What do you think?

Why did Obama win?  The NY Times has this take:

His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.

I’m relieved someone has named this problem!

What do you think?  What does his election mean to you, if anything?  Does the States look different to those of you who are not citizens of the country?

Let us know your reflections, please.

3 thoughts on “What do you think?

  1. His election means that my son now has someone to look up to other than athletes and entertainers. We all know he has an uphill battle to climb and the future of so many is relying upon his presidency, yet I know regardless of how well he does, if my son says “I want to be president of the United States” I can reassure him that “Yes he can”.

  2. It’s so hard to know why people voted, but the Times’s take is probably as good as any. I had long been thinking about what this might mean for African Americans, then watching the crowds and the reactions of many of the whites, I thought that for many of “us” (I’m a white, naturalized American currently living outside the country, who voted) — or maybe I should only speak for myself here — there is also perhaps a sense of joy at having been able to play a part, even if tiny, in redressing some, even if not much, of the horrors of the past. Well, I felt something like that. To quote Spike Lee, we Did the Right Thing for once. I was so moved watching John Lewis, who was beaten nearly to death a one point during the civil rights movement — among other things — say on MSNBC that he never imagined he would see this day. I have to say I didn’t really think this could happen. I was wrong. Utterly wrong!

  3. I’m Dutch and live in the Netherlands.

    I – and a lot of my colleagues and friends – are very happy and moved because Obama won. Many people I know stayed up all night and watched TV. This morning (for you it was night) they told me about staying up to follow the election and how they were profoundly moved by the outcome and later on by Obama´s speech.

    And yes, it changes the way I see the USA. Actually for the first time in a very long time, this morning I actually felt proud of America and of Americans. I mean people seek for a a change and they were not deterred by colour nor by the sound of a name nor by intelligence.

    This is not just about the USA I think. This about us all.

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