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Yes We Did

I’m proud of our country. I’m proud that a man I helped elect to the senate and supported in the primaries has now been elected president. I’m proud to have had a candidate that I actually feel represented my interests and the best interests of the country. I’m proud that we will have an honest, intelligent, and thoughtful leader. I’m proud to have experienced an event so monumental that both my husband and I were moved to tears. I’m proud that my child will be born in this historic time.

Thank you, America.

President Elect Barack Obama

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62 Comments

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    girlysmack
    November 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

    (I was looking for you in all of the footage of Grant Park last night on MSNBC. Just in case you were there!)

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    Monica A
    November 5, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!The future looks bright now!!

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    irk24
    November 5, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I’m so proud too! Hurrah America! This is a President to be proud of! A twenty-first century President!!

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    Melissa
    November 5, 2008 at 10:35 am

    YES! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We can! We did! HE did! Glory.

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    montseta
    November 5, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I am so happy for you americans!!! And for us, the rest of the world too!!! Congratulations!

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    Meggan
    November 5, 2008 at 10:56 am

    *cheers* I am very proud too!

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    Nancy Kay
    November 5, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I agree! I’m very excited

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    Lauren
    November 5, 2008 at 11:14 am

    YES. WE. DID.

    I am proud to be an American, today.

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    Renovation Therapy
    November 5, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Now, when I travel outside the US and people ask me where I’m from, I won’t cringe when I say the USA.

    I keep tearing up, so happy. I don’t think I’ve felt quite this patriotic since I was 6 years old (1976!) and we were celebrating the bicentennial.

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    megan
    November 5, 2008 at 11:28 am

    yes we did!

    tears of happiness, indeed. for the first time, i felt like i was voting in hope instead of fear–instead of choosing the lesser of two evils. what a momentous, historic, emotional, moving day. we should all be proud. i know i am.

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    susanj
    November 5, 2008 at 11:28 am

    from one Canadian friend up here in Toronto (and many, many like me)…
    CONGRATULATIONS!…we’re so pleased and so proud and excited of the choice you’ve made…
    Darn Right, You Did!

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    Emily
    November 5, 2008 at 11:50 am

    “Proud” feels like an understatement for me today. I’m still filled with joy – and tears … though I can’t believe there are any left! What a moving experience.

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    Birdie
    November 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Yay! That was an exciting night for sure. I am still getting teary.

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    Sina
    November 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I’m a silent reader, but today I have to say: Congratulations!! Hooray from Germany.

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    Dara
    November 5, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Watching in Canada last night we had tears as well. Your new president speaks with so much strength of character and generosity of spirit. The whole world is celebrating with you.

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    Laura
    November 5, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Well said! What a wonderful night!!

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    Benita
    November 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Yay! Congratulations from Sweden!!!!

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    315thomas
    November 5, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    yes we can! i am filled with hope for the future and pride for this great country.

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    Christy
    November 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Even my 5 yo voted for Obama. :)

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    Anna @ D16
    November 5, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I’m right there with you, Nicole. What I time this is!

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    jbhat
    November 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Plus he’s just as handsome as can be, which, to be honest, doesn’t hurt.

    But I’m seriously thrilled and feel hugely comforted to know that he will soon be our fearless leader. His speech last night was so moving and inspiring, and ego-free. He’s not in this for the glory, you can tell that. He means business. I love it.

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    Linda
    November 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Finally you choose the right one in America! Here in Sweden, over 95% had chosen Obama (I read in a magazine) and I think the whole world feels the same. Sorry about my bad english!

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    Paula
    November 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    It is monumental and breath taking. And I am so proud of all of us.

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    Allison
    November 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Yes we DID! I’ve been a hot mess all day! So amazing and so honored to be apart of it all.

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    Laura
    November 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Well done America…. Thanks for voting – you voted for the whole world!!!!!!!!! England shares your hope and pride

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    El Jinx
    November 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I’d love to be an American today – must be such a buzz. So glad you did what you did yesterday and looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

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    Eva Karoline
    November 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Well done America:) Congratulations from Norway

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    DecorPad
    November 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Yes, we did! ;)

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    Christina
    November 5, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I agree with Renovation Therapy…

    I have been tearful (with joy) all day. Really emotional, to my surprise. I’m from Texas. I’ve seen racism first-hand. I heard racist comments from people who’s say ‘I’m not a racist, but…’

    I’ve done a lot of research for Hip-Hop’s evolution for my music degree, and man, let me tell you: If you want to see how racism persisted, look at the Bronx and the creation of the Cross-Bronx expressway. Read ‘Can’t Stop the Beat’.

    To go from that, to today…. WOW I am so amazed. so ecstatic. I agree with you, Nicole, FINALLY I have someone in office I voted for, and supported. I was so cross when Bush won the 2nd time.

    Ahhh…. sweet relief. :O)
    Christina

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    Casey
    November 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Unfortunately not everyone agrees that he was the best choice, and that he will be good for the country. Here’s hoping that Washington will keep extremist views in check, and that he will do what is best for ALL Americans, and not just the lower classes. I am sad, but have hope that all is not lost.

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    Erica
    November 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Words can not express how proud I am of President-Elect Obama AND for this country for looking past the scare tactics (subtle & not so subtle suggestions that Obama is a terrorist, or too extreme due to his preacher, etc). I am only 35 & my parents went to segregated schools up until they were half way through high school. They especially NEVER thought they would see the day. But this means that one generation after segregation our country has begun to heal the racial wounds and elected the best man for the job, regardless of the color of his skin. A man that has energized people about politics and the country again. I can now tell my sons & show them living proof in President-Elect Barack Obama that they can be anything they want if they work hard enough. We are living history people! Take it all in & be very proud to be an American.

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    Jacqui
    November 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Congratulations from Melbourne Australia – I am so happy for you. I watched the NYT website all day and when they announced Obama had won I did a jig in my office!! What a wonderful moment, you should all be so proud.

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    Tatyana
    November 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I am so happy to see so many people from around the world celebrating with us.
    My family in Spain and my best friend in Equatorial Guinea called me to congradulate me. At first I didn’t know what for – I was so surprised. I had no idea how much the world cares. It really is amazing to be part of it all.

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    amy purple
    November 5, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    It’s so inspiring that so many readers of your blog from outside the USA are as equally pleased with Obama as our president!

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    Katy
    November 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Congrats to all Amercians from Queensland Australia i am so happy and proud of you! It makes me a bit teary when i think about how great it is to see democracy in action. We are so lucky to live in countries where were have the freedom and rights to vote, and only in those countries do you get momentous occasions like yesterday. YIPPEE!!

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    Jane
    November 5, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I am moved by the response of the whole world. It’s reflected here in the comments. I feel that we have finally fulfilled the promise of the American Dream.

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    kelly
    November 5, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I literally was screaming when it was announced last night! I couldn’t believe it- Obama was President!!!

    And then this AM they announced Prop 8 passed and I almost cried. It’s been a roller coaster couple of hours. My wife and I would love to get married in CA, but I don’t know if it will happen now :(

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    Marina
    November 5, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    YES, WE CAN and WE DID!
    I’m proud to be an American and overwhelmed that so many people share that pride and joy today with us. I also cried during the victor’s speech and must say I’m proud of old Mac speech as well. He gained a lot of people’s respect back.
    I love you, America!

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    Laura
    November 5, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Nicole, thank you for keeping the faith and for this lovely post that expresses how a great many of us feel. I am so happy that your baby will be born into an America that has voted for hope – for all of us. I am so proud of my country and of my parents and my brothers and sisters and our upbringing.

    To poster Casey, I say, please don’t be afraid or believe that millions of your fellow Americans would have voted for “extremism,” especially after what we all have endured for the past 8 years. Do not believe for one second that President-elect Obama intends to care only for the lower classes. Why not recognize, instead, that many of the people you have known and admired as friends in the blogging world, could not possibly have voted for a man that they thought meant harm to any of us? Caring for the poor is the mark of an enlightened and civilized society. It is not socialism. It is Christianity (as well as a tenet in many other faiths, I am sure). I look forward to the work ahead of us, and I look forward to the healing among us. Stay strong, Casey. We need you.

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    Elvira
    November 6, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Congratulations! This is good news, also for Europe where I live. Change in the U.S.A. means change in the world!!!

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    Caitlin @ C³
    November 6, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Another Canadian chiming in with how pleased I am at the choice you made, America.

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    Fernanda
    November 6, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations from Brazil. I feel a bit envy of your leadership now, in a good way.

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    Erin
    November 6, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Still moves me to tears every time I think about it, I’m actually excited for the next 4 (hopefully 8) years!

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    Kaelin
    November 6, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I cried out of excitement, hope, pride in my country, & sadness over the evils of slavery and oppression mentioned in his speech. We recently moved from Chicago to New Orleans and I was ecstatic to be able to vote for him as my President after losing him as my Senator.

    Over 80% of Orleans Parish voted for Obama, and it’s been amazing witnessing the hope, joy and camaraderie between people of all ages and races down here. The people of this city have been through so much, and my heart was bursting with joy yesterday as I saw the pure hope and happiness in people’s faces (as they proudly strutted around in their Obama 2008 tshirts and hats!)

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    zwit
    November 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    For the first time I was able to vote for someone I admired, for someone who I would want to be more like. It will be amazing to see what out country will become in the hands of great leadership.
    I also teach in a low income school. To see what Obama has done for hope in these students is breathtaking. The idea that everyone can be president in this country is no longer an idle promise.

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    Erica
    November 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    These comments are so amazing. When has there ever been a time in America when people have gotten so excited about politics? I am in awe. I love it!

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    Lynn
    November 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I hope for Change! And one of the first things he should do is persuade Congress to start the hearings for Fanny and Freddie. That is something we should all demand. Names need to be named from both sides. How many of us want that or do we want to ignore it and keep our fuzzy feelings? And I love those fuzzy feelings, I tell you. I am proud of what President Elect Obama has accomplished but I have a sad, sad feeling the American people will want to ignore it because they are more pressing problems.

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    Micky
    November 6, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Still crying about it. My pride has returned (regarding our President). For years I have apologized for those who see our government as ONLY Mr. Bush. I’ve assured so many that we do have a few heroes in office. We just had to play a little chess. I don’t think President Elect Obama can even fathom his effect on the WORLD and his manner is stunning. Nothing fear-based about the man—-he comes with love—just check out his body language; how he acts with his wife, Michelle; his respect, despite differences, of and for other candidates.
    Please don’t worry, Casey. He will make us proud. He will listen to all sides. He is here to keep us together and show us what WE CAN DO IF WE HELP EACH OTHER. We have turned the corner and now the possibilities boggle the mind!

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    Jennifer
    November 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I know, right? I cannot remember the last time I felt this patriotic or this excited about/for our country. I really feel like we are taking a huge step forward and finally our president truly seems to represent us as a nation.

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    Vanessa
    November 6, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Here is someone else who worked herself to the bone to help get Obama elected. America, we finally got it right. :)

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    Cheryl
    November 7, 2008 at 10:55 am

    I shed tears, but they were totally not tears of joy. I can only hope and pray that Obama doesnt turn out to be as divisive as he appears. how can we have any change if we elected the most radical senator? Im not sure, but Im hoping he will be able to do something right.

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    jyun
    November 7, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Obama will have a tough road ahead of him for sure, but we finally have someone in the office whos heart is in the right place and someone who truly wants to do the best for our country, for the people of this country.
    The whole world will be watching his every move, and I’m pretty sure he’s aware of that and that will only make him do better, try harder. I believe in him.

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    Laura
    November 7, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I shed tears of joy. Yes, we did.

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    Rayana
    November 8, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Yay for Obama! :)

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    Diva Style
    November 9, 2008 at 1:18 am

    I’m proud of us, too–FINALLY!! YES WE DID!!!!

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    TWB
    November 9, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Thank You!

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    SLE
    November 10, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Obama wins, America loses. We must pray for our nation and the millions of babies that are being murdered every day (and funded by Obama and many of those who have elected him). We need to get back to the conservative naition we once were otherwise we will begin our slow decent into the Third World.

    with this election “America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world”

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    Susie
    November 10, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Wow, SLE. I couldn’t disagree more, but mostly I’m sad that you feel that way. To revert to the notion of ‘the culture war’ is to be ruled by fear and to ignore all of the other pressing issues we face (the economy, healthcare, education, and so on).

    I’m proud of the choice America made.

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    Jennae @ Green Your Decor
    November 10, 2008 at 10:24 am

    As a black woman, I still tear up every time I think about this election. It makes me feel like this nation, collectively, finally understands that race should not be an issue when determining a person’s character. And although it has brought out the worst in a few, I am ecstatic that the majority really did rule this time. I love that I can tell my daughter she can be president and really mean it. This nation has turned a corner and voted for the man who brought positivity, inspiration and hope to the campaign trail. We got it right this time!

    To S.L.E., I am sincerely sad and sorry that you feel that way. The United States does not have a deeply conservative base, although it once felt that way. The majority spoke in this election, and the majority believes that our future depends on change — not more of the same partisan politics that has ruled for the past 8 years. That didn’t work, so please join us in trying a new direction for the betterment of our nation and us as individuals.

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    robin
    November 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    it is an amazing feeling to be proud of our country again… at last

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    Carey
    November 20, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Shame on the comment about cringing to say you are from America. You obviously haven’t the slightest clue that people from EVERY country in the world would love to live in America (that includes England, France, Italy…). Obviously taking advantages of your given freedoms to trash the place. Classy.

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    anonymous
    November 24, 2008 at 9:32 am

    does anyone not realize that he wants legalize all immigrants, and then give our hard-earned social security to them?

    had anyone not taken into consideration that he was on freddie mac and fannie may’s payroll? or are most of you that uniformed that you don’t even know what ‘that’ is?

    does anyone remember that he wants us to pay 20-30% of capital gains (the profit from the sale) of our home to the government?

    and when he wants to give more money to fund teachers, do you think that is going to come from his wallet, or yours?

    had anyone noticed that he had only been in the senate for months not years and had never been in control of a company? Now he is supposed to lead an entire NATION?

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