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« Reply #10 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 08:58 »

We all know he has hard work ahead.  I tempered my enthusiasm over the political win with the knowledge that the bigger win -- Obama turning around some very difficult cirumstances for our nation -- will involve a considered strategy, bipartisan support, and not a little luck. 

No doubt about it.  But it will be nice to have a leader who understands this.  He says he'll work to unite and not divide whereas with W it was the "My way or the highway" approach that was divisive and deconstructive.  And look where we are now. 

* must .. suppress .. anti W ... rant *

Obama will surround himself with the right people for the job regardless of their party affiliation.  And he'll get to make at least one very important Supreme Court appointment as well.

How much more damage can W do between now and next January?  I shudder to think.

Yeah, Obama's work is cut out for him.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 09:33 »

IIRC, Bush gave lip service to the whole uniter thingey.  I don't doubt Obama's sincerity, but implementing a broad agenda and reaching out to the minority party will be a tough thing.  But at least, as you say, he gets it, whereas Bush needed Cheney and his handlers to spoon-feed it to him.  Not really a "uniterer" after all.
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 09:39 »

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IIRC, Bush gave lip service to the whole uniter thingey.  I don't doubt Obama's sincerity, but implementing a broad agenda and reaching out to the minority party will be a tough thing.  But at least, as you say, he gets it, whereas Bush needed Cheney and his handlers to spoon-feed it to him.  Not really a "uniterer" after all.

The only uniting Bush ever intended was to get everyone to do things his way.

I must admit that it was awe-inspiring to see a black man become President of the United States.  I told my son, "There is no way to imagine how this feels for black people, especially those who were alive through the 60s."

Man has a tough, tough job ahead of him.  If he can even come close to pulling us together and getting the country moving again, it'll be a job well-done.
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 09:54 »

I appreciate the enormity of having someone who is of African-American descent win the presidency.  For my part, race never entered into my consideration of the candidate, except to hope that some nutjob doesn't take a potshot at him.  What I see in Obama is the image he's been selling, neither black nor white, but like America, a melting pot. 

Mrs. F. works in a large state office, with a lot of black co-workers.  She never discusses politics at work, but had someone (black) actually confront her yesterday and say, "Well, I guess you're voting for McCain."  The Commonwealth has strict rules about politics in the workplace, but apparently that was nowhere in sight yesterday.  She said it was like a giant party, almost as though black voters think Obama is going to make them rich. 

It is a great moment in history, but like black athletes who broke barriers, he still gotta go out and play the game.  I don't think we should celebrate that a man who has black heritage won, but rather that the era when a black man could not be elected is over.  And there's a difference.  Hopefully we elected the best and brightest leader, who just so happens to be black. 
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 10:00 »

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I don't think we should celebrate that a man who has black heritage won, but rather that the era when a black man could not be elected is over.  And there's a difference.  Hopefully we elected the best and brightest leader, who just so happens to be black. 

Fo' shizzle.  :ph34r:
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 10:03 »

It is a great moment in history, but like black athletes who broke barriers, he still gotta go out and play the game.  I don't think we should celebrate that a man who has black heritage won, but rather that the era when a black man could not be elected is over.  And there's a difference.  Hopefully we elected the best and brightest leader, who just so happens to be black. 

Ditto that.
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 10:21 »

Did McCain start the election night with an ill-advised onside kick?

I was keeping an eye on the electoral count last night, but it was never really close...at least when I checked in.

By the end of the night, I was referring to John McCain as Reginald Denny.
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 10:24 »

The most ironic thing was Bush calling McCain to congratulate him on a campaign well run.

McCain must be thinking, "You fucked me over TWICE now, you bloody twat..."
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 10:26 »

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McCain must be thinking, "You fucked me over TWICE now, you bloody twat..."

Within a couple of years, he won't remember if he won or lost.
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 05, 2008 at 10:36 »

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McCain must be thinking, "You fucked me over TWICE now, you bloody twat..."

Within a couple of years, he won't remember if he won or lost.

You wanna get an over/under on how long till he kicks it going?
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