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Yes He Did


Four years ago, he was a State senator from Illinois. Four years ago, the idea of electing a black man as president of the United States was a fantasy.

This belongs to you, Barack Obama told his supporters. And it did, in the way any presidential victory does, in the combination of the sweat and tears, the contributions and calls, the ads and speeches and targeting and tactics of hundreds and then thousands of people. Obama had a great team and a great campaign.

It was because of them, and because of the army of volunteers and contributors, because of the economy and the collapse on Wall Street and the failings of the Bush presidency and the absurdity of putting Tina Fey a heartbeat away from the presidency of America's oldest candidate. It was because of all those things that Barack Obama is our next president.

But it is also, perhaps more than anything else, because of him.

He did it.

He imagined it and pursued it and stuck with it. He found his voice and took his case to the country. He had a message of hope and optimism that may not have transcended race, but helped millions of Americans to transcend his.

I saw him give that speech in Boston four years ago, the one that started this journey. He was big then, but he is bigger now. He had a voice then, but it has power now.

He seemed young then, and he is older now.

I have heard many political speeches in my life. I know all about the rhetorical flourishes, the use of stories and anecdotes, the "I remember the lady in Cleveland who told me…"

But there was something magical about Obama's story of the 106-year-old woman casting her vote for America's first black president. It wasn't her story, but ours, ours as a country, the story that binds us together and that Obama now embodies.

This was not the night I dreamt of. I dreamt of a night when a woman would stand where Obama stood and little girls around the world would know that the world had changed. That was not meant to be.

But little girls and little boys today know that the world has changed. It did. It happened.

It was not a blowout. The polls were off in some places where it turned out to be tighter than expected. Did people lie? Did they lie because of race? Maybe. But it doesn't matter, not much, not anymore. We are past that.

It was not a blowout, but it also wasn't close. The haters can't whine about vote fraud, can't complain that it wasn't fair, that it was stolen. Barack Obama won. Race will forever be understood differently in this country because of that. We have entered the future.

Martin Luther King had a dream. The Obamas are going to Washington. God bless America.

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Well Hillary can kiss the Presidency goodbye!!!! I am sure she is excited about his win. I know Israel and Hamaas are celebrating by bombing each other yesterday, Iran (the small country that can do little harm) is threatening us and Russia's muscles got bigger yesterday. YES, the news media picked the President again. My view of him is a socialist and a puppet for the radicals from the 60's ( who wanted socialism then) and the far left. I heard a speech that Reagan gave in the 60's and it sounded like what liberism is going to give us with Obama. Please, the Fannie Mae is a democratic scandal and Obama has his large house because of the money he took from Fanny Mae and we have not seen the end. HOLD on to your wallets because we are going to pay alot of money in taxes and wear a hard hat the bombs will be coming. His story is historical alright. This race was the most lop sided by the media and dirty one I have ever seen in my 53 years and really the democrats should be ashamed. Don't forget if you disagreed with them you were threatened and they left tried to destroy you like Joe the Plummer who only asked a question we all wanted to ask and the reporters that were fired for the same reason. I have ASKED 5 people who voted for CHANGE and they could not answer me. WHy did the black panthers threaten voters in Pa? We are in trouble and I am going to sit back and watch you and your friends destroy this country but I will have faith because God is Good and he will be there for me and I pray for our Country. This is all bibilical and has to happen. Hitler made the German's feel good too and look what he did.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Kathaleen McCausland
Thu Nov 6, 2008 4:21 AM
Obama won. Democrats have a near super majority in the Senate and a substantial majority in the house. What gets done over the next four years will be entirely the Democrat's responsibility. They will receive the credit or blame. A majority of voter will get what they deserve over the next four years, whatever that means.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Randall Morgan
Thu Nov 6, 2008 4:40 AM
The puppet has won the contest and is now doling out pieces of the pie to all his friends and comrades. When will we know the identity of the puppetmaster?
Comment: #3
Posted by: jbaugher
Thu Nov 6, 2008 6:10 AM
With Obama as President, Americans shall come to hate the government they live under. And under is a term they
should begin to understand soon. They put into office a man who deserves close scrutiny. Already during his time
as a Democratic contender, he has said enough to scare any intelligent American. Susan, your agenda is not our agenda.
Obama is a mystery, and a charlatan. The grumblings have begun already. Conservatives, watch your pocketbook.
Watch your everything. He wants your neighbor to have it.
A police state shall reign.
Comment: #4
Posted by: gloria
Thu Nov 6, 2008 11:28 AM
Why, with liberals, is it 'not about race,' but at the same time it's always about race? It's racist to vote for someone because of their race, but 'progress' to vote for Obama because he's black. How is America ever going to get beyond its racial past when a whole new generation of youth are being told 'Let's make history by voting for a candidate because of the color of his skin.' If I recall right, MLK's 'Dream' was that his children WOULDN'T be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. That's been replaced with BHO's 'Dream' of negating a lack of experience and a lack of character with some charisma, a few empty buzz words and catch phrases and being fortunate enough to grow up black in a country and at a time desperate enough to prove to the rest of the world that we're still 'cool' and 'forward.'
And what's with the notion that black parents are finally being honest with their children when they say 'You can be whatever you want when you grow up?' We've yet to have a woman POTUS...does that mean my wife's parents were dishonest with her when they said she could be whatever she wanted when she grows up?
America, please grow up. I eagerly await the day when people finally elect/hire the best candidate...regardless of their color, gender, etc. Unfortunately, that day will have to wait for at least another 4 years.
Comment: #5
Posted by: james
Thu Nov 6, 2008 11:40 AM
Ms. Estrich, I'm disappointed in you. I've always felt you were sensible and well-meaning, even when your liberalism got out of hand. Now you are straining credulity. You are trying to make Barack Obama into the Messiah that the conservatives have joked about. You do him a disservice. He is just a man, not a god, not a savior. You even try to change history by implying that conservatives will whine about vote fraud,: " wasn't fair, it was stolen." Don't you recognize that liberals have been doing that for eight years, especially the last four. It worries me if you can't see that or if you think your readers are so ignorant they will believe what you write instead of what they very well remember.
I personally have made the vow that no matter how disappointed I am and truly apprehensive I feel, I will never be as mean-spirited as you are in this column..
Comment: #6
Posted by: ashir
Sat Nov 8, 2008 1:19 PM
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