Wednesday, November 05, 2008
And The Winner is
After one of the most publicized election season in the history of US and the world, Democratic frontrunner Senator Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States of America after getting 349 electoral votes against the 162 electoral votes Republican nominee Senator John McCain received.
Forty-seven-year old Obama is the first African American to win presidency in US history. In his first speech as president-elect delivered before a crowd of 125,000 people at Grant Park in Chicago, Obama said that change has come to America, ““If there is anyone out there who doubts that America is a place where anything is possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” he said.
On the other hand, McCain accepted his defeat and even called Obama to congratulate him as mentioned by Obama during his address with his supporters in Arizona. “The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly,” he said in his speech. McCain also called for unity and expressed support for Obama “We both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still have the power to wound…Let there be no reason for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth,” McCain said.
Considered as the factors for Obama’s victory where his wins in Florida, a controversial and sought after state in recent elections; Ohio, where incumbent President George W. Bush won twice; Colorado, home of the religious right and Virginia, ending the 40 years streak of Republican victories.