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Wake Up Macon





Obama Breaks White House Racial Barrier To Become First African American President






By Amanda Smith


In a landslide victory, Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election on Tuesday to become the first African American to occupy the White House since this country’s beginnings.  By taking key swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado, Obama effectively broke the White House racial barrier that has existed since this nation was founded.  A swing state is a state that, in different election cycles, can go either Democratic or Republican.  For the first time in 44 years, the country’s highest seat, as well as Congress, is controlled by the Democratic Party.


Long tired of war and economic strife, Americans shifted to embrace a presidential candidate promising change; a candidate who is the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya. On January, Obama will be in charge of a country involved in two wars and a $700 billion bailout; a nation that is $10 trillion in debt with an annual deficit of nearly $1 trillion. 



Obama successfully silenced naysayers who contended that America was not ready for a black president, rewriting the electoral map that both parties have used in recent years.

At age 47, Obama is the second-youngest ever to be elected President of the United States, just 4 years behind President John F. Kennedy.  Had McCain been elected, he would have been the oldest man (at age 72) ever to be elected President for a first term and would have brought with him the first female Vice President in history.



Response to Obama's victory was one of jubilation and tears of joy across the state of Georgia and the nation. 



"This is a wonderful victory for America.  We are now moving to close the racial divide that has prevented us from becoming a nation.  This election says that we can look beyond race.  I just wish that the South would rejoin the nation.  It (the South) is still divided by race and that's unfortunate."


Tyrone Brooks, Georgia State Representative and President of GABEO (Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials)





"I think it's a blessing that I never dreamed I'd live to see.  I see nothing but good coming from this election as far as this nation is concerned." 


Albert Billingslea, Former Bibb County Commissioner, Macon, Georgia










"I think that this election really underscored the fact that despite our diversity, we are one nation.  We now have a great opportunity to move forward as one."


Amy Morton, Licensed Family and Marriage Counselor, Macon, Georgia









"I know that President-Elect Barack Obama will lead our country in the new direction we need. And with the great success of our House and Senate candidates, we can make our agenda a reality."


Hillary Clinton, New York Senator









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