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!
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.
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.