Congrats! President-elect Obama

Alaska has not been counted but who cares?  Obama–338  McCain–156

Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation’s first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. “Change has come,” he declared to a huge throng of cheering supporters.

The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his historic triumph by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground statesOhio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa and more.

He and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as president and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.

Obama will move into the Oval Office as leader of a country that is almost certainly in recession, and fighting two long wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.

The popular vote was close — 51.3 percent to 47.5 percent with 73 percent of all U.S. precincts counted — but not the count in the Electoral College, where it mattered most.

There, Obama’s audacious decision to contest McCain in states that hadn’t gone Democratic in years paid rich dividends.

Obama has said his first order of presidential business will be to tackle the economy. He has also pledged to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months.

Never in my lifetime did I ever think that a black man ever become president of the United States of America.  I have been a critic of the government for years and will remain so, but the voter has shown me that they are listening asnd learning, maybe not all, but we are getting there.

It will be interesting to see what will be done first and in the first 100 days of the Obama administration.  I will be watching.

Today In Labor History

05 November

Eugene V. Debs – labor leader, socialist, three-time candidate for president and first president of the American Railway Union, born – 1855

Eugene V. Debs, candidate for president under the banner of the Socialist Party, wins six percent of the vote – 1912

Everett, Wash., massacre, at least seven Wobblies killed, 50 wounded and an indeterminate number missing – 1916

Some 12,000 television and movie writers begin what was to become a three-month strike against producers over demands for an increase in pay for movies and television shows released on DVD and for a bigger share of the revenue from work delivered over the Internet – 2007

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