Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The 44th President of the United States

The American people spoke loudly and very decisively on Tuesday night as Barack Hussein Obama, a 47-year-old senator from Illinois, a man born of black and white parents, made history and was elected the 44th President of the United States.

Just eight years ago, Obama was defeated for his first position in Washington, in a run for Congress in 2000. 76 days from now, he will take the oath of office as the leader of the free world.

The pundits were predicting a close election. Obama won easily, defeating John McCain by a 2-1 margin in the Electoral College.

McCain was very gracious in defeat, as he addressed crowds of his supporters in Phoenix and conceded shortly after the West Coast polls closed at 11 PM ET. And Obama gave a very stirring speech to thousands of his supporters in Grant Park in Chicago shortly before midnight ET.

I wish our new president-elect all the best. Obama will need it, as he is inheriting a literal mountain of problems, both foreign and domestic. This election reminds me a lot of 1980, when Jimmy Carter's disaster of a presidency swept Ronald Reagan into office with a landslide victory and a sea change in the American politics. We probably saw another sea change on Tuesday night. The American people wanted change, and now they have it.

(Obama's election affects me in a strange way. He is exactly five months older than I am. That means that the President and I will be the same age on my next birthday in January. It really makes me feel old. And we also have something in common. We both graduated from a college in New York City in 1983 with a B.A. degree in Political Science. Obama went to Columbia and I went to Baruch.)

Choose your adjective to describe the events of last night: amazing, historic, earthshaking, groundbreaking, incredible. Or all of them at the same time. Honestly, I never thought I'd see a black man elected president of this country in my lifetime. But it has now happened.

And the Philadelphia Phillies are now baseball's World Series champions.

It's been a remarkable last seven days.


Hannah said...

My humble musical letter to the president elect:


SoSock said...

Wow, just wow.
I'm in shock.
Despite the polls I didn't believe it would happen until it was official. Of course I AM in the middle of good 'ol white bread NC :) Even though I myself said it was over once Ohio went to Obama I was still stupified when they made the official declaration. Like the last out in 04 - I knew it was coming, it was getting more and more inevitable, but when it finally happened - BAM!
Don't get me wrong - I don't think this will magically cure what's wrong with our country, but it's a step in the right direction in my opinion.
Now if he will just choose Theo as his head of state :)

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thank you for dropping by Hannah...

I think the terrible turn in the economy sank John McCain, and many people went with Obama for the change. American history is filled with instances like this, the most recent being Bill Clinton's 1992 election when the economy went south that year...

The Red Sox just reupped Theo, so no worries. He's staying. Unless we see a guy leaving Fenway in a gorilla suit again...

MA said...

gobama gobama gobama!

The Omnipotent Q said...

Hey Vittoria: Who was I thinking of when Obama won the presidency last night at 11 PM? You, of course...

You were beating the drum for Obama when everyone thought Hillary Clinton a shoo-in. She pulled some choke job, and Obama took full advantage.

My congratulations to you. The easy part is over. The REALLY hard part begins.

Jason said...

Voter turnout was low for both the republican and democrat candidate.

This election had the largest turnout effort in history.

The Omnipotent Q said...

I think you mean it had the largest turnout for both candidates. I heard that it had the largest percentage of voters going to the polls for a presidential election since 1908.