Its a New Day..We've witnessed History!

United States
November 4, 2008 11:43pm CST
well..its not "official" yet of course, but we have a New President of the United States of America! we have witnessed and been part of what will be considered a historical event in the future. one for the books thats for sure! the popular vote was close, but the electoral votes was a literal landslide!! which i actually didnt expect. i figured the electoral votes would be MUCH closer (Obama 338, McCain 155..unofficial) even though there are some states that havent finished their voting yet..it is mathematically impossible for McCain to make up that much ground. i listened to the speech that Obama just gave in Chicago...and i must say i dont think ive ever heard a speech that was that inspiring and gave such a feeling of Hope for the future of our country. are you happy or are you upset about these results? and for those of you who will undoubtedly cry foul and want a re-count or some court procedure..why? lets hear the "reasons" we all know you have them.
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I'm happy with the results but, then again, I voted for Obama. I also thought his speech was inspirational and the tone absolutely perfect, especially considering the predictions of winner riots in the streets by the fear mongerers. Obama came on that stage the same class act he has been during the entire campaign.
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@evanslf (485)
5 Nov 08
I am happy with the results but I am also very happy how both candidates behaved: McCain for his gracious concession speech promising to work with our new President reminded me of the McCain of 2000, if only he had let this show through he might well have done better, who knows? Then Obama's speech which I found inspirational and even more importantly, his message of trying to unite the country and reaching out to Republicans. I strongly believe that all Americans need to work together in these difficult times to get us through this: let's put partisanship aside and lets come up with some real ideas and solutions to get us out of the mess we are currently in. I think it was also good that the Dems won't get 60 in the Senate, this will force them to compromise with Republicans and act in a bipartisan way, at least I hope so.
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• United States
5 Nov 08
i missed McCains speech, but it is good to hear that he was gracious and uniting. the last time i looked the Dems had 54 seats in the Senate..they only need 51 (or is it 52?) to have the majority..so im not exactly sure why you say 60..please explain? though i agree if they have to work together its gonna benefit us all!
• United States
5 Nov 08
wait i think i know what you mean..if the dems had 60 seats in the Senate they'd pretty much be able to railroad anything the wanted right?
@evanslf (485)
5 Nov 08
The Dems will easily have a majority in the Senate, at least 56 seats or so (out of 100 senators). But Senate rules allow the minority party to fillibuster on a particular issue so long as they have at least over 40 votes to maintain the fillibuster. What this does effectively is that it gives the minority party in the Senate (ie the Republicans now) quite a lot of say because if they have 41 or more Senators, they can maintain a fillibuster on an issue they are particularly not happy with and prevent it being voted on on the Senate floor. Now if the Dems make 9 Senate gains in these elections, this will bring them to 60 Senators. 60 is the magic number which allows one party to stop a fillibuster, this is called 'cloture', ie to close down the debate and force a vote on the Senate floor. So if the Dems had 60 Senators they could prevent most if not in theory all Republican fillibusters and would then be in a far more powerful position to push rapidly legislation through the Senate, even if the Republicans did not like it. But if the Dems fall short of 60 Senators, then they will need to reach out to at least some Republican Senators and obtain compromise to get legislation through. This I believe would be good for the country as it would force the Dems to listen to and compromise with the Republican minority and would also help legislation as well by avoiding rushed legislation rammed through on party line vote.
• United States
5 Nov 08
Yes, it is a New Day for America! I am satisfied with the results. There were several issues that Obama talked about that I cared about and approved of his position. There were also some that I disagreed with. The same situation existed with McCain. I respect him as a senator. In fact I told several people that I enjoy having John McCain as my Senator for Arizona, and plan on keeping him there! I listened to both candidates' speeches - McCain's congratulatory speech and Obama's victory speech. Both men gave great speeches, urging the country to move forward as one to address the problems before us.
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@tdavis (117)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Well, were all back in the same boat, swim or bail. Only question i had with Obama's speech was when he referrede to his people making history, which people? I wasn't super impressed with his speech, Regan and JFK's were better. The only ray of hope is that the houses' did not get a super majority, so I don't think we can get into too much trouble. We can just watch and wait, actions always speak louder than words. But I do have one question. Why are so many people saying they made history? We were alive, we saw Obama make history, but other than him no one else will be remembered. I can't wait to for his healthcare plan, just like he and McCain have, so I can stop paying for my own. Good nite.
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• United States
5 Nov 08
dang i missed McCains speech. but it is good to hear that he was also gracious and urged us to move forward as one!
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Well right now, Obama is already the new president of America. I am happy that he made it. What I am hoping and pray that hope he can do his job properly now and he can fix all the things that was ruin by the past administration.