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php491135b5e7ad8Last night, at 11 p.m., Barack Obama won enough electoral votes to defeat John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election, effectively becoming the first African American president in United States history.

The results were not a surprise for most people, as polling favored Obama greatly over the last few weeks and months.

The news was met with both great happiness and sadness.

Happiness for Obama supporters, especially African Americans, who battled oppression and racism for many years. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was captured on CNN camera’s multiple times, tears streaming down his face, as he faced the stage in which Obama would eventually give his first speech as President-Elect, looking so proud, like a father holding his first born child moments after the delivery.

Sadness from the McCain camp and supporters. Like him or not, John McCain is a stand-up man. His concession speech was both inspirational and classy, quite possibly the best speech he gave over the course of this long, historic election process. He took defeat with both grace and dignity, urging his followers to embrace our new president, in hopes of turning American around.

Being a supporter of Obama, I was quite pleased with the results, not to mention the other Massachusetts Ballot Questions. McCain supporter or Obama supporter, one has to come to the conclusion that this was the best thing that could happen to our country.

The scene at both candidates headquarters told the whole story.

McCain’s station in Arizona was serene for most of the night. Perhaps they all knew he had no chance, or perhaps not. It almost seemed as if his supporters were afraid to talk. It seemed like they were at a funeral, paying their respects for a lost campaign. And at the end of the night, that’s exactly what they were doing.

On the other hand, Obama’s camp was as raucous as a rock concert. Thousands of supporters made the pilgrimage to Chicago, expressing their support,loudly and proudly, for Obama. CNN’s main anchor at the event was forced to get a new microphone, one capable of blasting decibels louder than a B-52 bomber.

That’s what this country needs. Not only change, but energy. Something that will elicit passion from the citizens. We should be proud to be Americans. We should care what goes on in Washington. We should have passion for our government, like many of the generations before us. This country was founded by a bunch of free-thinkers, who risked their lives fighting Britain for their freedom. Today, it seems as if nobody cares anymore.

This government was founded for the people and by the people. We are the ones that can change the current direction of the country. Last night in Chicago was a huge step towards bringing the people back into the government. Hopefully Obama can follow through with his promises, and help transform America back into a proud nation.

Around the links this morning:

-The Washington Post puts this historical election into perspective.

-Fox News takes the low road, focusing on the steep challenge which awaits Obama. Wonder if the story would be any different had McCain won last night.

-The Boston Globe gives a run down of last nights events.

-CNN says Obama “thumped” McCain.


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