I just listened to the victory speech in the USA and Im still gobsmacked.
I dont think I have ever heard a speech as motivating or uniting as this, he respected the defeated and looked forward to a strong bright future.
If only our pollies could have a fraction of his honest passion.
I heard that between them, Obama and McCain spent $1 billion on their campaigns.
(It was a good speech.)
Dont be such a cynic, TG, some days youre allowed to have hope.
Just me stirring the pot (as usual).
I do see Baracks election as a positive thing and HOPE Im right.
Good outcome I think.... And hope.
I was gobsmacked by how quickly the whole election process done and dusted; compared to recent elections anyway. I was expecting to hear election reports dragging on for the next few days at least but when I woke up this morning, it was all over. :o
Barack seems like a good man so I hope hes given the means to do some good. And yes, it was a damn fine speech..... 8-)
Its going to be a bitter pill for many to swallow. Not only is the POTUS a black man, he is also the most powerful person in the world.
I was impressed by the importance of this moment on hearing that when he would go to expensive restaurants white patrons would throw their car keys to him (thinking he was a carpark attendant)
I can only sense positive things from it. He has already displayed some of the humility some have prayed for after gaining the victory.
I hope that there is the opportunity to mend fences not only I the black-white relations but also in Middle Eastern relations
I think this is a good thing Obama getting elected, its just a pitty it cost so much money to be heard.
Leader of the free world has always struck me as b!@#sh1T propaganda. In the last 8 years the world has become a whole lot less free because of their outgoing leader and his mates!
Lets hope for a major improvement from Obama. At least the talk is more promising.
I heard that too about Obama and the keys.
White people are going to be extra careful from now on who they toss their keys to.
Obamas speech was very moving and sounded like it came straight from the heart. Mightily impressive! Compare that with George Dubbya who couldnt say two words without a scriptwriter.
Everyone I spoke with this afternoon was so happy to see Obama win. I dropped into a bottleshop to obtain some, ahem... soft drinks, and a lady was buying champagne to celebrate. *
Lets hope its the start of a great, new era.
It is sobering to me that so many older folks here in the States voted for McCain/Palin. It bothers me because they are part of what is referred to as the Great Generation— those folks who sacrificed to save the world form the tyranny of Hitler and also fought the Pacific War against Japan (like my Dad did). They fought under the gospel of, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." They stood firm and united with so much of the rest of the world to make life as we know it possible. But since 9-11 the Republicans have used lies, corruption, fear, intimidation, threats, and a disregard for the U.S. Constitution against their own people to keep their grip on the nation. *I have told many people, "If you voted for G.W. Bush the first time you should be embarrassed. If *you voted for him the second time you should be ashamed." Without going into all the distasteful details, McCain and Palin followed in that same mold, using fear and lies in an attempt to try to discredit Obama.
Obama seems to represent a hope and positive attitude that this countrys leaders have not supplied for years, and we can only hope that we can continue on the course that he plotted in his speech last night. He represents a shining light that this country, and the world, has needed for quite some time.
In regards to his speech, which was one of the most moving things I have heard in about a decade. Impressive, indeed. If nothing else, we will now have a President with a command of the English language, and that alone is a refreshing change.
Good luck to us all!
A Yank that can speak English...whod o thought wed ever see the day?
Ive heard that speech now a few times, and agree with you Randy, its quite moving.
As for the McCain campaign, all politicians fight the same way.
But give him credit for his speech; it was inclusive and supportive of Obamas way forward.
No he just has to learn to laugh at himself...something a lot of Americans have trouble with. *I think he will be a good thing for the US and Im very glad the old gladiators have to take a back seat. *The US foreign policy needs a new fresh approach.