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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the enough-of-that-now-this dept.

United States 3709

Last night, around 11pm, all the major networks announced that Senator Barack Obama had won the election. Soon after, Senator McCain conceded. There were no crazy partisan court hearings, just a simple election. This is your chance to talk about it and what it means for the future of our nation.

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Two words (1, Insightful)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639079)

Thank God.

Re:Two words (5, Insightful)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639119)

Let's hope

Re:Two words (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639129)

As a european citizen, thank USA!

Re:Two words (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639131)

Why? Did he vote?

Re:Two words (5, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639235)

Yup! he voted for his son, Obama... :D

Re:Two words (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639137)

This is going to suck like nothing has ever sucked before, comrade.

Re:Two words (5, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639307)

Where have you been the past 8 years?

Anyway, I can't say Obama would be significantly better (or worse) than McCain, McCain just too much risk of Palin becoming president. I think she would have made us look back on the "golden years of Bush"

Re:Two words (5, Insightful)

neoform (551705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639151)

The whole world agrees with those sentiments.

Re:Two words (4, Insightful)

matthardcast (1389321) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639289)

The democrats now control the house, senate, and the presidency. I think "dear god" might be more appropriate.

Re:Two words (0, Flamebait)

WynterNyght (935178) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639407)

Emigration may be in order (if you're a U.S. subject--er, citizen).

Re:Two words (5, Insightful)

canUbeleiveIT (787307) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639361)

I have never seen such hysteria for a candidate in my life. With the type of overwrought messianic expectations that he faces, there is no way to go for Obama but down.

I'm not saying that he deserves it, but when these pie-in-the-sky types realize that he is human like the rest, and that he won't be able to wipe the tear from every eye, his approval rating will take a serious hit.

Re:Two words (2, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639363)

The whole world agrees with those sentiments

Because, just like US voters, they have no idea what's just been done. Voting for ambigious, platitudinous "change" is nothing more than making a blank canvas out of a guy that it's soothing to vote for because electing him has the sidebar benefit of taking a bit of race resentment off the table. If you listened to his speech last night (even if you've missed so many others), you heard one thing: he was about the campaign, and about the process of being elected. That's what he was most proud of, not some mandate or vision (since neither has been clearly expressed, nor promised). His supporters are in for the same rude awakening he is, when it comes to the reality of him getting his first ever real job.

There are, though, two silver linings. First, at least the senate isn't a supermajority rubber stamp. Second, when he runs for re-election next time, it can finally involve looking at some sort of actual record of his - and a whole lot of people who were caught up the historical significance of skin color can come back to their senses and realize they're hiring someone for an actual executive job, not trying to win a high school debate on style points.

Re:Two words (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639187)

Democrats believe in God?

Re:Two words (3, Insightful)

molog (110171) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639247)

Why? Is Obama really that much better than McCain? Would McCain have been worse than Bush? I just saw two complete liars campaigning. Obama just got away with telling bigger lies. The only thing I can hope for is that the Republicans can filibuster the Democrats' bills. Not so much to push a Republican agenda, but to keep either party from screwing us any more than they currently do.


Prediction (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639089)

2000 comments total.

FP (0, Redundant)

davidpack01 (580365) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639093)

First post on a topic about the first black president! That is all.

Re:FP (1, Interesting)

dspolleke (1139333) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639317)

the first black US president.. The rest of the world is ok with coloured people in office for centuries now.. A dutch Poet / commedian said this morning: Africa congratualtes America with their first black president.. The have had many black presidents.. now all they need is food.. But ot react to what it will mean for the nation.. I say "what nation" My country is not really affected. McCains and Obama's foreign policy will not be very different from each other.. I hope Obama understands that with great power comes great responsibillity.. And as the president of the most infoluencial country in the world he should know that his responsibility does not end at the border OR at the Oil wells...

I'll Tell You What It Means (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639107)

It means the Democrats finally have a chance to screw everything up. By my count there are 56 D to 40 R in the Senate and 251 D to 173 R in the House. While there's still a few undecided yet, that's Democratic control of the Legislative and Executive Branches. Normally I like to see these things divided between the two parties so nobody gets too far away from lagom.

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (4, Insightful)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639167)

As long as the senate can still filibuster, nothing too crazy will get through. If a party ever got 60 senators though, God help us!

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (4, Informative)

theM_xl (760570) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639395)

The Dems may actually get 60. They're at 56 now and there's still 4 seats in the "too close to tell right now" territory.

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639217)

Everything is already screwed up about as bad as it can get. There is some serious "left" listing that needs to happen to put us back on course.

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (5, Interesting)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639379)

I wish I could mod that up, because that's exactly why I voted the way I did this election. I voted D straight down the list for the first time ever. No mix and match, no attempt at balance. Straight Democrat. I feel a little dirty, but it needed to be done, and for the first time since I've been able to vote, I actually have hope that maybe this time it will be different. I was well on my way to becoming disillusioned and apathetic, but this time I care, and I'm hopeful.

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (4, Interesting)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639297)

First off, we haven't had a divided government since 06. And JUST because the Dems control the government doesn't mean its in any way a clean slate. Obama is not a normal Dem, he is a moderate in many ways (even though the Repugs tried to claim he was this super liberal which is more what his running mate is) And they are on notice. The Dems didnt get the magic 60, they WANT that filibuster proof margin and before they get it they have to cater to at least the fiscally conservative republicans to get them on their side. We dont have a Carter administration here, we have a whole different setup.

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639303)

I'm just glad that it's finally time for the Dems to put up or shut up. Fix it or GTFO. No excuses now. The wild and unrestrained rhetoric from the left has been sickening, and I'm glad they finally get the chance to see that they won't do any better.

Of course, it won't be portrayed that way. The press will never jump on Obama's every misspoken word, or call out every contradiction in his policy. No, I expect that the press will go right on supporting this guy through thick and thin because they're married to him now.

Expect the same for the Slashdot community members who were so eager to get him elected. When they find out what they really bought, I don't expect them to admit they were wrong. I expect them to somehow blame Republicans anyway, or simply deny that anything is wrong to begin with.

Unfortunately, the effects of a given policy aren't immediate, and they'll just manage to mess things up for the next president or Congress to take the blame.

Re:I'll Tell You What It Means (1, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639347)

Well I guess it is there time...
The republicans screwed it up back in 2004, when they got the majority. If the Democrats (and they probably will) screw it up this time around then it will probably go back to a more even split where the government can't do anything. Which is good because they can't do anything.

Drunk wisdom (5, Funny)

carbon 68k (309023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639111)

A fellow bar patron put it best:


First thing I thought about... (5, Insightful)

Noryungi (70322) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639115)

Rev. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream".

Re:First thing I thought about... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639195)

Dr. King would be disgusted at the likes of Wright and his supporter and friend Obama.

Re:First thing I thought about... (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639355)

Or maybe you shouldn't be using a dead person's hypothetical opinions to promote your own agenda.

Re:First thing I thought about... (4, Informative)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639293)

One is a trial lawyer turned politician who ran on a platform of "I'm not Bush" and the other was a minister who preached non-violence and fair treatment. About the only think they have in common is that they're black. Don't get me wrong, I voted for Obama, but he's not even close to MLK.

Re:First thing I thought about... (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639367)

Skim MLK?

Re:First thing I thought about... (3, Insightful)

Beyond_GoodandEvil (769135) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639327)

Rev. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream".
Me too, especially when everybody started talking about the color of the president elect's skin. As such I am hereby starting a new internet meme, "DKDI" pronounced decay-dee-eye which stands for Dr. King's dream indeed. Use this phrase anytime someone mentions the color of Obama's skin, if the person you say this to is intelligent, they might stop to think about how far we still have to go, if they're stupid they'll merely assume you agree with their particular wonder at the most recent election.

Fallout from the election (5, Funny)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639121)

I think Washington D.C. will become a radioactive wasteland and the survivors will spend their waking hours hunting mutant ants in collapsed subways.

Oh, wait. My copy of Fallout 3 arrived yesterday and that's all I can think about.

Deck chairs on the Titanic (5, Funny)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639127)

Thoroughly, and decisively, re-arranged.

God didn't (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639139)

have anything to do with it. This was more the american public sick of being treated like shit and finally standing up for themselves. Heck I'm pretty sure the only people who believe in god all voted McCain anyway.

Re:God didn't (3, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639337)

No, I know many of use who belive in God who voted Obama.

And if people were truely sick of being treated like shit, there would be 3rd party candidates in the house and senate, enough of them were up for election!

Musical Choices... (1)

tysonedwards (969693) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639149)

Is it me, or were they playing the Russian National Anthem at the close of McCain's concession speech on CNN last night?

W00t! Welfare for all! (1, Flamebait)

JustASlashDotGuy (905444) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639153)

I've always wondered what it would feel like to life in a welfare state. Hard work is penalized, and laziness will be rewarded. I for one welcome our socialist overlord. Spread the wealth baby!

More government! More Welfare! Punish Success!


Re:W00t! Welfare for all! (5, Insightful)

Il128 (467312) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639239)

Under Bush we all got "Stimulus checks" redistribution of wealth, we "nationalized banks", we "nationalized insurance companies", we "nationalized brokerage houses", and we gave trillions in welfare to Iraq...

And now you're worried about socialism? Welcome to last year.

where are mod points where you need them (4, Insightful)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639319)

Nicely put!

As far as the new president is concerned: the guy has a lot of shit to clean up now, and we don't even know what's still coming. He will have to take a lot of unpopular measures, and I really wonder if he can keep a high popularity for long.

Obligatory! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639157)

I, for one, would like to welcome our new overlord!

Re:Obligatory! (3, Funny)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639249)

Nak, you should be welcoming your new "hey-buddy-just-the-same-as-you-lord", I thought that was his stand, anyway I don't see any death-laser-eyeballs or fists of fury that Palin was packing.

Happy for you! (1)

emanem (1356033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639163)

I'm happy for you Americans. Cheers,

United States Socialist Republic (-1, Flamebait)

extremescholar (714216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639177)

I am mourning the loss of the United States of America and weeping the birth of the United States Socialist Republic.
I'll be clinging to my guns and religion until 2012.
May God have mercy on this country.

Re:United States Socialist Republic (5, Insightful)

antiaktiv (848995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639227)

I can't tell if this is a joke or not, but people all over the world are laughing at the notion of Obama being a socialist. As in the 90s, at least we can rejoice over the lesser of two evils winning.

Re:United States Socialist Republic (5, Informative)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639405)

They are laughing at the fact the republicans THOUGHT he was. There was nothing socialist he was proposing that we are not already doing, and nearly half our friends we terms a "democracy" are truthfully socialist democracies. The socialist claim was truly one of the STUPIDEST moves the neocons could have pulled, especially when their darling base polarizing vise prez nominee actually PRACTICED socialism by redirecting oil drilling profits to state residence.

Don't worry (-1, Flamebait)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639251)

You'll feel better after we impose Sharia and make you get a gay Mexican socialist abortion.

Enjoy the re-education camp.

Re:United States Socialist Republic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639343)

It is interesting that guns and religion are often brought up in the same sentence, don't you think?


Kenoli (934612) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639181)

Re:C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER! (4, Funny)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639331)

For some reason that picture makes me hungry for some KFC.

What? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639185)

Oh, there was an election?

Birth pangs of our great socialism (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639189)

So this is how liberty dies, to the sound of thunderous applause.

        A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

        Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.

Congratulations socialists.

Re:Birth pangs of our great socialism (2, Funny)

MadMidnightBomber (894759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639237)

Congratulations socialists.

You're most welcome.

Re:Birth pangs of our great socialism (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639353)

You can sit on the sidelines, complaining your way to complete misery. Or you can get on board with Obama and his supporters, and do what needs to be done to get this nation back on track.

Seriously, dude, Obama is not a socialist, and Bush put an end to more liberties than Obama would ever have any inclination to end. Your views are seriously out of line with reality. On second thought, maybe it is best if you stay on the sidelines.

The UK perspective (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639193)

Just watched Obama's victory speech on the BBC, he namechecked Lincoln and derided Wall Street. If this is anything other than empty rhetoric he's not going to last a year. To paraphrase Ian Hislop on last weeks HIGNFY (popular UK satire quiz), "They're expecting a landslide and if that doesn't get him, the CIA will have to find some other way".

Good luck America (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639197)

You are going to need it. Have fun with the European-style socialism.

Reputation (5, Insightful)

radius1214 (1082581) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639199)

I firmly believe that Barack Obama is going to bring the change we need to alter the way the world see us. We need to earn back a little of our reputation that the eight previous years have lost us. We need to talk, discuss, and use diplomacy instead of force. I'm very glad that Obama won. I sincerely hope that he can keep all his promises he made to the American people, and with control of the house and senate, it looks likely that he won't have any trouble passing bills.

Strange no one has mentioned this but.. (5, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639201)

This Scot, for one, welcomes our Democraticly elected African-American overlord :D

Election? (-1, Redundant)

TheBiGW (982686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639203)

There was an election?

The party of big government (5, Insightful)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639205)

The party of big government soundly defeated the other party of big government.

Too bad for those of us who think the government is getting dangerously big.
15 million people are employed by, and have a vested interest in an the size and power of, the federal government, let alone state and local.

It's not over yet (1, Funny)

laptop006 (37721) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639207)

Save the good booze for January 20th, until then, who knows, maybe the GOP has a larger then expected "October surprise" that's running a little late.

Re:It's not over yet (1, Troll)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639309)

Pop quiz: who just got his feet under the Big Desk at USCENTCOM?

That's right, it's General Smithers - sorry, Petraeus.

War were declared in 5... 4... 3...

Change has arrived. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639213)

Now I may not be an American,but to me,Barack has been the most inspiring person in this day and age.From his roots in Hawaii to where he is now,he epitomises change and the belief that democracy is still alive within the world.He said that people have the power and I applaud the American Public as they have proven that.This is a big booster to all of us around the world,sick and tired with the current politics we have,may it be from Malaysia or Thailand to Europe.The old system is now down and what we have in hope,inspiration and the glimmer that tommorow may not be as shitty as today.Thank you America for choosing the right person.

PS Now whether he can deliver the goods,we may not know but time will tell.

Change has come to America (0, Flamebait)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639215)

Now lie back and take it.

Thank God (0, Troll)

taxtropel (637994) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639223)

Please I hope "God"had nothing to do with it. Can we please get past this religion drug? Anyhow, now that the troll bait is out of the way. Congratulations to Mr.Obama, friends, & cow-orkers.

Our new Presidente (1)

prezpwns (1343365) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639231)

Obama promises not to raise taxes, not to raise the deficit, but he will promise to RAISE THE ROOF!! HOLLA

As a Canadian, let me say... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639233)

Well done, America. You've taken your first step toward re-establishing your international credibility by voting out the Republicans, who have played a large part in engineering the current state of international affairs. We recognize that your country is in a pretty deep hole left by the last administration, but we trust you'll do your best.

meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639245)

He will only be doing what his benovolent overlords allow him to do as fast as they let him do it

Assassination (1, Troll)

PincusJr (1310977) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639255)

I wonder if an angry republican supporter will attempt to kill Obama.

Off the Rails (2, Insightful)

Electrawn (321224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639259)

An off the rails presidency and party received a swift rebuke to restore the core values enshrined in the constitution.

Meanwhile, the China Credit Card bill needs payment and the global economy is entering a bad recession.

The political shift in the country is probably a game changer for the Democratic party for the next two decades.

Thanks, American voters. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639263)

I'm sure I'll be modded out, but as an Australian... can I just say, THANK YOU America for making the right decision.

Your country has a huge influence on us and I am so glad you are taking a positive step forward into what I hope will be a new era for us all.

Nothing will happen in the next 4 years (1)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639267)

That the Democrats do not wish for.
True, they didn't quite get to the 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate, but it shouldn't be any problem swaying a few Republicans with Bridges To Nowhere and seats on the really cool committees.

yeah (2, Insightful)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639335)

Sounds great, I think. Finally, no more lunatic right wing ideology running the country.

Congratulations on making a historic event happen (5, Interesting)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639269)

Watching on CNN the sea of people in Chicago cheering for President Elect Obama and his victory speech convinced me that this was one of those unique moments, the kind that people decades from now will remember and ask each other "Do you remember where you were when Obama was elected?" Truly a great moment.

Re:Congratulations on making a historic event happ (5, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639375)

I was writing joystick handling code on a Ubuntu install running under VMware. Truly, a momentous occasion.

More than your nation. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639271)

This means a lot to more than just USA.

There are probably more non-US citizens affected by this than there are US citizens.

Hope and fear (5, Insightful)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639275)

Hope because the idiots that have been running the country for nearly a decade are gone, fear that the new bunch of idiots aren't any better.

All I can say now is... (0, Troll)

bbroerman (715822) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639285)

Hold on to your butts.... Now that Obama won, I'll bet we'll see a regrouping of the extreme islamists, a great boost of their morale, and a redoubling of their efforts. They know that he'll let them get away with everything they've done. He doesn't want to fight them, he wants to "talk to them". Fat lot of good that'll do... Didn't work last time... One we pull out of (read abandon) Iraq and Afghanistan, we'll see the crumbling of their current governments, ethnic clensing of everyone not Muslim, executions of anyone who helped the US, and a return of the Taliban and Al-Quieda. The people that we abandon there will hate us even more than they do now. We throw them into chaos, give so many a taste of freedom, and now that the clean-up and rebuilding are getting uncomfortable (thanks to mostly foreign extremists) we're just going to wash our hands of it...

Re:All I can say now is... (2, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639333)

This argument that "The terrorists will attack because Obama is inexperienced" never fails to remind me of the Robot Chicken episode where the arab terrorists attack an elementary school because a little boy said "Fart" during the pledge to the flag. "He said FART! They are weak! We must attack!"

Ron Paul (5, Funny)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639291)

This was easily the best election I ever participated in. Mostly because of Ron Paul. He opened my eyes to real liberty and true freedoms, and I've been a changed person man ever since. I'm not going to take crap from the two parties sitting down anymore, and I have real hope for this country, that someday we all might really be free from the federal government. I was also exposed to Ayn Rand and read her fiction, and really enjoyed it.

I wrote Ron Paul in, and I was beyond happy the rest of the day. It honestly felt awesome to vote for someone that I honestly believe in, an opportunity I've never taken before.

question (1)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639393)

How old are you?

It's a serious question, I'm not trolling, and I'm not gonna mock you for it - just curious.

Finally! (2, Insightful)

The AtomicPunk (450829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639299)

Finally we can tax ourselves into prosperity!

Who wants to take bets on:

Us not withdrawing from Iraq?

Whether most slashdotters with decent IT careers end up paying more taxes?

Don't take this wrong, McCain sucks too. I just wish people would stop drinking from either coolaid.

Re:Finally! (5, Insightful)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639397)

Well honestly what can you expect, when the last band of idiots was allowed to run up a 7 trillion dollar deficit? SOMEONE is going to have to pay that off.

Say goodbye to your rights (0, Flamebait)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639301)

Those "certain inalienable rights" you may have heard of - they went out the window as soon as Obama and McCain became the two choices. Combine Obama's win with the Democratic majorities, and we're ripe to see our individual rights replaced with others' rights to the fruits of our labor - a right to a car, to gas, to healthcare, to other people's property, their privacy, their services, with no choice or input from them. Got a problem with it? Move to another country!

Time to tax and spend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639305)

Save your money, youre going to need it to pay those higher taxes

I recorded.. (5, Funny)

DanWS6 (1248650) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639311)

all of the campaign ads so I can slowly wean myself off instead of going cold turkey.

Hurray! We won! (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639313)

See you guys at the dance.
Oh wait, this isn't high school. We just got another president filled with empty promises, but at least he is better than that other guy.... Right guys?


The socialists are coming (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639321)

run for the hills

Bigots! (-1, Troll)

readin (838620) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639329)

What does it say about our country when so many Americans are unwilling to vote for a physically challenged candidate with a multi-racial family?

Regrets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639339)

I just watched Obama's acceptance speech, which moved me to tears. What a moment for our country. We've elected a black man named Barack Hussein Obama to be President. To all the pundits who said we were too racist and xenophobic to make that happen: fuck you. We are better than that.

And then I watched McCain's acceptance speech, and I was moved to tears again. I wanted to be torn in this election - I had dreamed of this matchup for four years, to finally have to choose between two men worthy of my admiration instead of choosing the better of two evils. As much as I am moved by our victory over racism, I grieve over the loss of a chance to see a campaign between two truly great men.

Thanks, fellow Americans. As an expat, it's wonderful beyond belief to know that, at least for the next for years, I don't have to pretend to be Canadian any more.

Check HIS voting (0, Troll)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639345)

It always seemed funny to me how no one ever talked about Obama voting (almost consistently) for increased military spending and increased Bush "security" laws.

I don't think either one was a clear cut good choice.

Eh, I guess you get what you pay for.

A Good Day (-1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639349)

I would think, regardless of which party/candidate one supports, everyone should view today as a good day. Sure, you may disagree with Obama's policies and wish McCain won, but Obama's victory demonstrates that America is taking a MASSIVE step forward and that should be viewed as a very good thing. And, anyone who thinks that a black man becoming president is a bad thing is someone who needs to die in a fire, to put it very bluntly.

The future's so bright... (1)

bytethese (1372715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639365)

I gotta wear shades.

I voted differently however.. (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639377)

Lets just hope everyone can Unite

...and stop bitching and whining about everything!

Look on the brightside McCain supporters (0, Troll)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639381)

I voted against Obama.
But now I do take solace in the silver-lining:
Racial healing.
May forever more, the words of racists like Reverend Jeremiah Wright ring hollow to black youth, and the youth of every other race.
May the coming generation now see that, whatever vestiges of institutional may racism remain, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN AMERICA.

Truly this is a testament to the greatness of this country. Has there ever been a society in the history of the earth, where a once slave class later produced an elected leader?

A bright silver-lining indeed!

Change I believe in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25639383)

I believe that the only change I will be having from now on is the change in my pocket after Obama is done taxing us... and anyone who says otherwise has NO idea what this guy is all about.

The Real Surprise is in Alaska (5, Interesting)

shma (863063) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639389)

Obama's win was widely predicted, although most people underestimated his support (right now, it looks like he will take 364 electoral votes).

The biggest surprise of the night is in Alaska, where against all odds, they elected [] a convicted criminal [] to the US senate.

Oh goshdarnit! That other guy git in (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639401)

What's his name again? Sadam Hussain Obama Bin Laden or something. Now if that ain't a Muslim name I don't know what is. America is meant to be a Christian country. It says so right there in the First Amendment, and it was that way back when we were founded by Jey-sus in 0AD. And now he's goin' to make an Oath on the Koran, change us all into Muslims and move the US to the middle east and we'll all have to join Al Quaeda and blow ourselves up. I don't know what I'm gonna do.

Time for Change... (0, Troll)

Earl The Squirrel (463078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25639403)

Remember that, cause all we're going to have left is "change" after he's done with spending...

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