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January 19th, 2009
01:41 PM ET

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about Obama?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sometimes things work out the way they're supposed to. Today is Martin Luther King Day, a holiday set aside to honor the slain civil rights leader. Without him, tomorrow would never have happened. Tomorrow Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The first African-American president we've ever had.

Martin Luther King would be 80 if he were alive today.

It's been almost 46 years since Dr. King, who would be 80 if he were alive today, led the march on Washington and delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech. From segregation, lynchings, water cannons and police dogs to the Oval Office in less than half a century. Dr. King would be very proud.

According to a CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll, 49% of Americans believe the U.S. has fulfilled Martin Luther King's vision laid out on that day: 69% of African-Americans and 46% of Whites.

A lot is riding on Obama. He is making history in a way his predecessors have not. Not since the late John F. Kennedy has so much hope been placed at the feet of one man by so many. It's going to be a helluva ride, and if Barack Obama can pull this off, our country is going to re-emerge from eight years of winter.

Here’s my question to you: If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, what would he say about Barack Obama’s inauguration?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John from Alabama writes:
Jack: Martin Luther King would say "Thank God Almighty because something, that years ago would have been a miracle, tomorrow it will come to pass." To many African-Americans it is a miracle, but to the young it is a right of passage long over due. I am an old white man who was raised in the south, and I got to vote for Obama.

EL writes:
Hi Jack. I think Martin Luther King Jr. would say nothing but cry tears of joy, instead of pain, in the realization that regardless of the color of one's skin, anything is possible.

The sad part is, it took too long, too many innocent lives were lost. Let's hope for a better society where racism isn't so rampant. Martin Luther King Jr. hoped and prayed for that. We all should.

Joyce from Jacksonville, Florida writes:
I believe Dr. King would be proud of President-elect Obama and cheer the possibilities for the future, but he would also be wise enough to know we have just begun. Miracles won't happen overnight and too many Americans would be thrilled to see him fail.

Patti writes:
We stand on the Mountaintop. It has been a long, hard walk. Let us go forward to our future that lies ahead, Black hand in White, White hand in Asian, Asian hand in Gay, Gay hand in Straight, Straight hand in Disabled, Disabled hand in Able hand. Let us walk as one people, united in our hope for the future.

Bude from Mississippi writes:
I think he would say what most black people are thinking about Obama: He better not screw this up.

Jenny from Nanuet, New York writes:
"I can't believe you beat the Clintons."


Filed under: Barack Obama • Inauguration
soundoff (771 Responses)
  1. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    That his dream as finally come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Brian - Trinidad

    Don't just ride the popularity train,do something for the people who put you there.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  3. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    While Dr. King died long before I was born, from what I've heard, he'd say we're on the right track. The idea is to have skin color be no more relevant than eye color.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  4. mike bucki

    A great promise has been fulfilled, there is much work to be done, but hope is filling our hearts. mike bucki Atlanta, ga.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  5. Troy

    Bude (pronounced byude) Mississippi

    I think he would say what most black people are thinking about Obama:
    He better not screw this up.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  6. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    The good doctor would call Obama the balm of Gilead to heal a sin sick soul. God has blessed America.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  7. Karl from SF, CA

    He would say, "I had a dream and this was part of it".

    January 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Candy West Virginia

    I believe MLK would be extremely proud of Barack, that he has carried himself with such class and dignity. That he has remained true to his black roots however realizes that we should all work, exist and strive together. And he may even say 'thank you for realizing my dream...'

    January 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Tim from Ky.

    I believe that Dr. King would say that dreams may take a while but if you believe as I do that (I have a dream ), and dreams do come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  10. Jan Illinois

    He would be thrilled and he would say Finally, Amen.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  11. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    I think that he would be proud of Obama's election and his life and words as well. Obama's election is such a significant event for our nation that I don't think that most of us will realize its true significance for a few years. King would be proud, but probably not satisfied. He would be looking down the road to the next achievement that fulfills his dream for America.

    Troy, Ohio

    January 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  12. Todd E. Mashlan, a/BSG

    I think that he would echo his chief advisor, Bayard Rustin, tand say that racial equality was not the only significance of an Obama inauguration. That LGBT equality is just as necessary. And that Palestinian rights and Israeli security both need to be respected.

    I think he would say that there are any number of dreams yet to be fulfilled and that Obama's presidency is just one of many bridges being built toward that end.

    Todd, a/BSG
    Chicago

    January 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  13. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    Dr. King would probably say something like …We’ve come a long way in the past 40 years but my dream is not complete until we can elect a president when no one notices or cares that the color of his skin is different and ONLY when we view ourselves as: “One Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all." will I say “Mission Accomplished”…!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Jan Illinois

    Jack , I hope you are seeing this, Please raise some hell there about the moderators on Cnn. They leave our good, decent, not rule breakers, comments out there in no where, here and on the ticker aws well, It's an importantday and I can't read all the blogs as usual or comment. Do something Jack and congratulate loU.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  15. KarenB, Florida

    that's hard to speculate. If King was as good a man as he appeared to be, I think he'd be disturbed by all the "hoopla" and all the unknown factor in this whole thing.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  16. Bill Haskins

    Dear Jack:

    I think that Dr. King would feell that his work was not in vain to see that a Blackman could be president of the United States of America, however on the other hand I'm sure that he would have mixed feelings on the progress that we, as a nation have made in terms of racial equality and parity. As a 50 year African American man, I'am proud that I have lived long enough to see this day as well as both of my parents being able to see this as well...god bless america...but we still have such a ways to go.

    Bill Haskins
    Smyrna, GA

    January 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  17. Bonnie / Arkansas

    If he could speak through his tears of joy, he would say, "Thank God almighty." We have truly reached the point of judging a person by the content of his character, and I am proud of us.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  18. kerry diehl

    "Ha, I knew all that marching would be worth something some day!"

    January 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  19. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    "My dreams are becoming realized."

    January 19, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  20. Tom Huntington, NY

    I think he might say: "Well done sir, well done! "

    January 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  21. Rob from Canada

    "I had a dream."

    January 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Martin Luther King would say he is very proud of Barack Obama's inauguration due to the fact he is not signling out the one type of person. He is wanting all people even the very young to be a part of this. But, since Martin Luther King is not here on this day of joyful occassion I am sure he is looking down and wishing well to all Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  23. VK RAMAN

    Martin Luther King will say that Obama not only dreamt in the night, he dreamt in the day too, not as a black but as an ordinary person wanting to do extra ordinary feats in life.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  24. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think he would have a big smile with tears of joy running down his face. Then I think he would pray that president Obama would become a good president for all the people.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  25. Tony Gibson

    I think that Dr. King might say the inauguration hoopla is too much. After all, Obama is as white as he is black, and our recognizing him as black seems to be a persistence of the "drop of blood" definition of race from the Old South. Wouldn't it be better for all of us if we could see Obama as a genetic mutt (he has described himself that way) as we all are? By accepting a "mutt" standard we would be farther down the road to a post-racial society. Of course, not many or us want to see ourselves as less that purebreds, and therein lies the problem.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  26. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Dr. King would be very proud of this day. Only if Dr. King could of seen this day that really only he knew would be fact someday.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  27. Marie Ontario

    He would likely be quite happy with the election of Obama but with reservations. It would be my guess that had the Bush administration not been such a disaster for both America and the world the outcome of the election might have seen different results.

    In any event the need and concern of the citizens did trump any latent racial feelings in the electorate and that would not likely have happened in Dr. King's day.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  28. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    At last. Amen.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  29. Roger from Espanola, New Mexico

    Dr. King would have said that Barack Obama was the BEGINNING of a dream come true!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  30. carson

    Well jack, if he is still alive he would certainly say about his dream that has come true and will be fulfill tommorrow. hopefully he would be at least asked to serve in obamá cabinet if he wish.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  31. Lloyd Colston

    I think he would be OK with quantity of those serving. I am not sure he would agree with quality of those serving.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  32. LUCI - ILLINOIS

    He would say praise the Lord, Halaluia, Amen!!!!!
    We are a white couple and think it is about time this is happening.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  33. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    I am sure Doctor King would say something like we finally made it to the front of the bus.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  34. Lee from La Verne

    The time is overdue, the people as a whole are ready, more than ready in most cases, yet it took a very special person to tap into the yearning of people of all races and colors to get beyond this divide. This is a paradigm shift, not only in our own country, but in the world. Blessings and gratitude flow to you, Barack.
    P.S.; I am a 78 year old white woman, excited for my grandchildren and theirs yet to come, to have been able to witness this stage of our collective enlightenment.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  35. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Be humble,be righteous,include everyone in your message and most of all be true to yourself. Good luck to a good man.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  36. Ed

    Hey you, this is my dream or Hey, this is my dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  37. Theresa Rivas

    I believe that Martin Luther King would say today my dream I could see
    with my eyes. I praise Almighty God for this day.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  38. Sherri

    That a man should not be judged by the color of his skin BUT by the content of his CHARACTER! Mr.Obama is a decent, hard working family man who had the desire and determination to run for the highest office in the land to change the "way things have been done" in D.C and once in that position, to right the wrongs of the forgotten Americans, the middle, low income, and senior citizens that haven't been on the President's radar for 8 years. America woke up in 2008 and saw a MAN with a vision, a man who walked the walk & talked the talk, a man who could have worked at any prestigious law firm in the country yet chose to move to the South side of Chicago to help those less fortunate then himself, a man with a call for change, change, change! Americans saw a man,COLOR ASIDE, someone that can make a change so desperately needed in our country and may God bless him on his future as President of the Untied States of America! Thats what MLK would say!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  39. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    "we HAVE overcome"

    January 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  40. Dean in Pa

    We have scaled the mountain, but my dream will remain alive for others to meet and exceed the challenges ahead.
    RIP and may God bless Dr. M. L. King Jr.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  41. Simone,Riverdale IL.

    "Barack is the Check and it is now cashed," now it's time to distribute equality among all the people, bring Unity and Justice to all which was fortold 45yrs. ago. This is only the beginning . Now it's time to pull together (all races) the Senate and the House doing our part as "God fearing people" then and ony then will the dark cloud which held us back shall bring forth a brighter day ahead during these economic times.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  42. Dennis from Albuquerque

    Dreams do come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  43. Richard Sternagel

    MLK would say, "A Job Well Done Barack! You have scaled the mountain and now have Achieved the Dream!"

    January 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  44. Tony from Torrington

    Hey Barack....this is MY DAY....you're hogging the press!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  45. Katie Krafka

    I believe he would say its a giant leap in the right direction but we are still far from equality in this world. Cincinnati, Ohio

    January 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  46. Tina Texas

    With tears in his eyes he would know that finally a man of color had made his dream come true but in reality had Bush not made such a mess of things Dr King's dream would still be a life time away.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  47. Robert in Galveston

    I think he would proud to see this man being sworn in as the President. You might ask the question what would Dr. King think of George Bush and his administration?

    January 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  48. Anthony Smith

    Damn, I thought I was just preaching. I really didn't think it would happen!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    January 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  49. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Maybe now black people will be able to play on all golf courses in America.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  50. odessa

    racism still exists but we as americans need to rise above it..there are too many problems in our society such as economy,healthcare,two wars, homeless etc..yes, obama made it happened but we still has alot of ways to go..we need to end poverty in our country so that no children doesn't need start crimes or drug abuses..i am glad for once that my childern can look up to a african american president as a role model because there are too many children looking at musicans or sports entertainers ;instead parents should be investing in their children's education and reaching something else higher to make millions..i believe that obama will make a great president..i hope that he can changed washington politics because some of the senators or congressmen are only looking out for themseleves not the people..i wished that my great grandparents,my aunt, and my uncles were alived to witness history in the making but i will be celebrating for president obama..

    January 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  51. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    When I was 6 years old we lived in Selma, Alabama and I was not allowed to ride in the back of the bus and wondered why there were two water fountains, one labeled white and the other colored. Now we won't have to have two water fountains anymore and white kids can ride in the back of the bus. It's about time.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  52. Mechelle

    Mechelle
    Tampa, Florida

    King: It's been a long time coming, Son. But deep down I knew that one day this day would come. Dispite all of the circumstances and journeys down long dark roads, I knew that this day would come. Just hold fast to your morals and beliefs and and have faith in your fellow mankind, and we'll move mountains!

    Obama: Yes we can!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  53. Gina in Racine, Wi

    He would say "Congratulations" to Obama and to his fellow American's who were smart enough to vote this man into the Presidency.

    He would then say that we have come along way at this Historic moment.....but that we still have so far to go.

    I hope everyone thinks about Dr. King, ....his sacrifice for the cause of equality and the senselessness of his death on this Special Day in his honor.....and the Special Day tomorrow.......

    January 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  54. Al,Raleigh,N.C

    If Dr. King was still alive, would he be proud of the progress that we have made as a people and whip all through Obama's inaugurational speech for witnessing a dream he ones had

    January 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  55. N.S , Huntsville Al

    Wow thats a big question, I think he would say that he is a very highly intelligant, thoughfull, young man who has climbed up the ladders in a very impressive way. I think he would be proud of Obama and take him under hi wings.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  56. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Martin Luther King would be very proud.
    And, he would realize that we did not just elect a black man, but a man of intelligence, compassion and integrity with the ability to lead our country.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  57. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    Like Moses, King lead people to the promised land but could not enter it himself. He would recognize in Barack Obama, Joshua.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  58. Francis Enane

    Dear Jack Please read my poem,

    He traveled through the waters of the earth, his mind full of thoughts
    Moonlight came in times of darkness, as the sun disappeared every winter
    He fought for his nation, persevered for his people, a citizen of the universe was he
    For His thoughts were a dream, and His dream a reality.

    His life was full of an ancestry of slavery, but his desire remained freedom
    He moved from Massachusetts to Albama, Albama to Alaska not only did know he was for America
    He endured brittle beatings, gun shoots spared him in despair, his courage remained a Museum of History
    For His thoughts were a dream, and His dream a reality.

    His courageous ability portrayed questions, but his wisdom was to seek out answers
    Then on fourth day of the fourth month of 1968, he was not spared, for his death an assassin
    His joy, his people, his powers all went down in vain, the King had gone down in the soil
    For His thoughts were a dream, and His dream a reality.

    Recovery of His dream began with a journey from Africa, a land of his forefathers
    Recovery of His desire to unite us all started with a date, a white lady with a man of Kenyan roots
    He once said 'I have a dream', and in his dream a president was born
    For His thoughts were a dream, and His dream a reality.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  59. vern-t anaheim,ca

    of course he would be proud to know a black man was elected president.i too am proud that a black man has been elected,ones race&religion should not be a barrier to the presidency.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  60. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    The Reverend King would say that his dream has come true. Obama's inauguration is proof to all people of all color, that anything is possible. While there is still much progress to be made in overcoming social inequities, there is more hope than ever before. The war to overcome racial injustice is more closely tied than ever to economic injustice and educational inequity. These are the barriers that face all Americans and these too will be overcome.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  61. Billy G in Las Vegas

    Dr King might comment that it's very appropriate that a black man would replace this particular President because, for over 400 years in America, black people have been called upon to CLEAN UP spoiled rich white peoples MESS.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  62. Rich Smyrnios from Kalamazoo, Mi.

    "It's your baton now. Carry it with humility".

    January 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  63. kathleen , san juan

    I think we should have had a President King instead of a President Nixon.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  64. Erik S.

    Barrack Hussein Obama will bring lies, corruption and ruin to this Nation. He does not represent the dreams laid down by Dr. King. Dr. King was a humble and descent man, who spoke truth and brought hope. Obama does not, he will cause this nation to fall. His promises are hollow and false, and those who worship him as some Messiah, are following a False Messiah. There is only one Messiah, Christ, the Son of God. I fear for this Nation and this World.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  65. Ray, Dunedin, Florida

    Pinch me I think I'm dreaming!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  66. Jim Naples, Florida

    Free at last; free at last; thank God almighty our dreams have come to pass!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  67. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    Remember the people and never forget who went before, and their accomplishments. Work hard and do your best each day, and your God will walk with you and stand with you.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  68. Jaison From NYC

    Jack!

    I think Dr, King will say this...

    Hey Barak congratulation and now you are a president of United States Of America. American people have elected you, so that mean you have responsibilities of American people, so do your duties as public servant for Americans in right manner. and make sure don't forget where you come from and always keep your feet on ground.

    I am sure at the same time he'll be worried for Obama too, because he has lot of cleaning to do. but he'll have faith in GOD.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  69. Francis Enane

    Francis from Hammond, Indiana
    MLK was a great hero

    January 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  70. JD in NH

    Dr. King would smile. There are no words to describe the journey from then to now.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  71. Joyce Ford, Jacksonville, FL

    I believe Dr. King would be proud of President-Elect Obama and cheer
    the possibilities for the future, but he would also be wise enough to
    know "we have just begun". Miracles won't happen overnight and too
    many Americans would be thrilled to see him fail. In a country where
    party leaders and tv, newspaper and radio "pundits" want to see him fail, the work has just begun. It will take all of us to show that the future will require more than political partisanship.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  72. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    He'd be proud and say thumbs up for perserving, even though people who worked with MLK, ex. John Lewis and the old prominant African Americans from his era did not initially support Obama and people like Robert Johnson tried to portray him as a drug addict.

    He would say you stood up for your principles and appealed to all Americans. You did it the right way. Job well done son!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  73. Rod from Allentown PA

    Unfortunately Jack, Michael King, whom many feel was a Marxist, would probably tell Mr. Obama, who many feel is a closet Marxist, to come out of the closet.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  74. Jerry: Alpharetta, Ga

    He would express his pride in the American people for we have demonstrated to the world that now we can look at a man and see a man, we can look at a leader and see a leader , we can look and recognize him for who he is and what he stands for and not notice the color of his skin.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  75. Ann from S.C.

    MLK would say "Amen".

    January 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  76. Frann Altman in Los Angeles, CA

    He might say we have come so far and yet there is further yet to go. We must reach into our consciences and hearts and know that while it may appear a physical victory, the moral victory continues to need to be attended to, each and every day. That when we deny the rights of democracy to any man or woman, we deny them to all.

    His speech of 1964 still resonates with me (Bowdoin 1964) – “If democracy is to live, then segregation must die. Segregation is a cancer in the body politic…” Martin Luther King Jr.

    The healing has begun but we cannot rest for there is still so much yet ahead but today is a celebration of the heart, of the soul.

    I am grateful to be here.

    Frann Altman
    Los Angeles, CA

    January 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  77. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Great! Now let's work on poverty!

    January 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  78. john behan

    Right on! I kept the faith, baby!

    January 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  79. Jim/NC

    He would tell him how proud and excited he is for the American people, especially African-Americans. But, Mr. King would ask, in private: "Why did you attend Rev. Wright's church for 20 years?"

    January 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  80. Ralph ATL

    20 hours 54 minutes until adult supervision. 8 years of hell almost done!

    January 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  81. orion

    Dr.king was preaching more for equality and mutual respect for all human race seeing this still a lot of work to be done to make the world to march with lovefor a better futur.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  82. Carol Northampton MA

    Dreams you dare to dream really do come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  83. Terry in Hanover County

    Dr. King would ask God to keep President Obama safe and guide him. He would be grateful that all those years of praying for hope against hope that the dawn of equality has finally arrived and the Light has been spread across America like a torch burning the past as we march into the future together as one Nation.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  84. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    Now let's all stand up together as one, and help him.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  85. Annie, Atlanta

    I think he'd say: "Sure, hand this mess over to the black guy just before it sinks so he gets blamed."

    Bad joking aside, he'd be proud of us for choosing Obama based on the content of his character rather than the color of his skin.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  86. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Dr. King was a spiritual man before he was anything else. He would have thanked God for his blessing and answer to prayer, and would ask for God's annointing upon Barak Obama, so that he would be enabled to carry out the great tasks that are before him.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  87. John

    Jack: Martin Luther King would say "Thank God Almighty because something that years ago would have been a mirale, tomorrow it will come to pass" To many African-Americans it is a miracle, but to the young it is a right of passage long over due. I am an old white man who was raised in the south, and I got to vote for Obama. Miracle to some, but a right of the voting box to others. May God Bless Obama time in the White House.

    John from Alabama

    January 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  88. el

    Hi Jack

    I think Martin Luther King Jr would say nothing but cry tears of joy, instead of pain, in the realization that regardless of the colour of one's skin, anything is possible.
    The sad part is, it took too long, too many innocent lives were lost.
    Let's hope for a better society where racism isn't so rampant. Martin Luther King Jr hoped and prayed for that. We all should.
    President Elect Obama is the one to lead us through these difficult times, however daunting they may be

    January 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  89. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    I don't know about Dr. King, But my friends whos' names are listed on the Vietnam Memorial would be quite proud.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  90. Pugas-AZ

    I wish I had your opportunities. Now put the fruits of your labor to good use-for all the people.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  91. Gigi in Alabama

    I think that he and Coretta are smiling down from Heaven and saying, "Thank you Lord that you sent a man with Obama's character and wisdom to further the dream that men can live in harmony with one another."
    Jack, I am a 71 year old white lady from the South that thought she would never see this day. I am also proud to say that I voted for Barack Obama but in Alabama it didn't count for much since we have an electoral college.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  92. Kendall Pittsburgh

    He would say "It was worth it"

    January 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  93. peteinthegreatwhitenorth

    I don't know what MLK would say about Obama but would he buy the Obama commemorative plate , or the coin , or the bobblehead ?Where can I buy the Obama fragrance or the Obama designer jeans ?Maybe he would say nothing and just bid on the Obama's Chrysler 300-m on E-Bay. At least parts of that are still made in america.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  94. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Of course, he would be exceptionally proud of Barack Obama, but he would need to say nothing. Dr. King's life and his legacy speak for him.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  95. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    Jack,
    Martin Luther King is still alive today through his spirit and in our hearts. I believe if he were here today Dr. King would be overjoyed, and he would thank the good people of our great country for believing in the dream and voting for a good man, not because Barack Obama
    is black, but voting for him irregardless of his color, and mainly for the content of his character.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  96. Gigi

    Dr. King 'S DREAM was more than to free his race. There is more that needs to be done. It is living together in harmony and that dream still needs to be fulfilled. The rich, government and the corrupted have been feeding themselves off the backs of the labours for to long. I hope President Obama will work for the rest of the dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  97. Tom in Dubuque

    WOW!

    January 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  98. Virginia McFadyen

    Jack, I think Martin Luther King would ask Obama why he has not addressed the issue of the millions of street gang and thugs that are plaguing your country. There is a lot of activists crying foul, but they too are not addressing the real problems of crime and lack of home standards. I think he would say, clean up our streets first!!

    January 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  99. Laura

    I think he would be grateful and proud for the sacrifice of so many that continued his dream that gave Barack Obama this opportunity today. Even though he is our first bi-racial president I believe Dr. King would be most pleased that he came from the middle class and understands the importance and needs of the poor and middle class. He connects with all people and gives them the greatest gift: to be directly involved in helping one another and shaping their futures. That's a very pleasant dream.

    San Angelo, TX

    January 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  100. Rich Monk

    Hey Jack,
    I think MLK would say, " Son, the whole country, no the whole World is counting on you to be our leader in these terbulent times. Be yourself, show your heart, show us that we all have a right to be respected, show your humility, show us that love of heart is not a commodity, but the most powerful energy we know of". Show us that the future is for us all!
    Congradulations to the World, Mr. President Obama!!!

    Thomas, Carlsbad, San Diego

    January 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  101. Daniel, Indiana

    I yhink he would say that a part of his dream has been seen, the partthat an African-American could be elected to be President of the United States of America. I think that he would still be disappointed that his dream of peace is as far from being seen, or possibly farther than it was when he was alive. Peace was a major goal/dream of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi, a man whom King looked up to.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  102. Linda in Arizona

    Congratulations, Mr. President?

    January 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  103. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    "You are the change we've been waiting for."

    January 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  104. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    "I can't believe you beat the Clintons."

    January 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  105. Ken in NC

    Dare to dream for it might come true. Our nation has turned a corner and is on a track of world growth. We still carry with us many non believers but far fewer today than 40 years ago. KEEP DREAMING for they can come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  106. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I think Dr. King would be thrilled, by the election of Pres. Obama. Dr. King would also realize that Obama's election is on the second or third step on the risers to true equality. Risers to equality that have many, many more step to be taken. After all, Barack Obama is only one person.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  107. don in naples, florida

    It is a great day for America; and for progress.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  108. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Your chance to complete the dream and the dream of all Americans. Don't blow it.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  109. Valarie in Castro Valley,California

    I think he would be greatly proud of Obama acomplishment and sadden at those who still hold on to racial hate and those who project his down fall. Dr. King had a vision for all Americans. It is sad that there are those due to pity and selfishness will never realize the dream. But it is great as an American to see we can get past those who only see race and now we have elected the right man for the job. He will do something that not since Kennedy, honesty to the American people and point us all in the right direction again.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  110. Rex Williams

    Jack,

    He would say Obama why you so fly?

    January 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  111. Dan, Chantilly VA

    It's a great step in the right direction, but by no means the crossing of the finish line.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  112. arlene in iowa

    The circle is complete..

    January 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  113. sandi-arizona

    I believe that Dr. King would be approving of the way that Obama has made his platform of change to be for everybody. He wants us to take control of the changes, both within ourselves and in our government. What a great way to make the issue of race fade.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  114. Jim, from Las Vegas

    I think he would be very disappointed that after 40 years we are still in the same place were language must be controlled and we celebrate the first black/latino/asian to do something. We have made almost no progress in recognizing that the color of our skin or ethnic background should have no bearing on how we judge our fellow humans. MLK would look at Obama, then look at the Senate, and say "oh, really?".

    January 19, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  115. claudia farrell

    I believe Dr. King would say the victory is not yours alone, it belongs to all of us. But well done little grasshopper.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  116. Ken

    I knew it would happen but was surprised that it happened so quickly.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  117. just me!

    He would be proud that his dream lives on.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  118. Andre R. Newcomb

    See you on the 'T', brother.

    Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona

    January 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  119. Paula in Albuquerque

    Nothing much, but he'd stare at Obama some considerable time...and, slowly smile...then, throw his head back...and laugh! Then, he'd embrace his "newly-found 'son'", and pronounce, "You are PRECISELY what I've been talking about!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  120. Thom Richer

    Stay focused and keep your feet on the ground and never forget or compromise the good of the people of America. Do not waste the worker's taxes on frivolous or special interest projects. Start off your presidency by doing exactly that and not waste millions of dollars on parties, balls, and food and drink. Thus truly showing that you share an understanding of workers needs and care more about them than useless and unnecessary celebration at their expense. Showing them you really mean what you say and not making it just another event shared only with those who can afford to attend such extravagant
    doings at a time when so many are struggling just to make enough to live on from day to day and not lose what little means they have because of crooks on wall street and in government.

    Yeah, I think that is about what MLKK might say.

    Thom
    Negaunee, MI

    January 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  121. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, I'm sure he would be proud and thank the lord that this day finally came after all the suffering!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  122. Hendrik from Hille, GER

    I've had a dream, and is's finally come true!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  123. Al, Lawrence KS

    MLK would say that this struggle was never about any ONE man. It was about equality and opportunity for all. He would remind us that the struggle continues.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  124. Jeff in Minnesota

    He would say, "It's about time."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  125. Davonne in Easton Pennsylvania

    Dr. King Jr. would say, with tears in his eyes, that Barack has brought his dreams of the highest peek on the highest mountain that all blacks and whites had to climb in order to truly stand as one people, has finally come to reality.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  126. a racist

    He'd say "why are you bringing up Mr. Obama's skin color? Judge his character".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  127. Damien

    Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify our Father in Heaven.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  128. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    He would be thrilled. This moment is almost beyond human thinking. We really have come a lonf way.
    King would go back to his famous speech about his children and see that the dream has come true.It is just a shame that he can't be here in the flesh to see and hear this wonderful history happening.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  129. Jim Pomerance

    "I HAD a dream" and it's come true!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  130. Leslie

    "We have reached the promised land..."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  131. Kelly S.

    I believe he would simply say "Amen"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  132. Maya Briahn

    I believe that he would say a "dream deferred" NOW "fulfilled!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  133. Monroe W. DeVos

    He would calmy say: "I had a dream........."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  134. Patricia

    I believe that Dr. King would say to all Americans "JOB WELL DONE!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  135. franklin

    MLK will say:
    "... at last, free at last, we are free, AMEN"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  136. Steve Rogers

    He would say... Yes We Can.... Yes We Did...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  137. Jim Villella

    I think Martin Luther King would say, "Go, Barack, restore the American Dream for all!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  138. Khara A

    I think Dr. King would have a big big smile on his face. He believed more in us than we believe in ourselves. He would say that he always knew America was capable of achieving this moment....and he would not be surprised.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  139. Mike Piazza

    "Thank God Almighty, we're free at last..."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  140. Vige

    I see the Dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  141. Ken, Newburyport, MA

    Free at last!, free at last!. thank Gog almighty – free at last!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  142. MKR

    "Oh Happy Day."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  143. Kurt

    The answer to this question is simple. He would say...

    I had a dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  144. Fern

    If Dr. King was alive today he would say his dream came true.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  145. kelio

    mlk will simply say "God is powerful"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  146. Mario

    Simple Jack, "Free at Last"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  147. Beth in Maine

    What would Dr. King say – I suspect he would be speechless as the tears rolled down his cheeks.

    Beth

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  148. Sly, Alpena, Mi.

    I think he would say: "Somewhat, FREE AT LAST".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  149. Billy, Chicago

    "I HAVE A REALITY!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  150. Bob Stern

    "We did it."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  151. Gary

    I believe that he would be in disbelief to see how far African Americans have progressed in this country since he delivered his famous speech and I believe there would be many tears of joy.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  152. Tim

    DREAM FULFILLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  153. Mike, Chevy Chase

    get to work Mr. President. You have a big job to do.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  154. Richard

    "Well done America"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  155. Dena

    MLK,Jr., if alive today, would say:

    "Good Job! Well done! Now, let's find a new dream."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  156. Gina Harris

    I think Dr. King would say "This is a great day, BUT don't get caught up in the celebration and forget what social justice is all about." Dr. King would want to remind us to get involved and make a difference in our day.

    Gina

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  157. Kevin

    Jack, he would probably say "wake me up, I must be dreaming.

    Brazil, IN

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  158. bea from Texas

    Jack, it would be hard to predict what the great Martin Luther King Jr. would say but I am convinced he would shed a tear or two and of course we would have been blessed to hear a wonderful sermon like only Dr.King Jr. would deliver.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  159. Mary Plumer

    I believe he would say:

    Free at last. Thank God Almighty we're free at last!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  160. William A. Marley

    Free at last, God Almighty, Free at last!9

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  161. Katherine in California

    He would say "FREE AT LAST – FREE AT LAST – FREE AT LAST!
    "

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  162. loribee

    I think he would simply say "Amen and Praise the Lord"!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  163. kenneth doyle spradlin

    AMEN!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  164. Jeff Shellhammer

    What would Martin Luther King say today? "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  165. Torry In St Louis

    Well done Mr. Obama....WE still have much more work to do.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  166. George Tozer (Kelowna BC)

    He would say, "I had a dream, and today we are all living that dream."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  167. Artotems Co.

    He would say, "Amen".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  168. Bernadette Loesch

    Martin Luther King would have put it very simply: Good work my son.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  169. Joni Rusk

    HALLELUJAH!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  170. Tony

    Its simple Jack. He would say that his dream has become a reality.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  171. DoniB

    Hi Jack,
    Long time viewer and listener...I would venture to say Dr. King would tell President Obama and all Americans....."Keep Your Eyes on The Prize...pay close attention and get involved"....

    Take care be well
    PEACE
    D

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  172. Tim Tozer

    Amen.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  173. Lynn Woody, Delano, TN

    He would say, "OK, now, what do you want me to do?"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  174. Amy Awbrey

    I think Dr. King would speak about his faith and belief in the core goodness of people, and would use this inauguration as a prime example of the people's ability to rise above their basest selves, and find their "better angels." Thank god they have.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  175. Audrey June

    Today we have reached the mountaintop; tomorrow we will have reached the stars;

    Audrey
    Van. Island, B.C.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  176. Milin Mehta from Chicago, IL

    Three simple words: God Bless America!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  177. Ken

    he would say, with a smile, "i 'had' a dream."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  178. Samuel Gallant

    Free at last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty we free at last!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  179. goldietaylor

    If Dr. King were alive today, he'd say,"Well done, America. Now let's get to work. We've got a world class leader, so let's get ready to tackle some world-class problems."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  180. M.L. Squier

    You're a dream come true!

    P.S. I swear I didn't read any other comments, but mine will probably be an exact copy of at least one viewer.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  181. Erlyne Toney-Alvarez

    Well Done my son!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  182. Erik

    He would say this, "I had a dream, and then I woke up. And I still thought I was dreaming."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  183. june

    He would say, "well done my son, well done ."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  184. Diane Nicholson, Armstrong, BC

    I cannot pretend to know what Dr. King would say, but I suspect it would be something along the line of:
    Well done. Celebrate and then get on with the task at hand. We have a very long way to go.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  185. Janny from NJ

    I'll tell you one thing for sure, Rick Warren would not be giving the invocation tomorrow !!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  186. Jay

    He would say that his dream will be achieved when this isn't so extraordinary. As an African American this is a great day, but his dream was that color doesn't matter and that will probably be for the next African American president. God Bless our country for giving us the wisdom to have grown so fast.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  187. KayDell Super

    Hey, the view from this mountaintop is awesome! Just remember, the world and life is filled with mountains - keep climbing!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  188. Billy, Chicago

    "Where else but America do dreams like this come true?!?!?!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  189. jyoung

    Dr. King would tell Obama, "Young man you now have a great burden placed upon your shoulders. Do justice to your job and the American people.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  190. Richard L

    For once, I think, even someone as eloquent as Dr. King might be speechless to see something he so fervently hoped for but never expected to happen come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  191. Ron

    'Pinch me'

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  192. Daniel Robertson

    I think Dr. King would quote Winston Churchill to say that "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end but it is the end of the beginning."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  193. Kathy Allen

    "Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  194. ROBERT phila pa

    Change
    By Robert S Saull

    It was a time like no other. A Woman a Man of different color. Was it the unknown or the fear of these people? Our past is full of this. The Indians felt the jest of this. Thank God for a man named Lincoln. His actions preserved the right of it. Many people of color have come and gone who fought for it. A man named Martin was the King of it. today we as a people are better off because of it. Change is hard at times, but if we continue seeking it. The world we leave for are children will be a better place because of it

    Change

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  195. Ashok

    This is just one more step in the long march of our nation towards a state where all are equal. Our journey continues.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  196. George Pospisil

    MLK would say that a great part of his dream had been accomplished, but that no self-congratulatory praise could be made because our nation continues to supply weapons of mass destruction to destroy thousands of oppressed peoples in Palestine.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  197. frankie

    God BLESS America. YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  198. Shannon

    Dr. King would remind us, in his eloquently impassioned way, that his dream is not yet realized. We should not let the inauguration of President Obama mislead us. Tens of millions across America live in poverty, do not have health care, and do not have access to the education and other resources that would give them the tools to raise themselves out of these conditions. It is up to us, America, to take care of our own. It is up to us – those who do have access, who are educated, who aren't constantly plagued with the questions of "where will I find shelter for the night?" and, "where will my next meal come from?" to help gain access for those who are still so marginalized and trodden upon.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  199. Roland

    Coffee with cream is better than no coffee at all.

    Roland
    St. George, UT

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  200. Sean

    God Bless America and the World.

    Sean

    Victoria BC

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  201. Karen Aslanyan

    My dream came true!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  202. Mike Donovan, Portland, OR

    If Dr King were still alive today, I don't think he would say much. I think he would just say that the work will never end and the dream will never die. And then he would sit back and let the new standard bearer for dreams fulfilled, Mr. Obama, do his best for the country

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  203. Priscilla

    Dr. King would say that we have made it to the mountain top but now we must reach for the stars above it. We must get together and pull others up with us so that we can all be sitting on high on one accord.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  204. Maria Molden

    He would say that his dream has finally been realized.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  205. Diane G.

    I am from Alabama and voted for Barack Obama and am white.
    I believe that too much is made that Barack is the first black president. He was voted it because he has a tremendous message of hope. Don't lay on him the burden of making MLK's prediction come true. Barack will be a great leader and he transcended race that is why he was elected. We voted for a person of great quality and it does not matter whether he was black or white or asian or indian or latino – he has qualities that all must aspire to.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  206. D.K.

    In a sentence,. . .I believe he would say – "I DREAMED OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE, . . .AND SAY WHY NOT?!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  207. Sean - Albuquerque, NM

    He would reiterate the infamous words, "We have come to the day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!' "

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  208. Ubuntu Bezlotek

    he would say that we have come togther and accomplished the goal towards segregation and racism however he would be pushing the statistical fact of black people and their inability to stay out of the lower part of the society when it comes to income, crime and taking advantage of the opportunity he never had.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  209. Daryl Felton

    Martin Luther King Jr. would simply look to the sky and give praises to God. His legacy and Barack Obama's legacy are not about them, but about the God who uses them to fulfill that legacy.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  210. Dave in Miami

    "I never expected people would play golf to honor me..."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  211. Loretta

    Jack, LOVE your comments....you are always right on. After 8 years of "winter" during the Bush administration Dr King would say "Thank God, Thank God, we're free at last." As for Obama's inauguration he would say that we finally made it to the mountain. He'd thank God that his children have lived to see that it is not about the color of their skin but the content of their character. God bless President Obama and all Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  212. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FLThe works of the Lord are wonderful to behold and they are a beauty in our eyes.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  213. toney

    King would say, "second african american president, not bad at all".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  214. Suzanne

    Dr. King would be very proud of the growth our country has exemplified but he would also remind us that as great as Barack Obama is, the cause is more about the mission and not so much about the man!

    Suzanne in Virginia

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  215. Courtney

    I believe that if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, he would say that while there are many more of us standing at that mountaintop with him today and tomorrow with the inauguration of President Elect Obama, we still have an obligation to our brothers and sisters who are poor, or homeless, or disabled veterans, or women receiving less pay than men, or children without healthcare; we have an obligation to them to take their hands and help them to join us on the mountaintop.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  216. Bobby - Ohio

    Dr King would be proud and would smile and say well done ...well done... the fight much go on and we must continue and not be satified with a great start ....but will be looking forward to a greater finish.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  217. Deborah S.l

    Martin Luther King would say "we have reached the promised land", although the journey must not end, it is only a beginning. African Americans are still facing education, poverty, and criminal issues. But no doubt, Dr. King will be smiling down tomorrow.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  218. Sandy K

    Some are born great
    Others achieve greatness
    But one man thrust greatness upon us all

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  219. Kathleen

    Paulding, Ohio

    AMEN !!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  220. casper46

    He would say, "What took so long?"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  221. Glendora

    MJK Jr. would say the dream has been realised but now we must do the work to keep the dream alive!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  222. Khara A - Atlanta, GA

    I think Dr. King would have a big big smile on his face. He believed more in us than we believe in ourselves. He would say that he always knew America was capable of achieving this moment....and he would not be surprised.

    Atlanta, GA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  223. beaver

    Yes you can!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  224. Keith

    Free at last, free at last, George W. Bush is free to fail in the private sector at last.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  225. Fatou Keita

    If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today he would've said, " I had a dream that one day, this nation would put all race aside and come together as one. On Janurary 20. 2009 my dream will come true!"

    Fatou keita from New Jersey

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  226. James C. Dodge

    I can rest in peace...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  227. Nikki

    I believe Dr. King would have asked Barack Obama to explain why he didn't choose a more dignified woman to sing his first dance song. Beyonce, an average singer, has self-exploited her image more than half her career. Surely, that is not the image Barack and Michelle want to foster for their daughters. Was Patti LaBelle abroad? Whitney Houston has recovered and is quite possibly the greatest voice of all time.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  228. George

    Free at last, Free at last Thank God Almighty WE ARE ALL FREE AT LAST.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  229. Angela Tacoma Washington

    He would say Thank god almighty, I'm free at last...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  230. Dylan

    I believe Doctor King, while acknowledging the great milestone that is Barrack Obama's rise to the presidency, would ALSO remind us that the battle for equality is being won, but is not over. Until ALL Americans become color-blind, there will always be someone who is sitting at the back of their own personal bus. And one man or woman discriminated against in America is one too many.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  231. Nate

    I think if MLK were alive today, he just may be congratulating Barack Obama for becoming the 2nd African-American president, not the first.

    Nate
    Hollywood, CA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  232. Alan Silfen

    "I had a dream"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  233. John Johnson

    Jack,
    Dr.King would say,the train is leaving track,everyone get on board.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  234. Max in Florida

    Mr.Cafferty,
    I am only 11 years old and I thing he would say we have come a very long way, but we are not there yet thankfully the momentum is still there! Kid's that are my age need to be taught that all people are created equal and not to ever be racist, When I get older I would think that there wouldn't be as many racist people around.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  235. kevin blythe sampson

    Jack, Some times its good to keep it simple.
    Dr.King would say what i keep hearing from every african American i run into, who happens to be over the age of 60
    He would say what my father always said
    "thank you Jesus................Thank you Jesus

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  236. JEMYL

    He would say "FREE AT LAST", "FREE AT LAST"....... Damn!! It sure took a while to happen.

    JEMYL.
    Baltimore, MD.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  237. Kathy Lahue

    Dr. King would say it is not up to Barack Obama. It is up to ALL Americans with Barack Obama as our leader. This needs to be a nation-wide effort.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  238. William Dillon

    As long as there are children who are hungry, homeless, sick and dropping out of school, as long as we have inequities in healthcare and opportunities in education, as long as we have discrimination, then the dream is not fulfilled.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  239. AJ from Michigan

    Jack,

    First, I believe today would not be possible if Dr. King was alive today. I feel his death, in the heart of the civil rights movement, made him and his "I have a Dream" speech that much more influential. He became the national activist and hero with his ability to speak, and became that much more influential after his death.

    If he were alive today, he would feel a sense of pride, but state, that just because one man has suceeded and reached the top, doesn't mean that injustice still doesn't exist throughout this great country. It happens in citys and towns around this nation, and the fight for equal rights is not over yet. His "dream" has only partially unfolded, the rest still to be envisioned.

    AJ from Michigan

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  240. Dr. Belinda Noah

    Dr. King would say "job well done, young man, but this is only the beginning, because economically, African Americans are further behind the rest of the population than they were when I made my I Have a Dream Speech"!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  241. Tyler Jones Jr

    I would like to think he would say " this is what happpens when you follow Gods will". He said that in the last speech that he gave he said, " all I want to do is Gods will".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  242. More And Again

    Jack, I think if Dr. King were alive today he would say "we're almost there, but we still have a long way to go. Let us not get comfortable where we reach the mountaintop."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  243. Bobby Elkin

    If Dr, King were alive today, he would be overjoyed, but that joy would be tempered with a cautionary message. America has yet to completely fulfill his dream. Until the day comes when the election of a black, Latino, woman, or gay president is no big deal, until the day comes when all Americans truly have equal rights, the dream is not fulfilled. He'd say, "Roll up your sleeves, America. There's still much work to be done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  244. Nelson

    If Dr. King would have not been murdered, Perhaps he would have been the first African-American president, and collectively as a nation, we would be much further ahead in the citizen's level of equality and freedom than we are today. There is hope driving all of us to do our part to make this happen. That hope is named Obama - the engine behind that hope is the US citizen.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  245. Dorothy from MN

    I think Martin Luther King would say that he is thankful that an African American has finally become president and that it is Barak Obama who really knows how to be a good president.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  246. Elaine

    Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we're free, free, at last. God has sent America another Moses.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  247. wayne

    Jack , Martin would summ it up in his usual short and concise way.
    " We have now all been to the mountaintop"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  248. Morris Ashcroft

    I think Dr. King would say " don't hang the mission accomplished banner yet". Morris in Ontario. Canada. p.s. Good Luck America-we are all cheering for you.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  249. Mitchell Christian

    WOW!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  250. Eric

    I had a dream & it has arrived

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  251. Craig Van Batenburg

    Mr. Obama,

    Stay humble, remember the little man and don't be afraid to trust in the goodness of people. God Bless you.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  252. Kristy Wooten

    I believe Dr. King would be so proud and full of joy that a the first African-American president will be sworn in tomorrow. I am sure he would view this as a huge step in the civil rights struggle, but I do not believe he would feel his dream has been realized. There are still too many African-Americans living in poverty, going to prison, and facing discrimination. There is more work to be done, and I believe Dr. King would say that although we should celebrate this hugely historic time, our work is not done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  253. Laurie Rebecca Hughes

    I think Dr. King would smile and say, "I knew it!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  254. Dan

    If Dr. King were alive today he would surely say thank god o mighty were free at last.

    Dan Ottawa, Ontario Canada

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  255. Alex

    MLK would say "I had a dream, and it is finally complete with Obama being sworn in to lead this great nation, who has finally broken the barrier and taken the highest position in the country. Through this man, the dream of mine and all of America is giving us hope to bring this country together and help us through these times."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  256. Johnnie from Atlanta Ga

    What would Dr. King say? Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord! We are finally in the days where men and women will be judged by the content of their heart not the color of their skin!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  257. Brandi

    Dr. King would say we HAVE overcome, but we as a nation are only halfway up that mountain top. Barack Obama is one man who's achieved, but there are millions of Americans (and not just African-Americans) who are still on the journey, and it's up to all of us to do what's in our power to help all of our nation's citizens get there.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  258. Sue J.

    I think Dr. King would be proud and would be saying "We have finally made it!" This is part of his dream and I think Pres. Elect Obama is going to help this dream come true. As a white person, I was not raised in a prejudice setting and I personally think it is about time we show the world we are truly a combined nation and that there is no difference in skin colors in our country.
    Sue
    Erie PA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  259. infinityasi

    Martin Luther King would say, "He's not going far enough! This is no change, it's just being polite. I think he would offer this in exchange:

    Your program will not work. It ignores the elephant in the room, the Federal Reserve. Also, feeding One Trillion Dollars to a bunch of fat tick construction and remodeling companies is insane! It's nothing more than trickledown job creation. What guarantee do WeThePeople have those new jobs will be created, instead of raises being given to “favored” employees INCLUDING THE OWNER. At least start with One Half Trillion to WeThePeople, and the other half for infrastructure! Unless a radical change is made, Mr. President, beginning with the re-organization of the Federal Reserve and the printing of our own Currency, the United States Dollar, you will become the first American President to preside over the Greatest of All Depressions.
    Further, Mr. President, our economic system is based on two main principals. The first is that consumer spending is two-thirds of the economy. The second is that every dollar spent at retail is spent seven times in a year. The current plan is to send 90% of the money to non-consumers. Any plan that does not target consumers is doomed to failure. GIVE THE CITIZENS CASH VOUCHERS THAT NEED TO BE SPENT IN 90 DAYS OR LESS, $20,000 TO BUY AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME, OR REFIT AN EXISTING HOME, AND $10,000 TO BUY AN ENERGY EFFICIENT CAR!!!!!
    It makes no sense to offer help to fat tick construction companies when consumers are not spending and banks are not lending. Is it too much to ask that the American Family get something directly to help their “crumbling economic structure” when consumers are not spending, and banks are not lending? You are not FDR despite the Time Magazine Article. Quit listening to FDR experts. We’re at a New Gate! I AM OPPOSED TO TRICKLE DOWN JOB ECONOMICS, MR. PRESIDENT, THEY DO NOT WORK!!!

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    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  260. Marita`

    Dr. King would say "I TOLD YOU SO" !!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  261. Danielle

    If Dr. King were alive today, he would say something along the lines of the following: There are things I had not even dared to dream and this is one of them. But let us not forget that the struggle continues for a truly united America, where every one of our dreams can be realized, and a truly united peaceful world. And these dreams require us to work together – hand in hopeful hand with our new president.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  262. Erik Johnson

    I believe that Barack Obama will make a large dent in our nation's history, but we, the American people, need to carry out his dream not just during, but even after his presidency. That's what I believe MLK would say about this historic event.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  263. Ann from VA

    "Free at last, free at last..........................."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  264. Steve J

    You have reached the top of the mountain, I visioned in my dream

    Now, Move forward as ONE to the likes no one yet has seen.

    God Bless America

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  265. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – MLK would be pleased and proud to see Barack Obama inaugurated as President of the United States. However, at the last, Dr. King was focused on the improvement of the economic condition of the poor, who are disproportionately people of color, but still mostly white. Mr. Obama represents, not the end, but the beginning of the realization of Dr. King's dream. It is up to all of us, the American people. to pay more attention to facts and issues and less to superficial matters of identity and partisanship, so that our government actually works to fulfill the Preamble of our Constitution. Mr. Obama has promised to do just that, and we must all help him.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  266. Eric Adu

    He would say that Obama has been given the tool to fulfil the dream, so it is what he does with this tool that determines if the dream has been realised. The dream was about economic empowerement

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  267. Tim

    Dr. King would be weeping and praising God, for only God can change the heart of man. This is truly a historic time that we are living in. Although I do not believe we have fullfilled the promise that Dr. King spoke of, I think we have made great strides and tomorrow is yet another.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  268. Armand Ras Dotsey

    State College, Pennsylvania

    I believe the King would say,

    Arrived at Last,
    Arrived at Last.................
    Thank God Almighty, AMERICA has arrived at Last.

    Armand Ras Dotsey
    State College, Pennsylvania
    Penn State University

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  269. Helen

    Very proud of what future president Obama and America have accomplished. We need to keep the momentum going. Great start, America!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  270. Marylin Prado

    Well done, son. Well done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  271. Cora

    We've made it to the mountain top, now let the healing begin.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  272. Selma

    Hello, Jack.

    God bless you and what you do for America.

    I believe Martin would first say "To God Only be the Glory".

    Next he would point out that the check that was returned 40 years ago marked "Insufficient Funds" has finally cleared... with interest.

    Selma3765

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  273. Arlene

    Dr. King would say "We HAVE Overcome."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  274. Marcus,California

    I had a dream; it came true!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  275. gregg alan smith

    I think Dr. King would be extremely pleased that the check finally cleared.

    Gregg Alan Smith
    Dallas, Texas

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  276. Janice in Plainview, TX

    I think he would be proud that a man who is articulate, intelligent and semmingly caring and honest and just happens to be a black American is going to be the next president. It's obvious that a number of votes were cast because of his color. But he would not have been elected if the majority of those voting didn't see him as the best candidate, Black, white or orange, he is the best choice. And I am a white, female Republican who is more concerned about the country than the party on this day.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  277. Mary Grice

    Dr. King would be extremely proud of Obama's election to the presidency. He would say that his election is a down payment on his dream and that we should now roll up our sleeves and get on with the business of working toward the elimination of poverty and discrimination for too many of our citizens.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  278. Linda

    Dr. King would understand that President Elect Obama is a leader. One who we have needed in this country for so long. He would be proud but more than that he would know that what he worked so hard to do came to fruition. He would also know that we truly have a long uphill walk with Mr. Obama to get where we need to go together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  279. V.L.POPE

    If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would say that his dream has finally come true!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  280. Melissa

    That his dream finally came true. He'd be incredibly proud.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  281. Mary S.

    Like the rest of us, he would stand in awe with tears flowing down his cheeks.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  282. Kimberly Nerf (Germany)

    Dr. King would put his arm around Lincoln and say, "Look what we've accomplished."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  283. Ajay

    "Yeah" we made it to the mountain top , but we have to climb down, so please, hold each others hands, and prepare for a wild ride down so we can get to work."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  284. Matthew Cross from Detroit

    MLK was far more complex than the media portray him. Knowing about the full spectrum of his life and vision, I'd guess he'd say something like this: "You did well, America. But you still have millions in poverty amidst extreme wealth, and you're still imposing your will around the world through violence. The color of the president doesn't change the fundamental flaws inherent in our system." In short, we've got a hell of a lot more to do.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  285. Anthony McNeal

    If Dr. King were alive in the flesh, because he is still alive in the spirit. He would say to Obama. " Great start young man, you have got the people behind you in a way that no one has ever done, use your power wisely because its not only blacks that are following but americans!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  286. William Flinn

    Dr. King would recognize this moment as a testament power of the human spirit. He would remind us that in a world full of naysayers, change is still not only possible, it is inevitable. And, finally, he would reiterate his dream, which is shared by so many people, for it is the dream in our minds and hearts that guides the path of change toward a better tomorow.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  287. D. Lambre

    I believe Dr. King would say, "Job well done America, Job well done, so far. Now America, let's put our shoulders to the wheel we have work to get done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  288. Katherine Benson

    Dr. King would say, we have entered the gates of the promised land, free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we're free at last.

    Katherine Benson
    Rome, Georgia

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  289. Amanda Walton--Ontario, Canada

    I hope the newly elected President Obama doesn't suffer from post partum depression in the weeks to come, giving birth to a new nation must be very stressful-hang in there you've come so far and now pave a new road of hope for the future generations

    January 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  290. James

    My GOD! Thank you Father!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  291. Christopher Monclova

    Martin Luther King would say that the country is in a state that only the optimism of a black president could correct.

    When given the entrails of the animal, we made chitterlings.
    When given the tails and feet of the farm animals, we made soul food.

    Now that we are given a crubling country, we will make history.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  292. Cheryl McCallum

    Martin Luther King, Jr. would say "My dream is fulfilled. Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almightly, we ALL are free at last!!!"

    Cheryl
    Aberdeen, MD

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  293. Jacque (Georgia)

    Dr. King would say, "Our eyes are seeing the glory that we are all holding these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal....we the people are free at last, free at last, thank God Almightly, His children are feel at last"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  294. John Wastaferro

    If Dr. King were alive today, he may well be congratulating the 2nd black president of the U.S.... he having been the first.
    "President Martin Luther King"... it would have had a great ring to it.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  295. Bud

    He would be telling his KGB handlers that their plan worked great.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  296. George Coffey

    I think he would sday " we dreamed the impossible dream, Thank God Almighty we are here at last'

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  297. Douglas

    MLK would say we still have to achieve economic and educational equality. Those African Americans being polled who say his dream is fulfilled are getting lost in the emotional current of this election. There is still much work to be done. Take a trip into the inner cities and rural communities if you want proof.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  298. Earl

    Dr king would again remind America that we are of different race and culture but we are "ONE PEOPLE" and together working as one people we can again make America the greatest Nation in the world.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  299. Patty Hilcken

    Dr. Martin Luther King would say "Free at last, free at last, thank God we're free at last."

    I live in Naples, Florida
    I am 53 years old
    former New Yorker

    I was the only only on my block with an Obama/Biden sign – Southwest Florida is majority Republican...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  300. John Milton

    Dear Jack,

    What would Dr. King say?
    Free at last, free at last, great God Almighty, we are free at last!

    john, in Trinity, Texas

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  301. Shirley Mims

    I believe Dr. King would say, "Well done America. You listened and you responded.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  302. Tom Ellwood

    We have journeyed long and hard, through thicket and boulders, and now, after never giving up even when things looked darkest, we have reached the summit. Now we all stand together, hand in hand, hoping to see America the Beautiful shine like it has never shone before.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  303. Jason Mickle

    Had Doctor King lived to see the events surrounding Barack Obama's nomination, and election to the Presidency of the United States, I believe he might have been able to give answer to Langston Hughes and say, "A dream deferred sometimes becomes a dream realized".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  304. Jason Goodson

    Jack this is a proud moment in American history, and no matter what race color, creed, religion, sex, political party, or sexual orientation. Dr. King would watch President Obama being inaugurated and say.
    "Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  305. Karen E. Hylton

    Dr. King would say to President Obama, congratulations! Now, keep moving!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  306. Erik

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say, "I had a dream but I woke up. I looked outside and turned on the television and still thought I was dreaming. The dream had become a reality."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  307. Sheila from California

    Dr. King would say "keep on keeping on." He would know that this is not the end of this dream, but just another day. His dream really will be realized when we don't announce every minute that Obama is the first black president – meaning we are still looking at his color instead of his character. Maybe we should say Obama is the 44th president, and then see if he works day by day to improve the lives of all Americans because it is the right thing to do, not because it is a racial issue. Dr. King would be joyously happy, but would caution against this feeling that we've reached the end his dream of racial and gender equity, and free speech and free choice ...we have barely just begun.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  308. Jim

    There is a God!!– and some dreams do come true !!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  309. sam smith

    well done! good and faithful servants. continue on.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  310. Parvez

    You have arrived at your destination.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  311. Everett Beights

    I think Dr. King would hold his hands to the heavens with tears streaming down his cheeks saying "We have overcome"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  312. Arielle R. East Freetown, MA

    I think Martin Luther King would say that he is so proud of America. We've finally come over a huge milestone. It's been almost 46 years since Martin Luther King announced his dream and it has finally come true. It's amazing to see a black man become president. This is a turning point in American history. It's time to make a change and Barack is the one to do it.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  313. A.S.Mostafanejad

    He would say, "Our dream has replaced the nightmare".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  314. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    He would say that we still have a long way to go, but that at the stop sign just ahead there ia a light at the end of the tunnel.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  315. Vince, Newark Delaware

    Hi Jack,
    I believe that Dr. King would say that we have reached and achieved a milestone both as a nation and a people and that in this spirit we should concentrate our hopes and efforts to re-building America and not use this time to blame the former administration but to utilize everything we have as a nation and a government to restore these United States and to always keep moving forward.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  316. Roshan from Minneapolis

    Well done, kid. Now fix it!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  317. Bryan

    Dr. king would say what Obama has always said. He would say: "It's not about me, it's about you. And I am so proud of you today, America."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  318. Demetrius

    Dr. King would say that this historic inauguration is definitely a step in the right direction. We still have much work to do in fulfilling Dr. King's dream fully, but Barack Obama has shown the world that racial prejudices are becoming less and less common. Dr. King would be proud to stand with President-elect Obama and tell him to continue to do what he is doing and fight the good fight.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  319. Willow, Iowa

    No one could know what MLK would say, but I bet he would be smiling. However, until a person is known by the content of his character not the color of his skin, MLK would probably put pen to paper because there is still work to do. The dream is in the works. But we are not done yet. But closer.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  320. Ray Brown

    I think if Dr. King were alive today he would use this line from his speech, "We're free at last, free at last thank God almighty we're free at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  321. Steven Ovu

    MLK would say, "yesterday I had a dream, but today I have a testimony that anything is possible of you hold unto your dream".

    College Station, TX

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  322. Vanessa K. Prichett

    Jack, I think Dr. King would say that a very important hurdle has been cleared, his dream is unfolding and change is still forthcoming. We can't stop now, there's still much work to be done to the country and we the people of all races and nationalities must continue to pull together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  323. Jean

    He would remind us that his "Dream" speech was a call to include all of us in the same economic family. That lack of money, and opportunity to earn and pass on wealth, can be as much a barrier as skin color.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  324. Mark

    It's just the beginning, we hope the whole world comes together in peace and equality, where all of gods people can live in peace and possibilty of that is more evident than ever. It's only the beginning

    January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  325. Mary in NC

    I believe that MLK would say this is merely a downpayment on all that his been done. It is a beginning. There is work still to be done as Black people, Hispanics and other non-white races are still not economically, or educationally equals. He would be proud of Barack Obama for all he stands for and his service to Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  326. lance d

    Martin L. King Jr. spoke about a check of Non Sufficient Funds that could not be cashed in the Halls of Justice for the American Negroe since we we as American Negroes were not being judged by the content of character at that time but the color of our skin. I think today with Barack Obama being elected President of the United States, MLK would certainly say that the United States has made recovered that bounced check to see his dream that we are now in a new day in America when we can elect a black man on his character and know that he was the better man for the job against his opponent in a race to the presidency. Well done America,,,,,,,,,,Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  327. Unny Menon

    America has lived up to our expectations that we are a fair nation, that truly values equality for all.
    Let us rejoice that in America all things are possible, including an African American as President.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  328. Shalan Moss

    I believe that Dr. King would say to President elect Barak Obama, "well done my son. You have just crossed the threshold. Now it is IMPERATIVE that is does not stop here. You have shown many; young and old that anything is fact possible. I am proud of you. We are proud of you. Keep strong in your faith."

    The urgency is NOW,

    Shalan Moss
    Stamford, CT

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  329. Charlene

    MLK would say, "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty! We are free at last." All he ever dreamed of was the OPPORTUNITY for individuals to reach their full potential REGARDLESS of their race, color or creed.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  330. Ahmed Salim

    He would say "A dream is only realized if everyone believes in it. Have you realized the Dream?"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  331. William Flinn

    Dr. King would recognize this moment as a testament to the power of the human spirit. He would remind us that in a world full of naysayers, change is still not only possible, it is inevitable. And, finally, he would reiterate his dream, which is shared by so many people, for it is the dream in our minds and hearts that guides the path of change toward a better tomorow.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  332. Alex Andresian

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s words may go along the lines of:

    "I had a dream, but now it has been fulfilled. However, more work must be done in the process of attaining equality and civil rights for everyone."

    Alex of Las Vegas, NV

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  333. Marie B. Allen

    Although the symbolism and magnitude of this accomplishment is too great to adequtely put into words, I think Dr. King would say,

    "Thank you America, for part of my dream was realized when you looked at a man and his character and not the color of his skin."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  334. Jocelin

    Dr. King would say that the dream is not fulfilled. We have come a long way but the notion that we as Americans have done completed the work is ridiculous. This is only one step into a more perfect union. Poverty still plagues the black population more heavily than the white, leading to higher rates of incarceration and school dropout rates, among others. The economic and educational gaps between blacks and whites indicate the road to equality stretches far beyond Tuesday's inauguration and the work has only begun.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  335. CitizenAJ

    I believe Dr. King would tell President Obama that he is part of a dream fulfilled. That black Americans and other minorities are truly being judged by the content of their character. He would probably advise him to do what he can to uphold this dream fulfilled because so many paved the way and sacrificed for it to be fulfilled, so many prayed for this dream to be fulfilled and so many are counting on him to carry out the dream.

    Perhaps Dr. King would offer him scripture from the New Testament of the Holy Bible. "Don't be wary in well doing because in due season, ye shall reap the harvest". In other words, keep on keeping on, and the blessings will continue, progess will continue.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  336. Janice

    I believe Dr. King would say, "Thank You Lord" for giving us the power to believe in my dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  337. Steve, Massachusetts

    I think, knowing Dr. King's writing, he would compare Barack Obama to Joshua, the first of the Jews after Moses to taek possession of the promised land. He would say, "Obama is our Joshua. This is his Jericho."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  338. Maribel

    Dr King would say "Well done! "

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  339. sue swayngim

    Drl King would probably say that one dream has been fulfilled for many. Bit there is still much to be done for all.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  340. Terry B., Cape Coral Florida

    We have shed our dearest blood for a cause. We have toiled endlessly for a people. Tomorrow, the struggle will be vindicated

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  341. Marvell Smither

    I believe Dr. King would say part of his dream has come true. The part where a man was judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. The results has been wonderful.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  342. junior resendes ontario canada

    the 8 year nightmare is over. the dream has begun.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  343. Brandi

    Dr. King would say we HAVE overcome, but we as a nation are only halfway up that mountain top. Barack Obama is one man who’s achieved, but there are millions of Americans (and not just African-Americans) who are still on the journey, and it’s up to all of us to do what’s in our power to help all of our nation’s citizens get there.

    Brandi from New York City

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  344. george l. hall

    I beileve he would say that his dream has been fulfilled and though there will always be hatred of some sort, we must all continue to dream and keep reaching for the stars together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  345. Amanulla Khan

    Sir,
    With tears of joy in his eyes,Dr.King will say "My dreams have come true".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  346. Megan, North Canton OH

    I think that Dr. King would be thrilled by this historic event in history.

    However, I believe that he would also caution the people of America to remember that one man cannot fulfill all the dreams of every person in the country. Obama will not be able to succeed if we do not stand behind him and offer the support he will need. It's imperative that the people of this nation continue to work for the things they believe in and be willing to take action to see them achieved.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  347. Deborah Person

    The torch has been handed to you to carry out the journey for the people. May you continue to to guide us in the way of the Lord and for all people may you continue on your journey.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  348. Keel Russell

    I think if Martin Luther King Jr. was alive he would say that "the road to the promise land is near but not complete, the table is set and the seats are filled but the meal has been prepared, it will take several more years if not a decade before his dream is complete but this is where it starts".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  349. Gail

    I know Dr. King would say we have a come a long way.
    But, we have more work to do to bring ALL races together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  350. Rosalyn

    I think Dr. King would say that we are on the threshold of a new America. We are consciously moving toward a national community of oneness and understanding despite our wonderful diversity. It is we who either make the choice to continue this journey or turn back to ignorance.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  351. Misty Kaye

    Dr. King would urge use forward as a people. To continue the plite of many. The sick, the latino community those who love who are persucuted. He was and is the voice of the weak. He would say we are just starting up this mountain it's good, but lets keep going.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  352. Theresa Chase

    Dr. M. L. King would say "Thank you, Lord! "

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  353. Anne - san bernardino

    The dream of a people has become a reality; may we never fall asleep again!

    Anne – san Bernardino, CA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  354. kenneth doyle spradlin

    No more "Wait"! The WAIT is over!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  355. Gabbie L.

    MLK would be too moved to tears too speak. But in short he'd embrace Obama and say "Well done, Son. Well Done!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  356. Laura McClure

    Dr. King would be very proud at what has happen here. But he would say to this country, now you have really got to get busy on making the dream a reality.

    Our work is just starting . The dream is not yet finished. President Obama is the beginning. we cannot afford to sit back and say yes we have over come. Not yet America. Not yet.

    I pray that America and especially the young realize this.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  357. Dale Beaumont

    He would say praise be to God. Surely Dr. King would be happy and hopeful. This is a Jamaican that is happy to live in the US and very proud of everyone. I love my country and I love the USA no matter if the times are good or bad. This is truly a great country. Keep up the good work CNN.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  358. Tunde(Minneapolis)

    "Glory and honor to God"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  359. John, Roanoke, VA

    AMEN!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  360. Denise Eberhart

    Dr. King would hopefully admire the man we have elected because of Obama's inspirational elequence which is much like King's own. Many people, black and white, believed in Dr. King's message and will now celebrate the dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  361. Moses

    It would be arrogant to think one can know what Dr. King would say but knowing his doctrine, he might have said that we have all entered the promised land and therefore, let us all as God's children love one another and live in peace and let us NEVER allow what divided us to ever happen again.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  362. Annette Alexander

    Election night was a time for celebration a big step toward the dream but not the final step. January 20 is a time for each person no matter their color or religion to become introspective, hear the words and decide what role you will undertake to continue the reaching of the dream, the time to celebrate is pass now the work begins.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  363. Clark, Milford, IN

    Dr. King would have said
    " God HAS blessed America from sea to shining sea"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  364. Mike H. Des Moines, IA

    As an Anglo-Saxon that was witness to MLK's heroic speech of "I have a dream" I think that dream has become more of a reality through this election of Barack Obama but we as the human race still have a ways to go before it becomes a full reality.

    I had the honor of marching in a memorial parade for MLK in a small bigoted town where people were on roof-tops with guns to ensure we marchers didn't cause a riot in the streets just because we wanted to honor his person and name. I don't see that happening anymore – Thank God!

    I like the one comment that states that the color of one's skin is no more a consideration that that of one's eye color. That day can't come soon enough.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  365. Celeste

    I think that Dr. King would be proud and perhaps very emotional about Barack Obama be inagurated as president, but I don't think he would say that the work is finished, nor is the dream realised. I think he would recognise it as a huge step as I think he would say that the march towards the promise of "all men are created equal" must be ever vigiliant in attaining that goal. This is a huge step forward, but not the completion of Dr. King's dream for this country.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  366. Constance Burnett

    I believe if King was alive today to see this history making event he would say out as loud as he could, Thank God Almighty The Dream Has Been Fulfilled.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  367. toughtilly

    He would say, "Come on, already, if Pete Seeger is singing 'This Land Is Made for You and Me' on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it's not a private copyright issue that HBO is vainly trying to block all over the Internet, it's FREE SPEECH! "

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  368. Bruce

    I had a dream; and now we are about to see the dream come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  369. Mark

    I think Dr. King would be pleased to see the profound progress made with the election of Barack Obama as president. But I think he would be dissapointed as I am as a black man, that a greater number of African Americans have not taken advantage over the past 40 some years of the very hard and dangerous work that Dr. King and his ilk undertook.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  370. Neisco Jackson

    Dr. King would say "We have reached a turning point. A point where the majority of Americans are able to judge a man, not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. This is a poignant foreshadowing of a day when America truly will be One Nation Under God!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  371. Shirley Mims

    I believe Dr. King would say, "Well done America. You listened and you responded".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  372. C. Redden

    Jack Dr. King would say we have some difficult days ahead. And we should all be remindful that just as we party today we may be crying with saddness. and we should keep the faith whit Obama when we realize the road is long and tiredsome and we may not get to where we want righ away but someday we will get there someday. Knowing faith can move mountains just not overnight.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  373. Stacey

    I had a dream that one day this nation will rise up and honors its creed- that all men are created equal... and TODAY that dream has come true. We now live in an America that stands by its people.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  374. Evelyn Bonilla

    Amen!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  375. Vanessa K. Prichett Las Vegas, NV

    Jack, I think Dr. King would say that a very important hurdle has been cleared, his dream is unfolding and change is still forthcoming. We can’t stop now, there’s still much work to be done to the country and we the people of all races and nationalities must continue to pull together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  376. Carole Lang

    "To God be the glory, great things has He done"!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  377. Alma R. in Mississippi

    As an African-American, I think Dr. King would be proud of Americans setting aside their indifferences regarding race, and on deciding to finally judge a man by "the content of his character" and not by the color of his skin. I do think however, he would be disappointed to see that the division in this country is only now started to gradually fade. If his legacy and dream would have continued after his untimely demise, this event would not be as big as it is today, because an African-American as President would have been something which was "heard of" as opposed to be something unheard of. We would have unified a very long time ago.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  378. Teddybear

    King would say 'give the American people the justice & accountablity. they deserve. Put George W.Bush and his cohorts on trial for lying to the nation about the reasons for invading Iraq and for undermining this country's strength by de-regulating the financial markets'

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  379. Charles Johnson

    Dr. King would say, My white brothers and sisters with the election of
    Barack Obama, many of you have finally got it. We are all God's people. We all want the same things for ourselves, our children, our family, our community, and our country. Now if you can just bring the other nay sayers along, we can all get to the promise land.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  380. Jackie

    Jack,

    I believe Dr. King would say, "We have found a great drum major for justice in the White House!" I believe he would also warn of the dangers of war, poverty, and inequity that stil exist, but that the election of Barack Obama makes us one step closer to a Beloved Community.

    Happy Inaguration Day Eve,
    Jackie, Chicago, IL

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  381. Angela McDowell, RN

    If Dr King was alive today, I believe that he would say to President Obama,
    1. Congratulations on your appointment. I am proud of your accomplishments. You have set the bar high for the rest of America.
    2. Stay humble and remain true to who you are and your values as a man.
    3. The struggle is continuous. Don't be complacent. You must continue in your fight for a better country, for a better world.
    and finally,
    4. Thank you for bringing more unity to the country. Thank you for continuing my dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  382. Alvin L. "Ontario Ca"

    Hi Jack,

    Thanks for your objective blogs. It was a most profound moment to me when you reported on the freshness of the Obama campaign! I was enthralled by your piece.
    I believe that Martin Luther King Jr would have been proud to see Barack Obama being inaugarated tomorrow. I don't believe though that he would think we have accomplished his dream totally but are on the way to accomplishing a Unified America when we can all refer to ourselves as Americans.
    When you travel around the World we are always referred to as Americas without the adjectives and that is how we should strive to be.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  383. Jan

    I believe Dr. King would have been proud of our country but he would say that we still have work to do. But we are definitely far, far along the road to achieving the dream. I believe that we will see incredible changes in the next few years, Obama's Presidency is a beginning, not purely a culmination. What a blessed, special country we do live in.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  384. Sherri Ellis

    If Dr. King was alive today, I believe he would say , "well done, America." I believe that he would say we must unite again to realize the dream of financial justice for all.

    Sherri
    Decatur, GA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  385. John

    As a caucasian, I think Dr. King would say that while he is extremely proud of not only the President-Elect but our nation as well, his dream was not to put an African-American in the White House. His dream was for racial equality across our nation. He would say that while one hurdle has been cleared, do not stop running, walking, or crawling forward. We are not there yet.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  386. Corey B.

    While I am sure MLK would be very proud of Mr. Obama, he would quickly remind us that he is one man. The 49 percent of Americans who think MLK's dream is fulfilled are looking at this one man and ignoring the millions of African Americans who have dropped out of school, are living in poverty, or sitting in a jail cell. The dream most certainly has not been fulfilled.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  387. blaise

    I think he would say yes my dream is partially accomplished. But now what? he would also ask and probably say now it's up to us african americans to be more responsible,accopmlish more and keep going!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  388. Janice from Ontario Canada

    I believe Dr. King would say "Thank You Lord" for giving us the power to believe in my dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  389. Mike in North Carolina

    "Mission Accomplished"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  390. Rebeca,Minneapolis, MN

    I have no doubt that Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of the accomplishments thus far. He would not want us to think that the fight was over. In his words: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. " Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963. There are still injustices in this world and not to falter in the commitment to making this world fair and equal for all.

    Rebeca
    Minneapolis, MN

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  391. Nick Creegan

    I believe Dr. King would be able to say the dream was finally fulfilled. The Bridge over our troubled waters is finally completed.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  392. Lawence

    He wouldnt say a word, just shed tears of joy for those who were beat, bleeding, gave sweat, were hosed, and died. Look Mr. Obama in the eyes, shake his hand, nod his head and walk off into the sunset.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  393. Alex Newark, CA

    I think Dr. King would say something like the following,

    What a glorious and hopeful day we see before us. A day that marks another step toward equality for those who demanded it and for those who are still searching for it. A day that does not end the journey or our dream, but a day that give us cause to be renewed in our faith that a day will come when all will walk together hand-in-hand in equality, prosperity, and peace.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  394. Erik

    MLK would say, “This is a great day for Americans and the world. But let us not forget that Obama is not our first African American President, he is our 44th President, who happens to be an African American. Let this be a time that we may strive to see through and past the color of our skin to the beauty that unites us as one nation, one world, and one people.”

    Erik from Atlanta

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  395. Jake

    He would say that he is proud of America and Americans as well as Barack Obama for overcoming extream racial barriers. I believe America has become what Dr King envisioioned in his time. The country as a whole has transformed in the last decade more than in the last century with regards to equality.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  396. Doug , FeedingHills , Mass.

    Jack, if he could see what's been going on with this government these last eight years, he would simply say, free at last, free at last, thank GOD ALMIGHTY this nation is free at last !

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  397. Steve

    I had a dream!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  398. terryhowcott

    Dr. King would say what we would expect from the debatably most brilliant and wise man of all time who in his sobriety was never one to be swept up in the furor of any given moment.

    While the rest of us are high on what we imagine for the future, he would celebrate this joyous occasion while also insisting that we hold this dashing new President's feet to the fire, and demand vast opportunities for the masses of people who have been left holding the bag – and for whom Dr. King was most concerned.

    Terry Howcott

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  399. Aaron

    As a Canadian and friend of everything America Stands for I Believe Martin Luther King would have commended both Barrack Obama and the American People for finding the courage to both fight for change and finding the strength to accpet the change for the greater good of the American people. Barrack recognized the need for a progressive leader in a time of stagnation and uncertainty and will deliver the change we all as a united North America need.

    God Bless

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  400. Marsha

    MLK would say

    " I am so proud of our country, to be moving in the name of goodness and respect, neither that we are black or white, but, that we are heading in the right direction of caring for all of God's children!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  401. Kevin Clarke

    Dr. King would say, it not for me where Obama is at. It's the people that came before me and the people that came after me. It is all of us that made this possible not just one man.
    Kevin Clarke

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  402. Donna From Athens, GA

    Dr. King would stand in awe of this tremendous, momentous occasion in this nation's history. He would stand in awe of how far this country has come in the past 50 years. He would, however, be the first to remind us of how far we have go. Hate and prejudice still exists. Poverty still exists. Our country is not finished perfecting the Union our Founding Fathers established. He would be the first the remind us of this.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  403. archs from Wappingers NY

    He would recall that day 46 years ago and simply say to Obama "Thank you and thank God Almighty – we are indeed FREE at last!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  404. Dan

    Dr. King would look Obama straight in the eye, shake his hand and say one word

    YES

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  405. Kabba

    Dr king will think that American have define history again for the world

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  406. Tim Mullins

    How did the Idiot leaving get elected in the first place ?

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  407. Maribeth from Spring Hill Tennessee

    I believe Dr. King would say something like this.

    I had a dream so many years ago, a dream that has burned in my heart for all these years. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 that dream will come true not just for people of color but for all humankind. Let freedom ring forever and ever.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  408. calvin lindsay

    Dr King would probably say, congratulations on being the second black President.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  409. Warren Hardy

    At this point in history, I believe that Dr. King would caution us to not lose sight of the goals in their entirety. Tomorrow will be an historic day that would make Dr. King proud. It is not the crowning achievement. It will not be so until equality on all levels has been achieved. We're moving in the right direction. Now lets see "the people" come together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  410. V.L.POPE

    If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would say that his dream has finally come true, it's now a reality!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  411. obabi osadele

    I think Dr. King would say "Well Done" my son

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  412. Evan from Oregon

    I think that Dr. King would have nothing but praise for Obama and how far he has come, but the question would be better asked "What would Dr. King say TO Obama?"

    The facts are, that civil rights has come a long way, but it has a long way to go yet, and while Obama becoming President is a fantastic symbol for the United States, there still exists a huge of amount of socio-economic and educational distance inbetween the Caucasian and African-American segments of the population. Let's not forget that, and I'm sure that Dr. King would fully support renewed efforts to finally ensure equality amongst all.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  413. William A. Marley

    I think that Dr. King would say something along the lines of; "We've come a long way, it's been a long and difficult jorney. Please don't forget that there is still a long and winding road to get to the promise land! This is but a small step toward our goal. We must continue the endeavour onward.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  414. molly, Connecticut

    Dr. Martin Luther King would say that we have come far. We still have a ways to go. I think it will still take another generation to grow up to see how far we have or haven't come. We need to know that children will dream of higher ambitions instead of just thinking being a sports figure is the highest they can achieve – along with them working hard, and putting in long hours – to get there.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  415. leon stokes Baltimore Maryland

    jack he would say mission accomplished

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  416. Mary

    We have come so far, and we have even father to go.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  417. Richelle Lee

    Although I am on 16 and didnt have the oppotunity to see Dr. king, from what i read and research about this great man, Dr. King would be so proud of Obama. Dr. King was like Moses who could not make it to the promise land BUT Obama has been able to walk us into to this new land of prosperty, love an togetherness. Obama is fulfilling the dream and I personally am right behind him. Yes we can...yes we did!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  418. Rod, Council Grove,Kansas

    Dr. King would say my dream is complete. Open the bus doors!!!! Free at Last !!!!!!!!!AMEN

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  419. Sheryl Erickson

    I believe we saw a bit of Dr King's response in the tears of Jesse Jackson on election night.
    Sheryl, Madison,WI

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  420. Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones

    You are the dream I envisioned.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  421. Tim

    I'm not sure what he would say Jack, but I think the angels are singing today and his voice is loud and clear in that chorus.
    Tim in Texas

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  422. colin

    Mr. King would be very proud of President Obama, but he would be first to recognize that this is only a step in the right direction. His "Dream" will only be fully achieved when when we don't have to say 'African American ' President, and only say another President is being Inaugurated.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  423. Khouri Mullings

    My dreams for this country have been fulfilled by Barack Obama (an African American). But let us not loose sight of the fact that Obama has done this not only for African Americans, but for all races as a whole, and has united us all as one human race. Obama speaks for all races.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  424. Sonya Burke - Columbus, Ohio

    Martin Luther King would probably say, job well done good and faithful servant, but there is still more work to do. Now that the momentum has begun let's continue to make strides for world-wide unity, a better economy, and jobs which ironically was the same premise for the March on Washington!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  425. Adam

    It's what he IS saying, Jack. His soul lives on, and his pride and joy are evident in all the faces we see all around us. Even up here in Canada we hear his voice along with all of the other democratic visionaries, and share in your celebration.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  426. Danny, New Jersey

    One small step for Mankind, One Giant Leap for African-Americans

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  427. helena s.

    He would say let the dream continue.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  428. Paul Wright

    I think MLK would say what most educated Americans who truly believe what America stands for (freedom from oppression and the right to live a peaceful life) would say, it's been a while coming, but the true greatness of America and it's people has come to light. The election of the first minority president will show the world why America has been a beacon of hope for so many people. America's strength has always come from it's mix of races, religions, and cultures all coming together for the good of the country. It's not perfect, but it's certainly moving in that direction. God bless us all.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  429. A.K.Best

    MLK would say, "God has spoken".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  430. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    He would be amazed yhat we have come so far so fast, but say that we still have work to do!! I am a 58 year old white woman. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated my senior year of high school. I remember the hopes and dreams of those years. But people are still homeless and hungry. Many willing workers are unemployed. Many don't have access to health care! We still haven't rebuilt New Orleans. We are on the right path, but have not yet arrived!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  431. Karen

    "I had a dream, woke up on Jan 20 , 2009 and found that in Barack Obama it has now come true.
    My life's work has been accomplished! Praise God!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  432. Sean Roberts

    All Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say"Thanks Obama, for making my dream a reality, now my son encourage everyone to do the same."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  433. Paul O. Thomas

    Dr. King wasn't going to be surprise becuase he believed that it was only a matter of time. Dr. King believed that given the civility in America, it was without doubt that America was going remain racist in the mist of a changing world. America always believe in taking the lead and refuting doubters. America has done it again to prove the power of its domocracy.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  434. Sandra Clark

    I think that Martin Luther King would have said that all that he advocated for was not in vain, especially seeing all the events that have unfolded last year and this year, particulary this year election. I am so proud of America! May God bless of us.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  435. Derek Holt

    If Dr. King were alive today, I believe King would've been the first black president. However, if he could speak to Obama today, I believe he would have been very challenging to Obama as Jeramiah Wright said he would be; to keep Obama on track to insure the wheels of justice continue turning.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  436. More And Again

    Jack, I think if Dr. King were alive today he would say, "we're almost there, but we still have a long way to go. Let us not get comfortable where we are. We should keep climbing until we reach the mountaintop."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  437. dave mitchell

    from bridgewater nova scotia canada
    dr king would have proudly said four words

    "i had a dream"

    good luck to you all ....dave

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  438. Gary Gaspard

    "Progress but not there yet to the mountain top"

    Dr. King would say that we're on our way for the fulfillment of the dream, but the dream is yet to be fulfilled.

    MLK would be optimistic about tomorrow, rejoice, joyful tears, but not celebrating.

    A day of responsibility – service and contribution

    Thanks, Jack.

    Gary
    Haitian Perspective Radio in Chicago.
    http://www.1590wonx.com

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  439. Doug hall

    Dr King would say that Obama is a disaster waiting to happen. Dr King would not support any candidate that is willing to spend one trillion dollars of the taxpayers money when the government is already
    bankrupt. THE MASSES HAVE GONE MAD.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  440. angel in Louisiana

    I think Mr. King might remind us that our new president is not a superman. He will do the very best that he can and will expect the very best from his staff but only God can preform miracles. This country is in a big financial mess and times will probably get worse before they get better. It will take time, be patient. Our problems won't go away over night. Remember this, Mr. Oboma may be the first Black American to be elected president, but he is every American's president.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  441. Geoff Staples

    Barack Obama's parents weren't allowed to marry in some states when he was born. Now, as president, Barack Obama has an opportunity to complete the dream by extending marriage rights to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

    Dallas, Texas

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  442. Jayson in Spokane Washington

    Dr. King would turn to the people after stopping to catch his breath, staring at the mountain top that shines in the distance and say...
    My friends,...welcome to base camp.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  443. Marie B. Allen - Oak Bluffs, MA

    Although the symbolism and magnitude of this accomplishment is too great to adequately put into words, I think Dr. King would say:

    "Thank you America, for part of my dream was realized when you looked at a man and his character and not the color of his skin."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  444. JOAN FLOWERS

    HE WOULD SAY
    "WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT"

    READ THIS IF YOU CAN

    O-B-A-M-A

    Only man to demand we change
    Bringing hope against all odds
    And giving us pride to put
    our differences aside
    MARTIN LUTHER- "YOU DO HIM PROUD!"
    Angelic man lead us "ALL TO THE PROMISED LAND"....
    written by JOAN FLOWERS
    JAN 18,2009
    P.S. AMERICA HAS BEEN "REBORN".

    "GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
    "GOD BLESS US ALL!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  445. Cathy Jackson

    I suspect Dr. King would be very proud of Pres. Elect Obama. He would likely embrace him and thank him for making his dream a reality. A reality not just for himself, but a reality for all who have been oppressed; all who've had self doubt; and all who believed that such a dream could never become a reality.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  446. Patty Hilcken

    I guess the saying would go "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we're free at last."

    By the way, I dd vote for Obama and I am a white woman....

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  447. Jean Leonard

    It is great that America has chosen a Black American to be President. I lived through the King era and I hate to hear Americans refer to Dr. King as just a dreamer for he was surely a doer and had a very analylitic mind. He represented all people and the reference to the dream in his speech has not been fully attained for he was interested in the economic welfare of all people.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  448. bill from elkton,md

    After wiping the tears and peering at Mr. Obama through glassy eyes. He might say " You have been sent here from God to do a job. It's not about being black or white but being equal in this country. We are all Americans.My dream has been brought to pass. We still have some work to do. Thank God Almighty we have reached the mountain top!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  449. Chris

    He would say that there is still work to be done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  450. Rod from Bowie MD

    Jack
    MLK saw this day before he died. As he said the lord allowed him to go to the mountain top and look over. He knew he would not be here with us, but he wanted to let us know this day was coming.

    Rod

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  451. Robert Sharpless

    Jack, Martin Luther King will have seen the first installment of the "promised land" when America acknowledged the sanctity of human equality, transcended "not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character" as envisioned by MLK through Barack Obama's Presidential campaign leading to his ultimate inauguration as our 44th President of these United States of all Americans as one.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  452. Alisa Golan

    Dr. Martin Luther King would say to Obama: We made it man! We are proud of you and proud of the American people who totgether made this dream come true and this historic moment a memorable reality.
    It is my honor to be an American.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  453. Carolyn

    Dr. King would caution us that this is not the fulfillment of the dream but just the beginning of the stroll. Until we don't see the color or mark this president as the first black but one of many people of color the dream is not complete.
    Too often we throw out tokens and stop working before the battle is over.This is just one sreamish this is not the whole victory.
    until we stop talking in color or ethic character, we are deceiving ourself. It's like a deadly sickness that goes in remission but flares back up when trouble divides us Be hopeful but don't be blind.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  454. Andrew

    A milestone in this war for the heart of humanity has been reached. Yet, let us not forget that even on this day, when we rightfully celebrate, when we shed tears of joy and raise praises on high – let us not forget those who are unable to celebrate with us for their stomach's are empty. Let us not forget those who cannot shed tears for lack of clean water. Let us not forget those who's praises are for one more day, not just for this new day in this promised land, but for one more day when they have the gift of life. Let us not forget, let us never forget this battle for equality which has been won, but the war for our humanity is still being waged. Oh let the veil be lifted, oh let the nations sing.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  455. Julian Maxwell Hayter

    Dr. King would be extremely pleased about Mr. Obama's election. However, I believe Dr. King – and, Obama- might also argue that despite Obama's victory, there's still work to be done. King's dream had as much to do with widespread economic equality as social or political opportunity. In fact, the unpopular story of Dr. King's legacy is that he spent the last years of his life strongly opposed to American hegemony in Vietnam and economic exclusion. Ironically, Obama faces many of these challenges at present. King would have used Obama's election as a spring board toward greater economic, gender-based, and social equality! He might have went beyond the politics of symbolism.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  456. Alan

    I think he would say..... I can stop dreaming!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  457. Jane (Minnesota)

    I believe MLK would thank God for the progress made in this moment; but would not be satisified as long as discrimination in any form exists and woould encourage people to pursue a country where discrimination does not exist.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  458. Corey B.

    While I am sure MLK would be very proud of Mr. Obama, he would quickly remind us that he is one man. The 49 percent of Americans who think MLK’s dream is fulfilled are looking at this one man and ignoring the millions of African Americans who have dropped out of school, are living in poverty, or sitting in a jail cell. The dream most certainly has not been fulfilled.

    Dallas (or Atlanta), GA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  459. Gerald Manson

    Hello Jack

    Mr King meant alot to the world as a whole. His "I have a Dream" speach touch every heart in the world. No matter where you live and call home Mr King was a large part of the new in there lifes.

    If he was alive today l would like to think that he would be proud and he would also say....this is only a start a good start but only a start....there so much more we can do and achive yet in this world...let us take this and work towards the world being as one and the people of the world as one......thats the next step...no war..no one going hungrey..no one being alone.....we can have a dream can we not?

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  460. C. Rice

    The great Reverned Dr. MLK Jr. would say. . . Thank you God, Thank you God, we are free at last, but Dear Lord we have many more mountian tops to climb. We have cashed the check that America our great country has written us so many years ago. Now it will be up to us to make it worth while. We as a united people must work harder than ever before to make sure all of "OUR" years of work has not been in vein. President Barack Obama is here to lead us to higher grounds but not without the hard work, pain, and sweat of all our people. I am happier than ever to see this day. Thank you God and please help us move forward in this great country.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  461. Dianne

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of this historical occasion, however, he would say it is not the end, but the beginning. He would expect everyone to get to work on Day One to continue the journey. And, that there is much work yet to be done!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  462. Samantha Budwit of Huachuca City, AZ

    I feel that if Dr. King were alive today to see Barack Obama sworn in that he would say that he is proud of the people who can see past the color of ones skin. But that he might still be disapointed in the ones whom cannot see the person for who they are on the inside rather than on the outside.

    I am proud to say that I voted for Barack Obama.

    Thank you,
    Samantha

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  463. Lisa

    I believe Dr. King would say that he is proud of President Elect Obama and that all the sacrifices were not in vain. Dr. King would be even more proud of how far the United States has come but he would point out that there is still more progress to made. We will truly have achieved his dream when a Black or female president is no longer groundbreaking but quite normal.

    St. Thomas, US Virgin Island

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  464. Jerod Weber

    I believe that Martin Luther King, Jr. would say that his goals , dreams, and ambitions weren't only limited to African Americans alone, but that it is a bigger picture. That his March on Washington speech wasn't just to end racism, but to end all prejudice actions alike. Whether it be towards the metally ill, the LGBTQ community, native americans, and others.That his dream expands out to all nations, out to all races, and out to any diversity amongst people. I believe he would talk about the fact that our nation as come along this far in such a short amount of time, that in an even shorter amount of time, his dreams would be fulfilled.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  465. Kami

    I think Dr. King would say that tomorrow is a great start, but it is far from fulfilling the true dreams of equality. Now we need to insure that African Americans are granted to same rights as others in the realms workforce, education, and housing. This is something everyone of every race should be given, and it will take the work of everyone to do this. African Americans please don't get complacent because this is not the full extent of the true potential of the entire race.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  466. Shelly

    All he would need to say is
    "I had a Dream..."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  467. Evan Hairston

    Hi Jack and viewers! I'm a 23 year old biracial male from Columbus, Ohio. I believe if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, he would simply say, "I had a dream"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  468. ANGELA TARAH

    He will say that we have taken a giant step forward in moving toward equality for all, that we need to work with Presdient Obama and support him in this ongoing fight and never stop until race is no longer an item of discussion or consideration as we measure or judge someone's abilities or character. Let us be measured by our deeds.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  469. Alisa

    I believe Dr. King would say... This is not the promised land this is a step in the right direction. While we have made it to the door there is still much to do we need to.. Now we must stand in the face of our societies irresponsibilty to our children. Our childre are dying in the streets of our cities, we have turned from the battle for those yet to come and began a battle for personal gain. Let's unite as a country and empower our children through the example of unified leadership. This is not the Pres elects problem to solve this is ours to stand and reclaim our homes from the wiles of personal irresponsibilty.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  470. Farrah Fryar

    I think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say, "Well done. All those that have laid the groundwork for you are extremely proud. Now the real work can begin."

    Farrah Fryar
    Clinton, NC

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  471. Jane Iddings

    Dr. King would first congratulate President Obama and second would urge him to carry his (King's) message of peaceful resolution of conflicts here and abroad, and to remind him that he (Obama) now takes his place among the greatest leaders of humankind including Gandhi and Mandela (and King).

    Jane Iddings, Blogger, http://www.GrowUpNow.info and http://www.BarackObamaRealMaturity.com

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  472. Isabell Twarowski

    I do not presume to know what Dr. King would say or think. but I think from what I have read and lived through myself as a immigrant to the USA .
    We have arrived at the beginning of his dream now is the time to really do what he saw now is the time to start our conversation on diversioty from everywhere .
    Now is the time to make Amerika a place for all help to make it better no matter how small contribute anyway you can . volenteer give of yourself not just the checkbook most of us have a smaller one now . Start the conversation let the hope live all over and carry this all over not impose it on the world but lead by example . Lets fullfill the dream .
    Isabell

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  473. Walter Porter

    Jack Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank God Almighty We Are
    Free At Last

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  474. TS Aschenge

    He would say that it is only now that the Promised Land has come within our grasp. This is the beginning of our journey towards racial reconciliation and not the end. The reality is that even though we are about to swear in the first African American President, the new year has only just begun and already in Houston Texas, New Orleans, and Oakland California three Black men were lynched by the police in January alone. It never took a rope or a tree to lynch anyone. We will not get were we need to be until this scourge of racist lynching comes to an end, and every life is of value.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  475. Mr. Krim M. Ballentine

    President elect Obama may not be the First Black President as while we know his father was black we do not know the skin color or DNA of the 43 before him. Second, Of course, he may be the First African American as his father was African, Kenyan. Last, he is probably the First American President as he incorporates in his heritage all of the legal attributes and qualifications and he adds skin color and the idealism surrounding it in our country expressing one idealism effectively that All men are created equal. Dr. King, Jr. wanted better Americans not Americans dissected into fighting groups.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  476. Madeleine (of San Francisco, CA)

    My dream and love for the people of this Country is so gracefully emulated in the man you have been and are, President Obama. My heart, filled w/ tears of joy and pride, goes out to you, your family and people of this United States of America. We have held hands through all these years. It is, now, time for you to shine ever-so-brightly and take flight, my son...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  477. Miguel Calvento

    In my opinion, Dr. King was a humble man and would take no credit for Mr. Obama's achievements. Dr. King was a servant of God, fighting for equality and justice for ALL Americans. Today, Dr. King is smiling down on the American people. Though he was an inspiration for this nation, his work is felt worldwide.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  478. R.Z.

    I hope he would say, "Let a man be himself," to judge him by what another individual did decades before is unfair. He seems to be very comfortable with who he is, his ideals, his values. Let that be enough for anyone, regardless of skin color.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  479. Robin

    If Martin Luther King was alive today I think he would take a line from Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the moon, on July 21st 1969,.... one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind! May God bless the United States of America!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  480. jack in DC

    Jack

    I like to think that if he was still alive all of this would be taken for granted as this moment would have come to pass a while back.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  481. Willie From Weston, Florida

    Dr. King would have probably said, "I am glad this dream of mine has made its way to realization while the worst nightmare has loomed over us for 8 whole years!!!"

    -Willie Florida

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  482. Rani

    I think Dr. King would say that we've come a long way, but have a long way to go. The responsibility to lift our country up is not one man's alone, but our's collectively as the people who inhabit this nation. We ARE our brother's and sister's keeper.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  483. Durian Dunbar

    Dr King would say.... Obama has taken us to the mountain top and as a country we can go into the promise the land....

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  484. Andrew Castillo

    Dr. King, with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face would say, " Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty we are free at last! Our dream has come to fruition. America is fulfilling its promise of making sure that we can cash the check of equal opportunity!"

    Chicago, IL

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  485. Brian Goodwater

    He would say " Thank You Lord ". Gods plan is being fulfilled and if i had never been here god would have used someone else to do his work thank you jesus i'm just a man.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  486. Mo

    New Flash: Barack Obama’s speech is the greatest historical speech of Hope, Freedom and Unity in the 21st Century. – Mo

    After the most awaited speech let all break the walls of barriers as citizen of the Global Village (World) with ones common visions by pulling down the act of terrorism, racism, discriminations, greed, selfish and buried it forever. And embrace forgiveness and love one another in respect of colour, race, sex, belief, religion, nationality among other things.

    Dr Martin Luther King Jr. would say Obama is the Black Moses of our time while our fore-father is the Joseph of their time. Anything is possible in the global village not only in America! The hard work of our fore-fathers is not in vain.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  487. Derrick

    Being that my father marched with Jackson, Abernathy and other civil rights leaders of our day, I truly believe that Dr. King would say that my dream is taking form and shape. Dr. King would say that I translated the vision but the form and shape has finally begun. Now, we as one nation under God must submit ourselves to the overall cause of equality for all people no matter of their pigmentation, melanin, party affiliation, race, ethnicity, creed, sexual oreintation or even how many 0's appear after our names. We must pull together and make that dream more of a reality each day of our lives. Obama represents that allthings are possible again. If we only dare to envision what could be. And now, America can begin to heal and grow again while being that "shining city on the hill".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  488. Janice, Toronto

    Hi Jack;

    With profound pride and satisfaction, I believe Dr. King would say "I had a dream!!!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  489. Cedric Ramos

    If Dr King was alive today, he would say that America reached an important milestone. He would also point out the greatness of this country, a country where everything is possible, a country that shows day in and day out, year in and year out why it is the greatest country ever. He would also say that the American people should see this inauguration as a new era in the history of the United States.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  490. akhtar

    As I stare into these tired old hands, and think about the past and look up, I see that America has just started to recognize it's future. My hope has inspired great youths, and it has manifested into one young black President-elect, Barack Obama.

    I am proud and privledged to see in my lifetime racial barriers broken, and a country more united. White people and black people, we must coexist to bring change. A black man can do no more than a white man. As we move forward, we must not call our brothers, our countrymen by color, we must realize color and race are a divide.
    We must not become complacent, to become complacent will be taking a step back, when we must take many steps forward.

    I have great hope for this country. We must not forget the struggles of the past, as we will not forget the struggles we will have in the future.

    Now it is time for Barack Obama to continue his change. The country is finally ready.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  491. Latheria J, Nassau, The Bahamas

    I think Dr. King would say that this is what he had dreamt about. This is the Promise Land that he saw. But the fight still continues because there are still people who can't see beyond the color of your skin and they may never be able to. But unfortunately that is their problem if that can't get over their own stupidity.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  492. Mary Pat Reifsnider

    Dreams do come true.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  493. Mark

    Dr. King believed in unselfish service just as President-Elect Obama does. I believe that he would call us all to serve this nation and tell Mr. Obama, well done young man!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  494. Andrew Park

    I get chills everytime I think about MLK and Obama together. Amazing achievement and so much hope for so many.

    I think MLK would include in his statement, about Obama on his inaugeration:
    Barak, I'm proud to be standing here with you today. We've arrived to one peak in the mountain, and what a view it is. Relish in the victory, we've realized a dream. But don't become too comfortable. Don't let the hard work of so many end here. We must keep striving for better and higher, and until we reach that next peak, expect more trials and tribulations, but keep your chin up and the you can be the next one standing on that next, higher peak.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  495. Gabbie age 15, NC

    MLK would be too moved to tears too speak. But in short he'd embrace Obama and say "Well done, Son. Well Done!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  496. L. Pitts

    It is my belief that Dr. King would be extremely proud about the historic event that is going to occur tomorrow. However, I think, that he would still be cautious to say that we as a nation have fully achieved his dream. Just asked the families of Sean Bell and Oscar Grant... As a nation we need to take the time to REALLY reflect on what this country has become. Through slavery, segregation and all of the other horrible atrocities we have endured, America still has work to do on the racial and cultural front. With that being said, Barack Obama should be looked at as a shining symbol, not only to black Americans, but to all Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  497. Martha in Tomball, Tx

    "To whom much is given, much is required." I believe Dr. King would remind President Obama, that he has inherited a precious gift, which is the fruit of our ancestors struggle, which has allowed him to become one of the greatest symbols of change in this country. I feel he would tell him "well done."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  498. Honora Carlin

    I thnk he would be saying " Well done, my Son,I am right here with you every step".
    Honora Carlin
    Toronto, Ontario
    ps grew up in Buffalo during the race riots of the '60's....

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  499. Shirley Green - Decatur, AL

    Only TEARS OF JOY!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  500. Cavin, Gary, IN

    With all certainty he would be pleased with America' s decision, however I don't believe he would be pleased at all with the current state of African-Americans from a ground level perspective. While racism isn't as blatant as it was in his day, a man with his intellect would still be able to see through fog that disguises it.

    So while Dr. King would be proud of America at this moment, he would still be critical.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  501. Judy Tomlinson

    I don't think Martin Luther King would be surprised. He always knew his dream would come true, but I do think that he would be very proud and happy. Obama is going to be our first black President and that is amazing. During King's lifetime very few people thought this would ever happen. It actually shows what a great country we are living in.
    But we must remember Obama is just a man. I'm sure he is going to do his best to turn our country around, but it will take time, intelligence, and luck. It seems that people are going a little crazy about this inaugravation. It's turning into a festival, and people are treating Obama like he is a god. This is wrong and I only hope that things will calm down. Let's let the Man do his job.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  502. Joan

    Dr. King would be looking down with a big smile on his face saying to Obama this is your chance – don't screw it up!

    Joan

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  503. Vicki Gehman --- Gainesville, FL

    MLK would say "What took you all so long? I guess I underestimated the American people. It is time for change – now let's get it together."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  504. Bruce McKenna

    Martin Luther King would comment on the man who made his career possible, A. Philip Randolph, the organizer of the March for Jobs and Freedom at which King made his historic speech. Randolph had been a union organizer and a civil rights advocate for more than 40 years when he lead that march on Washington. He fought tirelessly when things were at their darkest in this country, organizing his union during the depths of the Great Depression, during the depths of official segregation. How appropriate to remember Randolph, King would say, when our civil liberties and our economic lifeblood, when our freedom and our jobs, stand threatened today as they have in the past. Many men and women have made Obama’s life today possible and though Obama has seized the opportunities afforded him we must remember all those great and small, famous and forgotten, who have trod the stony path before.
    Bruce McKenna, Seattle WA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  505. An American

    Perhaps he'd quote Anne Frank –

    "How wonderful it is, that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the World."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  506. Kazeem Bello Newark NJ

    Dr Martin Luther King Jr will surely indicates that today is reminiscent of God's Promise that Jesus Christ will rise again. Everything about this historic moment for America point to the similarity of God's promise that Jesus will rise again to save a people. MLK will say" here I rose again in Barack Obama to fulfill God's promise to the American people of all races, color and divisions."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  507. Annie Florida

    Go Obama

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  508. Tangie

    Great job you and Wolf do; as far as what Dr. King would say about Obama, "It's about bloody time!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  509. Dan Ottman

    I believe that Dr King would say that we have reached the begining of a National understanding that we as people of the United States, are at a point in our lives (history) that we now realize it takes "We the People" in order for us the nation to overcome our differences, to work on what brings us together. I believe in us and know that we can overcome anything when we work together. We are now at the begining of our journey home!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  510. Lynn, San Diego County

    Dr. King might say that his dream now rests on the shoulders' of Barack Obama, but that we all need to help the new President carry the dream to fulfillment.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  511. Heinz Berger

    People of America rejoice.

    Hope has arrived on the mountain top. Lets walk together shoulder to shoulder with him into the future.

    Heinz(the retiree)Ohio

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  512. John, Roanoke, VA

    Jack, as an ordained Baptist preacher/minister, he would simply say, AMEN, which interpreted means " so be it".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  513. Gwen Demery in Atlanta, GA

    With tears rolling out of each eye, Dr. King would say "Our World has reached it"s peak at the top of the mountian of hopes and dreams. The dream for many Americans is now reality; and people of all races and cultures will join hands and never let go. This is now a new America!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  514. Nissa

    Jack.

    MLK would be proud. In 1865 African Americans were free to figuratively rule their lives, yet groups like the KKK and other bigots and social injustice prevented most African Americans to rule their lives.

    MLK came around, had a dream, and if he were alive today, he would simply smile and say, "I told you so."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  515. Anthony Gomes

    After studying Dr. King, and reading as much information as I can get my hands on, I feel that many people are mistaken about how he would react tomorrow. I feel that there is no denying he would be proud, and that he would feel as though his sacrifices are being realized. Yet, I think he would be more concerned with the continued poverty, the financial crisis, and the two wars we are fighting for all Americans. I think that he would be putting an enormous amount of pressure on President Elect Obama to work towards correcting the mistakes that were made by the worst president ever. I also feel strongly that he would be denouncing the monument that money is being raised to erect, and he would rather see the hundred million dollars go towards fixing America's current issues rather than a monument dedicated to him.

    Anthony

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  516. Johnathan Robinson - Petal, Mississippi

    Dr. King would first give thanks to GOD for giving him this vision and blessing him to be able to see the vision fulfilled and if he was able he would begin to give praise to GOD in his own special way.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  517. hans wold

    Dr. King would have said this: I closed my eyes to rest, to stop my work for just a bit. I had a nightmare. 8 years of cold, darkness, sliding backwards. Now I have awoken and my heart is calmed as I see the sun is rising, again.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  518. Bob, Madison, WI

    Say? I don't think he would be saying anything, at least not right away. He'd be crying tears of joy.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  519. Gerald Manson

    the people of the world are one today and tommorow......let this be only the beginning and not a end........

    Gerald Manson

    Penticton BC Canada

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  520. Potter Pajibo(Kingsland, GA)

    I think that Dr King will say that he is proud of Obama and he is also proud of how far America has come. However, he will remind us that the dream was for all people and only 40% of that dream have been realize. There is still poverty, police brutality, genocides and a lot of injustice all around us and around the world. He will let us know that if we have come this far up the mountain, we can't stop know.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  521. ed hayde

    Dr. King of course would be encouraged to see that our nation has moved to a point where an African American has been elected President. I believe Dr. King would remind us that it was together that; blacks ,whites, hispanic, young, old..... all had a hand in electing this "new" candidate. If we truely want to bring about change, it requires more than electing one man. It requires each and every citizen to make a contribution to his or her neighbor. Make a difference in your own community. It is the inspiration of that leader to offer insight but it is the duty and responsibility of every American to fulfill the spirit of change by changing our collective mindset from "Me first" to We Together".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  522. Veronica - Bastrop, LA

    I think Dr. King would say "Your blessing is here, my son. Take it. With God as your Guide and with the help of our citizens, restore dignity, pride, love, and compassion to America ONCE AGAIN. Yes, you can!, Yes, you can! YES, YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  523. Gail

    Jack,

    I believe he would cry a river of emotion and after he absorbed the enormity of what happend it would hit him like a thunderbolt that after almost a half of a Century.. his dream for the country has finally been realized... A biracial president and an entire country no matter what color, coming together as one to support him.

    It really is heart breaking that this man is not alive to witness this moment in time – one that he fought and died for all those years ago, if he is looking down I am sure his eyes are filled with tears of joy.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  524. Mikey, from Atlanta

    Dr. Martin Luther King would say that the American Dream is possible for anyone of any race, gender, creed, and background. Not only would African-Americans strive to be sports players or rappers, but they can actually can be President of the United States. From slavery, segragation, to the Oval Office, America has joined hands and continued the walk to a life of freedom. However, I think MLK would push Obama to stop poverty in this nation and really push hard on the struggles in the finances of everyone regardless of who they are. Economic freedom would be the next step for this great country called The United States of America.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  525. Grady Cobbs, Virginia Beach, VA

    Free at last...free at last! Thank GOD Almighty we are free at last.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  526. Kat

    I live in Canada and i am so proud of the people in America for listening to what MLK said and finally making his dream come true. If only he was alive to see this historical day I believe he would say " I had a dream and today that dream came true"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  527. Ed Gauvin

    As a Haitian-American who came to the United States three years before Dr. King was assasinated, if he were alive I believe Dr. King would say that America has made one giant step toward his dream but there remains much work to be done in the fields of education, housing, and health care for the millions of poor and working class americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  528. KaraT

    The first part of King's speech addressed the economic disparity of the races. He also mentioned the police brutality and ghetto slum conditions of the blacks. While any would agree that tomorrow is a day of great signifinance, it only takes a glance to see that not much has changed. If King were alive today I believe he say, thank God for PE Obama because change has come to the United States. Its a huge job, but he's just the man for the task. Any huge journey begins with a first step, and America has just stood to her feet.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  529. nancy cuffman

    This is the beginning of the journey. The final destination is when poverty is ended. Everyone has health coverage and all young people have an opportunity for the education of their choice.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  530. Judy From Rochester NY

    I think Dr. King would say

    The blood of yesterday's many martyrs has watered and nourished the soil, which produced this tree which will produce the fruit of tomorrow.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  531. Neisco Jackson, Canton,Ohio

    Dr. King would say “We have reached a turning point in society. A point where the majority of Americans are able to judge a man, not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. God is not finished with us yet. This is but a poignant foreshadowing of a day when America truly will be One Nation Under God!”

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  532. gwendolyn j hoskins/Columbia SC

    I believe as I have listened to history replayed and unfolded and rehearsed, what I am beholding is unimaginable. However, I believe that only part of Dr. King's Dream has been realized. We are only half way there. In light of the many national and international crisis we are facing as a country, I believe Dr. King was beaconing America to define herself as a unified nation of people undivided by that which would (if not corrected) inevitabley destroy us from within. A house divided cannot stand and Dr. King knew a nation divided would not stand before the World strong, prosperous and towering as a Beacon of Hope to the Nations. President Obama's swearing in is occuring at a conversion point in hIstory. There is trouble on every side.–domestic and abroad. It is time for Americans in the 21st Century to define ourselves as Americans if we are going to survive the challenges and trials of this era and time before us. This would truly be King's dream fulfilled.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  533. Bonnie Riddle

    I believe he would say he was proud as thousands took up the campaign rallying cry "Yes, we can." He would say his heart swelled on election day when even more thousands in Grant Park revised the cry to "yes, we did." And he would beseech us to fulfill our promise to Obama, ourselves, and the nation by sending forth the pledge – "Yes we will." Because MLK knew better than anyone that President Obama cannot do what needs to be done without us.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  534. Lynda

    I think Dr. King would congratulate President-Elect Obama first, and would tell him how proud of him he is for educating himself, keeping people first, loving his family and being the man that God has called him to be. I think Dr. King would encourage him to go forth and let him know the road will not always be easy, but he must stand firm.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  535. Constance Burnett

    I sent in a comment that If King was alive today what would he say? My comment was that King would say out loud, Thank God Almighty The Dream Has Been Fulfilled. I, however omitted to put my city and state. It is Erie, PA.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  536. Jeff from Boston

    Dr. King would say, "I had this dream and this... is the reality of that dream." Jack, as a older white male, I can hardly contain the tears of joy that feel today. All of you at CNN are doing such a great job at reporting the importance of this incredible time in our history.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  537. CS in OHio

    We'd be a much different country if Dr. King hadn't been killed. I don't know what he' d say if he was here, but oh, I wish he were.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  538. amilu peterson

    Dr. King would tell President Obama as long as there is a Jena, Mississippi and red "neck" states, there is still much work to do. Bless you and amen!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  539. Karen

    We have certainly made gains but there will always be more to do. Our work will never be over as long as we have people in need. I have always believed that we are our brothers' keeper and for me that defines who I am.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  540. stan webster

    We are finely understanding , we are all in the boat. life jackets for all not just for the rick and the well connected.

    Stan , Ohio

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  541. Patrece, Hattiesburg, MS

    I think Dr. King would say to President Elect Obama, job well done my son, as he embraces him with a lenghty hug. Both shedding tears for those lives that were lost during the struggles. We did it, but we still have a difficult road ahead.

    Victorious, Victorious, My Dream Has Come to Pass, Thank God O Mighty, We have done it at last.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  542. Brandon

    As remarkable and unprecedented a milestone tomorrow's inauguration shall be, the dream still has yet to fully become a reality. Only after the scourges of bigotry, apathy, and enmity have melted away from human hearts will the dream be actualized.

    Brandon in Kew Gardens, NY

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  543. A. P. Johnson

    Martin Luther King Jr. would say we are halfway there.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  544. Allan Blake

    That my kids and Grandkids have seen the dream that some of us were blind to. (Ihave a dream)

    Allan

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  545. Son-Ja Smith

    Hi Jack,

    I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say we have come a long way as a nation but until every child gets the same educational opportunties, are provided the same educational materials and same learniong environments reguardless of skin color or where you live in this country, the whole dream has not been realized. But isn't it great that a portion, a large portion of the dream has been realized.
    Way to go America!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  546. Cecil Jones

    There are Ghettos in Gaza, Injustice at Gitmo, Greed on Wall Street, and Corruption in Congress...Great Job America you are truly beautiful, but we haven't overcome enough to get to rest. The danger of Barack Obama's achievement is amnesia. The King Dream is a direction to God! It's not a safe haven or the front of the bus. Keep Marching On...Where is your Dream?

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  547. A. Watson

    As an African American female proudly serving in the United States Army, let me first say that it is so moving to see so many people of all races from all walks of life coming together in these rough times. I believe Dr. King would remind us all that President Elect Obama is one man. As we have all come together these past few months to celebrate the long road to change in America, we must remain united. One man will not be able to do it all, we all must commit to change as a people, and live the commitment everyday.

    Fort Drum, New York

    January 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  548. chuck k

    we're free at last brothers we're free at last!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  549. deborah wynn

    Jack, Dr. King would say, Yes, people are being judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, and then he would sing..... "My country 'tis of the, sweet land of liberty, of the I sing." He would say that freedom has rung from Stone Mountain of Georgia, and Look Out Mountain of Tennessee.
    Deborah Wynn
    Riceboro, GA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  550. jared hiniker

    I believe that Dr. Martin Luther King would say to Barack Obama that we have finally made it to a place of equality for all. Barack you hold the power to unite a country that is in great need right now and you can do so much with that power to unite our great nation. Dr. King will definitely be shining down from heaven tommorrow smiling at America and what a great nation it is. Let freedom ring, only in America you can come from humble beginnings and be whatever you want to be. God bless America

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  551. Pam Perry Smal, San Diego CA

    Everyone in the United States, no matter what color, contributed to the election of our President, Barack Obama, with your relationship and love toward the voters who elected him. Thank you! OUR time has come.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  552. Dr. D.

    If Dr. King were alive he would tell Barack Obama to be steadfast in his Christian Faith; trust the vision God has given to him; don't forget he stands on the shoulders of those who stood up in the past; don't be intimidated by the naysayers; do not let fear overcome your faith; remember as Mordecai told Esther in the Bible, he has the assignment for "such a time as this"; always remember there safety in the multitude of council; acknowledge all promotion comes from God; keep in mind you are making shoulders for others to stand on.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  553. M.L. Squier

    I really don't know, but this is what I wrote for King's birthday, and for the Inauguration of Barack Obama:

    Now that you have won.
    Lead us to the sun.
    Together as one.

    By Mad Plato

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  554. Gary from Minneapolis

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say celebrate this moment and the change it brings us. But tomorrow, we all get to work.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  555. A. Nicholson

    I believe that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say Americans (and the world) should remember that President-elect Obama is only the medium by which God, creator and master of all life, has given America yet another opportunity to prove its mantra of "in God we trust!" We all are placed here to know, love and serve God and one another. Mr. Obama obviously fully understands that and is the epitome of the reminder. I pray that the entire world becomes enlightened by President-elect Obama' s message and heeds it.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  556. jeremy

    That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  557. Carol Ann Glenn

    MLK would want to say those words in the Constitution "We the people of the United States", truly do represent all Americans!

    Carol
    St. Louis, MO

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  558. akhtar

    As I stare into these tired old hands, and think about the past and look up, I see that America has just started to recognize it’s future. My hope has inspired great youths, and it has manifested into one young black President-elect, Barack Obama.

    I am proud and privledged to see in my lifetime racial barriers broken, and a country more united. White people and black people, we must coexist to bring change. For a black man can do no more than a white man, and a white man can do no more than a black man. As we move forward, we must not call our brothers, our countrymen by color, we must realize color and race are a divide.

    We must not become complacent with the present, to become complacent will be taking a step back, when we must take many steps forward.

    I have great hope for this country. We must not forget the struggles of the past, as we will not forget the struggles we will have in the future.

    Now it is time for Barack Obama to continue his change. As I turn over my hands, I do not see a dark future, but a very bright one. America is finally ready

    -Clark, New Jersey.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  559. Potter Pajibo(Kingsland, GA)

    I think that Dr King will say that he is proud of Obama and he is also proud of how far America has come. However, he will remind us that the dream was for all people and only 40% of that dream have been realize. There is still poverty, police brutality, genocides and a lot of injustice all around us and around the world. He will let us know that if we have come this far up the mountain, we can’t stop now.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  560. Amanda

    Nikki Jan 19th 4:13pm,

    Thats not what Dr. King would say, but I agree with you 100%! Beyonce?! Come ON!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  561. Stevin (Atlanta)

    I think Dr. King would say "this is what I saw at the mountain top".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  562. Dave Flowers

    we as a people have made this far, but we should not, get Complacent..There is still more work to be done...Dr King planted the seeds..i'm sure he would marvel at how Great this America has grown..

    January 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  563. Amber West

    I worry about this idea of "restoring America to it's greatness". Yes, there is much to restore and repair, and we need to strengthen the middle class. Yet I think Dr. King would warn against dreaming too small. Dr. King's dream was not solely about racial equality. The dream was and still is about economic justice. I think he would ask not only the President Elect but all of us to carry on the work he dedicated himself to prior to his death: a war on poverty, poverty that has been present in America's even during the "great" times.

    Amber West, San Francisco, CA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  564. eric from delaware

    Jack ,
    I think he might say that this is a great day, but the dream is not finished, it is most important for todays children of all races to understand the importance of the part of the dream where Dr king said little black boys and girls and little white boys and girls can play together. in order for the dream to carry on, a chain of misinformation of a generation must be broken so that all children can embrace and understand the inportance of not only this special day but the importance of the inauguration and the days to come.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  565. Joy

    Hi Jack,

    I think Dr. King would be overwhelmed by the moment that what he had saw in his own unique special way had taken root through the election of Barack. Dr. King would cry I think, and he would challenge my generation and future generations to continue to pursue the dream in a very proactive way.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  566. Audley Campbell

    I think Dr. King would say black people are vindicated at last at last at last

    Audley
    Bronx New York

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  567. kevin blake

    On this day, Janurary 20th, the nation lived up to it's best spiritual effort and hope...
    For on this Tuesday, this nation judged not by the color of his skin but the content of his character.

    Or well done, America...Well done!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  568. Max T. Ragland

    Mr. Cafferty,

    If Dr. King was here, I'm sure that he would have mixed emotions. He would be happy that America was able to rise above the every day reality of racism to elect the first African American president but he would be sad that so many of our neighbors are continuously trapped in the cycle of poverty through no fault of their own.

    The essence of the dream was that all would have the opportunity to have more than their humble means have given them.

    Tell Wolf I said what's up.

    Max
    Aberdeen MD

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  569. Jeff from Vallejo

    Dr. King might say the following:

    "Young man, couselor, Mr. President – elect, you have, from the midst of many great minds and hearts in our community personified a major and giganic step forward in our collective dream towards reaching the promise-land of equality, diginty and significance. President Obama, even at this juncture, we have now fully arrived as a nation, but your new place in history has moved us ever closer through the long process..."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  570. Dave

    Showtime!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  571. Dave Talbot

    If MLK2 were alive today, he'd say the following about the inauguration of Barack Obama.

    We as a people have finally reached the promise land. Mr Obama will be the first leader to ensure that we remain and never leave. Well done my son.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  572. Donna Ramkaran

    I believe Dr. King would say there is a God who hears the cry of his people and to never give up on your dream and hopes and that we should treat all men as we would want to be treated

    January 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  573. Kerri-Ann of Tucson AZ

    MLK JR. would be proud of President-Elect Obama. He is a man that all of America could be proud of. MLK he paved a way for tomorrow to actually be in the history books. I feel that Martin Luther King, Jr with tears in his eyes would say finally the dream has been seen by the world and the people of the US of A have spoken. Show the world that we can be kind and strong. We can see pass race, religion and pick the man that is best suited for the job at hand.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  574. laurie sharrard , Toronto Canada

    "I have a dream, today is it's reality!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  575. Chelle Brunke

    "AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  576. David L. Brewer

    Dr. King Spirit Speaks

    ON THE BRINK

    Today Americans stand at the threshold of making history, the world is waiting to witness the “Re-Birth of a Nation”, a nation that recognizes and embraces the human potential, and richness of all people. This moment in time is a tipping point in our nations’ consciousness, from which there can be no turning back. The flood gates have opened like the “River Nile” flowing northward, renewing, and enriching the Fertile Crescent. This nations’ spirit has been uplifted, and has been forever changed by this historic time in our democracy. The events that have culminated to this moment in our history is like a story that could not have been scripted any perfectly, as if a guiding force has lead us to this time and space, where the seemly improbable is probable. Today’s election bridges our current narrative with the struggles and sacrifices of our past, and the optimism for the future. Today is an American triumph, inspired by great men and women of our collective past; people who dared to look beyond the horizon and envision a brighter tomorrow. Men and women such as Fredrick Douglas, Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B Dubois, Booker T, Toussaint L’Ouverture, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and all the everyday unsung heroes that have sacrificed immeasurably to bring this nation, and the world to this pivotal moment in our history.

    David L. Brewer
    Los Angeles, CA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  577. Fred" Enforcer" Esannason

    Not only would Rev. M.L.King Jr. actknowelge that his legacy was not in vain but also that other parts of his vision and prophecy are on the right road to realization. He would encourage us to support the ideas and directives of President Obama and to ignite the Union with the True spirit of love and caring demonstrated especially in the last few days we are experiencing now. He would also require us to learn the words to "that great negro spiritual" "free at last, free at last thank God Almighty we free at last".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  578. Patti W

    We stand on the Mountaintop. It has been a long, hard walk. Let us go forward to our future that lies ahead, Black hand in White, White hand in Asian, Asian hand in Gay, Gay hand in Straight, Straight hand in Disabled, Disabled hand in Able hand. Let us walk as one people, united in our hope for the future. Our destiny is before us all!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  579. Dan

    Dr. King would say that the election of the first African-American President does not mean that you do not have to get an education, work hard and raise your children in a family unit to suceed. Having a new President will not assure that you achieve success, only hard work and a high standard of values will do that. Only you and not the Government can improve on your life.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  580. carole vallieres

    He might say "I told you so!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  581. dsands

    A great day has come for all of us to witness. In this great nation we have made a United statement not judging a man for the color of his skin but what qualifications this man has to be our President of this country. It is my hope we can journey on this path together and given the direction of this new president regainin the economic, social ,political strength this country has in her ability.Showing the world we can overcome all odds to rise beneath impending doom to a new world of unity and hope for people of all colors.class,and stature.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  582. toni, 549

    I am sure that Dr. King would be most proud of Obama's achievements and being elected President. I also believe Dr. King would ask Obama to ask us to continue the fight in now a different way, to let go as best we can of the hurt and pain of the past and to move forward with renewed hope and energy on a daily basis. That only the first part of our success has been achieved and that we must move forward and this time to extend our hand to all men. This hope can best be achieved by acting through the eyes of our youth who for the most part have developed the wonderful vision of color-blindness. God Bless each of us as we move ahead in our own way together!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  583. Edina

    He would say to him what he has said to America, in essence, 'don't see this election as the end of what needs to be done, it's only the beginning of the work that has to continue to be done together'

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  584. Reta

    I think he would say "Job well done',now on to the next mission.This is just the begining .

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  585. Adam G. Chaikin

    If Dr. King were alive today, he would arrive at the inauguration in an F-16 and land on an air craft carrier anchored in the Potomac. Behind him would be a banner saying "Mission Accomplished". He would deliver an inspiring speech of personal accountability and discourage people from thinking that the American Government is an institution that acts as the financial backstop of the world. He would accompany President Obama to the White House and pick up the tatered piece of parchment that Dick Cheney used to wipe his feet on each time he entered the Oval Office. Recognizing that the document is our Constitution, he would hand it to the President and say, These are the laws of our land. They shall be re-instated with immediate effect. And never shall we consider them an inconvenience like the last administration did.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  586. Terry

    I believe Dr. King would be rejoicing at the election and inauguration of Barack Obama. But Dr. Kind would still be working for economic freedom. We are still fighting economic slavery.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  587. Audrey

    I think that the faith that guided MLK gave him a confidence and certainty that the dream would be fulfilled. I think he would say "Thank God Almighty we're free at last." I think he would also understand what I have just gotten – that Barack Obama's election means that we're all free at last.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  588. Tyrone Benefield

    I see Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and Fredric Douglas with tears in their eyes standing on the dock watching Barack Obama board a luxury liner named "United States of America" with a suit case labled "The Dream" to a cheering and welcoming crowd. I don't think there are sufficient words to describe this feeling.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  589. Weldon from Canada

    He would probably say that a great victory has been accomplished by Obama in that he has shown the World that a great leader does not have to be a white Anglo Saxon. The time has come where race and religion should be put on the shelf and the World finally get down to being civilized and getting along to find a solution to make the World a better place for all people to live.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  590. Chris B. Charleston SC

    Jack, while I think Dr King would indeed be proud of what this inauguration represents I firmly believe he would not consider the work finished.

    While our new President will be a symbol of how far we've come toward achieving the vision of the civil rights movement, Dr. King's dream was one of accomplishing true and lasting equality for everyone. I think if Dr King were alive today he would weep, put an arm around President Obama's shoulder and say, "Come on son...we can go a bit farther."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  591. Gregory Ross

    Dr. KIng would urge us not only to look at where Barack Obama is on this glorious day, but what he did to get there. Understand the extra hours he put in doing homework as a youngster, the hours he spent reading books instead of watching TV, and listening to speeches instead of music and videos. Understand how much work was required to gain his mastery of world politics, economics, commerce and law.

    Yes, you can get there, but there are no shortcuts to putting in the hard work, focus and dedication; no "cliff notes" alternatives and no excuses.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  592. Tania I. Arias

    Even today, after 46 years, I mourn the death of Dr. King. As a new immigrant to the US from Cuba in 1962, he captivated my heart and became the backbeat to my American social and political conscience.

    As I knocked on doors in PA during the campaign on behalf of my President Elect Barak Obama, Dr. King accompanied me every step of the way. I want to believe that he is not only proud today but, that he is also with Obama, every step of the way. May God Bless them both and Bless the, now real, United States of America!

    Tania I. Arias
    Manhattan, New York

    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  593. Camille, Boston MA

    I think the Rev would simply say "I told you so." MLK once said "I may not get there with you but we will see the promised land." This is indeed the dream, the vision of a land where we are ALL created equal. President Obama is the fulfillment of MLK's dream and his prophetic words. And we are grateful for what both of these great leaders have taught us in the past present and in our future!May God bless AMERICA!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  594. Franklin

    I think Dr. King would be glad about where the United States is today. I think he would be excited that President Elect Obama was elected as the 44th President. Conversely, I also think that Dr. King would be disappointed that we still have much to do in this nation. With over millions of Americans with no health care and in poverty, the country has much to do. I think that he would say that we have made much progress but we have much more to do as a people.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  595. Samuel Gallant

    I had a dream so you can dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  596. Jonathan Sale

    I believe that Dr. King would assuredly say that his dream has been accomplished. But on top of this, I believe he would be saying more to the accomplishment of the country as a whole. We have come together as a country in a way that we have never before seen. IT is a definite step in the right direction for the country. However, at the same time, I believe that Dr. King would be reminding us that Obama has never said yes I can. He is not the savior of this country. He, instead, said yes we can. Together, we can make this nation great again, but it will take the efforts of all of us coming together again to rebuild the nation to its fullest stature.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  597. Brenda - Maryland - orig from Sierra Leone

    If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, the first thing he would say about Barack Obama’s inauguration would be:
    "Vindicated at last! Vindicated at last! Thank God Almighty we're vindicated at last!" However, he would follow that by saying: "But there's still more work to be done, so let's keep the dream alive and keep going."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  598. James W. Blevins

    "Getting closer to the promised land". While having Obama as president is a huge step forward, don't underestimate the amount of bigotry that still exists. Look at the percentage of prison inmates who are black. Look at the average incomes of blacks vs whites. Consider the number of people that you encounter who really are bigots. We are getting closer, but we are not there.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  599. Mary Ellen Moore

    I am a 70 yr old White woman from Indiana who had the audacity to dance with the only 'negro' boy that attended our school of approx 300 kids in all 12 grades in 1952 at a sockhop. I also lived in Arkansas in the early 1960's and entered into a lunch room from the street through a 'colored only' entrance because I didn't know what the sign meant. It has been a long 40 years.
    I would hope and believe MLK would be as elated as I am and would exclaim. "At last we can now go forward to a bigger and better country and world. Let the work begin." God bless America and Barack Obama

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  600. Selma

    We HAVE overcome.

    By "we" I mean all Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  601. Ernestine Gage- Jefferson City, Missouri

    If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, he would say that not only has God delivered on his promise when visited at the Mountain Top, but America and our nation has delivered. America enslaved itself by the disparate treatment of the very souls who built it. We n ow get it! It's time for our country's healing and renovation and we must join together as one and reclaim our leadership role, to move forward and be the great country that we are destined to be. It's the NEW BEGINNING, "say well done America, say well done".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  602. Amber West

    Dear moderator - this is corrected as there were two typos - an apostrophe in the first sentence has been removed and at the end America's has been changed to America. Thanks for correcting that and for your patience!

    I worry about this idea of “restoring America to its greatness”. Yes, there is much to restore and repair, and we need to strengthen the middle class. Yet I think Dr. King would warn against dreaming too small. Dr. King’s dream was not solely about racial equality. The dream was and still is about economic justice. I think he would ask not only the President Elect but all of us to carry on the work he dedicated himself to prior to his death: a war on poverty, poverty that has been present in America even during the “great” times.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  603. Rick Rowles

    I believe that Dr. King would have taken the struggle for freedom globally years ago and would have reminded us and President-Elect Obama that the neighborhood of freedom goes well beyond our borders. I believe Dr. King would have challenged each of us and the President-Elect of our obligation to insure that the dream he spoke of 45 years ago trancends boundaries, borders, religions and ideologies.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  604. LaMont Eanes, pronouced Jeans without the J

    Jack,
    Dr. King would be proud. However he would not see Obama's election alone as the fulfillment of his dream. Too many people see the inaugruation of Obama as a symbolic crossing of the finish line. I do not agree. African American today still endure the burdens of racial discrimination. Discrimination is more difficult to see today than than the stark images of brutality, church bombings, lynchings, poll taxes, and "whites only signs". Today discrimination is stealthy. But it can however be seen in the proportion of African Americans who are without jobs, do not own their own homes, the number of African Americans who cant afford to attend college, and as well the lack of Aftrican Americans occupying leadership roles in American business. It is appropriate to see tommorow as a metaphor involving a race. But tommorow is when we will hear the starters pistol commencing the race. It's not the finish line. I think Dr. King would say "..Well Done up to now... Press on...there is another runner waiting for the baton..."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  605. Lucinda Magwood

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,
    I think that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say, "We've reached the mountaintop, but we still have a long way to go." "America have shown her true character and capacity to overcome racial inequality, and to see her fellowman as equal and also deserving of those unalienable rites of life and the pursuit of happiness. America also have shown that she can overlook the color of one's skin, and look at the character of that person. However, there still remains inequality in our nation among men and women, social economic strife among the poor, and educational disparity between Caucasion and African-American children. However, now is the time to continue to bridge the gap, and continue to strive to make America that land of golden opportunity and freedom for EVERYONE." This is what I think that Dr. King might say.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  606. Vincent Caldwell

    MLK would say "It's about time!" If he were alive today he might also say that Obama seems to have a gift for unifying people. This gift will be tested in these difficult economic and internationally worrisome times. Obama's rise to the Presidency comes at a time in our history at which we crave real leadership and a sense of community. God has blessed America.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  607. jim sharp

    Jack, Let me say before I start that I am a white 65 years old, and saw Dr. King and all the goings on during his march. I have never been more proud of the U.S. than I am right now. Dr. King had a dream and he is seeing that dream come true now, 45 years later. How proud he would be. this great nation is in more crisis than it has seen in many years yet for the first time I can remember since Kennedy we don't feel that the problems can't be overcome. There, after 8 yrs, is new hope in this country and I pray that President Obama can get us back on the road to the great super power we are. All the notable speeches kepp rolling through my mind. I have a dream. Ask not what your contry can do for you but what you can do for your country and finally, ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN BUT ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND. God Bless America

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  608. A. Nair

    When people judge a person based content of their character the country can deliver an exceptional leader, one who has a very heavy burden deliver upon him,
    But asking if my dream is realized I would say only partially when everyone has the opportunities that Barack has then one can say its realized, but many don't have the economic and political opportunity, as shown by the financial crisis, when leaders get a way with ruining the country, keeping their money and many families getting thrown to the curb because of those greedy and reckless leaders.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  609. Denny

    This is proof. Peaceful protest with unlimited perseverance will always accomplish your goals.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  610. Erin Kaya

    If he was alive today, he would say, "I would have died to see this day." And he did...

    I'm glad I'm here to see this day!

    Erin Kaya
    12 years old
    Spokane, WA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  611. Norm

    Dr, King would say, the train has arrived at the station, but we have so much work left to do. It's time for us all to disembark; roll up our sleeves and get to work. You see, it's only morning and we have lot's of work to do today.

    Dr. King believed in us and loved us even when many did not love him or appreciate him; however, he was confident that we as a people who had faced down rabid dogs; murderous police brutality; and all manner of injustices would arrive at this station someday and continue to fulfill and achieve his dream. Yes we can...Yes we will.

    "One Love...One Heart...Let's get together and"... rebuild America and restore ourselves and our country throughout the world.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  612. Rob Johnson

    Dear Jack,
    I think he would reflect on his own remarks and with a smile on his face say "free at last...free at las...we are ALL free at last." This election among its many meanings has special significance for white Americans as well as all people of color. Mabey, just mabey, the most important work of the Founders of our Nation, Abraham Lincoln...Martin Luther King..John Kennedy...Robert Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson – that of moving not just the laws but of moving people's hearts and minds towards "our better angels" has finally placed this Nation one step closer to its most important and basic human value – that ALL people are created equal. With this election miracle in place....the work of building a more just and prosperous world continues both at home and abroad.
    Rob Johnson (father of six twenty-somethings who are wandering around the Mall and soaking up this "grace-filled" moment in time.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  613. mort

    He would thank Bush for being the inept.,unintelligent and ineffective President that he was so that all the "white "people finally figured out that they were giving the wrong people the supreme power over their lives and that it couldn't hurt to give another sector of our society an opportunity to show what they can do for all the people of this country.by nominating a highly intelligent,thoughtful and skilfull human being-who has the ability to relate to all people and bring them together for a common cause.
    MLK-will be holding the Bible tomorrow that Barack Obama will place his hand on to swear the oath of office.
    Morty-Fla.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  614. A. Nair

    When people judge a person based content of their character the country can deliver an exceptional leader, one who has a very heavy burden deliver upon him,
    But asking if my dream is realized I would say only partially when everyone has the opportunities that Barack has then one can say its realized, but many don’t have the economic and political opportunity, as shown by the financial crisis, when leaders get a way with ruining the country, keeping their money and many families getting thrown to the curb because of those greedy and reckless leaders.

    Peace

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  615. Yeshi Gemaneh

    Dr. King would be proud of America and Mr. Obama. He would say, "My dream is fulfilled." This day is for the world to smile. This day is a result of struggle, hard work, education and progress. This is a land; this is a country where achievers can be blessed with opportunity. Mr. Obama is an exemplary for the whole world, especially for young people; present and future. This is triumph for history to write a new chapter. Yes, Dr. King would say my struggle is not in vain.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  616. AGR in Florida

    Perhaps Dr. King might have said on tomorrow, "The election and the inauguration of Barack Obama are monumental steps in the right direction of unifying citizens of the United States of America, but we're not finished yet. People of color occupy positions of visibility and power in politics, business, media, music and education, but we're not finished yet. When we still have homelessness, poverty and discrimination of any kind in the richest nation on earth, there's still much more to do. We're not finished yet."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  617. Jeri in Indianapolis

    Dr. King would indeed be proud of Barak and Michelle and to see part of his dream realized, however, he would say, "We have a long way to go. We can get there together as a Nation!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  618. Paul F. Lewis

    Without vision it is impossible to dream.All things are possible to those to those that believe. Paul F. Lewis, Natchez,Ms

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  619. Twana Malone - Decatur, AL

    (2 Timothy 4:7).

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.

    Thank You Lord...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  620. Malcolm marshall

    Mr. Cafferty: I think Dr. king would just sit quietly -in a pensive mood and just shed at tear- as my wife and I have been doing all day.

    Thanks

    Malcolm

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  621. gene braswell

    DR.King would tell us to remain calm and trust in GOD to answer our prayers for guidance to our leaders in restoring financial stability and respect for our country thru out the world.He would remind us of our countrys history and how we have responded when times are tough. WE ARE WINNERS !!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  622. joebianchi

    jack, would it be a strange spiritual happening that a half black and
    white was given this ball to carry after martin luther kings
    birthday

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  623. Yasir Kamal

    If Dr. King was still alive today to witness the days leading to the inauguration of Barack Obama, I believe he would express himself with great admiration and happiness to see this country overcome a dark time in the nation’s history. He would also express the difficult journey that lies ahead for Barack Obama and the responsibilities as well as the promises he made to people of America. Dr. King would probably not say his dream is fulfilled but instead his dream being realized by the people who are willing to change this country’s faults.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  624. elizabeth

    MLK would be tearfully awestricken. He'd probably say, "Now that we've made real progress in racial equality, that opens the door to explore how our government treats ALL people & perhaps we can start to get our financial & ethical houses in order."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  625. Rod from Chicago

    Jack, if Martin Luther King JR was alive today. He would say that Barack Obama heard, I had a dream and said, yes we can and the American people replied by saying, yes we will.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  626. Charlene From NJ

    I think MLK would be proud,however after hearing his speech in it's entirety today for the first time i feel his mission is not complete . I am sure his mission will be completed through our new President . We the people must stand behind him has Americans to make sure that change comes and not be selfish and expect an over night miricle.We often want things to happen yesterday and we give up. Remember this is historical to all and MLK is smiling down saying (WELL DONE)

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  627. Kevin

    Although we've come a long way, and we've seen an African American American elected President, let us not forget that when all the pomp and circumstance is over, the inaugural balls have ended there is still work to be done.Not on the economy, not on the global stage but here in this country, deep in the small towns of America where prejudice still is prevalent, where attitude is not changed by the political landscape.

    But if there is one person with the tools needed to bring together a country and the world it's Barack Obama. The world has voiced aloud that they will follow, and now it's on his shoulders to bare the burden to lead and unite a world that has needed to be told we are all one. With that, we will find how many of our friends really will stand by our side and how many of our enemies are willing to stand beside us and make this a peaceful place to leave!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  628. Mary Williams

    I think King would have been an immediate backer of Barack Obama, but in truth if King had survived the good works he had begun would have found their fulfillment a lot sooner. King was the greatest leader of the civil rights movement and his death led to the best and brightest being pushed out by egotists like Jesse jackson, a self serving jerk who is so envious of Obama that he wants to cut his nuts off. His selfishness has been injurious to the integrity of the movement and has only slowed this nations progress.

    Finally, we have a whole new group of young black leaders who ignored the older generation when they kept saying "it's not your time". Barack knows what King new, it is time! It is the courage of both that led to this great moment in our history, a real turning point for this country- the whole country, not just black Americans, we are all connected. When this campaign began there were many black leaders who told Barack not to stand in Hillary's way- thank God for his courage and God bless our new president.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  629. tarig ahmed

    He would say...
    I rest my case

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  630. Tom

    Who cares, What Dr. King would think. The real question needs to be what is President Obama going to do for not just large companies but small businesses as well. Every day Small businesses are closing and nobody wants to talk about it. Where is there bailout? It's time for the bartender to call last call for the people who are drunk and silly and get back to work saving this country. Good Luck Mr President, but your time is running short to make things happen.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  631. Carmen L. Parks

    Dr. King would say – The Dream lives on. This historic election in American exemplifies that mountain top experience that I had. While I didn't get there WITH you, America now has a glimpse of the promised land. Continue moving foward, together, until The Dream has been fully realized and I'll be waiting to welcome you in that land that is fairer than day. Let's walk around heaven together and shout the victory. Hallelujah!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  632. Cosmo

    He would say, "This nation is truly a place where we will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. As much as I am proud of seeing this, I am also hopeful that his character's content will prove that he has the ability to move our country forward in the next four years and he is able to keep the promises he made to the American people!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  633. Helen in metro-Washington

    Jack;

    If Dr. King were alive today for Obama's unprecedented Presidential inauguration, he would say with such great joy: "I HAD a dream - and now, at last, it is becoming reality".

    And surely our very literate Dr. King would also quote this perfect line from e e cummings: "My tears are full of eyes today: because all of the things which were thought too good to be true - ARE true."

    Rejoice!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  634. James Cornett

    Dr. King would have said, I had a dream that one day we would be free, from racism, pregudist. All the people came together and united through one man that fulfilled my dream, Barack Obama that gave America Hope and dreams and to say they are proud to be an American.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  635. Stanford Mackey

    As a proud American that is a black republican, Ive been: colored, negro, black, & now Afro-American. I belive Dr. King, would feel Americans have grown and educated themselves to a point that all patriotic Americans can share the American dream in its totality. Thanks to our present president we have a goal in rebuilding that dream for us here in America and for people around the world that hold us as thatn beacon in the sky that Abraham Lincoln spoke of
    in his address to the nation. Hard work and a true belief that "All
    Men are Created Equal". Thank you American citizens for being
    those un selfish people in electing a brilliant patriotic American,
    who happens to be black to lead our country and the world into the 21st Century. Well done Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  636. Earl Nesbitt

    Dr Martin Luther King would be still saying today " I have a dream – but he will go on to say "that for generations to come this inauguration of an African American President or any other minority will become as natural as the dawn of a new day! I have a dream"

    He would also have visited the Situation Room today and complimented CNN for wonderful worldwide coverage!!

    Earl Nesbitt
    Trinidad and Tobago (in the beautiful Caribbean Sea)
    The Home of Carnival and Birth place of the Steelpan

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  637. Lalita

    America... the moment has arrived!! My dream has come true!!

    I knew ' one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed'

    Lalita from Toronto, Canada

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  638. james in s.c.

    Jack,
    I don't think Dr. King could say much, he'll get choked up with graditude no words can fill void that this country has been missing for so many years!! Only word he can say is God Bless America!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  639. john f darragh

    I think that if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he would say: "Praise God, America has finally reach the point where we can all sit down at the same table and look at each other and see not black and white but see each other as fellow Americans. The bad check has finally been made good."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  640. Peggi Chute

    Dr. King might say, "Barack Obama is the right voice for these times. He is gifted, both intellectually and spiritually, and understands it's not about him or even America's power. He will move us beyond our limited view of ourselves to envision an interdependent planet where every human being has worth and a place at the table. We will work toward a right sharing out of compassion - and for our own survival. "

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  641. Jeanne in Georgia

    We are realizing a part of the dream, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us and wounds of devision to heal. The baton has been passed to President-Elect Barack Obama ,and I think he would be pleased and satisfied that the dream will continue to move forward to even greater realization. He would be proud of all Americans without whom tomorrow wouldn't have been possible.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  642. Susan Davis, Orillia, ON Canada

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. has already spoken those words when he said "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. A perfect description of the man who is about to become President Obama.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  643. Judi

    Dr King, a man of courage, humility, grace, and vision would be so very proud of America that America FINALLY understands what he understood all along...that color in no way defines a person. Character does. And the soon to be "Mr President Obama" is an exquisite embodiment of that understanding. As a middle aged white woman, I can tell you I've had many moments of tears throughout the campaign and election of this remarkable young man. Tomorrow will be AMAZING!!! We are truly blessed that his idealistic white Mom and a hopeful young Kenyan saw beyond their race – look at the miracle they've created for all of us! Dr King would surely feel that on January 20, the torch will be passed along to a most deserving and appropriate steward.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  644. Saundra Dougherty

    I think Dr. King would say that Barack Obama's inauguration is a downpayment on his dream – not the fulfillment. There is much to be done to fulfill his dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  645. James & Ernestine Moss, Tampa Florida

    The promissory note or check has been presented, cashed and deposited. Now each and every American has equal opportunity to withdraw from the bank of justice. Come one come all the Freedom bell is ringing!!!

    God bless the Obamas and America

    James, Ernestine Moss and Family

    January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  646. sonja selboe

    Non-violence combined with perseverance works. We're still climbing the mountain but are much closer to the summit. Perhaps even above the tree line. My dream is coming true. May God be with Barack Hussein Obama, my spiritual son.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  647. John in Arizona

    Dr. King would say, "I had a dream that my four little children would one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Tomorrow, the people of the UNITED States of America will collectively affirm the unfolding realization of that dream."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  648. Herbert Dorsey

    I think he will say it is only the beganning , still have alot to do in provding the help for the poor and homeless in one of the riches nation in the world.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  649. K

    Dr. King would challenge Barack Obama (and all of America) to continue the struggle and not do what many Blacks do when they reach high places, which is to forget about other people of color who still yearn to experience the "dream." The celebrations, exuberance, and unity are amazing to witness, but when the lights and stars are gone, I wonder if the policies will match the rhetoric and the enthusiasm and actually make a difference in the lives of so many Americans without connections or a voice.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  650. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    He would say, I had a dream and I believe it has come true, but let me just pinch myself to make sure.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  651. Jason B Rose

    Earlier today you hypothesized that if Dr. King was alive today to witness Barrack Obama being sworn in as the 44 th President, what would he say? "We have reached a tangible place in our struggle for our rights by such a wonderful event as Obamas inaguration. We have accomplished so much but we must, must continue to overcome the still remaining prejudices that exist. Let us continue in the rightful quest until we all are truly one at heart."

    Jason B Rose
    Miami, Florida

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  652. Tony

    He would say thank you!
    Thank you for eveyones hard work, Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your patience, thank you for believing when everyone said you couldn't do it. He would also remind us that Barack Obama, Himself, Rosa Parks, and a list of other leaders were all tools for the people to join together and put their efforts and energies to one goal Humankind!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  653. Amin Dosani

    If Martin Luther King was alive today, and l wish he was, he would have said this is the beginning of his dream. There is more to come. This Nation was built on the basis of everyone being equal. Everyone living here is an alien. Everyone must work together to build this Nation. This Nation is in total turmoil. The economy is at an all time low. The unemployment is high and could go much higher. Foreclosers are at its highest seen in several decades. Wall Street has some serious problems because of the few greedy. We must mind our own business and not interfere in dictating other Nations. If we dont have the capability of solving and managing our own problems, what right do we have to interfere in what other Nations do?
    I must Congratulate Barack Obama and his Vice President Elect and l wish them all the best in their deliberations to get this Nation in a healthy economic state, get the people to find jobs and contribute to the growth of the economy, create peace in the world by diplomatic
    solutions rather than dictating and fighting wars. I am very optimistic that President elect Barack and his cabinet will fulfill the dreams of each and every American. Election is all over. We have elected Barack to be our President. So lets forget whether we are Republicans or Democrats. It does not matter. May God Bless our New President and May God Bless this Nation. Amen Amen.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  654. Samuel Nyakundi Omariba ( Kenyan American)

    He will say America has come a long way. With inter-mariages, many kids are able to walk hand in hand as Americans regardless of color. He will tell Obama to do a good job uniting the country. Then he will say we are one nation, brothers and sisters . And will say... love one another as Americans for you are children of God.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  655. Kerry - Florida

    I think that he would finally realize his dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  656. Dave Talbot

    If MLK2 were alive today, he’d say the following about the inauguration of Barack Obama.

    We as a people have finally reached the promise land. Mr Obama will be the first leader to ensure that we remain and never leave. Well done my son.

    Dave,

    Lake Orion, Michigan

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  657. nasiru tejan philly

    He whoul have look in to the sky and say my god is god

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  658. Robert in Huntington Beach

    Dr King's famous "I have a Dream" speech now has a great conclusion:
    THE DREAM HAS BECOME A REALITY!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  659. Erin Kaya

    If he was alive today, he would say, "I would give my life to see an African – American as president." And he did...

    I'm glad I'm here to live history!

    Erin Kaya
    12 years old
    Spokane, WA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  660. Joann

    No more excuses.
    No more excuses for not going to school.
    No more excuses for not being responsible for children fathered by African American men.
    No more excuses to believe that the American Dream was for a white man only.
    The African American is out of excuses.
    To quote Maya Angelou, "Good Morning!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  661. Joel Wheeler

    If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, what would he say about Barack Obama’s inauguration?

    Jack, I don't think he would be saying anything as he would be so overcome with emotion; his eyes streaming with tears both of sorrow & joy.

    So, I'll describe the Visual I imagine of him.

    He would be looking back to the ravages taken on this country since the Vietman era and Kennedy assassination appearing like Iron Eyes Cody in the 1970's anti littering commercial. But then he would turn his gaze toward the Capital inauguration to muster a smile of renewed hope and optimism for America, the promised land, and begin to wipe those tears from his eyes, roll his sleeves, and pick up
    where he left off. .

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  662. Julius Attoh

    MLK will say, Good job my people for a road well travelled. Congratulations, President-elect Barack Obama. God bless you and all Americans. I pray for the mighty eagle to proudly fly around the world again and prosperity to all Americans.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  663. Rani

    I think Dr. King would say that we’ve come a long way, but have a long way to go. The responsibility to lift our country up is not one man’s alone, but our’s collectively as the people who inhabit this nation. We ARE our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

    Rani
    Atlanta, Ga.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  664. Jeff from Vallejo

    Dr. King might pensively say the following:

    “Young man, couselor, Mr. President – elect, you have, from the midst of many great minds and hearts in our community personified a major and giganic step forward in our collective dream towards reaching the promise-land of equality, diginty and significance. President Obama, even at this juncture, we have not fully arrived as a nation, but your new place in history has moved us ever closer through the long and arduous process…”

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  665. leon stokes Baltimore Maryland

    I Think he would say HA! HA! HA! sean hannity.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  666. Tom Darby

    I am 84 years old and I was raised in South Carolina, the first state to leave the Union. Had I not witnessed the change in race relations, I would not believe it possible. The separation of the blacks and whites in the military in the 1940s. I remember some white soldiers leaving a football team when three blacks were allowed to join the team in 1945. In 1957 black members of an academic society were not allowed to register in the meeting hotel in Louisville, Ky. In 1970 I was a member of the search committee that recommend the first black Department Chairman at the University where I served on the faculty. He asked me to introduce him to Black Physician I knew, because he knew he would not be welcome in all the communities of the city. From these experiences I may not know what Dr. King would say, but I know what a wonderful experience it must be for the African American to feel the expectance of so many White Americans. I feel sorry for some of my friends who do not accept the glory of this great occasion. They are missing so much. Tom, Tampa

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  667. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    He would say I am so proud that now we have a President that EVERYONE can look up to and also trust. A man that will try to make change and change for the better and my our Lord help him in his great tasks ahead.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  668. MARCIA CRUZ REDDING

    Dr. Martin Luther King would say that the inauguration of Barack Obama is a "dream come true" but not the end of it. He would say that we should keep dreaming and waiking up everyday to work hard to make every single dream become reality. One dream brings another!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  669. Angela G

    I believe if Dr. King was alive today he would proclaim that his dream from so many years ago was like building a castle in the air. It is now Barack Obama's destiny to build a foundation for that castle.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  670. pam dallas tx

    The dream is alive for the country and the world white, black, hispanic, asian, native american have been cleansed. Past history cannot be erased but the future holds all to a better casue than ourselves. Congratulations Baracka.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  671. Steve and Shaylin White

    In his speech, Dr. King stated: "It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned." I believe today, reinventing his words, he would say to us that it is obvious today that America will soon mark the beginning of what will be a new era of hope and love and peace for a nation; black, white, gay, straight, man, woman and child, who are in desperate need of those things.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  672. Sharon D.

    Dr. King might say: The United States of America has given birth to "The Dream." Now, you the People, must nurture and allow the reality of Equality to grow and mature. Pres. Elect Obama is a vessel, pray for him.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  673. John Juskey

    Dr. King said all men were created equal. We have taken a step in that direction. All men of all races creeds and color must join hands because he could not do it alone. We have joined hads. The bells of freedom are ringing much louder now. There is still work to be done. This country has taken an enourmous step in the right direction. Equality has begun to show. It has generated so much excitement it is rippling across the globe. We have shown hope for all nations that animocity towards each other can be overcome. It has generated a wave of joy and hope to everyone on this planet.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  674. Sharon, Westchester,NY

    Dr. King would quote Ghandi and say "Be the Change you want to see!" ... Barack Obama is inspiring us to do the work that is needed so we can see the 'change' that we want and need!!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  675. Kim Milbrath

    I am celebrating, like many others, this historic event but it worries me that 49% of Americans think that Martin Luther King's dream has been fulfilled. As mentioned by his son earlier today in the interview with Soledad MLK was about economic justice and equality for everyone. Until women receive equal pay for equal work, until it is no longer legal to discriminate against gay people, until the increasing chasm (and the inherent inequalities that accompany it) between the wealthy and the poor is reversed our work is not done. We have made a huge step in electing Barak Obama but our work is far from done. MLK's dream of equality for all is still the dream that I hope will continue to motivate Americans because as far as I can see we are a long way from that beautiful day.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  676. Gerry Lavallee

    Re: What MLK would say today about Barack Obama.

    I'm a Canadian. As flight crew with a Canadian carrier, I have the ability to travel the world and the privilege of witnessing global events that shape humanity. I've grown to believe that diversity IS the greatest strength of humanity. What has transpired in the United States with the election of Barack Obama, gives me hope for the future of all world citizens. Oppression is an ugly thing and until all forms of oppression can be eliminated, none of us will truly be free. With this historic election comes the dawn of a new direction that will help humanity to understand this truth. There's much work to do...but if I had to hazard a guess at what Martin Luther King would say as a witness to history being made on January 20th, 2009 it would be this: "Free at last, free at Last. Thank God almighty, WE'RE free at last!"

    Gerry Lavallee
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    January 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  677. Charifa

    Well done, my son...very proud of you and America! Let freedom ring!

    Oklahoma City, OKlahoma

    January 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  678. Elaine Davis

    Probably doing what most African Americans are doing "In Tears" A dream come true.

    Dallas, Texas

    January 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  679. Denis Duffy

    God grant him the serenity to accept the things he cannot change.
    The courage to change the things he can.
    And the wisdom to know the difference.
    The same could be said about congress.

    Denis
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  680. Ed Northridge Calif.

    Dr. King, I hope, would spotlight the fact that the most powerful aspect of the Obama Inauguration is the recognition by millions of non-blacks that we need the best among us all to lead. Someone inspirational, smart, reflective, and balanced. Obama has already brought us closer as a people. He would be so proud of the outward rejection of the feeling forged for so long that skin color had to be of one hue to be given the responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend the Union. This makes me feel so hopeful for all of us going forward. We have not created governmental utopia, but it sure feels good, right now, whatever you name what we we're all feeling.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  681. Camille, Boston Ma

    I think the Rev would simply say...."I told you so!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  682. Gary De Carolis

    Jack:

    Matin Luyher King would be so proud and humbled that Barck Obama these many yars later hass picked up his banner like so many before and helped this nation move forward towards that perfect union. I also must say I'm thrilled that Mohammad Ali will be present to see Barak become president. another in Martin Luther King's army for social justice.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  683. Hersimer

    I believe that Dr. King would have given president elect Obama words of wisdom on how to proceed. I also think that he would have told him that just as he believed 40+ years ago that such a thing was possible through the power of ordinary people, so too will the the hopes and dreams of those who believe in Obama's vision come to fruition. The key being to take personal responsibility. Everyone needs to stand up and be counted. Barack Obama will lead. The nation needs to follow in order to fulfil the dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  684. kanzler

    After listening to Dr. King's speech on KPFK this morning I think that Dr. King would be proud. But I also think he would say that until the war on drug issue has been resolved, and something is done about all of the young men, Black and Hispanic, left rotting away in correctional facilities are addressed, and the disparity between the "haves" and "have nots" has been addressed, he would still not be totally satisfied. If and when PRESIDENT OBAMA BEGINS TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES, THEN DR. KING WOULD AND COULD SAY: "WELL DONE AND GOD SPEED, MR. PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  685. Michelle Chalmers

    Finally! The time I had dreamed about has finally come. You couldn't stop the dream now matter what you did, no matter how you tried to stop it. Right now as our country is in a dire straight because of your thinking and look who has come and who will lift this country back?The people who have created it on their backs in the first place. The have nots and they will prevail in peace and unity.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  686. Clyde Johnson

    I think Dr. King would say that this is a monumental stride toward realizing the american dream, but there is still a lot of work to be done. This inauguration should inspire us to rededicate ourselves the social ills that are still a part of this country. It be up to us as individuals to do our part to ovecome these social ills.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  687. Kelvin

    America is changing and Mr Obama's election is most significant, it may lead you to the foot of the mountain I've seen, but now it must be climbed.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  688. Bruno Chicalia

    Jack, I dare not try to make words for Dr. King, but being 28 yrs old, and having read an listened to his speeches countless time, I'm certain that he would be proud and would consider January 20 being as great a day for mankind as 28th August 1833 or 1st January 1863 (Slavery Abolition Act in in the UK, and the Emancipation Declaration in the US, respectively); not only because Mr. Obama is a black man, but mostly for his wisdom and his speech of hope and unity.

    Maputo, Mozambique

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  689. Barb Miller

    MLK would tell President Obama never forget to that heroes like Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Rosa Parks, Goodman and Schwerner from NY and Chaney from Mississippi, Viola Liuzzo from Detroit and Emmett Till all gave their lives hoping to make things better for all Americans.....These souls are the real Heroes in this Country and they will be in Washington Jan. 20/2009 if we keep them in our hearts!!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  690. Wendy

    Martin Luther King was a great civil rights leader, but he was also a great man of faith, the christian faith to be exact. Christians who really get it , and weren't just "born" into a christian family, understand what Martin Luther King did. He believed in Almighty God, the creator and sustainer. And because of this belief system, he believed ALL men are created equally-you DO NOT find this in other belief systems-research them. This is why he had a dream, not just because he was a man of color, but because of his FAITH, he knew he was no worse and no better than anyone else, because of His Creator. I think he would be thrilled that the people of the United States(hopefully), put color aside, and voted on this man because of his merit, and nothing else. I don't know if he would be as thrilled with how people of his faith (evangelical) are being treated in this culture. Because he's gone we will never know.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  691. Carolyn Gray

    I was a teenager living in rural Georgia when MLK came along. The memories are fresh because I lived through the Civil Rights era not as a disaffected observer but as a scared young, black female, who on the brink of womanhood had had a cross burned in the front yard by the Klan who had heard that her Dad was involved with the Freedom Riders that came through our area en route to Birmingham. We knew that MLK and the marchers held our future in their hands...we cheered them secretly and silently – for fear of retributions. You must remember that no one knew how the movement was going to come out...as far as any of us black folks knew, we'd all be massacred in our sleep. I remember MLK as a brave man grounded in his faith in God. He seemed to me to be a practical and realistic person with a strong moral compass and even stronger BS detector. I think he would praise Barack Obama for his accomplishments and being the type of person that is willing and able to pick up the torch that was dropped with the death of John Kennedy. He would commend the American people for wrestling control of their destiny and the country's future away from the doubters, haters and dividers. He would caution all of us to remember the lessons we've learned from the last 40+ years – especially the last 8...that we are all responsible for the the type of nation we become and for defending our rights granted by the Constitution and the FREEDOMS given each of us by our God. In the end he would admonish Obama and all of us, to be ever vigilent. In the end he'd say, Well done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  692. Mike in Orlando, FL

    Dr. King is looking down and is at peace knowing his life's work will take a tremendous step forward on Tuesday. Hope is an awesome power and change can get us there if we all pull together.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  693. Patrick B - Colorado

    If Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would say thank you my brothers and sisters, of all races, creeds and colors. This journey has defined my life. The battle wounds that I have suffered for those who could not fight for themselves were not in vain. March on! In the name righteousness, march on!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  694. Nicole H.

    President Obama,

    Thank you for bringing change – we as a people hoped for. Thank you for your courage – we as a people stood up for. And, thank you for the faith – we as a people prayed for. May God continue to lead, to inspire and to strenghten you, Michelle and your family.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  695. Andrew Toney

    He would say, "My people, we've reached the mountain top."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  696. stan webster

    All for one and one for all

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  697. Michael Atilola

    MLK. will sit back, take a deep breath and decleare; God bless America!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  698. Dawn

    I believe that MLK would say "give him a break". Jack, we didn't get into this situation overnight and how in the world would we think that the economy, wars, etc, etc would be o.k. the day that he is sworn in. We (I) have hope, yet, we must be patient and trust that he and his cabinet will help project us into the reality of government surplus( what an amazing thought)....... It won't happen the day that he is sworn in and definitely not the first 100 days so, please, please let this new president have a chance to bring about change.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  699. Brenda - Chicago

    No man could do this unless God was with him. August 28, 1963 Dr. King was speaking at the Lincoln memorial he said let freedom ring from the snow cap mountains of Colorado exactly 45 years later to date August 28, 2008 Barack Obama stood in those snow capped mountains in Denver and accepted the nomination at the DNC to become the President of the United States, today as we celebrate Dr. King on the eve of Barack Obama becoming our first Black President, it occurred to me January 15 was Dr. Kings official birthday which is the day we saw the miracle on the Hudson with the plane landing on water, and the last words Dr. King spoke at Mason Temple Church in Memphis, Tennessee, are the same say words he would today “ my eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  700. Carole Lyons Owings Mills Maryland

    Today Dr Martin Luther King would be giving all the Glory to God for answered prayers. In all that Dr Martin did, he sought the face of God to bring peace, restoration and equality to a nation that was drowning in hate and segregation.
    Today God has raised up a man to continue on the path to bringing that 'Dream' to fruition. That man 'Barack Obama' needs us all to join in Unity as one Nation under God ,regardless of race, color or creed to conrinue what Dr Martin began.
    Today, Dr Martin Luther King would take to the streets again in jubilation at seeing the manifestation of his dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  701. Veronica T.

    I think Mr. MLK,Jr would say, " Well done, well done, well done my America. I'm grateful for 1 of my dreams being realized, but we must still rise, climb, work & sacrifice for all of them to manifest. But let's thank the many, who fought the good fight for Equality for All. Each generation must carry on the plight; carry the torch so it will not burn out. Keep it moving, to the mountain top. Well done,well done, well done!!!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  702. Bernadette Vaughn, MD

    I believe that if Dr. King were he today he would say " Thank God we have reached this major milestone, but let us not forget, this is not just for today, not just for this week, but we all have our individual roles to play to ensure that as One, we truely become One as a People, and move on as one Unit, and when any part of our Unit falters, we all will be there to re-solidify our Unit as One.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  703. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    Dr. King would say that another brick and some mortar has been laid to build on the dream.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  704. Katheryn from BC Canada

    America woke up from its nightmare, judged a man on the content of his character not the colour of his skin and united behind his vision. What a moment for America and what hope and inspiration for the rest of the world....

    January 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  705. Jeff - Voorhees, NJ

    Jack, I think Dr. King would say it is an unprecedented step in the right direction, but there is still work to be done. Obama is a symbol of hope in the African-American community, but Dr. King realizes that the people as a whole need to rise up and overcome, not just one individual. Obama said it himself; there needs to be greater positive presence in the black community in America when it comes to the presence of a father in their child's life, more emphasis on education, and those who are more well off remember to help their fellow brothers in need.

    Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, and they wandered in the desert for 40 years before they made it to the Promised Land. Now Dr. King has led the African-American community out of a highly segregated America, and after 40 years of searching for a voice as influential as Dr. King's, they now have President-elect Obama to hopefully lead them to that Promised Land.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  706. Marcus,California

    "I had a drean; it came true!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  707. Earl Bazemore

    I think dr king would said,non of this would mean anything ,if " we as a nation does't do anything about racial justice. We can't let these policemen continue to shoot people fourteen times and no accountability.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  708. Interested?

    My brother-I have walked through the valley of despair, have been seared by the heat of hatred and have seen the lines of inequality divide a great nation due to the color of a person's skin. And though my journey has ended, the peace I sang and prayed for, the peace I walked so many miles among the seething eyes of a once wounded and hurting nation, I now see beginning to heal. I have walked those miles so that tomorrow you may begin your journey toward a dream I believed in and knew belonged in the hearts and souls of every Amercian. That we shall stand divided no more, but as one.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  709. A. J.

    I believe that Dr. King would say that this was part of his dream. We have so far to go. As a white man, I am truly proud of America for the first time. We have just started to fulfill the original potentail that was promised by our founding fathers and as a father of very young children I look forward to raiseing my girls in a country that truly does give all races, creeds, genders, and colors an equal chance at our future.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  710. mantha porties

    i am of the opinion that MLK was a Prophet and giving the opportunity to speak with B.H.O. he would be forward thinking and past the mantra. He would state that he been to the mountain top and look over and there are other mountains

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  711. Larry D.

    Jack,

    Dr. King would give Obama a bear hug and not let go, and say wow you have inspired not only america but the world and that has not been done by any other president in history. Dr. King would of been so proud of Obama if he was alive and they both would be best of friends and reshape this country and put an end to racial division & lines and everyone would get along regardless of race or sexual orientation. Our life would be so much better and less stress on us all and the violence toward each other would stop completely. Discrimination would be a thing of the past:)

    Larry D.

    Albany, NY

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  712. Vern Beard - Waco

    Jack,

    As a 60 year old African-American female who suffered through some of the injustices and inequalities that Dr. King spoke of, I can honestly say that i have lived to see so much of Dr. King's come to pass. I think that if he were alive today, he would tell us how proud he is that we have crossed that threshold which leads to the path of justice for all men and he would again remind us that our destiny is tied up in one another. Dr. King would certainly say of President-elect Obama that his election is the ultimate example of this country judging a man based on the content of his character. He would urge President elect Obama to continue pressing and tell him to let the hope which he has inspired in many Americans be the beginning of that beautiful symphony of brotherhood. And of course he would finally say to America that we all need to get on board as there is much work to be done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  713. Stephen D. Mayfield, Beaumont Texas

    As I sit here with my children and grandchildren watching as you are watching this moment in history, I can't help but feel some what blessed and grateful. Not just for me and my family but for all Amercians who understood my speech those many, many years ago. The dream was set for those who have seen an America that I see, one that is color blind to the negativeness of the past, but still can see the rainbow of hope and service of today. So don't stop at this junction. Don't stop at this inauguration. Don't stop with this young new president! But start from this point. Move forward and change a nation. For we are all one family under God, and with him all things are possible. Goodnight and May God bless America!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  714. Isaiah, NS Rota, Spain

    I believe that Dr. King would be proud at this moment in America's history. Indeed, American has come a long way since the 1963 March On Washington as evidenced by the election of America's first African-American president. However, I believe that Dr. King would say there is still work to be done. Until we are able to provide jobs to all those who want jobs; health care to those who need health care; quality education for all our children; fair and equitable housing for every man, woman & child; and financial security to all Americans, we still must keep marching forward.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  715. Oreva of Millwood,Ga

    "Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere", Dr King stated during a speech. Decades ago, Dr King made mention of global interdependence. Let us not forget the rest of the world. Much work to be done in these United States of America and worldwide.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  716. Francis Jones

    Know that the dream is in the flesh we can know see what freedom and equality can really produce! A Nation of Love and Peace!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  717. M. Clark

    If MLK was alive today to witness Barack Obama's inauguration, Martin would probably say "My dream has come to fruition." Let's celebrate Barack Obama on his proud day and continue to pray we all maintain our focus what we are not. "WE HAVE LIVED TO SEE THIS DAY."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  718. jean ricard

    Dr. KING would say "we have kept the faith, we have fought the fight, we followed his race, we have seen his face. from now on, i can die in peace... and the dream lives...and the dream lives."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  719. Francis Jones\\\

    Know that the dream is in the flesh we can know see what freedom and equality can really produce! A Nation of Love and Peace!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  720. Gene Van Eeckhout

    The Rev. King would say, "Barack-on Mr. Obama."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  721. Cedric Ramos

    If Dr King was alive today, he would say that America reached an important milestone. He would also point out the greatness of this country, a country where everything is possible, a country that shows day in and day out, year in and year out why it is the greatest country ever. He would also say that the American people should see this inauguration as a new era in the history of the United States.

    Knoxville, TN

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  722. lynn. vancouver,bc

    Just like Dr King had the qualities and courage in his generation to lead Americans to a better place so too has PE Barack Obama.

    King's dream could not have been partially achieved tomorrow had it not been for THIS black man. The time came because of the grace of Barack Obama.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  723. Bob Stern-Highland Park, IL

    "Mission Accomplished."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  724. JulJuliet Simpson, California

    I think Dr. King would say, "Well, done, Barack!, but this is not the end,
    it's just the beginning! We all need to stay focused on the dream until it
    is fully realized by all. We've started the ball rolling, now it's up to the
    rest of us to continue the work."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  725. Paul Zerbe

    George W Bush's last role as President should be to pardon himself, for the the needles Iraq war that killed and maimed so many prople.
    The trillions he spent on the war would have provided Americans with a health care system for all.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  726. Deepthy Varma

    MLK to Obama: I would like to see you one among all the Presidents. Not just as the first African American President

    January 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  727. Joan Jenkins

    From: Nashville, TN
    If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive today I believe he would be so proud. I believe he would say that tomorrow is a day of victory and a day of vindication and the journey that so many people began so many years ago has reached a major milestone! I am currently 54 years old and vividly remember shopping as a small child in downtown Nashville with my grandmother. I became hungry and asked her to buy me a hamburger. She responded "no" and I was shocked and asked why knowing that she would not deny me anything that was in her ability to do. She said, "We can't go into the restaurant and buy food and sit down and eat it like everyone else and our family doesn't eat on the street." Nearly 40 years later in the year 2000, I filed a lawsuit against an employer for race and gender discrimination which was settled in 2007. Unfortunately, it is the new millenium and discrmination is still a common practice. So I think Dr. King would be overwhelmed with joy that we are about to have the first Black President of the United States of America and he would say we have made unbelievable accomplishments! He would say we are running a good race on this journey to equality, but we must not stop now because the journey is not complete until the destination has been reached and the race has been won!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  728. Sharon McCoy Bell

    Dr. King, a deeply spiritual man, would require us to follow the parallel of his "Promised Land" message. After getting to the promised land , the people had to overcome new obstacles, lose some battles, and regroup to go forward to inhabit the land. So must we, the people of the United States of America, overcome, work, and persevere in order to realize "the change" for which we have worked ....for this moment, this perfect moment, this long awaited moment , this beautiful memont in history..

    January 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  729. Camille, Boston Ma

    I think the Rev. would simply say..."I told you so!"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  730. Ray

    Jack, Dr. King would be overwhelmed, he would say, free at last free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  731. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Maybe he would say "FINALLY! and let's not forget the journey that brought us to this. We still have a ways to go yet but we can get there together."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  732. Helen Tucker 63

    I believe that Martin Luther King's heart, would be filled pride,his eyes would be filled with tear, his thoughts would be filled with hope for the future,and sadness for the people of his time, who have pass on before us, for the people who gave their lives for our tomorrow. I believe he is truly on that mountain top seeing part of his dream come true.

    He understood so many things in his vision and dreams for us and our country, that are yet to come this is only the beginning of what is to come from our leaders as well as our citizen, we come a long ways, but we have so far to go.

    I am so proud to be apart of this historic moment, I am so blessed to be alive to witness this day in American history, my heart is full, and yet I know the need for our daily prayers to keep Obama safe, during these troubled times of our country and the world.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  733. Doris W

    I believe Mr. King would remind us that while this is certainly a victory, there is still yet work to do.

    The work begins by realizing that we should not have hope that President-elect Obama's election will solve all our problems, but have hope that with faith and being what President-elect Obama calls a doer, we can overcome in our everyday lives.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  734. Jason B Rose

    Jack,
    Earlier today you hypothesized that if Dr. King was alive today to witness Barrack Obama being sworn in as the 44 th President, what would he say? "We have reached a tangible place in our struggle for our rights by such a wonderful event as Obamas inaguration. We have accomplished so much but we must, must continue to overcome the still remaining prejudices that exist. Let us continue in the rightful quest until we all are truly one at heart."

    Jason Rose
    Miami, Florida

    January 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  735. LMS MICHGAN

    The only words he would say .....W e have overcome!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  736. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, I think that Dr. King would say that the steps that he took in his life time were like the light of a Small candle, just a glimmer of hope. The election of Barak Oboma is a light that has yet to shine. His dream lives on!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  737. Adam in Omaha, NE

    I believe Dr. Martin Luther King would not only be pleased, but elated to see the progress that has been accomplished thus far in history with the upcoming inauguration. I think he would be reinvigorated with excitement in this step forward for equality. But I believe he would not discount the need to press forward for all people who continue to struggle, regardless of creed or race, not only here in America, but globally. His ideals don’t represent only those of African-Americans, but those of anyone who desire a better life, those who are oppressed, and those who desire to coexist with all people. I’m always proud of my country, but I’m especially proud of it these days, for the achievments made and barriers broken. And I'm proud to be a witness at this time in history.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  738. M Renshaw

    Mr. King would solemnly step to the podium at Capitol park, and looking across green he would bring his historical speech to a grand conclusion. He would say even as the Friend of God Moses (symbolic of MLK) brought the people of Israel to the shores of the Jordan; because he was not permitted to get there, "Yet I saw it even as I stood upon the Mount of Pisgah at that Memphis Motel". He would solemnly point to Barack Obama and prolclaim loudly that "This is your Joushua, here ye him". Just as it was not for David to build the Temple, but Solomon's; His job was to take us to the Shore and Now Joushua will fight for the land and deliver it as He promised; only never forget your journey and always follow the commandments of God; "Love one another, even as I have loved YOU". Amen and Amen.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  739. Daniel Gant

    I believe if Martin Luther King was alive this day he would say about President-elect Obama and this moment that we have come a great distance as a people (African-Americans) as a nation. This moment is evidence that we have the capacity to be a nation as great as its promise. I think he would say we have overcome great odds but there is still much work to do. I think he would participate in rallying the American people to move beyond self and unite to serve others. We have a difficult road ahead but with God help we shall overcome.

    Pastor Daniel Gant
    Mason Chapel COGIC
    Augusta, GA

    January 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  740. Sid...Teaxs

    Remember the past, focus on the present, strive for the future, and make all folks feel proud again.....Above all, be a good person........

    January 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  741. Tom from Indiana

    "Mission Accomplished"

    January 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  742. nancy in manteo, nc

    he would be giving the prayer instead of warren and would be very proud that his hard work and that of so many others finally paid off in such a glorious way. it's sad that he and so many others who sacrificed so much are not here to celebrate.
    he would advise obama to be a man of all the people.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  743. Charles

    Sandy Springs, GA

    No the dream has not been completely fufilled, this is because it multi faceted. Education, Economics, Equality, Peace, Love, Health Care and Protection are all part of the dream.

    Martin would say, Hello Barack, you have done well in your preparation and America has grown in order to accept you. The job isn't done yet but it is a start.

    Forty Five years ago, I held my dream as a seed in my pocket and didn't share it until Mahalia Jackson said Martin, tell them about the dream. On that day the seed was planted and has grown into a fruit bearing fruit. Some of the fruit didn't fully mature and fell to the ground. With the tree being pruned and fed by America, preparation and the times, it has produced one magnificient specimen and that is a start. The tree must now produce this fruit abundantly from all of its root that is called America, every race, creed and color.

    That's my $.02

    January 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  744. Juanita Young

    Martin Luther had a dream and we all have awakened to seeing and hear ing his dream come true starting with the election of Barak Obama as the president of our United States. He would say thank you, may freedom ring on.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  745. Jacqui Dowdell-Fort Wayne African-American Independent Woman

    King, would be proud of Obama, however, he would remind President elect Obama, of the number of homeless folks who still fill the streets of Washington, D.C. King would remind Obama his seat in power does not mean equal opportunity for many that are jobless in many cities.

    King would remind him not to be discouraged when his civil right devotees began to addresses these issues not to take it personally. But, as a reminder that much work still need to be done.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  746. Ret. MSG Donald Brown

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say to our President-elect that the United States has changed its stereotypical views of hate toward black people. He would say that without the rejection of those views by the children of some white Americans, we would not have a black president. The complexion of those views has truly changed. He would say to Obama that a huge step has been accomplished, but that this is also a new beginning; that we still have much work to do in terms of equality of job opportunities, health insurance, and an equal playing field for our children. Finally, "we on the move now".

    January 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  747. ChristyH

    King would said (at last, at last) we have shared his dream and looked over the mountaintop.. but now is the time to awaken from slumber-land.... to rise up and face the new day... together! We have seen what we can become.... so now we have no excuses....

    January 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  748. Frank (Washington,DC)

    He would be extremely proud of how President Elect Obama has united Country. Judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. A dreamed referred is now a dream realized.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  749. HD Taylor - Arizona

    You Now Da Man...

    January 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  750. Darryl (Bowie, MD)

    I sincerely believe, on one hand, Dr. King would be proud of the accomplishment of our nation living up to a measure of our potential. On the other hand, just as he did not rest after Montgomery, I believe that he would continue to impress upon us the need to live up to our full potential to work even harder and more diligently to balance the scales of justice, equality, opportunity and thus liberty for all Americans, especially those with little or no voice. America still needs to remember that there are still those that are fogotten. We've come a long way, but still have a long way to go to be the radiant nation that we can and will be.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  751. Rony from Uniondale,NY

    Dr. King would say, well done my son! You are truly qualified to represent the American people. As a son of a Black man and a White woman with close relatives still living in forein land, a man who was born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia, a champion of the Christians, the Muslims, the gay and the straight communities, no one is better qualified to lead our nation at this time. Then King would add, Barack, as a half white man, I am very impressed with your ability to bring people together. If you were a 100% Black man like Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton, would the American people vote for you still?

    January 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  752. Johnnie from Ga

    What would Dr. King say?

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord! We are finally in the days where men and women will be judged by the content of their heart not the color of their skin!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  753. albert roselle,nj

    Dr. King would have said well done thy good and faithful servant of the people, your work is not completed yet. Now is the time to bring all the people together and try to solve the problems that face this nation, between the races, the gay and straight, the old and the young and if you're truthful the Lord would said come on up and I will place you over others for your faithfulness. At that time I believe that Dr. King would smile and say my dream is being fulfilled.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  754. Ryan

    He would say, "One day I dreamed a dream, but now I see that dream has become reality."

    January 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  755. Anne DeMarce

    As a 62 year old white female, I am so proud that we have finally become human beings as God intended. I am sure that Dr. King would feel the same.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  756. Suzanne

    He would say that he always believed in our potential as human beings and that this day is proof his faith alive and real. I believe he would also say the work is not done and remind us of something he once said, "...an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He would smile proudly during the presidential inauguration of Barak Obama and then urge us to continue working for justice, equality and dignity for all people.

    Suzanne
    New Orleans

    January 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  757. Robert Anthony

    I think if Dr. King were still alive, he would applaud and embrace his brightest son. President Obama wasn’t elected because he is an African-American. President Obama was elected because he represents a hope for all people around the world – regardless of the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  758. Deanie

    Your question made me re-read some of Dr. King's prose. My response is a compilation of some of them which like most truths are even more relevant and global today:
    1. I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. 2. Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. 3. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. 4. We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. 5. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. 6. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. 7. Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. 8. If we fail to realize this is progress, not journey’s end (my quote)…9. History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  759. daniel burkle

    Dr. King would say: As America is waking up, I'm STILL DREAMING of where America could be if EVERYONE WOKE UP COLORBLIND to their fellow humanity.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  760. Darrell

    I believe that Dr. King the emancipator would congratulate President Obama on his vision to see the necessary changes that America needs at this crucial time when the old way of doing will not work. At the same time I believe Dr. King the prophet would remind President Obama to continue to be lead by the Spirit, and not to put so much pressure on his back because the the rise of America will not happen by the Government it wil come through the word of God.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  761. eve, mt. vernon.ny

    Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last!!

    January 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  762. Gerry In Toronto

    King would probably say "Who is that Woods guy.?

    January 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  763. Robin Comacho

    MLK would likely say something like ...

    We've come a long way since the days of slavery and since his assassination – but that we've got a long way to go. He'd say that there's still hatred and bigotry here in the U.S. and around the world. He'd ask the President Elect, he'd appeal directly to the country and
    to the world and he'd appeal to a higher power for us all to work hard to relate to each other as a global community and to love or at least respect one another. He'd say that fixing the U.S. economy is one aspect of a global need for closing the gap between the haves and the have-nots that is a result of greed, Machiavellian power-mongering and not caring enough about each other.

    He underscore the need for President Elect Obama to encourage the U.S. to be it's aspirational best, and to lead the world by example of working together, agreeing to disagree while moving forward and to leverage his position, to move beyond restoring America – to use our strength as a world power to make the world a better place.

    He'd remind Americans that even as we improve conditions at home – we cannot turn our backs on people who are losing their lives as a result of genocide, hatred and neglect.

    And then he'd acknowledge what most of see in Barrack Obama –
    and he say that the President Elect has been anointed by millions to anoint others and together be the heart, the soul and the brain-trust of America that has the skill-set to continue to win hearts and minds as together we roll-up our sleeves and get to work.

    Robin Comacho
    Atlanta, Georgia

    January 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  764. Christine

    Martin Luther King Jr. would cry out of joy seeing that we've elected a colored president. He would thank us for electing him and he would welcome him as well. Most of all, he would tell us how glad he is to see a colored person in the White House.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  765. carson

    if he is still alive today, he probably say " Well, our dream has come true infront of the bush administration , we made it easily "

    And he would gives thank to bush for helping them to make history.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  766. Hayden

    I believe Dr. King would say that what is most important is not that we have chosen a black man President, by WHY we have chosen him: the content of his character and the power of his ideas – not the color of his skin. That says something about how far we ALL have come as a nation.

    Finally, I think he would remind us that this does NOT mean that racism and prejudice have been erased – that there is more work to be done. This moment can, however, serve as a rallying point for celebrating the progress we have made while resolving to march toward the real prize: a nation where all people can advance as far as thier abilities can take them.

    January 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  767. Lolita White

    I think Dr. King would say that it is a wonderful thing to see his dream on the way to becoming a reality. I think he would say, let us not forget that education is still separate and unequal. Separate now not by race, but by class and social status. Dr. King would remind us that the long arm of justice is still swings in an unequal way as is evident in our jail systems. I, Lolita from Baltimore, personally have a dream too. I have a dream that the children in Baltimore city (my children included) will one day receive the same quality of education that the children in the county schools (where I work) receive.

    January 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  768. Nick Perkins

    From the heavens above, Dr King and Coretta are proud and watchful of this historic and transformative moment. So are the many unnamed but none the less significant that gave and toiled their lives to the equality of others. They are resting their hands on our shoulders, not just President Obama's, whispering to us to walk straight and proud, and see it to the end . Martin would tell all of us this is a beginning not an endnote to his legacy, "now go and plow the field". As their spirits guide our hearts through the incoming troubled winds that will inevitably blow, we must be unmoved in our own works. As hope is reborn it must be handled with great care and nurtured, like all newborns. We must all be the willing parents of hope. It must be protected and allowed to grow naturally, neither forced nor neglected.

    January 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  769. vangerl dupigny

    I think that Martin would be doing what I have been doing all day. Wiping tears from his eyes. I am 52 years old although, young during MLK times I have been through a lot in America. I have always had hope for America. That is why I joined the military and my children joined the military because I love my country the good bad and the ugly. I rejoice today in the good and the beautiful. As far as the comment that most Blacks are saying don't screw this up, I say he can't do much worst than Bush and his buddy. My final comment is "God Bless our New President."

    January 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  770. Ben

    To expect to bring to mind or to this time what a man, whom like Jesus and President Kennedy, was sent to bring to our country a conscience, and a moral volcanic reaction. In other words they were sent to sacrifice, and bring a sign to those have ears to hear and eyes to see the distance we all stand from real moral truth. So I believe that Martin would start out saying "By virtue of how long it took for you to engage in the love, respect and acceptance for others, which is the purpose for mankinds existence, you are merely at a launch window to prepare for the creator's return. I must apoligize for my own shortcomings by admiting that if I could have pushed the crowds back, and spent more time hearing the voice of God, it may have earned me patience to meter my processes and prophecies that could have offered me more time to share light on that subject.

    January 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  771. chellienyc

    He has said it already. "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at Last!"

    January 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm |