This and That

Steve Benen: As impressive as President Obama’s re-election victory is, it’s worth pausing to appreciate the larger context, because it wasn’t just his presidency on the line.

Had Obama come up short, the immediate threats to key public policies would have been significant, but the more sweeping consequence would have been the lasting damage to a progressive vision of governance.

….. The 2012 election, then, can be seen as a referendum on Obama’s presidency — a test he passed yesterday in impressive fashion — and a referendum on the liberal experiment.

Full post here


Also see Time for an article on the genius of the Obama campaign


Thanks Dudette!


From the beautiful slideshow at the NYT – see it here


Charles Pierce: There is a story that they tell in Georgia politics about the first time that Barack Obama was inaugurated as this most improbable president of the United States. Shortly before the ceremony, they say, he met with John Lewis, the congressman and American hero who was nearly beaten to death on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama as he marched to demand the right simply to vote. The two huddled in the corner and the president-elect wrote something on Lewis’s inaugural program. He walked away, and Lewis showed the program to the friends who had come with him.

“Because of you,” it said. “Barack Obama.”

….The long creative project of America has been to engage all its citizens in that work. That is the history that he wears so well, and that he wields so subtly. That is the truth that he represents. That is the great silent thing that has been there through all the debates, and the ads, and all of that preposterous money. We are working on ourselves. We are incomplete. We are never finished. Elections come and go. The political commonwealth is a work in progress. We work with the tools that time and circumstance provide. As he enters his final term, with the elegiac music playing out there in the distance, Barack Obama will use the history that he has come to embody and, perhaps, even to fulfill, as part of a larger project that never will be completed but only finished, over and over again.

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187 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    November 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    First. And Gunnite. 🙂

  2. 6 0388jojothecat
    November 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulation amk!

    Nightie night

  3. November 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  4. 10 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    What a gorgeous round up! I love the toons and the NH pic. Beautiful.

    2008 was History. 2012 is Legacy.

  5. 13 japa21
    November 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I have been trying to assess my feelings this time around versus 4 years ago. I am not as giddy now as then. I think back then I was just so proud of this country for the historic election of an AA President. And it was historic.
    This victory I consider more as momentous than historic. This was, as the toon that AMK posted above shows, a win of the many over the privileged few. I really think this was perhaps even a more important win than the one in 2008. It would have been easy for many people to say, “Well, we gave the black guy a chance, let’s go back to the way it always has been.” But the American people refused to do so.
    This win was really a victory not just by PBO but by the new America.

    There is an interesting column over at Pierce’s place by one of his contributors, Tom Junod, who has been critical of the President, particularly inhis use of drones, etc. But I think it really points out what last night’s results mean. A couple quotes:

    But he must have known that if he remained true to the very things his enemies feared in him — his rationalism and modernity — the country could get on with the task of transforming itself, and tonight he celebrated the most sweeping political transformation in American political culture since the one Reagan cemented in his electoral victory of 1984:
    He had turned a center-right country into a center-left one.

    And so the speech he gave tonight was distinguished not only by its eloquence but also by the quality hardest to come by in any political speech: its accuracy. When he said at the beginning that the “task of perfecting our union” moves forward “because of you,” he wasn’t just thanking the troops or flattering his followers; he was acknowledging the obvious. And when, at the end, he rose to his slightly hoarse peroration, and said “it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or who you love; it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try”: well, he was acknowledging that the hodgepodge of peoples upon which Democratic politics has always depended had melded into something like a people during his four years in office, maybe even into something like “we, the people,” with a demographic force impossible to dislodge. What Republicans have feared since they first set eyes on Barack Obama — that he symbolized the day when the revanchist white baby-boomers that comprised its base would simply be outnumbered — has come to pass, and though they will be back soon enough with their philosophy of limited government, they will heretofore practice their tried-and-true strategy of demonizing segments of the American population at their peril.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-speech-election-night-2012-14528957#ixzz2BYbZXdSo

  6. 14 japa21
    November 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    BTW, I have to admit I fell asleep before PBO’s speech last night. I have read all day, all over the intertubes that it was one of his best ever. Guess what I will be doing when I get home from work?

  7. 18 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  8. 19 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  9. 24 vitaminlover
    November 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Great cartoons!

  10. 25 yardarm756
    November 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  11. November 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    A preview on Energy policies-


    The author allows for the impression of Regularions to be evil. Not so!

  12. 28 vitaminlover
    November 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I truly believe that the entire First and Second Families are getting some well earned and deserved SLEEP!

  13. November 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you, Chips, and all my dear TOD friends for the best morning, ever!!!! We did this, TOGETHER!!!

    Lots of meetings today … back a bit later 🙂

    #TrustBarack – Always!

  14. 31 sherijr
    November 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    wow that John Lewis moment w/ POTUS written by Charles Pierce has done me in. So perfect – so poetic.

    • 32 carla4obama
      November 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I agree. I have read so many post election articles (I have barley slept) and this is the one I will be sending to family and friends. So many Americans are cynical on what is American Politics…this article grounds it in history. The new Steven Spielberg Lincoln movie premiers tomorrow in LA….Lincoln had a hard time with his re election, but he was a man grounded in history, so too is our President today. This election is historic, lets just keep President Obama safe.

  15. 33 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    BREAKING: Watch Live: President Obama Returns to the White House

    Join us at whitehouse.gov/live [http://www.whitehouse.gov/live] to watch as Marine One brings President Obama back to the White House to continue his work behalf of the American people. The Presidential helicopter will be landing on the South Lawn today at 5:20 PM EST, and you can watch it live here or on our social media platforms:

    •Tune-in on Facebook with the White House Live App
    •Watch White House live streams from anywhere with our official apps for iPhone and Android
    •Watch live on the White House YouTube channel [http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse?v=cohAWXly-yY]
    •Watch live on the White House Ustream channel [http://www.ustream.tv/whitehouse]

  16. November 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    We The People, We The Nation, We The Organizers of All Local Campaigns, We Got The Victory, The Victory!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 39 Pamela
    November 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Now you’ve done it, Chips. I have a ton of paperwork and email to catch up with for my little old lady, but as I am crying so hard from these photos and the story of John Lewis, nevermind being more in awe of PBO than ever…. How shall I get anything done. 🙂 {{{{{CHIPSTICKS}}}}}

  18. 41 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  19. November 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    And it’s Hour Time to Clean Up Our Nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Job President Obama, and all of The Organizers of The Obama Campaign. We should now be proud of ourselves, because we got a competent President Back Into The Oval Office. Four More Years, What More Can I Say!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 43 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  21. 45 Ramona M Cavanaugh
    November 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you TOD for the consistent, loving yet firm optimism and tireless source of enthusiasm.



    Sent from my iPhone

  22. 46 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  23. 47 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  24. 48 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    A serious and sympathetic post for any lurking conservatives

    Your pollsters and your pundits lied to you.

    They told you all the mainstream polls were “skewed”.

    They told you it was going to be a Romney landslide.

    They said their internal polls showed that Romney was ahead, and that Pennsylvania was in play.

    They lied.

    They did it because they wanted to manipulate you and make sure that you were excited enough to go out and vote. Maybe you understand why they lied, but it should be clear to you by now, that they did indeed lie to you.

    They lie to you about other things as well. They definitely lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They are lying to you about climate change. And they constantly lie to you about the income distribution of the tax cuts they propose.

    The biggest lies they tell, though, are about us – the liberals. The truth is this:

    We believe in hard work, and that it would be best if every able-bodied working age person had a job.

    We believe in families; strong families make a strong America.

    We believe in the freedom of religion. We would never support a candidate who was openly hostile to Christianity (or Judaism, or Islam, etc.).

    We believe in success. Most of us do not favor punitive tax rates for the rich; we just think that middle class and working class families should get extra breaks on their taxes that the rich do not need.

    We believe in free enterprise capitalism (well, most of us). Capitalism works through competition, and competition fails when big businesses are allowed to run roughshod over smaller businesses and workers. That’s why we favor regulated capitalism instead of a Wild West free-for-all.

    Most of all, we believe in America. We love this country and we strive to make it better. We may not always be right about everything, but we are motivated by our love of the country and its people – ALL of its people.

    We are your friends and your neighbors. We have jobs, kids, mortgages, bills, honey-do lists, and headaches just the same as you. We aren’t the monsters Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck told you we were.

    Your pollsters and your pundits lied to you.

    I’m telling you the truth.


  25. 51 jeff
    November 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    It’s awesome President Obama won his second term. Not only this but the extremist republicans were dealt some major blows. Warren is in and Brown is out, Deadbeat daddy is a goner and Tammy Duckworth is in. Allan West is gone as well but unfortunately Michelle Bachman barely managed to keep his seat.

  26. 55 thepragmaticpundit
    November 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I have to share this story because it’s funny and a testament to the fact that our children are always paying attention.
    My six-year-old grandson came home from school and announced that they’d had a presidential election in his classroom.

    “Who won”, I asked.

    He looked at me like I was crazy and declared, “Barack Obama, of course…the kids in my school are smart.”

    Later last night, after the announcement that the President had been reelected, I heard the patter of feet over my head. I went to his room to find him rousing his three-year-old brother from his sleep, “Patrick, Patrick…Barack Obama won again.”

    Patrick clapped his little hands, “Great, that’s great.” There was a pause, then he whispered, “Can he tell the doctor not to give me a shot tomorrow?”

    “He doesn’t do stuff like that, he’s the president!”

    Patrick turned over and covered his head, “Then I don’t care.”

    The six-year-old returned to his bed, “If we had time, maybe we could write him one of those letters.”

  27. 62 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    That piece by Charles Pierce is pure poetry and insight.

  28. 63 isonprize
    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    SO HAPPY!!!! I’m exhausted but happy!!!

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      November 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hello, Ison! 😀 You’ve been on my mind repeatedly! So glad to see you made it ‘home’ tired but totally satisfied, I’d bet. Welcome home. 🙂

  29. 65 SAB
    November 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Did they announce Florida yet? Last thing I remember, they hadn’t called it, and I can’t seem to find any results. He was winning it though right? So that makes 332 EV and an increase in the pop vote too right?

  30. 68 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    And now for a sublime moment of gloat (sorry, can’t help myself)

    — h/t Democratic Undeground

  31. November 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Okay then, now we can start arguing about where that Presidential Library is going to be. Thinking there needs to be two. One in Chicago and the other in Hawaii. Hope they put those ten letters a day the President read in there.

  32. November 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Our Nation Has Spoken, Loudly and Proudly!!!!!!!!!! Governor Mitt Romney

  33. November 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Well, thank goodness California voted to a temporary tax to save our education system and get our house back in order after the idiocy of Schwarzenegger. I’m so relieved.

  34. November 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm


  35. 99 Left-Indie
    November 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Chips, more photo/video of international reaction please.

  36. November 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Dear Shipsticks, Could you help me out please? I’m trying to post a photo on here, and I don’t know how to do it. Can I give you the link and you post it please?

  37. November 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    My apologies, I’ve meant to say Dear Chipsticks, could you help me please to post a photo on your wall?

  38. 106 jeff
    November 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Anyone besides me still upset at the voting suppression that the GOP tried this year? I know it didn’t sway the election but it shows that this can still be a major threat to our democracy.

    • 107 0388jojothecat
      November 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      I am more proud that people were not having it…….there were people on the ground and systems were put in place to highlight what the RWNJ’s were trying to do. I am proud that people stood up to their elected officials that tried to disenfranchise them.

      We need to force the Congress to do something about Citizens United state by state to over turn this horrible law and to have our DOJ do something about these states that limit the voting equipment in Dem districts. There needs to be painful consequences for anyone who tries to tamper with our votes.

  39. November 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    There is nothing that can match this type of excitement. Lots of great writings and cartoons today. The sun is shining, the air is cool and Barack Obama is president for another four years.

  40. 109 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Guys, my gay & out, ordained-minister cousin was so nervous we might lose last night, she was actually on the web last night looking for a cheap condo to buy in Belize, just in case. She couldn’t bear to watch the results with me: “I don’t think my stomach can take it.”

    I just shook my head at her and said “oh ye of little faith”. Of course today, she’s happy she doesn’t “have” to move now. The real estate search has been called off. For me, it’s bittersweet, ‘cuz I was kinda looking forward to a new vacation spot. 😉

    • November 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      She should still look for a condo! It can be a retirement investment; hire a property manager, rent it out to tourists, rake in the cash.

      • 111 dudette9t9
        November 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        I suggested that very thing. Only problem is she just bought & moved into her “retirement” home her in GA 6 months ago, so she could be close to family. 🙂

  41. November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  42. 113 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  43. November 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Josh: Hearing from little bird that President’s pollsters final battleground polling was 1/10th of one percentage point off from the final aggregated battleground results. So there’s a pollster in Obamaland with a Duracell battery on his shoulder, daring Nate Silver to knock it off …

  44. November 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Am I adhering to the we-aren’t-going-to-gloat rule if I mention again that even with unprecedented, unlimited, OBSCENE amounts of dark money from corporations and repulsive, selfish old billionaires, plus all the dirty tricks they thought they could get away with and working for years on despicable voter suppression laws and tactics WE WON ANYWAY? Becuase if I am I won’t mention it.

    • 118 magapie
      November 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      ……………….if I’m NOT adhering I guess I meant to say!! Can’t typoe when I’m giddy!!!! (and also can’t type when I’m not 🙂 🙂 )

      • 119 vcprezofan2
        November 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

        Oh, we are gloating! We just aren’t rubbing specific faces in the dirt today, I think. Why shouldn’t we gloat – we done real good!! 😛 We are rightfully proud of our accomplishments, particularly in the face of PLANNED, unrelenting and unprecedented obstruction. If I had to name it I’d say today is a celebratory gloat, which I’m thoroughly enjoying while awaiting my chance to have an in-your-face gloat tomorrow.

        • 120 magapie
          November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

          ……………………….might be rubbing some specific faces in the dirt in our minds………………not naming names though!

          • 121 vcprezofan2
            November 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

            😆 😆 Ever so often – though I won’t let them in – my mind flickers on them and I whisper ‘Tomorrow. I’ll tell you what I think of you tomorrow. Today belongs to me and my friends.’

    • 122 Obama Grandmama
      November 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I may have breached the not gloating rule as I wore my Obama sweatshirt to Art Guild today. We usually don’t talk politics there since we are about evenly split and it always ends up badly.

      Even though I did not say a word this one woman said “I thought we weren’t going to talk politics here.”

      I said “I was just privately celebrating, not talking.”

      She said “I cannot even stand to see his picture. It makes me sick and I don’t know how we will survive 4 more years of him.”

      She was actually quite adjutated. Another lady there (only 3 of us there then) started talking with her in agreement. I just went into the bathroom and turned my sweatshirt inside out thinking how pathetic these ladies were to get so worked up and believing all of the crap their party tells them. I have tried to talk with them before but realized it is a lost cause.

  45. November 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Our Nation Has Spoken, Loudly and Proudly!!!!!!!!!! Governor Mitt


    • 124 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Bwahahahaha!! Now that’s funny!
      Re-tweeted & faved!! Then sent it to the Mittster himself. Probably just baited a bunch of wingers, but I don’t care! 🙂

  46. November 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  47. November 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Reid is considering the nuclear option. Heeeee!!

  48. November 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm


  49. November 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I wonder if Barack and Michelle Obama got this playing on the plane on the way home.

  50. November 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you Susan for helping post and say what I wanted to say. Thanx Chipsticks, and dudette9t9, when you get a moment, you can go ahead and comment on the post. One Love, We Got The Victory, Our Victory, and Much Respects!!!!!!!!!!

  51. November 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Study: Youth vote was decisive
    By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 11/7/12 1:03 PM
    Obama easily won the youth vote nationally, 67 percent to 30 percent, with young voters proving the decisive difference in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to an analysis by the Center for Research and Information on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. Obama won at least 61 percent of the youth vote in four of those states, and if Romney had achieved a 50-50 split, he could have flipped those states to his column, the study said.


  52. 133 Melanie
    November 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    • 134 Lovepolitics2008
      November 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Retweet this like mad to national pundits. So they won’t forget. Let’s destroy the reputation of those pollsters FOR GOOD. So the media won’t dare use them again to push a particular narrative.

  53. November 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I was just speaking to my Mother… My Sister, Her and I put a lot of work into getting POTUS re-elected, last few months especially!
    And when Ohio came in and he clinched re-election, it was so emotional for all three.
    However, today we feel a little dejected, a little let down, that Florida is the only State not decided.
    It sucks and it’s depressing.
    Anyways, just how we feel. And as I typed this, OFA staffer callede to thank me!
    She to feels somewhat concerned and down, it was a very emotional Day.
    Just saying!

    • 136 japa21
      November 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Jovie, that is just FL being FL. All the work you and your mother and sister put in will be shown to have been worth it when FL is called later today for PBO. The thing is, Scott and his minions felt that by creating all those obstacles to voting they would make FL into the key state for Romney. Now, not only, due to your work, will FL not go for Romney, it wouldn’t have made any difference if it had.
      I commend you particularly, but also all the other people who wore out their shoes in FL and other states to make this happen. Don’t feel down, feel proud.

    • 137 hopefruit2
      November 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Actually Jovie – the fact that this is close is a testament to the hard work you, your mother, sister and OFA_FL have been doing for this campaign. If you recall, just three weeks ago, some GOP pollster declared FL a shoe-in for Romney – so much so that they claimed to have stopped polling there because they were sure he had it in the bag.

      But now that the final votes are being counted, PBO is still ahead by at least 40K and will probably maintain that lead.

    • 138 nathkatun7
      November 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      No need to feel down. You did a wonderful job and defied most of the pollsters. I don’t know why Florida has so much trouble with counting votes. In any case, what ever the final outcome of your state’s votes, you guys did a wonderful job with such a hostile governor.

    • 139 Obama Grandmama
      November 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Also, no matter the final count in FL counts for a win or not the total number of votes cast is an important number. All of your work will add to that popular vote count. Thanks for your work and for your added input on this blog. Feel proud and feel good, you deserve it!

    • November 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Jovie. . . do not feel down.
      I worked my butt of here in Broward and it really is disappointing that we were not counted in the election. However, after thinking about it, it does not look bad on my or the wonderful volunteers we had, but on Rick Scott and they way he tried to suppress the vote.

      Take heart because he will not be Governor again!

  54. 141 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  55. November 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm


    • 144 Bill R.
      November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      There were a lot of people on the right who were wrong, including all those RWers at the Romney party, and staffers. They were wrong because they were trying to live in in their ideology. Maturity means living in the world and making your commitments and choices in the world of reality and facts, not on wishful, distorted thinking.

  56. 146 Bill R.
    November 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    When I was still in high school, I had a friend who participated in SNCC and voter registration in the South. He showed me a press release that described the beating that John Lewis received at Selma. The name of John Lewis remained forever etched in my mind, and I have followed his career through all these years. The story of the President’s first inauguration and his exchange with John Lewis is deeply touching to me. There are saints and heroic leaders walking among us. They inspire us to be better.

  57. November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    You know what? I don’t know everybody, I’ve tried to post this photo, and I’m not sure if you have seen this photo/post or not, but when you get a chance, please log onto twitter, and view what I was trying to post, for the past half hour. What it said, was “You Are Not The President” talking about Mitt Romney. Thank you to those of you who tried to help me. Enjoy your day!!!!!!!!!!

    • 148 vcprezofan2
      November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Chris, I answered you above. We can see it by clicking on the first link you gave in your comment at comment #78 above.

      • November 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Oh okay cool. Thank you so much. I was not sure, and I was getting frustrated because I’ve was working hard trying to make all of you guys laugh, the first few times, I was trying to post this photo. So thank you for commenting on it on #78, I will check you out. Oh and by the way, I have to say thank you again to dudette9t9 and Liberal Lore on twitter for the retweet of my comment. I hope my joke got through to everybody. LOL Because it was funny when I’ve seen it on facebook posted by somebody else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • November 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm
  58. 153 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  59. 155 Dakota
    November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    WE ARE A JUGGERNAUT!!!! I’m so damned proud of everyone and so elated! The people united, will never be defeated!!! Get a clue bigots and haters…we will never forget and we will never stop moving FORWARD!

    Thank you Chips, I friggin love you, girl!

  60. 156 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Heard the radio that Diane Sawyer might’ve been sauced during broadcast last night. Anyone see it? Is there video?

    ABC’s Diane Sawyer spurs jokes from Twitterverse

  61. November 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I’m still feel dizzy. We waited for so long and now suddenly it’s over? Anyone else not really sure where they are today?

    • 158 japa21
      November 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I know where I am. I am in a better America.

      And BWD, although I have mentioned it in passing, I want to personally thank you for leading me to this site.

    • 159 magapie
      November 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I know how you’re feeling. But it’s not over it’s a new beginning!

    • 163 Grab a Mop Grace
      November 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      BWD. I’m feeling like you…a little foggy. Trying to do what I have to, but feeling slightly “out of body” as I do it. Might be lack of sleep, or maybe a euphoria hangover, but this is definitely NOT a day like all the others:)

  62. 164 vcprezofan2
    November 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Okay, TODobots, have we patted anyone of the winning team on their shoulders yet?

    There are a couple more to the bigger players in my timeline, but hey, you can ‘pretty’ them up with visuals, etc. Bottom line is we should send some major I ♥ you their way for a job well done! We complained a lot when we thought they were off track, we can praise just as much now we know they weren’t. Just saying.

    • 165 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Great idea! RT’ting away…

    • 166 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Definitely wanna throw some love to Axe, Plouffe, and Gibbs too. I’ll hit ’em up later.
      Gotta get back to work tho. People expect me to actually DO the stuff they pay me for. Can you imagine? The nerve, right?

    • 169 nathkatun7
      November 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Very well done VC! Obama’s team, as well as thousands of volunteers, gave us the best campaign in my lifetime.

      • 170 vcprezofan2
        November 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        They certainly did! And in the case of the volunteers, you gave yourselves the best campaign ever! My wish is that we won’t hesitate to keeping sending (or accepting) thanks. We humans never forget to complain/criticize so I want us to be as diligent in our praise/thanks.

  63. 171 squarepeg
    November 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I remember reading that O’s note to John Lewis 4 years ago after the inauguration. I cried tears. Such a simple note yet so profound. :’)

  64. 172 Esmerelda
    November 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    PBS has a nice photostream. I particularly liked this one of PBO and VPB.

    • 174 nathkatun7
      November 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      That was an excellent summary of the excellent campaign run by the President’s team. I am glad the author gave a shout to Priorities USA! Bill Burton and company deserve a great deal of praise for the devastating Bain ads.

  65. November 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  66. 178 susanne
    November 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    good morning from hawaii!!! so proud of our native son, and our country!! what a great day it is!!!

    thanks to all the brilliant, indefatigable, funny, humane, SUPERB folks who re-elected our president!!! all of you, you did it !!! and to the campaign leadership and staff, you have our undying respect and gratitude.

    to the president, first lady, vice president, and doctor biden: you’ve worked so hard to get to this place, and we are in awe of your determination, goodness, and brilliance. four great years in american history lie ahead, and we will never stop thanking you for all you do.

    to chips and the tods: BEST PEEPS EVER!!!!!

    now i’m going to donate blood to the red cross. after that, they always tell me i need to eat a lot and rest!!! yep, it’s a great day!! 🙂

  67. 184 jacquelineoboomer
    November 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful we can laugh at EVERYTHING today?

  68. 185 Esmerelda
    November 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    The world breathes a collective sigh of relief #thankyouamerica— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) November 7, 2012

  69. 186 Ann_T
    November 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing the first family come home!

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