A sampling of quotes, joke, observations and quips about the 2008 election...
Bark Bark Woof Woof: "We won."
Truman's Conscience: "To all the world, I present to you Barack Obama..."
Blast Off!: "Indeed, to all the True Believers in the hate-filled rhetoric of the Right ... to those who stuck with Drunky McStagger until it was too late, then picked up the mantle of the disingenuous charlatan who literally embraced him and his ideals ... to the doubters and the racists and the PUMAs and the liars and, yes, even certain convicted felons: today's Blast Off! Daily Schadenfreude is for you!"
The Spencerian: "I hope our Democratic candidates who didn't quite make it this time around give it another shot. Florida needs them."
madfloridian: "Daniel Ruth reminds us that the Florida county with the huge confederate flag went for Barack Obama."
Beating the Bushes: "OK, I'll freely admit that there's a wondrous bit of historic irony in the fact that he who signed the Emancipation Proclamation and he who would eventually become both the symbol and fact of its ultimate fulfillment, came from the same state."
Reidblog: "RFKJ for EPA? Could be (and would be great)."
Ron Mills: "Thank you Howard Dean."
Incertus (Brian): "The discussion this morning is supposed to be about Obama's transition team and what viewers expect from the Obama administration, but all the Republicans can seem to talk about is how Obama won because he was black."
Morning Martini: "This is like having a good dream after eight years of a nightmare. For the past eight years I kept hoping we would all wake up from the nightmare and now I’m afraid I’ll wake up and this will all be just a dream."
South Florida Daily Blog: "It's amazing the reaction people have to a Socialist, Marxist, America-hating, terrorist-loving, secret Muslim, black Fidel Castro...isn't it?"
boiling mad: "Has Obama made right-wing gas bags irrelevant?"
boiling mad: "We are ready to have a black president"
Smashed Frog: "With the election of Barack Obama as our President, America finally broke free of her adolescent chains, leaping forward into a maturity where all dreams are possible."
Meadows Ling: "Something has been made abundantly clear to me over the past few months, my ideologies differs so much from those that I grew up around. That includes my family, friends, pretty much 95% of the people that I’ve known in my life. I just wonder how I could have lived in the same environment as all of these other people, but have such different viewpoints."
Legend Killer: "I am so proud of all of you, Citizens."
Lucky White Girl: "So I'll just say that from my (feminist) standpoint, the view from here is just fine these days! I've never felt this way before about a leader of our country, never felt a glimmer of hope for a future where maybe my country doesn't rule the world with a bloody iron fist, invading sovereign nations left and right, engaging in immoral wars and irresponsible fiscal policy and using and disposing of the planet as it sees fit for short-term convenience. Maybe things can indeed change."
Sunshine Statements: "The Sunshine State can elect an African-American as president, but can't get other things right in terms of equality for all."
Buck from Blue Herald: "Even after just electing America’s first black president, inequalities both in and out of the workplace, along with hate and prejudice, still runs rampant in many parts of our country."
Sunshine Statements: "Obama now blazes his own trail for many others, including women, Hispanics, Asian Americans and other Americans of different races, religions and creeds."
Pushing Rope: "I have never been happier about being wrong."
Andrew Wahl: "With overwhelming voice, Americans have voted to move beyond the dark times of the past eight years."
Tiny Little Dots: "Gay rights took a giant leap backwards yesterday. We still live in a country where ignorance and bigotry run rampant. May I remind us all that in America there are no second class citizens."
South Florida Daily Blog: "If there is one thing this election has shown me, it's that we have a long, long way to go before we conquer racism in this country."
Lucky White Girl: "I think last night was the happiest day of my life."
Pensito Review (Trish): "U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney (R-East Central Florida) was soundly trounced by former state Rep. Suzanne Kosmas. Feeney was one of the poster children for the corrupt Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff years, enjoying an infamous golfing excursion to Scotland on the lobbyist’s bankroll among many other gifts."
Pensito Review (Trish): "Now Can We Like the French Again?"
Tally: "Defeating that creep Feeney is sweet. Did you see the winning percentage?"
ReidBlog: "The Obama campaign won Florida with a combination of surging black turnout, significant improvement with Hispanics, and finally capturing the "white whale" of the Florida Democratic Party: the I-4 corridor."
Bark Bark Woof Woof: "If Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican Party, they are in deeper shit than anyone could possibly imagine."
Unscrewing the Inscrutable: "But I have just enough optimism - yes, just enough Hope - to think that we may be lucky enough to see real progress."
Discourse.net: "Only 43 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the United States has elected a black man as President."
Political Bloviation: "America wins. The politics of hate lose."
Interstate4Jamming2: "I've written it here before, but it seems interesting how so many people can vote for change, but here in Central Florida how they can still continue to elect the same people for Congress."
Incertus (Brian): "We're a blue state
Dan Gelber: "No time for champagne or hubris"
BlueHerald: "A Sigh of Relief is Heard Around the World"
Left Side Out: "In the years to come my wonderful daughters, their sons and daughters, my sons in law — all of us will be telling the story of the day that the paradigm shifted in the United States. The day that the color barrier was broken for the most important office in the land, in the world. The day that we elected the best man for the job. The day we begin to heal our land from many wounds."
My God, It's Real.
madfloridian: "Failure to Blow Election Stuns Democrats"
Seminole Democrat: "I wish Martin Luther King, JR was alive"
BlueHerald: "For Obama, Michelle, and everyone that worked so hard to make this happen - the young."
The Spencerian: "Change has come"
Conceptual Guerilla: "I am so proud of America today."
Sheree Shatsky: "We did it. We blogged Florida blue."
Leonard Pitts Jr.: "We are finally included in `We the People'"
E.J. Dionne: "Obama understood better than any other Democrat that a vast new progressive movement, called into being by antipathy toward Bush and outrage over the Iraq war, was waiting for leadership."
Melissa McEwan: "It is because of him that my vote matters, for the first time."
Joe Scarborough: "This Is A Total Repudiation Of The Republican Brand"
Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va): "We've become a regional party, basically become a white, rural, regional party, and not a national party. And we're going to have to retool ourselves"
Tom Tomorrow: "Yes. America, you’ve restored my faith in you."
Atrios: "PRESIDENT BARACK FUCKING HUSSEIN OBAMA."
BarbinMD: "Mandate. Carry on."
Dohiyi Mir: "Apparently we, the People, won something today. PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OFUCKINGBAMA, BITCHES! Carry on."
Atrios: "In Case I Forget To Mention It...Holy fucking shit."
AMERICAblog: "Hateful, homophobic Marilyn Musgrave lost tonight"
Chris Bowers: "I'll have more detailed thoughts later, but right now I just want to say that I feel, well, humbled at the sublime face of promise and history. Something very good happened tonight. I'll write about it for ages. Right now, it is too overwhelming."
Matt Stoller: "That's four women winning, two women ahead, two behind, and thirteen losing. The Politico is predicting a 20 seat pickup for Democrats. That's a low percentage of incoming women. Something to think about."
e.politics: "For My 40th Birthday, I Get...A new country. Not too shabby."
Meteor Blades: "68% of Youth Vote Goes for Obama"
DemFromCT: "The Poll That Counts: Obama 52 McCain 46"
Pam Spaulding: "To put things in perspective, voters in California handily approved another measure to improve the health and well-being of livestock - 'Standards for Confining Farm Animals,' but were content to eliminate the existing right of gays and lesbians to marry."
Down With Tyranny: "I don't know if SpongeBob SquarePants knows the country is rid of dangerous extremists like Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Virgil Goode (R-VA), Thelma Drake (R-VA), Tom Feeney (R-FL), Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Robin Hayes (R-NC) but he sure knows that Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. And like many of us, he thinks it's the best day ever!"
Shark-fu: A bitch is still struggling to put into words what I am feeling right now."
Lab Kat: "Last night, I sat on the couch in my living room by myself and cried."
techPresident: "Congratulations Mr. Community Organizer!"
David Sirota: "For three obvious reasons, last night was an historic landmark - the election of the first African American president, the success of a campaign that was more grassroots than any past, and the very bold progressive mandate the country delivered thanks both to the sheer size of the victory and to the candidates making clear this was an ideological choice between Reagan-ism and Roosevelt-ism."
The Onion: "Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source"
The Onion: "Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job"
Documenting Reality: "I'm Listening to Conservative Radio. This shit is too funny, talk about a bunch of crybabies. They are all screaming GOD has finally condemned us."
AMERICAblog: "Magnanimity is nice, but let's not forget the hideous race John McCain ran."
Texas Nate: "President Obama has the opportunity to establish himself as one of the truly great presidents in his first days in office. He can take advantage of the current economic crisis to announce plans to jump start national health care insurance. Extending health care insurance can be an effective stimulus that will provide an immediate boost to the economy."
Pam's House Blend: "Look at this accomplishment -- out of the record-breaking 111 endorsements of out candidates in 2008, more than 70 percent won as of this AM."
The Vanity Press: "First of all, it means that the Obama-skeptics were wrong. Those who issued dire warnings about the 'Bradley effect,' who insisted that only Hillary Clinton could have won, that Florida and Michigan were lost to the Democrats, that a black candidate could never win (and certainly in no southern states), that Obama would fold in the crunch, that he had no substance -- all wrong."
Kate Harding: "My President is Black!"
The Democratic Strategist: "But now, 28 years later, it's really morning in America..."
The Unapologetic Mexican: "I WEPT. And today, I am weeping. On and off. The smallest thought or image suddenly touches me again and I crack open with relief, hope, or gratitude. Excitement. Calm."
Think Progress: "The World Reacts To President-Elect Obama: ‘A New Deal For A New World’"
Wonk Room: "Conservatives Fear Progressives Will Shift Power ‘Back In Favor Of Unions’"
Dohiyi Mir: "Tomorrow the real work begins."
Governor David A. Paterson: "Last night, Americans rejected the politics of cheap rhetoric, distracting attacks, and exclusionary patriotism in favor of honest discussion, clear priorities, and a dedication to finding real solutions. That is truly historic."
Tom: "I too, would like to tell you how happy I am to finally have voted for the person who won the election..."
KenInNY: "I'm still pretty steamed about a lot that happened in the course of the presidential campaign, but I suppose today isn't the day to dwell on it. Let's enjoy it a little."
Charles Alexander: "I never thought I'd live to see the day..."
Chris Bowers: "Winning is pretty cool. No matter what else happens, this feels good."
Sine.Qua.Non: "Maybe I can actually get a full 8-hours of sleep for the first time in 9 years."
Melissa McEwan: "More democracy was good for Obama, good for the Democrats, good for everyone who voted for him in the general election. Let us never suggest again that better candidates are forged in less democracy."
Bryan: "I'm glad Obama won, but how come it's expected of me to rise above the anti-black bigotry I was raised with, and go vote for a black man, but then black people can go vote to enshrine bigotry into law and no one challenges that?"
BlueHerald: "A permanent Republican majority? Ha!"
Elderly woman in Pensacola: "Let's hope things settle down after today and we can watch what we want on T.V."
Paul Rosenberg: "Impressive as this election was, this county-level look at the election clearly shows a potential for much more dramatic shifts in our favor yet to come."
NTodd Pritsky: "Why can't Gobama close the deal?"
Baratunde Thurston: "I cannot stop crying. I am stunned. Barack Obama is the next presidentof the United States of America, and I cannot stop crying. America closed the deal. Yes, we did."
ReidBlog: "Yes, we can"
Talk to Me: "Yes. We. Did."
Paul Krugman: "Now the work begins."