What time are you voting on Tuesday?

I heard somewhere recently, and last election, if someone schedules voting on their calendar, even in their own head, they are more likely to vote. So instead of asking someone if they’re going to vote, ask them when they plan to vote. Sort of related, but a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Errol Morris for a project he was working on with Ourtime.org to get people to pledge to vote (for the same reason as above). In any case, the video came out well even if what I said didn’t make the cut.

Also, Chris drew this.

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What time are you voting on Tuesday?

208 Facebook Status Messages in 24 Hours

Another big event calls for another look at the Facebook Status Stream or FaStStream (get it? get it?). This one’s even in chronological order as opposed to the 273 Facebook Status from Election Day.

You can see the waves again, from mood to mood, more subtle this time. From eagerness the night before, to some folks waiting in line on the Mall, to when CNN/Facebook started up (those status messages are tagged), to when Obama was speaking and peeps were calling out their favorite quotations, to Rev Lowry calling for an ‘Amen’, to people getting ready to go out to Inaugural Balls.

One surprising absence is commentary on Chief Justice Roberts’ flubbing the oath (it’s been confirmed that the 20th Amendment makes the Oath a formality, so Obama IS officially the President). And it’s hard to tell that anyone was watching the parade (even the viewing stand was empty by the time it started). CNN was making references to the ceremonies running late all day and I hope, hope, HOPE, they don’t turn this into a ‘theme’ of the Administration. We’ll see. I watched the ceremony in a conference room at work on ABC via Slingbox. There were about 30-40 co-workers watching as well. Those are my memories from the day, what did you catch?

I’m exhausted and the Obamas still have 4 more balls to get to as of 11:46PM on 1/20. Not sure how they’re still going.

I’m going to lay it out right now. Facebook/Twitter needs to allow for exporting of these streams, or someone’s going to have to build the tool, because I don’t have the time to format these bitches every time we come together as a nation to celebrate the election of a transcendent figure. Got it?

Without further adieu, below are 208 Facebook Status Messages from my friends in 24 hours including the Inauguration.

BK is celebrating the final night of the worst 8 years our country has seen — at least in my lifetime. on Monday
JA has acquired his inauguration tickets. We’re in the back in the silver zone. Can’t wait till tomorrow! on Monday
EL is so excited for tomorrow i can hardly focus on anything! holy schmoley! we will finally have an inspiring leader! on Monday

More messages after the jump.
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A REAL Comprehensive Election Reference – Archive.org Election 2000

Well, if you’ve think you’ve done something on the internet, you should know that it’s been done better, 8 years ago. Kevin Kelly pointed me to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine – Election 2000. It’s 800 GB and covers 797 sites. I shouldn’t feel too bad, though because the project was commissioned by the Library of Congress, while mine was commissioned by my ambition.

My reference for the 2008 Election is here.

A REAL Comprehensive Election Reference – Archive.org Election 2000

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference

After the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, I didn’t quite know what to do to help myself take it all in. I found a message board called ‘Win it For’ that was started at some point before the World Series and was filled with stories from people who wanted the Red Sox to win the World Series for someone or other. I spent about 5 hours, reading it straight through, the morning after the World Series and it was the best way I could have celebrated the Red Sox winning.

On November 4, when Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election I was searching for a similar sort of catharsis. Not so much because of Obama winning (which was nice) but because the election had been building as an event for almost 3 years ‘ from the speculation of who would run, to the announcements, to the campaigns, to the primaries, to the general, and finally, November 4th came and went. I thought maybe I’ll collect a few thoughts from friends, or collect all the Facebook status messages, or collect a few links that helped tell the story. As I thought about it, I decided I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted without going overboard. And I won’t lie, despite my attempts at making this document impartial, there’s no way it could have been. And though I’ve tried to make its focus 11/4, Election Day, there were certain events from the campaign that creeped in.

I wanted to create something to look at a couple years from now to remember the election and hopefully present a good representation of what both sides of America were feeling on that day as evidenced by the response in the press and on the blogs. I didn’t capture everything, though I’ve certainly tried. I want to consume all of this information, have it put on a microchip in my brain. Until that’s possible, I just read a lot. I don’t know how many of these links will work in a year or 5 years, (when this doc might be helpful to show younger people who may not have ever remembered having a president who isn’t black), but here’s what I’ve got. At the bottom is a list of all the sites I used and the domains that helped.

This is a LONG post, when you get bored, bookmark it so you can come back later. There are several different sections. If you want to skip around, you can use the Contents Section below.

Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together ‘ the sources.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Via

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And now, finally, I can have my life back, not having to worry about politics every second of every day.

(Many, many thanks to the following websites for making the above possible. Seriously. Via Wonkette, Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, Apelad, Soldier’s Home, Rob Pitingolo, Wired, Mark Cuban, SF Weekly, The New Republic, Change.gov, The Corner, Culture11, Daily Kos, Callie Shell, Dooce, Ed Cone, ESPN, Gawker, Gothamist, Wicked Local, Jezebel, Kottke, Nicholas Kristof, Paul Krugman, Marc Ambinder, Marketplace, Media Matters, Miami Herald, MyWay.com, The National Review, Google News, Yahoo News, New York Magazine, Obama 2008 Headlines, Opinionator Blog, Perez Hiltion, Political Ticker Blog, Politico, Ross Douthat, Salon, Slate, The Stranger, Der Souegel, Swamland Blog, Talking Points Memo, The Board Blog, Think Progress, Tucson Citizen, Z on TV, The Wall Street Journal, Michelle Malkin, Curt Schilling, AfterEllen, The American Conservative, Baloon Juice, Barry Eisler, Baseball Musings, BeyondChron, The Boston Globe, The Big Picture (Boston Globe), Brand Week, Chris Piascik’s Blogzilla, CNN, Controlled Greed, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas News, Digby, D Magazine, EbonyJet, The Economist, Bill Whittle, Wikipedia, Atrios, Chicago News Examiner, FiveThirtyEight.com, FOX News, GQ, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, msnbc.com, National Journal, Saturday Night Live, Newseum.com, Newspaper Index, Newsweek, The New Yorker, New York Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Times, Patrick Mosberg, Bill Moyers Journal, Playboy, Pollster.com, Portfolio, The American Prospect, Real Clear Politics, Reason, RedState, Republicans for Obama, The Big Picture (Barry Ritholtz), Rolling Stone, Glenn Greenwald, Salon War Room, sarahpalin.com, Hello Everybody, Steven Johnson, The Daily Beast, The Next Right, The Onion, The Root, Time, Tiny Revolution, USA Today, Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, YouTube, Zefrank)

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Via

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – 273 Facebook Status Messages in 27 Hours

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273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours
I was fascinated by the number of status messages left by Facebook users from 4:00 PM Tuesday, the 4th , until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, the 5th. They were almost exclusively about the election, and all but two friends were happy about it. It’s amazing how easy they were to divide up by the emotions that seemingly everyone was sharing…

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST – Some people still voting, donating their status messages, etc etc.

JB just returned from voting! on Tuesday
RH is overwhelmed by western PA. on Tuesday
JA can’t wait for results time! on Tuesday
JG literally might throw up from election induced anxiety disorder. on Tuesday
CKL is so happy she didn’t have to wait in line to vote today. on Tuesday
PO did his civic duty. on Tuesday
JW just voted and got the chills…let’s make history. on Tuesday
EL is getting out the vote for Barack Obama. Last chance to join the rally: http://causes.com/election/3755431?m=c41805ab. on Tuesday
MD is getting out the vote for Barack Obama. Last chance to join the rally: http://causes.com/election/13860967?m=a56f182a. on Tuesday
SMZ is getting out the vote for Barack Obama. Last chance to join the rally: http://causes.com/election/26867237?m=b82ec408. on Tuesday
MS has donated their status to remind everyone to vote for Barack Obama today. Donate your status: http://causes.com/election/9755311?m=41d830db. on Tuesday
JT is antsy! on Tuesday
AT VOTED!!!! it’ll be a long night of waiting to see the out come though :(. on Tuesday |

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST – Nervousness, jumpiness, eagerness, drinkiness.

GB is crazy nervous. on Tuesday
TJB has voted and is now getting ready to party! Anyone in the Valley within shouting distance is welcome to stop by:). on Tuesday
RD is the 1,593,543rd person to donate their status to get out the vote for Barack Obama today. Donate yours: http://causes.com/election/. on Tuesday
CP I love this http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/joe-the-plumber-vs-cnns-r_n_141091.html. on Tuesday
PDS is down with the Force. on Tuesday
CM is going to the Obama rally tonight. Hot damn! on Tuesday
EEC is pissed that only 10% of people care about Iraq anymore when there are still people dying over there…. on Tuesday
JG just rocked the vote. on Tuesday
JO just voted and got a flu shot all in the same building. Yay America! Yay Obama! on Tuesday
JB is elated after casting my vote. on Tuesday
AK is mixing a stiff drink and bracing herself. on Tuesday AFM is election party tonight! Lots of beer on hand to celebrate or commiserate depending on circumstances. on Tuesday KC is waiting for the election to end. on Tuesday
LJBP So proud of America for voting – looking forward to curling up in comfy clothes with Scott & pizza to watch the election results roll in! :). on Tuesday
KM remembers when terrorists planned 9/11 under Democrat Bill Clinton’s watch. 23 hours ago

6:30 PM – 7:05 PM EST – Hunkering down, and the first noticing of CNN’s holograms.

DM is going to get himself a mess of sushi, crack open a bottle of red and watch the election returns on his very own couch all by himself. 23 hours ago
PC reminds everyone to fasten their seatbelts… (and if you don’t know the rest of this, remember to vote NO on 8!!!) 23 hours ago
KSG misses Tim Russert a little bit. 23 hours ago
FH is ready for returns, although her fingernails are getting shorter… 23 hours ago
SBS voted and is buzzing with excitement! 23 hours ago
LG is the 1,668,494th person to donate their status to get out the vote for Barack Obama today. Donate yours: http://causes.com/election/. 23 hours ago
RC can’t believe how ridiculous the CNN holograms are. 23 hours ago
JG thinks CNN’s holograms are hilarious. 23 hours ago
JFA is horrified at the reports of voter intimidation. But then again…it is Fox News. 23 hours ago
IME is moved by this story – that’s dedication. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081104/ap_on_fe_st/odd_vote_in_ambulance. 23 hours ago

7:05 PM – 8:30 PM EST – Polls stat closing, votes start coming in.

MM can’t get information fast enough….refresh…refresh. 22 hours ago
CC is extremely anxious, but has already (optimistically) purchased celebration prosecco. Cheers! 22 hours ago
NS is holding his breath. 22 hours ago
MC voted for Barack!!!!!!!!! 22 hours ago
JB is just waiting… 22 hours ago
MC wants to give away all the red states. 22 hours ago
MM is FREAKING. 22 hours ago
JF has her fingers crossed for Obama. 22 hours ago
RD is GOBAMA!!!!!!! 22 hours ago
MC hearts David Gergen and Chris Matthews. Maybe DG a little more. 22 hours ago KB can’t believe people are beginning to decorate their houses for christmas. Completely non-political status but….my head is racing. 22 hours ago
MM NH – check! 22 hours ago
JA is at Rockefeller Center and it is waaay cool! 22 hours ago
MC thinks that Jean Shaheen is fun to say. 22 hours ago
VK Ole ole ole ole, Batak, Barak!!! Ole ole ole ole!!! 22 hours ago
MS Hagan > Dole. It’s starting, and it’s gonna get better before it gets better people!! 21 hours ago
MC is a little bit proud of NH and has decided that they may remain a New England state. 21 hours ago
MF is projecting the CNN hologram has lost in a landslide. 21 hours ago
MM waiting on FL. 21 hours ago
SF is also stoked how many people were out voting and showing they want to be heard! 21 hours ago
RD is YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! 21 hours ago
NM is elated to see the US vote for their first black president. Right man for the job!!!!! 21 hours ago ME adrenaline. 21 hours ago
BB is feeling beyond addled. 21 hours ago
WEW is watching the votes roll in. GOBAMA. 21 hours ago

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST – OHIO!!! is called, people start to feel it.

TJB is OHIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 hours ago
AFM wants to remind you not to get the projections confused with the actual votes. CNN needs TV drama too. 21 hours ago HV is 70 to go!!!!!!! 21 hours ago
HS is soo proud of her husband for making Ohio BLUE! 21 hours ago
DM is God I love seeing Fox News Talking Heads squirm and spin!!! 21 hours ago
MM wow. OH! 21 hours ago
LMC Yay Ohio!!!! 21 hours ago
RTM is having so much fun reading updated statuses pertaining to Obama’s anticipated victory. 21 hours ago
RD is. 21 hours ago
MFS is HEY! HO! WAY TO GO O-H-I-O!!!! 21 hours ago
MH declares that today, we are all Ohioans. 21 hours ago
CP psyched about Pennsylvania and Ohio! 21 hours ago
KB loves refreshing everyone’s status updates and getting the play by play… 20 hours ago
NS is Jim Himes! 20 hours ago
AK ‘s heart is in Grant Park, with her brother! 20 hours ago

9:30 PM – 11:00 PM EST – Anticipation building. Closer and closer and closer. States kept coming in.

JG is witnessing one of the most historic moments in our nation’s history. Wow. 20 hours ago
MM is feeling a little relief… and pride. 20 hours ago
MS is surprised how many people on the living room floor are posting status updates. 20 hours ago
NS is SINCERELY thankful for Chris Shays’ service. 20 hours ago
LN wants less talking and more results…you hear me…RESULTS. 20 hours ago
JS is very very proud of America. 20 hours ago
LS is amazed. 20 hours ago
RT is 975 dollars richer thanks to Obama… BC o-ba-ma! o-ba-ma! 20 hours ago
JG says “Fuck Yeah Ohio!!!”. 20 hours ago
MM is back waiting for FL (or VA)…and getting sleepy. 20 hours ago
AS welcomes the new era that has just been born. 20 hours ago
AT is happy she moved to a swing state, did I help swing it? 20 hours ago
FH is feeling pretty happy. PBR helps. 20 hours ago
MY is Ha! Will.i.am via HOLOGRAM? awesome. 20 hours ago
RT is surprised you can smoke pot now. just not at the dog track… 20 hours ago
MC is wondering wtf is going on with IN, NC and VA? 19 hours ago
JA has been on NBC a lot tonight. 19 hours ago
JW has champagne on ice and is beginning to get overwhelmed with joy. 19 hours ago
RD is we just got virginia. 19 hours ago

11:00 PM – 1:00 AM EST – HE WON!!!!!! Disbelief, celebration, realization slowly starts to sink in.

LMC oh my god. 19 hours ago
NS is HE WON! 19 hours ago
CP 23 to go! Motherbitches! 19 hours ago
MM is excited….and tired. 19 hours ago
JO we did it!!!! 19 hours ago
AK is inexpressibly happy. let the images speak for themselves, Wolf! 19 hours ago
RTM no words can describe this! 19 hours ago
HV is shedding tears of joy…History is made and change is on the way! 19 hours ago
TJB is oh my god. 19 hours ago
CP John Stewart calls it, good enough for me!! 19 hours ago
RH loves this. 19 hours ago
JB says the Barack has just won the Presidency! 19 hours ago
CB is happy. 19 hours ago NS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY. 19 hours ago
SS nice, it’s over McCain, our next president is Obama!! 19 hours ago
MD is celebrating. 19 hours ago
LG is WWWEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! 19 hours ago
RD is elated. words can’t describe it. 19 hours ago
TM is ecstatic. 19 hours ago
CC is drinking some fizzy wine and SO excited!!!!! 19 hours ago IME HOORAY! Though I’ll miss Tina’s Palin. 19 hours ago
PW is so proud to be an American right now!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!! 19 hours ago
ME tears of joy. 19 hours ago
GB is Yes dammit! We won! 19 hours ago
JW is listening to Brooklyn erupt in cheers!!!!!! Elation! 19 hours ago
PW is so proud to be an American right now!!! Tears of joy! Thank you. 19 hours ago
RS is listening to pandemonium on the streets… GObama! 19 hours ago
AFM is fuck yeah!!! And I get to sleep at a decent hour! 19 hours ago
AC is great day. great, great day. 19 hours ago
JJ is unbelievably happy and proud to have her country back! 19 hours ago
GG has just witnessed the country go soft. 19 hours ago
HW Oh yes we did! 19 hours ago
CR is soooo happy!!!!! 19 hours ago
CP hell yes. 19 hours ago
PO can I get a hell yeah!!! 19 hours ago
CP has exhaled. The best night. Ever. 19 hours ago
JB just lit about 50 bottle rockets off his roof, the city is pretty much going nuts… 19 hours ago
JA Yes we can? Yes we did!!! 19 hours ago
LMC a happy moment of a lifetime. 19 hours ago
VK We are witnessing history in the making. President Obama. 19 hours ago
VK I couldn’t be happier. Change is here. 19 hours ago
FH is so excited! I was teary… 19 hours ago
MM is watching history tonight. 19 hours ago
PC is blown away by America. 19 hours ago
KH is OBAMA!!!!! 19 hours ago
DW just changed the world. 19 hours ago
CW is right in the heart of history. 19 hours ago
ED don’t tell me, i tivo’d it. 19 hours ago
CG is proud to be an American again. This day will be taught to and discussed by future generations as a watershed moment in American history. 19 hours ago
ED says McCain 2012 ! 19 hours ago
DP is excited to have a president he can be proud of. finally. 19 hours ago
KS is hoping no one hurts this man. 19 hours ago RC is beyond thrilled that Obama is prez, but slightly disappointed that Wolf Blitzer did not howl when he projected Obama’s victory. 19 hours ago
WA — it happened. 19 hours ago
LG has one word for you: landslide. 18 hours ago
JA is proud to have voted in a swing state that went Obama! 18 hours ago
TJB is breathless and overwhelmed. 18 hours ago
KO is amazed. And inspired. 18 hours ago
NS “Rosa sat so Martin could walk so Barack could run so our children can fly”. 18 hours ago
BS we are not enemies, but friends — change has come…thank god! 18 hours ago
VK Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!18 hours ago
SB is living history in the internet. 18 hours ago
EO is….PRAISE JESUS!!! 18 hours ago
AC is give’im give’im give’im give’im give’im give’im give’im give’im give’im the keys to the city. 18 hours ago
ED yes we can has! 18 hours ago
ME is inspired and encouraged. One love, America. 18 hours ago
AL is proud to be in Chicago. 18 hours ago
JD feels his shell of disaffected, ironic distance crack, crack, crack. 18 hours ago
GB is ecstatic and exhausted. 18 hours ago
LG is totally overwhelmed by the absolute yay-ness of the moment. 18 hours ago
NW is hoping the world is watching. That’s how Democracy works, bitches. 18 hours ago
SO is Extremely Excited!!! 18 hours ago

1:00 AM – 7:00 AM EST – Moving on, here comes the snark, pride, elation, exhaustion, PROP 8.

JA is wondering how soon he can sign up for health care! 17 hours ago
MS is loving the fact that I voted for a winner…..and that Chicago is the center of the earth right now. 17 hours ago
PC just found out that LA county results come in last – keep the faith everyone! 17 hours ago
EL is saying – time to spread the wealth!! 17 hours ago
AK has to sleep and give up on watching for California Prop 8 results. No matter where it comes down, your dignity subject to a vote, and we will overcome! 17 hours ago
MC wants a miniature Jill Biden doll – she is adorable. 17 hours ago
GF is surprised that Californians voted Yes on 8. Bright Side: I guess gays won’t have to endure divorce. 17 hours ago
CM is so proud of this country. Yes we did! 17 hours ago
MC is thinking Rudy and Sarah are starting to figure out what a community organizer does ;). 17 hours ago
EL loved all the horns (and drums) on the way home! about time we can show the same joy for politics as we do for the red sox/patriots. 17 hours ago
HW says HELLS YEAH! 17 hours ago
SR is smiling. 17 hours ago
ESJ is celebrating Obama victory. 17 hours ago
JH just got home from Grant Park! Very, very cool. 17 hours ago
EB is a seriously proud American. Elated beyond description. Ready to contribute to all the good things that are now going to come. 16 hours ago
CB is overwhelmed! 16 hours ago
CM is exhausted but too excited to fall asleep. Tomorrow’s gonna be rough. 16 hours ago
JG is ready to go to sleep and wake up on Jan. 20, 2009 in the United Baracks of Amerirack. 16 hours ago
CH is knocked on her butt, but in an amazing way. 16 hours ago
WEW is Oboozing. Great day in America. 15 hours ago
PP is celebrating. 15 hours ago
JF Obooyah!! 14 hours ago

7:00 AM – 7:00 PM EST – Did that just happen? Excitement, pride, America, happiness, relief, afterglow, more snark, WTF? CA, Bittersweet victory.

MS is OMG amazing election. Thanks to all that got out and voted, R or D!! 12 hours ago
SM is YAY! 12 hours ago
AB is so happy we got it right this time. 12 hours ago
KB did fall asleep too early last night but woke up feeling as though it was christmas morning. We did it people. 11 hours ago
SW is so ready for a new era. 11 hours ago
CG is breathing a sigh of relief. 11 hours ago
KC is happy there is no recount, the election’s over, and it’s safe to go back to the grind. 10 hours ago
NM is so glad to hear the words President Elect Barack Obama. :-). 10 hours ago
TJB knows that the pendulum swings both ways in this country, and it is time for like minded people to use this time wisely. 10 hours ago
MR “America has spoken…and has spoken clearly….”. 10 hours ago
JB is tired, but thrilled. 10 hours ago
MD was so happy this morning that she woke up early BY CHOICE. 10 hours ago
AK is looking forward to having an intelligent Pres again! GObama!! Best day ever. 10 hours ago
MS is sifting through data on state races. Massachusetts legislature is approaching Volkskammer numbers for Democrats. 10 hours ago
AD hasn’t been this excited in years! 9 hours ago
EL congratulates you! and asks you to get to work with him to make this country a better place. 9 hours ago
SBS thinks the people have spoken…loudly. 9 hours ago
HS is annoyed with Morning Joe-don’t piss on the parade already! 9 hours ago
LN is proud of her country…probably for the first time ever. 9 hours ago
EB is http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/11/20081155293464248.html. word. 9 hours ago
PJ is proud that Mass stepped up and voted YES on Question #3. 9 hours ago
KM can at least cling to guns and religion until 2012. 9 hours ago
CP second moment when it really sunk in was listening to Delores Handy this morning: http://www.wbur.org/news/2008/81167_20081105.asp. 9 hours ago
CM such an amazing night… now back to the grind. 9 hours ago
LJBP Tired, proud and optimistic after an inspiring and historic night! 9 hours ago
CM is glad he dosen’t have to move out of the country. 9 hours ago
AFM is amused that her neighbors called Obama a communist. What is this, 1950? 9 hours ago
MS is going into work–late–to toss most of the pictures of McCain and place the pictures of Obama. 9 hours ago
RS For the first time in my lifetime, I feel truly proud to be an American. Truly. 9 hours ago
LB is happy. 8 hours ago
MM is encouraged. 8 hours ago
KH is overjoyed. 8 hours ago
SGW stayed up late for the rally and is still happy, but tired. 8 hours ago
DM is thinking that this weekend is going to be a giant party! 8 hours ago
JB woke up to a great new world! 8 hours ago
KH is finding it very hard to focus on homework but that is totally OK with her! 8 hours ago
TL never saw people shouting from the rooftops until THIS. 8 hours ago
AK is road trip to dc jan 20th?? 8 hours ago
AK is content. 8 hours ago MD is so happy he doesn’t know how to… 8 hours ago
GB , for one, welcomes his new Democratic overlord. 7 hours ago
JFA is pleased. 7 hours ago
RTM is floating around Jersey suburbia… smiling and spreading the love! YES WE CAN AMERICA!!!! 7 hours ago
BR is hoping Obama can succeed at what he was elected to do as soon as possible…bring the economy back to life! 7 hours ago
RD is OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA. 7 hours ago
JW is still in joyous shock… 7 hours ago
PO may just have to name his first son Barack. 7 hours ago
SP is exhaling and breathing in a new day. 6 hours ago
DB believes a peaceful revolution has spoken. Oh….and go Chicago! 6 hours ago
EO is wondering what’s with the h8te Californians? Very dissapointing. 6 hours ago
SF is feelin’ pretty good. 6 hours ago
KL is already printing Palin-Bedelia 2012 posters!!! 6 hours ago
PC is wondering is Elisabeth will be as humble a loser as McCain was. Doubtful. 6 hours ago
JS thought last night was amazing and is excited for the future. 6 hours ago
AC hung over. 6 hours ago
EM is very proud of her PRESIDENT Barack Obama. 6 hours ago
BK has a restored faith in humanity. 6 hours ago
AC knows hope, if nothing else. 6 hours ago
JG is seeing a lot of smiling faces at work today. 5 hours ago
MS revised “first African American to become a major party presidential candidate” to “…elected President of the United States.” P. 167. 5 hours ago
AFM now has another reason to hate California. 5 hours ago
TJB is tired, but just can’t stop smiling. 5 hours ago
AC is come on california… 5 hours ago
AK is happy and a lil more hetrophobic today. 4 hours ago
MC I think Ralph Nader is done. His handlers need to put a muzzle on him. 3 hours ago
MD is rejoicing. 3 hours ago
NM is majorly disappointed with the Question 8 results in CA. WTF people? 3 hours ago
AK is still totally pumped about Obama. 2 hours ago
FH wants to know the results of the OR. U.S. Senate race. 2 hours ago
RH is so saddened by prop. 8. 2 hours ago
SW appreciates his mom, but honestly: “Mother, he is not Irish. Obama. Not O’Bama.” 2 hours ago
IM is feeling pretty fucking good right now. about an hour ago
BB is elated!! about an hour ago
PC is feeling a little better after some good cries, a solid Sex & the City and a chicken gyro. about an hour ago
CG is yay! 55 minutes ago
EEC is an Obama mamma. 28 minutes ago
KM : my state lets you kill babies, do drugs, and votes for Obama…If we didn’t have quality men’s league hockey and cheap beer I’d be out. 3 minutes ago

Back to Original

Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – 273 Facebook Status Messages in 27 Hours

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Personal Stories From Friends

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Personal Stories from Friends

I asked my friends to share their personal thoughts from me to show how people I know reacted. These are relatively unedited and somewhat anonymous. If you want to add your own thoughts in the comments, that would be excellent.

GH, male, my age, from Ohio.

I put on a jacket and tie to go vote… and, it [was] totally sincere. I wanted to look good- the moment demanded more from me. And, I didn’t want to let the moment, history, and our nation down.

I cried last night, no doubt. I didn’t do much at work today, just read and read and looked at the photos.

The importance of last night cannot be overstated, or understood for a long time.

VK, female, a bit older than me, from Argentina.

We lived the election in Buenos Aires as it was the election of our own president. we hold parties each debate, follow the conversation online and did not missed the Daily Show even once. We were conscious that this was going to be a historic date.

Last night, we hold a party at one of my American friends house. We were watching CNN and checking sites on our iphones like crazy. When it was finally announced, we screamed and shout and cry, and celebrate the fact that America was finally electing the President it deserves.

JO, male, a bit older than me, from Boston.

Basically it just feels different.

Maybe it’s just living through the past 8 years, but I think for the first time in a while something new is happening. As cliche as it sounds there’s before Obama and after Obama as far as I’m concerned.

It feels like this is a rare opportunity for everyone to come together and actually work on getting stuff done. Not just liberals. Not just conservatives. Not black, white, Asian, Indian, Latino, but EVERYONE. Or at least give it the ol’ college try!

Oh and if you asked me two years ago if he could be president I would think you were insane in the membrane.

LS, male, a bit older than me, from NY.

I voted. It was great. Felt good about it. For the first time in almost a decade, I actually voted for the winner. So that was a nice feeling. Definitely feeling very positive at this point in time that Obama can actually start from scratch on a certain level. Bring a new kind of energy to the political process and make people feel that government is actually on their side. So, overall, feeling good about it.

SE, male, a bit older than me, from TN

Bittersweet to say the least.

The typical scare tactics by the Republican party (rumors of being a Muslim, a socialist, a communist, a terrorist, etc, etc) didn’t work this time. I’m glad the American public saw beyond all of the junk and to the core of the issues facing this country today. It’s time for a reversible of the trickle down economics and bring the troops home!

RN, female, my age, from CA

Before Obama became the Democratic nominee, I heard a comedian on TV say something like, ‘If we actually have a black president then how is Hollywood going to portray ‘the future USA’ in movies and television?’.

In October I started graduate school, and I’m taking a course called “Paradigms of Consciousness”. We’re learning about how the world is stuck in the Newtonian-Cartesan paradigm established 400 years ago wherein humans are reducible to parts (like a machine), science says what’s not measureable is not real, and that nature has no consciousness and therefore can be exploited by humans. This presidential election, along with the collapsed economy, proves that the old paradigm is not working. We are in the midst of a world awakening! At least I hope we are. Only time will tell if an Obama administration can truly make change a reality

RD, male, older, from MA  ‘The Big E’

Well, the Presidential E-lection was a watershed event for sure this week and I have to be the first to shout out E-grats, congrats, big-ups & what-alls to our soon to be new Prez Barack Hussien Obama and our new First Lady Michelle Obama. For this weeks E I was thinkin that since most Prezy’s have a headline grabbin nick name, you know like; “Ike”, “Slick Willie”, “Tricky Dicky”, Ronald “the Great Communicator Raygun”, George “W” (What-Me-Worry”) Bush, I thought I would staht the Obama Presidency off with a few moniker sugg-E-tions of my own fer ya, so heah goes:

  1. “BIG BRO”. This one has several connotations but he will be Commander in Chief & the brother did tally a whoppin 97% O’ the African American vote !
  2. “BARACK-N’-ROLL”. Not that catchy but if he stahts taxin anyone making less than 250 Lahge this one could take off!
  3. “OBOMBER”. This one might work after one O’ dem Tommyhawk Cruise Missiles strikes the fool who sets off one O’ dem “test situations” during Barack’s first 6 months that Veep Joe Biden was “ludin” to!
  4. “BAROMBA”. A take off on the espanish song “Barumba”, You may see this one under a picture O’ Barack Dancin wit the First Lady at the Inaugural Ball. This one could set off a new dance craze!!
  5. “O-BEAR-Ma”. Hopefully dis one don’t make it cuz it will mean yer 401K jes went down to a 1-C.

Well that’s as good as I can do fer this Friday’s E but if you got more let’s hear from ya’s!. Here’s hopin all O’ us includin Barry O have a peacful & prosperous next four years but in the meantime we can all staht by havin a great weekend so long as we don’t ferget to: praise Jesus/Jehovah, please the “squeeze”, relaxitate & CHILL!!!!!

LT, female, my age, from MD

While my story isn’t uplifting, hopeful, or celebratory, it’s real. Include it if you like:

I’ve just completed my first quarter as an 8th grade Ancient Civ teacher. I love the material and there’s a ton of room for improvisation. We wrapped up Ancient China and India on Friday (October 31st), with Greece up next. To generate some excitement about Greek history, I thought it would be interesting to tie in some current events. The 2008 election will always remind me of this story:

The assignment I gave in class that morning was to have the students come up with 3 questions to ask of a registered voter about our democratic process. A key component of this assignment was to be an “informed interviewer” and I emphasized that the students need to be prepared with their questions. I communicated the objectives, which are to connect the students with current events, conduct independent research on the topic, and learn how to paraphrase an interviewer’s response. I also mentioned that the interview will come into play later as we discuss the characteristics of Ancient Greek government. I have been very careful not to bring any partisan politics into the classroom (the Head of School specifically requested that I avoid political discussion), knowing that doing so could have been risky.

One student asked how much research they need to do, to which I responded that each student is different. For example, some benchmarks for evaluation include (none of these questions were open for discussion; each were rhetorical):

“What is a citizen?” “Do you know the difference between Democrat and Republican?” and as a follow up, “Do you know that both parties are associated with a different color? For example, you hear the term red state and blue state. Do you know what that means?” And, “Do you know what color McCain is associated with?” “How about Obama?” It is to this last question that one of my white 8th grade students answered loudly – to nobody in particular – that “Obama is just black.” I couldn’t continue. I was distracted, disappointed, and had lost my train of thought. He spent the rest of the day waiting in the office for his parents to pick him up.

While the story isn’t about Tuesday’s election, the long lines (mine were short!), or my political leaning, it makes you think… Whew. 8th grade.

SC, male, older, from MA

On Election Day, I received a call from a high school friend from New Jersey, with whom I have not spoken in about a year. He was calling because he was trying to figure out for whom he should vote. He had spoken to some friends and family and they were basically evenly split. He was leaning towards McCain, but he wanted to hear my thoughts.

Initially, I spent most of the time countering some of the high level rhetoric that people mentioned about Obama (he will raise taxes on everyone, is a socialist, etc.). My friend said this information was helpful, but he still felt confused. Finally, I told him, very simply, that there are certain times in history that demand a certain kind of President. I told him that examples were Roosevelt (both), Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton, all of whom were the right people for that time. I said that there could even be an argument that 2000 was a time for George W. (although he failed miserably). I then said that now is the time in history for Obama to be our President. The message it would send to the country and to the world would be incredible.

Interestingly enough, he was probably the person that I spoke with during the campaign who seemed to be truly undecided. About halfway through the call, I realized how strongly I felt about the election and how important it was to me to be to convince him to vote for Obama.

He said thanks and that he would think about it. He has not called back to tell me what he did, but Obama took NJ.

JT, male, older, from MA

I’m probably one of the few people you know who was not enchanted by the outcome of this election.

But I’m reasonably confident that Obama & Co. will have trouble doing permanent damage to the country. We’ll probably see a few bad years, both economically and politically, but the pendulum almost always swings back when enough people figure out that Washington is in the hands of the wrong people. And if I’m the one who’s wrong–well, anyone who’s reading this 10 or 20 years from now can get a good chuckle at my innocence.

What troubles me far more is the likelihood that the press–a critical part of our political process–has done terrible damage to itself. There’s always been some bias in past election coverage, of course, and it’s not always a bad thing for reasonably knowledgeable reporters and editors to nudge the public toward the good guys. We’ve also had eras when there was open war between factional newspapers and publishers who sold their presses (and their souls) to the highest bidders.

But the past few years of campaign coverage were the first time I can recall when virtually the entire mainstream media–newspapers, magazines, broadcast–openly took sides with one candidate. There was no subtlety at all about the media’s efforts to promote and protect “their” candidate, and simultaneously to devastate the opposition. Troubling revelations about Obama and Biden were buried; silly rumors about McCain and Palin ended up on the front page.

I’ve spent much of my life around working journalists, and I know that in the past very little of this behavior would have passed muster among professional reporters and editors. Regardless of their political leanings, few journalists would have let large parts of a high-visibility politician’s life go unexplored. And few editors, especially at major metropolitan dailies, would have rushed thinly-sourced stories into print the way we’ve seen in the last few years. Self-respect trumped partisanship.

That’s changed, clearly. And the change occurred at the worst possible time for the credibility of the press, because an army of bloggers and commentators has begun to challenge deceptive reporting with YouTube videos and background research that often spreads around the Web like proverbial wildfire.

For the mainstream media, the price of this year’s aggressive partisanship has been a severe loss of credibility, steep declines in readership, and endless rounds of layoffs and cutbacks. It’s hard to feel sorry for anyone caught in this self-induced meltdown: Stupidity has consequences.

But I’m less happy about the loss to our national dialog. The media played a useful role in defining what’s important, and in keeping a lot of the players reasonably honest. Take away the media as a serious, weighty, responsible institution and I’m pretty sure we’re all much worse off. Orwell’s Ministry of Truth is not going to be a happy substitute.

SC, male, a bit older, from MA

McCain redeemed himself with his concession speech. Early in the race I considered voting for McCain simply because I liked the man, and I tend to vote by the person rather than the party. My opinion of him took a nosedive when his campaign resorted to personal attacks in the race against Obama.

Obama may have attacked in the media, but he wasn’t malicious. McCain regained my respect with the bipartisan tone in his concession speech and with the visible way in which he put down the anti-Obama sentiment of the crowd. Perhaps he is a good man…it’s a pity he let his campaign go the typical Republican low-road.

I had a sudden attack of paranoia waiting for Obama to arrive for his acceptance speech. I was struck with worry that something might have happened to him, that he might have been assassinated. He has become hope personified – a symbol that our country wants and perhaps can change. I was afraid for the repercussions to our country’s psyche if that symbol were killed. In retrospect I realize I was thinking of him as “our” Obama. The feeling of paranoia and protectiveness gradually eased as he arrived and spoke, but it did not go away.

BE, male, a bit younger, from CT

Every presidential election they say it’s “historic” and the phrase “generation” is used liberally (progressively?). Personally I don’t think the election itself is necessarily historic, it’s all about the consequences. Not to downplay the import of our first Black non-TV, non-Warren-G-Harding president, but the history books about the years 2008-2012 won’t have more than a few paragraphs dedicated to the occasion.

KC, female, older, from ME

For me it is simple. The best man won. Yes, he is a man who is half black and half white. That is momentous. I also think it is important to concentrate on the fact that he is the most intelligent, most thoughtful, most empathetic, most likely to choose the best advisors, classiest, least reactionary–cool headed–and simply is the best man for the job. I am elated that such a large per cent of the American public recognized that. That being said, I am concentrating now on how optimistic and hopeful he is. I am noticing the spring in his step and the clear quality of his voice.This job will wear him down–age him beyond his years. I am sorry for that.

CM, female, a bit older, from MA

It was a new, a very new feeling to watch the president-elect of the United States on television with tears in my eyes– tears of joy, relief, and hope. I have only voted three times, and never have I felt as if my vote held such a weight for my country and for the world. But there he stood, a true, honest, hardworking man who had worked his way through his life and the world to stand on a podium and address the USA as the President-Elect.

This meant a great deal for me, but what made the tears spring to my eyes was the idea that my two children, who are now two and four years old, would have this man as the first president that they would truly remember. I thought of the great change that he could bring to this nation in his years in the White House, and how those changes might impact my family and my children, and I glowed.

I have never before felt so proud to be an American.

CM, female, my age, from Chicago

It’s hard to put it all into words.

I’m a Cubs fan. We don’t win things. I never, seriously, never, expect things to come out how they should, or rather, how I think they should. I’m the product of Jack W____, so of course I always anticipate the worst (again, it really all goes back to the Cubs).

I’m going to say off the bat that I don’t think, no matter how many words, how many analogies, how many accompanying photos, how many tears I cry just thinking about it, I will ever, truly, be able to explain that feeling on Tuesday night.

It was magic. It was disbelief. It was something that pretty much allowed me to have a renewed faith in this country. I know everyone is saying these things, but it’s true.

So here’s how it went down.

I__ and I had tickets for the big rally, 75,000 expected in attendance. The morning of the rally, my mom told me that they, my parents, had gotten VIP passes through the campaign. I griped, jealous, but was excited they could be there. One hour later my mom called and said they were able to get one for me as well. (I__ was out of luck, but let’s be honest, this was a W____-W____ night and he was all about that.)

My mom, I__ and our friend, C_____, all took the train downtown together. At one point, the train stopped because a major fight was happening on the car next to us. Security, police, guns, it was scary. Very scary. I wanted to leave; go home. The crowds were huge and there was a very nervous tension. But, we stayed on and the train kept heading to Grant Park.

My mom got a call, mid-ride, from her sister to say that Barack was the projected winner in Pennsylvania. In a way that only my mom can, she whooped and loudly announced to all of our fellow passengers: “Barack’s got Pennsylvania!!!” Everyone cheered.

We got off the train, and my mom went to meet my dad in the VIP area and I went to wait in line with I__ and C___. After a while, it was clear their line wasn’t moving too fast, so I bid them adieu and went to the honored guest area.

You have to understand that there were more people out than I’ve ever seen. More than at the Bulls NBA championship rallies, more than 4th of July and the Taste of Chicago. It was insane. I walk to the VIP area and it was like a different world. There were people but they were in suits, not home-made tee-shirts. Despite the stuffy facade, the energy and excitement was just as present.

I called my parents and they told me where they were saving our spot. In the front row. Next to the podium. My dad had a veggie sandwich waiting for me. I’m really lucky- they’re good eggs. Before things kicked off, I went to get some water; I ran into none-other than Oprah, making her way to the Port-O-Potties. I am kind of kicking myself for not getting a photo of her entering or departing said Port-o-Potty, but Tuesday night wasn’t about ‘Stars, they’re just like Us.’ Tuesday night was about Barack.

The area where we were was pretty empty. There were only about 5,000 or 6,000, so our spot was pretty prime and people weren’t pushing us around, which was nice.

They were playing CNN on the big jumbotron, and as soon as I walked in, they had just projected Ohio for Obama. Everyone went nuts. Good tears.

Here’s when the real magic happened:

It was 9:59:30 and everyone started counting down to the close of the California polls. As the clock struck 10 p.m. CST, we heard the thundering intro music, alerting us that there was another CNN projection on its way:

CNN projects Barack Obama the next president of the United States.

(here’s a video) from my friend, V____, who was in the crowd at this exact moment. I think it does a great job of projecting how amazing it really was among 250,000 fellow Obama supporters)

I cried like I cried at my wedding. I cried so hard that I’m still exhausted from such an emotional release. And, as I type, I almost cry now thinking about the scene in front of me: My mom and dad, who for years have fought, so hard, for so many good things. I watched them embrace, cry with each other and celebrate a pinnacle in their lives that I don’t think either one of them really ever imagined would happen. My mom grabbed me, and hugged me. It was amazing.

Then my dad put my sister on the phone. (E___, who has made such a sacrifice to work in Portsmouth, NH, and has worked so tirelessly for the campaign since this summer. Did you know that New Hampshire, the ‘Live Free of Die’ state went to Barack? My sister helped with that. I’m so proud of her.) I began talking to her on the phone, and again, that same flood of feelings came rushing back- to talk to her was to re-live the excitement all over. But this time, the personal connection, the sense of pride for my little sister, almost exceeded the earlier projection.

In any case, that was what I think of as the most amazing point of that night.

But that’s not to discredit how incredible it was when they announced the new First Family. Or to hear Barack’s election speech and to be close enough that I could actually hear his annunciation in person versus over the speakers.

What was unexpected was the amount of exhaustion at that point. Despite all the energy I think everyone who was there, everyone in the city or country for that matter, was just so emotionally drained because what a long road it’s been.

His speech was so honest. And it was such a look at the leader he is going to be and the leader he’s always been. What he has before him is going to be hard. Harder than the past 19 months campaigning and harder than any other modern president has had to walk into. But I have faith.

That night I wrote a letter to a baby or babies that one day me and I__ will have. I wrote it because I really believe that it’s okay to bring children into this world. I want to have a baby because I think we’re on the brink of amazing times and I want our child/children to be here to experience it. I wrote a letter because I want to tell our children about how I__ and I were there that night. We were at different vantage points, but we witnessed history. I want to tell our children about the long hard fight that it took to bring Barack Hussein Obama, a black man, into the White House. Oh this is so important and I don’t want to leave anything to chance. I don’t want to miss any detail. I don’t want to forget about how hard my dad held me when Barach was announced or how proud, truly inspired, I felt that night.

As for what’s next, I lilke it. Rahm Emanuel is a crazy motherfucker, but he’s good. I kind of liken him a bit to my father (the self-proclaimed Bulldog). I think Barack is going to align himself with the best out there and I’m just eager to see who’s brought on board next.

So, this might be more than what you were looking for, but two nights ago, I experienced something that’s up there second to my wedding as one of the happiest days of my life. Magic.

HW, female, my age, from New York
Response to Election ’08
I was appalled to learn that 4 out of 6 young teachers I ate lunch with that day were not even registered to vote and didn’t seem to think that it really mattered. (Like, who cares, I have a bad cold and I am just going to sit here in my Ugg boots with my jeans tucked in and not eat lunch and get other teachers sick and not vote because I am exercising my right not to vote?) Maybe that’s what one of them thought. I am just trying to see it from their perspective. I mean 4 college-educated women not voting in the most historic election of our time baffles me. It’s simply baffling since we’ve only had the right for a relatively little time and many women in the world still don’t have the right. I feel like how can people be that self- absorbed not to have participated in such a historic event? Are they so involved in themselves that they can’t see how important something is in the whole world, in the bigger picture, beyond themselves and their lives? Not to say that they didn’t have big things going on in their lives. But couldn’t they step outside their daily lives for a couple of minutes to fill out an absentee ballot? ‘Oh, I just moved here so I’m not voting’. How’s about take the couple minutes to fill out the form. Or even in CT you can go to your town hall and vote if you are not registered on time for a Presidential Election, or so I heard. Also, what bothered me were people saying, “oh, I don’t care for either of the candidates so I’m not voting”. Ack, get me out of this faculty room. The candidates were so completely different that you had to like one more than the other even by just a little bit unless you are brain dead. It’s like ‘Paper or plastic?’ You need to choose one or the other even if the cloth bag is not available. Otherwise how are you going to carry all your groceries? You wouldn’t and then you might starve. But these people are not brain dead; they are seemingly intelligent, educated, awesome teachers. Ack. So, I voted, got my sticker, got my Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough, got my Starbuck’s tall decaf and stayed up to watch the entire event. My blood was all jazzed up without caffeine. (Even though as an Exercise Science major I know there is still caffeine in decaf). I was scared. What if a lot of other people who might have voted for Obama didn’t go out and vote? What if our country actually voted for the wrong person again? Would my rights as a woman go down the tubes? When the TV anchors cut away to the breaking news after California’s polls closed, I cried with disbelief and relief. Could this really be happening? My dad would have whooped and hollered. He had lost faith in the American people, as did I. Two years ago, he told me that America would never vote for a black man. I never repeated that aloud. I didn’t want it to be true. But my dad was wrong, thankfully. A lot has changed in the past two years in this country. But, was Brian Williams or Tom Brokaw going to come back and say, ‘We’re sorry but there’s been a mistake?’ No, it’s true. It actually happened. My husband sat next to me in a silent (for once!) shock. I tapped him, “Obama just won.” ‘I know’, he said. I called my brother in Oregon and cried. It actually happened. Can you believe it? We voted for the winner, for change, for someone I won’t wince at when listening to, for an intelligent leader, a black man. How cool is this? Very. Tres. Muy. And Yes I Can do anything! By the way, I could have just told Conan the joke about Barack using inspirational words from Bob the Builder. ‘Can we build it? YES WE CAN!’ And so we did and will continue to’¦

AH, male, older than me, from MA
Children boil onto the streets at noon; it’s
a half-day to relieve congestion at polling
places, all schools. At Bates I’m number
1057 at eleven o’clock. With absentee
ballots included, that means half the
potential precinct votes are in; John Schuler
says it’s running about double the rate
of a normal election. I embrace my neighbor
Elizabeth; we have cancelled each other.

On the Common a homeless orator
holds up the front page of the *Herald*
and chants a raspy enconium to the
President-elect. Most of us are a
little dazed, short of sleep, giddy
with this newfound sense of our
recovered virtue. Soon enough the
constraints will tighten; for this one
day we allow ourselves a big hope.

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WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together – the sources.

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