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  • Oh my god, it's been a long eight years.

    November 5, 2008

  • I cried. When I was growing up African Americans couldn't enter the same stores, drink at the same fountains, eat at the same restaurants, or even use the same bathroom as I could. This is huge.

    November 5, 2008

  • I knew I'd cry tonight, one way or the other. Yes we friggin' can.

    November 5, 2008

  • Amen, sister.

    November 5, 2008

  • Tears in my eyes.

    November 5, 2008

  • It's kind of cheesy and speechy, but the moment seems right to share this: I heard on the radio yesterday someone giving a speech at a rally in Philadelphia. He said: "Rosa Parks sat down so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run. And Obama is running so that we can fly."

    I just liked how he put that, though I don't feel that this is a victory only for African Americans... And the popular vote was very close. Very close.

    A good day. A proud day. And this is along those lines. I'll be quiet now.

    November 5, 2008

  • Bravo. I couldn't vote, but that doesn't mean I'm not just as happy: for the world, for America and for my American friends.

    November 5, 2008

  • The popular vote was actually pretty strongly in Obama's favor compared to other recent presidential elections, c_b.

    Not all the votes have been counted, but Obama has over 52% of those that have, a number that will probably increase. In 2004 Bush got 50.7%, and of course in 2000 he actually lost the popular vote, with 47.9% (to Gore's 48.4%). In '96 and '92 Clinton got 49.24% and 43%, respectively. All numbers from Wikipedia.

    November 5, 2008

  • He can save the über numbers for 2012.

    November 5, 2008

  • Yes, and the numbers have gone up overnight! Yay. I guess what I meant to say was that there are still about half of Americans who didn't vote for him, so it wasn't a complete landslide.

    Then again, to have a presidential candidate get even 60% of the vote is fairly rare. And for those who want to look back at other presidential elections and compare, we use this site at work a lot. There's a little pull-down menu that goes back to 1789, and brings up electoral maps, popular vote, percentages.... It's nifty!

    November 5, 2008

  • Great site, c_b! Thanks.

    November 5, 2008

  • That quote I heard on NPR was also heard by a cartoonist, evidence here.

    November 7, 2008