Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Historic American Night

The historic 2008 Presidential election is officially over. With the popular vote of 63,347,102, and the electoral vote of 364, ABC network has projected that Barack Hussein Obama II will be the 44th President of the United States. Obama has been dubbed the first African American President of the United States. I myself am an Obama supporter. Through the campaign, I watched the Obama Website and received E-mails from Obama, his wife Michelle, his Vice-President running mate Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr., and the Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. I also watched the Obama campaign Website. The Obama campaign was funded by none other than the American people. Meanwhile, Biden has been declared the first Roman Catholic Vice President of the United States in U.S. history. His Senatorial predecessor was J. Caleb Boggs.

Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961. He married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in 1992. Maila Ann and Sasha Obama will be declared the new First Daughters. Obama attended Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. He is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

With a popular vote of 56,009,353 and an electoral vote of 174, John Sidney McCain III has already conceded the election. He led a low-road campaign run and funded by corporate lobbyists. Sarah Palin's lack of experience has cost her the bid to be the first female Vice President of the United States. I have just heard McCain's concession speech as well as Obama's inaugural speech. Biden is McCain's old friend. McCain's attack ads against Obama were all proven false. He voted with lame-duck President George W. Bush 90% of the time. Electing McCain would be like electing Bush a third term.

Meanwhile, Democrats gained seats in both the House and the Senate. This has happened locally on WLOS channel 13, an ABC affiliate broadcast to my locality, when Kay Hagan defeated Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole, who lost the Republican Primary in the controversial 2000 Presidential Election. Also, Bev Perdue has been elected the first female Governor of North Carolina in U.S. history. Both Independents in Congress have ties with the Democratic Party.

Both major Presidential candidates were born outside the continental United States. Obama was born in Hawaii and McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

Obama turned blue six states that went red in 2004. He claimed Pennsylvania (which McCain heavily focused on his campaign), Ohio (which got an 80% blue turnout), and Virginia, spelling doom for McCain. Virginia previously went blue in 1964. Recent shifts in Virginia's demographics may have helped him win this election. If Ohio goes blue, the red campaign is doomed. A Democratic victory in Ohio spells and has always spelled doom for the Republican candidate. No Republican won a Presidential election without claiming Ohio.

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