that, a word.
Now american is much more than that.
It is an honor, a priviledge and I know that from this point on,
American,
will mean so much more than I could have ever imagined.

President Obama will make us all proud

Nov. 05 2008 10:59 AM
kim from manhattan

Who made the song for Obama from Kenya?

Nov. 05 2008 10:57 AM
Erin from NYC

Please tell me where to find the Barack Obama song from Kenya!

Nov. 05 2008 10:55 AM
maya from Jersey City, NJ

Clinton/1992: comfortable margin (370/168)
Clinton/1996: comfortable margin (379/159)
Bush/2000: squeaker (some say stolen) (271/266)
Bush/2004: squeaker (some say stolen/OH) (286/251)
Obama/2008: VERY comfortable margin..
(338/163)

what does this tell you??? :)

Nov. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Actually, Seth from LI, Obama is a bit of a Socialist. The United States is a little Socialist. But socialism, much like “Muslim”, “black”, and “gay” in the United States is a slur. Palin’s redistribution of wealth from Oil companies (and the tax payers from the lower 48) is socialism. The United States merely leasing timber, gas, and oil land to industry instead of selling it to them is (in a way) Socialist. The Farm Bill is socialist. Programs that brought telephone and television to rural areas is socialism (well, the means by which it was done). Our tax system is Socialist… it redistributes wealth under the guise of the greater good (well, it used to do that, not so much anymore).

It time the United States makes a decision… one for the greater good and the nation as a whole, one where everyone is for themselves, or a hybrid of the two; and does so with full honesty.

Nov. 05 2008 10:53 AM
Joan from Brooklyn

I know this is an historic moment for African Americans in this country, but I think it’s a little dismissive to emphasize his race as the most impressive or significant part of his victory. Almost a throwback to the “credit to your race” comments that were common when African Americans began breaking down so many barriers. Huge voter turnout, newly invigorated youth, amazing solutions for many of our biggest issues, ideas to help bridge the wealth gap in this country and a rebirth of respect from countries around the world… THESE are the steps forward Obama brings to this country and what makes this election so significant.

Nov. 05 2008 10:49 AM
sarah from manhattan

I could not agree more with what your guest just said.

Where was the McCain of the Concession speech throughout the campaign? It is a shame that the Republican machine allowed a war hero, a thoughtful person, and a patriot to be dumbed down and oversimplified.

I am an Obama supporter, but I can't help but think that McCain was misguided and mistreated.

Nov. 05 2008 10:44 AM
YVAN from NEW YORK , NY

THIS IS THE BIGGEST THING THAT EVER HAPPEN IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY...AS A HAITIAN WE KNOW
WHAT FREEDOM IS..WE HAVE DONE IT IN 1804..
AFTER THIS CELEBRATION IS OVER..AMERICA WILL BE BACK AS NUMBER ONE...NOW LET'S GO REBUILD
HAITI...

Nov. 05 2008 10:43 AM
greengurl

My only hope is that we don't put aside all the serious issues and problems this planet faces, thinking racial unity is the only thing to come of this, and it's missions accomplished. Please let the pride and joy settle deep, and let's NOW get busy to save this planet.

Nov. 05 2008 10:43 AM
hjs from 11211

richard
we have been divided for the last 8 years
your former governor has ruined my country, but if you don't learn to play nice we're going to sell texas back to mexico to help pay for bush war and debt.

Nov. 05 2008 10:41 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Voter, I agree w/ PT 1 & 2.

Nov. 05 2008 10:40 AM
Deepa from newark nj

We can't imagine that all of a sudden our country has become very tolerant. What about all the intolerance that was seen at McCain and Palin rallies? This has also been an eerily divisive election that has brought out the worst in people.

Nov. 05 2008 10:37 AM
seth from Long Island

Obama IS NOT A SOCIALIST.
He was endorsed by the Financial Times and The Econmist Magazine. These are not socialist publications by any stretch of the imagination. Read these endorsements and learn the facts.

It's time
America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world
The Economist
http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12516666

Obama is the better choice
The Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d0b127c-a380-11dd-942c-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

Nov. 05 2008 10:35 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

(PT.2)
Politically: Senator Obama ran a brilliant campaign, and one that was largely on the level; however, Senator Obama also ran a campaign that was largely exclusionary. This is not a bad thing, per se, but American tradition. Obama did not run as a champion of working class, but as one of the so-called middle class. Obama did not run as a champion of civil rights and freedoms for all (namely homosexuals) but as a champion of modern day separate but equal. Obama did not run as someone who would give the same deference when it comes to tax policies to renters, the childless, the non-elderly, or the unmarried as he would to those different from them.

Yes, I think the election of Barack Obama is a great thing, but don’t let Amy’s pragmatism be mistaken for pessimism.

Nov. 05 2008 10:35 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

The Truth from ATL:
I don’t think Amy’s question was much of a tantrum, actually there is much truth in it.
Though I am thrilled Obama/Biden won last night over McCain/Palin, and it is an historic event, especially for the United States of America, very little will change.

Socially: There will still be hatred and bigotry in the United States… There will still racial profiling in the United States… There will still be pious people of the various Christian faiths and people of the Jewish faith who use “Muslim” and “Islam” as pejoratives… and “black” as code for bad. The (black) people of the inner city will not be lifted out of dire poverty and despair, the (white) people of Appalachia will not be lifted out of dire poverty and despair… The sky is still blue, the sun rose, birds are in flight. Senator Obama becoming President-Elect Obama isn’t a magical switch for the United States (positively or negatively), but it a path of hope.

(PT.1)

Nov. 05 2008 10:34 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

I heard on The Takeaway that Obama won only 12% of the white vote -- Kerry got 15%. His victory came from blacks and minorities -- and younger voters. But is this possible -- such a small white percentage nationwide? Despite the size of the crowds at his rallies and even last night in Chicago. If this is true -- we are a very divided nation and Obama certainly has his work cut out. Could you analyze this, please?

Nov. 05 2008 10:33 AM
Tania from Brooklyn

My eyes have been filled with tears of joy all night. I feel that this is now my country too. America has finally met its potential. For the first time, I plan on buying a flag and hanging it in my window.

Nov. 05 2008 10:32 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Roger if that is the case then I stand corrected. I hope that is the case and we do agree. There is a possibility that I misread the tone. Thanks for speaking up for Amy.

Nov. 05 2008 10:31 AM
Richard from Texas

I didn't really come here to debate, just to state my opinion on the facts.

If you thought the past 8 years were bad, you ain't seen nothing yet.

My final word on the topic.

Nov. 05 2008 10:28 AM
Isaiah from Philadelphia, PA

Skeptics who pooh-poohed Obama's message of "change" as meaningless, I think, failed to get the fact that our electing Obama is itself a change and an achievement by the American people. This is such a proud moment for our country.

Nov. 05 2008 10:25 AM
Jerry from Elmhurst, Queens

One year from now, we'll all be moaning about how disillusioned we are with politicians, how our dreams and hopes are always dashed by partisan bickering, and how nothing ever gets done in Washington.

Nov. 05 2008 10:25 AM
Roger Wallace from Park Slope

The Truth -
I think you and Amy agree, you may have misread her statement. I think she was trying to point out that, even though we've elected an African-American President, we have not all of a sudden solved all the racial ills that plague our country. I don't think that point necessarily undercuts the "sheer awesomeness of the moment." She's absolutely right, as are you.

Nov. 05 2008 10:24 AM
myra klockenbrink from Brooklyn NY

I'm waiting for someone of note to say that this is the biggest thing that's happened to our country since we invented it. We have reinvented ourselves once again. We will never be the same. And no one can ever take this moment from us!

Nov. 05 2008 10:23 AM
NWP from Greenwich, CT

#7 AMEN

Nov. 05 2008 10:19 AM
Josh from Brooklyn

Richard #18: Are you serious? Obabma going to make us socialist now? May I remind you this Republican government has BOUGHT banks, not loaned them money. That my friend is socialist by definition. Palin gives a $2000 check to every Alaskan citizen of oil money. If that's not 'spreading the wealth" I don't know what is. Is Palin a tax cutter? Alaska has no income or sales tax. What does she cut? I am not the biggest Obama fan, but McCain (especially Palin) scared me to death. Obabma brings credibility, a break from this angry hypocritical government. Obama brings some hope. McCain brought angry boos and sore loosers who don't want to fix the mess we're in.

Nov. 05 2008 10:18 AM
Richard from Texas

No ignorance here. We are a divided country between the Democrat party and the Republican party. If obama gets what he is wanting, we will be socialist.

Nov. 05 2008 10:17 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Sorry moderator "one of their own" is inflammatory in any arena.

Nov. 05 2008 10:14 AM
moderator from WNYC

Truth from Atlanta, let's keep it civil. Amy was posing a question, not justifying discrimination.

Nov. 05 2008 10:13 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Hide your ignorance Richard, have some shame!

Nov. 05 2008 10:10 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Amy are you serious? Is that a joke? 1) you cannot "negate" 400 years of slavery. 2)We ARE still entitled to anger in fact a larger debt is owed 3)There is an overwhelming feeling of pride swarming through the community but how dare you exclude the 60% of whites who also voted for President Obama! 4)Affirmative Action is still needed because there will still be people who think LIKE YOU, and will need more than a well laid resume to hire non-white.

However, I will not let anything you or anyone like you say anything to change the sheer awesomeness of this moment, you can't change this history with a tantrum sweetie!!!

Nov. 05 2008 10:07 AM
Richard from Texas

Welcome to the Divided Socialist States of America.

Nov. 05 2008 10:05 AM
amy from Brooklyn

So much has changed, but how much has changed? How much has this election given justification to people who want to negate 400 years of history?

Are black people still entitled to their anger? Does pride that one of their own has achieved so much - including accolades and acceptance from white people - actually change anything in day to day life?

Will we hear:
"Look who's in the White House. You have no reason to complain, no right to affirmative action. You have only yourself to blame for the conditions of your life"?

Nov. 05 2008 09:48 AM
Eric from B'klyn

I'm curious, what happens to the Senate seats of Obama and Biden? Appointed by the respective governors or special elections?

Nov. 05 2008 09:45 AM
Jon Gautier from Rhinebeck, NY

Silent Majority?

I've read that much of our Red/Blue divide is an urban/rural divide. But I've also read that far more people live in urban areas. So I always wondered why the Republicans were taking the White House.

Not seeing what has changed from 2004, I thought the election would be a very close one. Instead, Obama wins traditionally Red states and gets an electoral landslide. But not, it seems, because people changed from Red to Blue, but because Obama mobilized new Blue voters. Is this a Silent Majority of Democrats? If so, are they center or left of center? And will they continue to vote?

Nov. 05 2008 09:39 AM
Alex from brooklyn

"It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."

Obama did run as a/the black candidate. He did not run on black or urban issues. He is the FIRST African-American in his lineage. He didn't need outsized black turnout or support to win.

Don't marginalize his victory as a black victory.

This was a victory for children of foreigners. This was a victory for non-traditional families. This was a victory for the educated, the thoughtful and those who believe in reason. This was a victory who believe that government should be better, not just smaller. This was victory who think that paying taxes is part of our patriotic duty.

Electorally, won by Latinos, Asians, Gen X and Gen Y, those who make under $50,000 and those who make more than $250,000, those who didn’t even go to high school & those with postgraduate education, first time voters, Catholics & Jews & atheists and “others”, union members, Clinton Democrats, gays & straights. And, of course, blacks.

This was a victory for those who see America as being a better nation in the future than it ever was in the past.

Nov. 05 2008 09:38 AM
Bob from Pelham. MY

In addition to other firsts, I believe Barack Obama is the first child of an immigrant to be elected President -- another way in which this election demonstrates the promise of America.

Nov. 05 2008 09:35 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Congratulations! President Obama!

Nov. 05 2008 09:22 AM
adsf

Oh give it a rest already, George/8.

Anyway, maybe today BL will reveal to the listeners who he voted for?

Nov. 05 2008 08:56 AM
hjs from 11211

New America!

Nov. 05 2008 08:25 AM
RCT from NYC

As I watched the cheering crowds last night, I was reminded of fairy tales in which, after a long period of enchantment, an evil spell is broken and the real spirit of a human being or people is freed.

I am not merely referring to the past eight years. I'm old enough to remember the 1960s. I feel as though the joy and hope that America lost when Robert Kennedy died in 1968 has been reborn. It took the votes our kids to seal the deal, but we Americans who, while we had never lost faith in America, had come to regard the joy and hope that we felt back then as naive fantasies, got all that back last night. That's what all the cheering was about; America has not merely taken a giant step forward, but has recovered a hopeful, joyful past that we had believed was gone forever.

Finally, on a personal note -- his dad and I say "bravo" to our son on his first vote in a national election yesterday morning (as his proud parents looked on and cried out, "No, no, don't pull back the big lever until AFTER you've voted).

Nov. 05 2008 08:20 AM
George

Obama can be President, but can he get a cab in NY? Will he get pulled out of line and searched at the airport?

Nov. 05 2008 07:45 AM
BT from Brooklyn

What a study in contrasts.... Obama's crowd... multiracial, multiage, multicultural... eyes filled with tears and hope... who act with grace and class when John McCain's name is mentioned... And John McCain's crowd... all white... angry... defiant... eyes burning with hate... they boo and hiss while John McCain makes a gracious exit speech and shows that in defeat he's a class act.

BT

Nov. 05 2008 07:30 AM
seth from Long Island

349 EV to 147 EV
52% to 46%
This is what Sarah Palin gets for demeaning and denigrating community organizers!
Congrats to Barack Obama for making history. I never thought I'd see an African American become President in my lifetime.

Hopefully, the US will one day have the courage to break another barrier and elect a President who is an atheist.

Nov. 05 2008 07:11 AM
David from www.PlanetThoughts.org

Bravo, Obama and Biden. Best wishes for you in the many decisions and speeches of the next four (or eight) years. There is a difficult road ahead, but fortunately you have, I believe, the energy and flexibility to overcome these obstacles.

Nov. 05 2008 05:53 AM
seth from Long Island

John McCain ran the most blatantly anti-intellectual presidential campaign of the past 100 years. His selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate was the most reckless and irresponsible decision in the history of bad decisions. Palin was the most unqualified and unprepared person to ever run for VP. McCain extolled the virtues of Joe the Plumber calling him an American hero and a role model while Joe accused Obama of being anti-American. McCain needs to do a better job of vetting people before embracing them.

Nov. 05 2008 02:53 AM
NPV from Sea Cliff , New York 11579

Welcome to the United States of Obamastan. We as a nation have demonstrated clearly that we destroy excellence and reward mediocrity. You NPR folks should be delighted that AmabO won the presidency. Unfortunately,you will see within six months of Obama's administration what a dreadful mistake you made in voting for this "man". The phrase "be careful what you wish for" is so true...
NPV , a true Independent.

Nov. 05 2008 02:18 AM
seth from Long Island

ATTN BL PRODUCER – Please get Shelby Steele on the air ASAP. Steele wrote the book A BOUND MAN: WHY WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT OBAMA AND WHY HE CAN'T WIN. You should videostream his interview and request that Mr. Steele wear a dunce cap during the segment.

Nov. 05 2008 02:13 AM
seth from Long Island

My friends, yesterday was one of the greatest days in US history because millions of patriotic voters in the pro-America parts of our nation said “Thanks, But No Thanks” to the make-believe mavericks McCain and Palin and said “Yes We Can” to Obama and Biden.

We grow good people in NY, LA, SF, Berkeley, Cambridge, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, and Washington DC who love America just as much as Sarah “the field dressing barracuda hockey mom” Palin.

Nov. 05 2008 02:11 AM

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