Obama Wins Presidential Race

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Sen. Barack Obama swept to a historic victory Tuesday night, winning the presidential election.

Sen. John McCain praised his rival's win.

"I deeply admire and commend him for achieving this victory. This is a
historic election and I recognize the special prize this must be for African
Americans tonight," said McCain. "We both recognized we have come a long way form the injustices of years ago. Let there be no American who fails to cherish their rights on this earth. "

President-elect Obama later addressed the nation, vowing to be a president for all of America, even those who voted against him.

The president-elect cast his election as a defining moment in American history and an answer to cynicism, fear and doubt about the power of democracy.

His victory speech was delivered before a multiracial crowd of more than 100,000 people. Many cried and nodded their heads while he spoke surrounded by clear bulletproof screens on his left and right.

He sprinkled his address with references to the civil rights struggle that has led to him being elected the country's first black president.

To those who voted against him, he said, "I will be your president, too."


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  • by Sha Location: Meridian on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    RC, what was sickening to me is the boos, hisses and jeers given off by the McCain supporters as McCain was making his last speech (a very nice, respectable speech at that). Also, the jumping around and yelling that you speak of was not just done by African Americans, plenty people of all races jumped and yelled for joy when they found out Obama won. I guess you didn't see the footage of those who were celebrating around the white house. One young lady was holding a "Evict Bush Now" sign as she danced around . . .and guess what . . .she wasn't black.
  • by rc Location: meridian on Nov 5, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    First of all let me say that I voted for McCain. With that said, I am a firm believer that we should all back our new president, whether we voted for him or not. I am anxious to see how Obama will handle the tough issues once he is in office. After watching the news just now, I am sickened how the group of African-Americans were acting for the camera. I do not feel that Senator Obama is that type of person. I feel that he would be ashamed of the way they were acting, jumping around and yelling. There is a way to celebrate without looking as if you are in a club. I pray that having a black president will enlighten those who act less than decent to realize all can be productive members of society.
  • by Business Owner Location: Meridian on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    It's scary to think that Obama may raise taxes for any business making $250,000 a year. I understand that a lot of you think that it is not a big deal if your business has such a profit to reflect that. Also, people need to remember a lot of small business is what people are employed by. People are not taking into consideration of what it takes to make payroll, pay the taxes that already exist, insurance for the business, advertising, vehicles, utilities, rent for the building, CPA'S, just to name a few. Plus, we are expected to provide employee benefits. How can you wonder why people didn't support Barack Obama? I have a small business, but the raise in these "Obama proposed taxes" could force me out of business and guess what, I will have to cut 45 jobs. There are people that depend on me to support their families. Where is my support?
  • by Lou Location: Meridian on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    I disagree with the person who blames racism on blacks. The cause of racism is to be placed on the shoulders of the ignorant. Ignorance knows no race or gender. It is ignorance that makes people blame and point fingers instead of seeing things for what they are, trying to grasp an understanding of them, and making an attempt to positively effect them.
  • by Chelsie Location: Collinsville on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    After 19 years, i can truly say that i see CHANGE. Stop being so simple minded people and start seeing each other as God does.
  • by Hal on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    There are no 'racial remarks' here. People are expressing their opinions. Some people wanted Obama to win and others didn't. Those people are allowed to speak out. You can't shut people up because you don't like what they say.
  • by IT'S ABOUT TIME Location: UNITED STATES FINELY on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    YES!I SAID IT,IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE THIS IS 2008 NOT 19O8 GET OVER IT WE'RE ALL HUMAN SO CUT OUT THE RACIAL REMARKS. TO ALL BLACK & WHITES THAT VOTED FOR OBAMA THANK U AND MAY GOD BLESS U ALL AND FOR THOSE THAT DID'T KEEP LIVING IN THE PAST AND LET LIFE PASS U BY WE'RE ALL HUMAN GOD LOVE ALL BLACK & WHITE . THAT WHY THIS WORLD CAN'T MOVE AHEAD BECAUSE U PEOPLE WANT COME TOGETHER AND BE AS 1.
  • by Isa Location: Meridian on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    One last thing . . . the change that is being spoken about really HAS come. How so? Two hunderd and thirty-two years and four months later, a nation born under the ideal that all men are created equal has elected its first black president. That is monumental. We have CHANGED the world's view of America. We will now be seen as the land of unity and opportunity . . .and we should not make this image merely a facade . . . we should all stand behind OUR president so that other positive changes can also take place.
  • by Isa Location: Meridian on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    Some of these comments are laughable. Firstly, how does one know what black people expect? I'm black, yet I can almost guarantee that what I expect may be very different from what another person of my same race expects. Your expecations are usually based on your experiences, and whether some believe it or not . . .all black people ARE NOT the same and therefore DO NOT have the same experiences. It is also laughable to call other blacks involved in government "TRUE" African Americans. Just because Obama had white relatives (a lot of us do) and was raised by them . . . doesn't mean he isn't a true African American. He is seen as black (and maybe muslim to the more confused) . . . he has lived his life as a black man, he married a black woman, and has two black children. He is aware of the Black experience in America, even if he has not experienced all of it himself (I haven't either). If anything he can approach things from both perspectives because of the life he has led.
  • by Mary Jo on Nov 5, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    I understand black people being especially proud of Obama's election. He may be a very successful president. Let's all pray for him as he leads our country. But it is just naive to think that a President Obama is going to have an easy road or that we as citizens will have an easy road because he was elected. President Obama will face the same hard challenges that every other president has faced, perhaps even tougher challenges because of the way the world is. George Bush didn't make all the right decisions, but he is not Satan, nor is Sen. Obama a savior. He's a person who will have the hardest job in the world. He will have to make very difficult decisions quickly, without time for a lot of reflection. As an imperfect child of God, as we all are, he will sometimes mess up. "Change has really come?" Other than the office passing to a different person with different color skin, what has changed for you? Are you more successful? Do the world's problems go away? No, they don't.
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