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We won. All of us. Yes. We. Did.

November 5th, 2008

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Comment #1 by E on November 5, 2008 - 4:40am

I knew you would have something posted : ) I am in a happy shock. I am numb. I am in a place that I can't describe, but I am in love with the fact that I have lived to see this day.

Comment #2 by Lance Tango on November 5, 2008 - 5:10am

Rebecca... your writing, your blogs, your posts have been like a companion to me as we have followed the unfolding of this historical Presidential Election. It's been an inspiring ride.... Now for the work to begin....

Comment #3 by rebecca on November 5, 2008 - 7:20am

We deserve it, don't we?

Yes. We. Do.

Love you two. 

Yes. We. Will. 

Comment #4 by Carol on November 5, 2008 - 9:47am

The very first thing that I did this morning here in the U.K was check the news... I cannot describe how happy and relieved I felt that Obama has been elected U.S President. Happy, but also a little anxious about the monumental job that he now faces. Obama is walking into one hell of a mess.... economy, war etc. I believe that he is absolutely up to the task at hand.

Goodbye to G.W. Bush and and BIG hello to logic again.

Comment #5 by Danielle on November 5, 2008 - 2:35pm

Hooray!!!!

Comment #6 by bfp on November 5, 2008 - 9:34pm

awesome picture! :-)

Comment #7 by Danielle on November 5, 2008 - 10:35pm

Hey, Rebecca! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am so excited that you did. To answer your question, yes, I love your new outlook. Keep up the great work.
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Comment #8 by Craig Swieso on November 6, 2008 - 12:45am

I supported Hillary because I believed that she was more able to match "mean" w/ "mean". I believed that an effective leader can't just have Gandhi in her/him, but that there also must be some Stalin as well.

Needless to say, I don't see any Stalin in Obama. As corny as it sounds, my worldview has taken a shock. There is humanity in humans! People can respond to goodness. I find this all terribly overwhelming.

I'm a big pile of love today. I feel like hugging everyone. I may do "hate" more than I do "love", but I'm better at "love" than I am at "hate".

Comment #9 by rebecca on November 6, 2008 - 2:25am

Thanks bfp--loved your piece today on alma del fuego. Glad to read you Craig!

I finally finished my root piece, which will go up in the UK on the Guardian, too. And I've been getting emails from all over the world. A friend in South Africa said they've been partying in the streets and to her it's bigger than when Mandela won.

Another friend in Argentina told me thousands of young people were out in the street last night and today. And I just gave an interview to a writer for a Canadian magazine and it was good to hear her say that she feels she could like the US again.

It feels like a major unglogging of the global arteries.

Now about Prop 8...

 

Comment #10 by Craig Swieso on November 7, 2008 - 1:21am

My mention of Stalin above pertain to his ruthlessness. However, and not to take away from the joy of this moment, but we do need to guard against the cult of personality. A Newsweek commentator alluded to this last night on Charlie Rose. He pointed out that past presidential victory speeches were given from a stage packed w/ family and included the running mate. That didn't happen Tues. night. Furthermore, and this just occurred to me, but the Warholish campaign portrait/poster is intentionally iconic.

Just an observation.

Comment #11 by rebecca on November 7, 2008 - 11:15am

I agree re: cult of personality--one of the reasons I like the way he makes it all about us. He didn't win, we did. I think it's a smart way to handle the inevitable--that and get down to business.

Here is some info on the artist behind the posters--amazing it's the guy who did the OBEY posters--quite a journey for him.

Comment #12 by A.D. Powell on February 12, 2009 - 4:57am

My reaction to the election of Barack Obama is mixed. I really despised the Bush regime and I considered the McCain/Palin ticket to be a continuation of that kind of discredited government. I definitely did NOT want the Republicans back in the White House. On the other hand, I see in Obama's victory a certain danger to those who oppose forced racial classification and wish to promote the legitimation of multiracial identities and racial ambiguity. Why? Too many of the black-identified members of the political and intellectual elite and their "white" allies will probably be emboldened to try and silence us again.

On the other hand, I have been struck by the large number of "white" Americans who have openly asked why Obama is "black" when he is half white and was reared by white relatives in a totally non-black environment. "Mixed race" is no longer an abstraction to growing numbers of "whites." They may not be interracially married themselves, but they are the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. of mixed-race people. They see their relatives, who are usually white women and often single mothers, pour all of their love and resources into their biracial children (just as Obama's mother and grandmother did). They are far less afraid to say that there is no logic in claiming that those children are totally "black" or "African American" and not entitled to claim their white parents' "race" and ethnicity.

I will REALLY be impressed when blacks finally acknowledge that Anatole Broyard (and others they accuse of "passing for white") was truly white and entitled to claim his predominate European heritage. That would be a greater victory for American race relations than 10 President Obamas.

Comment #13 by ipl live broadcast on March 15, 2010 - 9:33am

Its was a big and Mr. Obama is doing good so far.

He has proved lot of thing and the most important was that blacks finally got the justice and they are also part of the community.

Comment #14 by Leon Dravid on November 30, 2010 - 4:17pm

They see their relatives, who are usually white women and often single mothers, pour all of their love and resources into their biracial children (just as Obama's mother and grandmother did). They are far less afraid to say that there is no logic in claiming that those children are totally "black" or "African American" and not entitled to claim their white parents' "race" and ethnicity.
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Comment #15 by legend plates on November 30, 2010 - 7:56pm

There are numerous ways of defining a win. Be assured Obama liberals, the faithful, they feel the 2010 midterm was merely a single battle among many. Their war continues. And on a related side note, if you could privately ask the Soviets if they lost the Cold War you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear their response; that it isn’t over. It has simply changed its outward appearance.

Comment #16 by tom23 on January 23, 2011 - 7:40pm

The experiences of living the multicultural and interacial life contribute wonderfully to the fiction the authors have provided for this book allowing the reader to relate to the struggles of a mixed America and mixed world.
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Comment #17 by meet single man on February 12, 2011 - 3:29pm

It is true we have won, but yet to bear the fruit. It is not the battle but to win the war is important. It is the beginning of a process. Nice post.

Comment #18 by sunday school lessons on February 14, 2011 - 1:42pm

I have a dream. We shall overcome. Yes we can!
It is more than two years on from that exciting night, but I can still get a thrill from listening to his victory speech in Grant Park on election night.

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Comment #20 by Eviction Notice on February 26, 2011 - 9:08pm

Certainly, these words sound so sincere and wholesome as the victory belongs to one and all who are in midst of the process of that great political movement. Every one deserves patting for the achievement. I appreciate the meaningful post. Thanks.

Comment #21 by teresa on February 28, 2011 - 7:14pm

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Comment #22 by flour mill on March 10, 2011 - 12:59am

If you could privately ask the Soviets if they lost the Cold War you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear their response; that it isn’t over. It has simply changed its outward appearance.Flour Mills

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Comment #26 by sao bras algarve on April 9, 2011 - 5:48am

Looks like the spark that started with the historical win in US is now spreading to Middle East and rest of the world where people are tired of their rights being ignored every day by the people on power.

Comment #27 by hayward pool heaters on April 14, 2011 - 8:02am

I still stand by my original quote, "obama's victory speech was unbelieveably a defining moment in the new millenium".

How does someone, even if he had the assistance of professional speech writers, deliver a speech of that magnitude in such a cool calm manner with the pressure of a world audience that was probably in the billions?

ps. love the graphic in bw at the top of this post.

cool ; )

Comment #28 by Top 10 Film Schools on April 16, 2011 - 7:21pm

We did all with....that is about as political as I am going to get.

My comment is about that photo. Very cool and I have never seen it before. Do you know if it is public domain? Private? I have something i would love to use it for.

Comment #29 by quinta do lago holidays on April 21, 2011 - 7:45am

Yes people everywhere are winning this fight against injustice. My prayers are now with people of Syria and Libya. I like the way our President has handled the situation in Libya by not starting another front for our soldiers. Our confidence in him has been so right!!

Comment #30 by reverse cellphone check on April 21, 2011 - 4:07pm

I love winning! Makes me wanna cry!

Comment #31 by Financial Budgeting on May 10, 2011 - 10:57pm

Heck yeah.....we are all winning, especially after last week's take down of one of the worst human beings of all time. I am optimist. I think that the things going on in the world these days are all for the better. There might be a little pain first, but the long run things are going to be better for everybody.

Comment #32 by Product B on August 28, 2011 - 12:23am

The image says a lot about Barrack Obama, it's black - it's white - high contrast - not easily understood when first viewed - truth is a lot like this and the challenges that the Obama administration have had to face in this most difficult of first terms for a US president are unmatched in the past 100 years.

Skyrocketing US debt that seems like a mountain no one could scale. What hope does the world have when this super power is stripped of it's power in a monetary sense?

Comment #33 by Exotic granite on August 30, 2011 - 11:17am

I'm sort of surprised by how things turned out. I'm not so sure about the huge change we were promised, but it takes a long time to turn a ship this size.

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Comment #38 by melvin on May 19, 2012 - 7:26am

Yes we can win but if we are determinant.Trust me that success also depends on your faith.So do not break the faith ever and be ambitious always.

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