I have mixed emotions today, as Barack Obama exceeded all of my hopes and dreams to rise above and become the first black president (in the interest of full disclosure I am a white, middle-class female who feels that race played no part in my decision but can appreciate the victory the black community must be feeling) ["What Americans Have Learned From the Obama Win and a Long Election Season" usnews.com]. However, the State of California may have passed Prop 8 banning gay marriage, despite Obama and Governor Schwarzenegger urging voters to defeat it based on the fact that discrimination does not belong in the Constitution. Today, rights were given to one group... and taken away from another. We still have a long way to go.
Cate of CA
I learned that the nature of celebrity is so powerful in this country. That, along with the media, can truly sway how a people think. Unfortunately being a proven patriot and American hero in the face of unimaginable adversity is not enough to put someone in the White House and bestow upon them the highest honor of serving the people of that country in which time and time again that patriot proved his worthiness for such an honor. It is the media and the nature of celebrity that American people value. You would think McCain has done enough to be president, having spent years as a POW and senator, but not so. What we see instead is Obama to be the next president having spent just a fraction of McCain's years of service becoming a celebrity.
Leon of NY