Obama Wins White House

Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States, the first African-American elevated to the White House.

With victories in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and other battleground states, Obama built a commanding lead over his Republican rival, John McCain.

Obama surged in the polls amid a national financial crisis, campaigning as the candidate of change. He and his fellow Democrats sought to link McCain to the unpopular George W. Bush.

President Bush has called Obama to congratulate him on winning the presidency.

The two-term Republican president told the Illinois senator upon his historic win: "What an awesome night for you, your family and your supporters."

Bush promised Obama a smooth transition to the White House.

Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino said the president told Obama: "You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself."

The son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, Obama soared into the national spotlight after his electrifying speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when he was making his first run for the Senate.

Emphasizing his early opposition to the Iraq war, he defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton after a long, bruising primary fight. He then beat back Republican efforts to portray him as reckless, naive and inexperienced. He also had to combat Internet misinformation questioning his religion and patriotism.

As he fought to become president, Obama attracted millions of first-time voters -- and brought the historic American election to the attention of the entire world.

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  • by T Location: NC on Nov 10, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    To Cheerful-I must agree with you (as much as it pains me to admit) about your statistics comment. Anyone who has set foot in a local HEALTH DEPARTMENT lately can see that. Try stepping in a class at a high school and asking how many freshman girls have babies, it is shocking!!! I worked at a local high school and can tell you that some of these girls were the worst one's we had!!! They treat motherhood like an accessory they wear on their backs. Abstinence doesn't exist.
  • by Obama08 Location: Greenville on Nov 8, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    NOBAMA: I understand your point about the partial-birth abortion. But I don't think you realize that McCain was actually more lenient for gay marriage then Obama. Wow, imagine that, such an honorable man. Not that the issue bothers me, I personally think I have no place to tell someone who they can love. But anyway, congratulations for being the A-plus Christian that you are by the way great christian talk: (please shut up, keep your hypocrytical comments to yourself, and stop calling yourself a christian). That's a way to talk to another human being. Thanks, have a great mornging.
  • by NOBAMA!! Location: washington on Nov 7, 2008 at 05:11 PM
    I was never judging anyone in my comments...only stating that abortion, partial-birth abortion, and gay marriage is not right. Whether you consider yourself a Christian or not, you cannot defend the fact that killing a precious baby is ok!!! If you don't want to have a child...use contraceptives! It's not a difficult concept to comprehend! If anyone would like to challenge the fact that partial-birth abortion is NOT the same as murder...then PLEASE, by all means, do reply...
  • by K Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    Also to L: I also never said he won because he was black nor does being one color or the other mean you can do a job. It also does not mean you can not do a job. It is his vision and what I think he can do, not his color but I am glad to see America become progressive enough to give a person a chance irregardless of their ethnicity. Imagine the far reaching positives for a young child who is not "white" to see that they too can succeed all the way to the White House. It might help to instill some hope and reduce the pull that gangs have on young people of any color. I work with children in gangs and that pull is strong but I have heard a different thing in the last couple of days. I have heard, you know, I can be something too. I am not saying it solves everything but anything that instills hope in young people, who are our future, I applaud and back 100%. Our children need to have hope and change to move from the "lost generation".
  • by K Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    To L: I am sorry that you are so frightened and can only hope that you obtain some sort of relief for that. Living in fear is not a pleasant thing I am sure. My post was not about his race persay as much as it was about not being about his race. Yes, he is a "man of color" but I was talking more about his strengths as a person with a vision and drive for this country. Like I said, the man of color or woman, could have been a green martian with tenticles and if I felt that he could take this country and lead it to better prosperity and equality then I would have voted for that person. I am not condemming your vote by any means. You voted how you felt and I respect your vote and reason for that decision. I also respect that you took the time to vote where some do nothing and then complain. Your choice was to stand for the person you felt best and I can not fault you for that. As an American, that is your responsibility and I am glad you cast your ballot. I just wish you weren't fearful.
  • by L Location: Next to K on Nov 7, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    To K: Thanks for the eloquent response, both of them. Let's be clear though, you brought up race in your original post. I am simmply saying that just because the guys is black (or half black to be technical) that doesn't mean he is cut out for the job. Like I said, his politics are scary. A liberal, socialist with very little experience in public office. You mentioned all change is not bad. I agree. But, all change is not good either. Time will tell. Yes I do support Obama as our President. At the same time I am fearful of where he will lead us.
  • by America will be fine! Location: America on Nov 6, 2008 at 09:41 PM
    I can kinda understand the abortion issue However,the gay marriage thing seems like using the bible to cover up homophobia. What danger do they pose to anyone? The fact that Americans were willing to take a risk on a black man with a terroristic sounding name with little experience should tell you something about how your party governs. Republicans would have lost no matter who they were running against! We are in an economic crisis and McCain admitted on TV that he doesn't understand the economy and it's not his strong suit. Find me one politican who doesn't have questionable associations including McCain! He wants to do what Bush is doing he said as much and that isn't working! Obama surrounded himself with the best advisors and came with plans. McCain suggested the same thing about taxes as Obama in 2000 and remember republicans didn't want McCain because he wasn't conservative enough (enter Palin). Heck he can't do any worse than Bush did!
  • by @@@ on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    Dave, I think you are right about that. They all think the same if they think at all, I some times question if they have the ability to think.
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    Dave: Read again ("graduate" student). I stated your "mother-in-law", who I am sure is a good, patient woman! Or maybe you do not live with her, but you have stated that you are in Greenville as your significant other has family in the area. This makes you rather "dependent". An interesting position for a republican that professes that native North Carolinians are deficient, would you not admit?! Care to address my other points, or do you concede and turn to the mods for relief. Surely, you understand that attacking the great local citizens from this area would garner a moderate counter that the mods would pass, right? To the rest of you kind readers, my sincere apologies for this diversion that is done in the name of supporting our beloved southland.
  • by Obama08 Location: Greenville on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    Hey NOBAMA! Bush is BFF's with terrorists too! And furthermore has investments with them so don't even go there. We are in a war that could have been prevented. Bush and his cronies wanted to bully another country. Hey NOBAMA if you're that heartbroken over it just move to another country where you think life will be better, let us unite here in the U.S. I hope you live an unstained white sheet life. Those who live without sin, cast the first stone. Oh and God is the only judge. You do not qualify to pass judgement at all as you are a human being yourself.

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