44th president of the united states

Barack Obama.

71% of first time votes; 66% of under 30′s; 95% of the black vote, (43% of the white vote); 56% of female voters. Even 24% of white evangelical Christians is a victory in itself surely(?) And a commanding win in the Electoral College results. Deservedly so too. (via).

I didn’t stay up too late last night to follow the results because to be honest, I expected it to take a little longer than it did, but since early this morning I’ve been listening to DJ Z-Trip’s ‘Obama Mix’, reading the coverage from the BBC, then watching the acceptance speech. Without wanting to sound cheesy, it really does feel like we’re living through a genuine piece of history. And it feels good. (ha! and there was me trying not to sound cheesy! ;) ). Regarding the speech briefly, I thought it was great. Particularly liked the Ann Nixon Cooper thread and referencing the changes she would’ve seen in order to raise hope for the future. Nicely done. Some sort of credit should go to John McCain for appearing magnanimous in defeat, though the people who still insist on boo-ing any mention of Obama really need to take a cue from the man they so adoringly support. Ridiculous.

But anyway, as poplicks says; Hello to President-Elect Barack Obama. … So long to the nightmare of the last eight years. Hello to the next four (at least) of trying to clean it all up. … So long to 24 hour, cable news insanity, hologram punditry. Hello to TMZ and Perez Hilton coming back as our leading news sources. … Hello America. Welcome the new dawn.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

- Barack Obama, November 4th 2008.

(the photo at the top is taken from here.. lots more photos here too)