President Obama

As I write this, it seems inevitable - Barack Obama will be our next president (in fact, as I was writing McCain conceded). I have two reactions.

The first is sadness. I haven't spoken of it here, but I have a lot of respect for John McCain, more than for any candidate I can remember. His life has been characterized by service and he's clear and consistent in what he stands for, a rare quality in a politician. The presidency is the natural culmination of his career. If anyone deserves to be elected, and no one does, John McCain did. This should have been his year, but he faced the perfect storm of following an unloved president, an economy tanking and facing the most charismatic candidate in years.

But it was McCain's campaign strategy that did him in, in my view. As a prominent republican said after one of the debates, the campaign didn't live up to the man. It's a shame, because if it had, I believe we'd have a different result.

On the other hand, I'm proud of my country at this moment. Not too many generations ago, Barack Obama would have been nothing more than property, today he's the leader of the nation. It has taken time, but we have come a long ways.

Congratulations Senator, and congratulations America.

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I can understand how you feel. I think if McCain made some different choices during his campaign (specifically his vp choice) he could have done better. But he made a gamble, and he was running uphill the whole time. Actually Im surprised he did as well as he did last night. But Im glad Obama won. Listening to NPR right now it seems the rest of world is happy too. Lets wait and see if thats a good thing. Obama does deserve credit for his campaign. He got new voters out, people who probably felt like they didnt count. Ive been there myself. He proved he could get things done. I hope that translates to his role as President. There are a lot of challenges ahead, and I think Obama is sobered by it, but he has guts and intelligence and I think he can work with congress to help America.

I too hope that Obama can translate his hopeful rhetoric into real, productive work to navigate us through our challenges. We'll see. I'm a little nervous about the general direction that his ideas lead to, but not much. Two things are certain for me, he won't be as bad as the far right would like us to believe and he won't get near as much done as he promised or wants to.

McCain's concession speech was gracious, hopeful and classy. Where was that guy over the last 3 months?

I started out over a year ago predicting that McCain would get the nomination. I really liked him.. but he basically began to alienate me in the primaries by the way he treated Romney.. IMO he ran a nasty primary and presidential campaign and alienated many of us who liked him at the start. He would have done better to not listen to the Karl Rove minions who ran his campaign and just ran as himself.

@salguod,

I share your respect for McCain. I think he would have made an excellent president, and if he had been running against Hillary Clinton I might have crossed party lines and voted for him. But the thought of Sarah Palin (who was honestly the dumbest, meanest, most unqualified person he could have picked) being in the white house was terrifying. I think she drove away more people than she pulled in.

I'm pleased with the outcome, because Obama is a very inspiring, eloquent, and intelligent man. But now we have to see if he can actually lead. I hope he offers McCain a high ranking position in his cabinet.

During the primary I thought that McCain cs. Hillary was the better race for McCain.

I agree, Sarah Palin was an unfortunate choice. At first, I thought it was brilliant, and it might have been. She had character, a history of bucking the system and a great personal story just like John.

Then she started talking and it was clear that she was in over her head. I won't say she was the dumbest or meanest (I never saw her as 'mean', but maybe I didn't see what you did), but she was not ready for the national stage. Some felt her inexperience was an asset, but she didn't come across as a savvy outsider, but rather when she was off her stump speech, she seemed lost and just making it up as she went along.

Wait a minute - did we just agree on something political?

Politics is easy. Theology, that's hard. ;)

The meanness came out in Palin when she was spouting absolute ridiculous lies about Obama and Ayers. But she was probably told she had to do that. Ayers is still a terrorist in the same way GW Bush is still an alcoholic, and the board he and Obama sat on was assembled and presided over by a Republican. So Ayers passed the Republican test for law abiding citizen until such time as they needed a way to attack Obama. Last time I checked forgiveness was a christian value, not fear and loathing.

Perhaps dumb is the wrong term, but she was clearly light years out of her league.

Yeah, I think Palin was handed a script and she followed it. NPR had a story about how Alaskans were surprised to hear her attack Obama like that.

I wonder what the campaign would have been like if she and McCain would have followed their gut instead of their handlers. I'm not sure Palin would have interviewed any better, but she at least would have looked nicer.

I liked Palin when she was herself. Once she got the script and tried to be politically correct she was out of her element and uncomfortable.

I've said some mean things from the pulpit before, (once that I remember and regret but am sure there were more), and one I said cause someone else higher up told me to. I was uncomfortable doing it then and regret it to this day. Perhaps if Palin runs again she'll learn from McCain and do her own politicking or get somebody other than the guy McCain had. In my book her credentials are way better than most politicians. Mother of 5. Goes 4 wheeling. Can hunt and field dress an elk.

I like Obama a lot and am glad he won. I don't like his stance on abortion and I couldn't get past the fact that he went back on his word and was bought out with campaign funds instead of public financing so I didn't vote for him. In my mind he's already showed he can be bought and I won't be surprised if he is bought out of his presidency by lobbyist.

I respect McCain a lot and voted for him over Bush back when that was the thing. I didn't like how he changed during the campaign and many times he looked not competent so I didn't vote for him either. His speech at the end though was classy and classic McCain. That guy would have had my vote and may have won.

Right now though I am happy for Obama and feel that he has the potential for greatness. Whether he fulfills that or not I guess we'll see.



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