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June 4th, 2008
06:02 PM ET

America’s historic moment

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama made history last night. Big time. He is the first African-American presidential nominee for a major party in more than 230 years. And, he could become the first black President of the United States.

The Washington Post says the phrase "black president" was once unthinkable, triggering expectation, fear and incomprehension all at once. And while racism is still around – perhaps it no longer exists at the level that makes a black president unthinkable.

It's pretty heady stuff. The Times of London writes that last night "the ultimate realization of the American dream moved a little closer." A top socialist leader in France called Obama's candidacy "an historic choice." In Pakistan, the editor of one top newspaper says everyone is impressed with this moment... and says many in his country believe Obama would better serve Pakistan's interests. The editor of a Danish newspaper says Obama's multiethnic background could foster understanding between the U-S and other countries.

But before we get carried away, it's clear Obama has a long way to go when it comes to race and the election. Exit polls from the primaries show 1 in 7 white Democratic voters said race was important in their vote. Two-thirds of that group supported Hillary Clinton... and more than half of them say they'd rather vote for John McCain or sit out the general election than support Obama. And those are Democrats. We don't know how many Republicans and independents will take race into account when voting. But we're going to find out.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send to the world that an African-American is his party's likely nominee for president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Vince from New Jersey writes:
As a 54-year-old white male, I believe it's a great time in our nation’s history and tells the world racial divides have fallen and we are a strong united America.

David from Ontario writes:
I went to work today feeling extremely happy that Obama finally did it. Whenever I hear the man speak, I begin to feel the world is not so much of a scary place. I wish he was becoming our prime minister, but maybe that’s his magic. He inspires the same sentiment in every people in every country on this planet. Do the world a big favor America and make this guy your president! You won't regret it.

E. writes:
I'm just so thankful to God that my father was able to witness this historic moment. Many African-Americans are just amazed and proud beyond words. This is truly a day that we will all remember for the rest of our lives. This whole primary has kept us motivated and inspired to play an active role in our government. Sen. Obama has generated a movement of change and hope that has never been done before.

Toni from Milford, Delaware writes:
I believe it sends the message that calling America the "land of opportunity" is more than just a phrase. And it will probably make countries that have not been receptive to the United States, especially in the past several years, more open to us.

Ashley writes:
If it does send a message, it shouldn't. Last time I checked, we are all human, and despite a difference in the coloring of our skin, Barack Obama is a remarkable American. It's time that we and the rest of the world stop viewing him as a black man and instead as an American man.

Jeanne writes:
Maybe for the first time in my life, I'm proud to be an American. No, I'm not Michelle Obama - I'm a 77-year-old white woman from Idaho.

Allen from Hartwell, Georgia writes:
It says that we can lead the world in something that doesn't involve bombs and millionaires.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Independant; Miami, FL

    That America recognizes her promise that indeed all are free and created equal with liberty and justice for all.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Joe in DE

    That the US has less racial &ethnic predjuce than almost any where – not to say that we are totally free of it.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  3. Collin

    it says that the American people are starting to move forward again. We are still fighting each other but it is a huge step forward to nominate an African-American. Also its one step closer to ending the current way things are done. So to the world America is saying "Let's get rid of old white men running the country, and get some young fresh ideas and people."

    June 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  4. James from Virginia

    nothing

    June 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Jack

    Obama got the nomination because of the superdelegates that supported him and the superdelegates that turned their backs on their states and Hillary. The Democrats need to get rid of the superdelegates and find a better way of electing a nominee. In my opinion the race was not fair because the people didn't decide but the superdelegates did. My vote is going to Mccain.

    Arlington, Virginia

    June 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    That America is finally starting to catch up with the rest of the world and abandoning its backward ways.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Terry, Chandler AZ

    One message is that the U.S. is about change. Real progressive change. Additionally, as long as Democrats have power we will realize progressive change.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Herbert J. Riley

    Today the world woke up and saw America though new eyes . They saw not only America's superior military might. They saw not only America's rightful leadership in the global war against terrorism. They saw the world's most power nation nominate a Black man with a funny sounding name (although that man is as much kin to the White as he is to the Black) to be the democratic nominee for President of the United States. The world that has demeaned and demonized America is in a state of "shock and awe". The nations of the world are compelled to see the American people and system through awestruck and admirable eyes for they see the proof that although there may be social, economic, racial, and historical problems in this great nation, the American system works in it's own time. It doesn't matter whether you are Republican, Democrat, or other. It doesn't matter if you support Obama or McCain, Huckelbee, or Hillary. What does matter is that you are a member of the greatest nation on earth. You are an American and to paraphrase another American with a funny sounding name, today America "Shook Up The World"
    --Herbert J. Riley
    --Myrtle Beach SC

    June 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  9. Bukky - Baltimore

    The nomination of Obama was a result of 18-30 year old colorblind people getting up and saying "why not". America as a whole can not claim this milestone its own.. at least not yet. We will know in November if America as a whole has changed... or if the youth of the nation must still wait for progress.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  10. Darlene - Philadelphia

    Obama is a Harvard educated Constitutional Scholar. He gave up a lucrative career to work as a community organizer. He was an Illinois Senator for 4 years and a US senator for 2. He has co sponsored and or authored hundreds of bills. He ran a BRILLIANT positive campaign. Has shown proven sound judgement. He ran against two so call more experienced and known people. He deserved and earned the nomination and no one can take that from him. The fact that he is black is just a side issue and should hold no bearing on this election at all. Thank you Jack for touching on this subject.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  11. AZM

    Nothing...
    Colin Powell, C Rice, multiple Senators, Reps, Mayors, Governers... etc... All Americans have been moving forward for a long time... however there are still advances to be made... but the last 30/40 years have spoken volumes in this regard.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  12. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Jack it shows the world that America is finally living up to its stated value that "all men are created equal." It also represents fulfillment of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream." I think it is about time, don't you? From what I've seen of the foreign reaction, I think the world is looking forward to working with President Barack Obama and is very glad to see the Bush dynasty leave. I'm thrilled that peace will now have a chance!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  13. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    That we have no one really inspiring who wants to be president.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  14. Karl in CA

    It means two things. First that America's bigoted racist are finally dying off faster then they are being replaced, thank God. Second it means after next January the world won't be dealing with our current bully's and will have a friend in the White House. President Obama, of course.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  15. Lisa Leighton, Dublin, Ohio

    That just maybe, as the great, free society we say we are, we're finally growing up. It's time to walk the walk. No more talk.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  16. Paul

    Jack,
    It shows the world that America has come of age and that we can have a person that again can talk to world leaders on topics and gain respect back for America.

    Paul Austin Texas

    June 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  17. Terry in Hanover County

    It means Bill Cosby is right.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  18. Lynn - Rancho Mirage, California

    Jack, just asking this question shows that we are still in the dark ages. Senator Obama should be introduced as the Democratic nominee because of his qualifications not because of his race, not to mention he is half white and no one talks about that. Senator Obama has been trying very hard not to make this a race issue but unfortunately the media won't let this matter go away and that is a shame.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  19. Joy

    That you can succeed in the US, based on your abilities, irregardless of your race or appearance.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  20. Marian Atkinson

    A very, very, good one for a change.

    marian from Newfoundland/Canada

    June 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    That political correctness is more important than getting the most votes in nominating a candidate; at least in the unDemocratic party.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  22. David, Orlando, FL

    It sends the message that if we all cross our fingers and toes, possibly, just possibly, the worlds eight year nightmare might be repairable and the US is back on its normal, rational and sane footing again.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  23. Clark

    Jack, your question is misleading as Senator Obama's ethnicity is "mixed race" rather than "African American."

    Get it right.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  24. bk

    I agree with Jack. Obama got the nomination because the super delegates turned their back on their states and Hillary. The man has no experience or substance. The people did not decide this race. My vote will also go to McCain. I will no longer be a member of the Democratic party.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  25. Dan, Chantilly Va

    About as much as if a woman won the nomination; we're finally catching up to the rest of the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  26. Mark - Asheville, NC

    What will it say, when he loses in November to a 71 year old white man, who supports much of the current regime's policies? There are many African Americans who could beat McCain, but not this one.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  27. Jenny

    Jack,

    I think that it means than we are all one step closer to being able to be what we want to be. Thanks to Hillary and Obama, when little girls and boysof all colors, credes and religions in this country say "When I grow up I want to be President." they will be able to achieve it.. Thank you to both candidates. You are both winners. Now Hillary put on that Obama 08 button and get to work.

    Jenny Rome Ga

    June 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  28. miko Kansas city

    He should ignore her!! She is in denial and her legacy is going to be a joke. GW and Condi (republicans) have both congratulated him, why hasn't his fellow democrat done so yet?? DENIAL, DENIAL, DENIAL!! The whole world is watching Obama!! Hillary who??

    June 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  29. PB

    Let the world know that McCain is going to take it now. After all it is
    "THE WHITE HOUSE",isn't it.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  30. Don-Ocala, FL.

    If I were a black man, today I would stand taller. Today, I would no longer be angry and resentful. Today, I would be more confident and proud. Yes today, I would look at the world through happier eyes, because today America told me and the world that we were indeed equal every one.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  31. Michelle, Baltimore

    As an AA female that was not around during the Civil Rights Movement, this is greatest day of my life. When Senator Obama walked out onto that stage with his wife I cried. I am not trying to take away anything from any other race but this was a defining moment for African American. There was a sense of pride that we never thought we would feel. I applaud everyone that came out to support Senator Obama and did not judge him because of the color of his skin. African Americans can finally tell our children that yes even you can become president of the US.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  32. OBAMACAN -CA

    Jack, it means we are truly a nation built by the people it governs. We the people have made it possible for a woman and any minority to rise out of poverty lines into Presidential status.

    I'm tired of feeling ashamed for my President and it's about time we have a U.S. President we can all be proud of.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  33. Caroline, Hamer SC

    It shows the world that the US of A is really to heal all the wounds that Bush has done.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  34. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe that we Americans have put to rest our ignorance and are now ready to join the global community on terms other than just our own. Whatever the case, it's exciting to witness this chapter in our history.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  35. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    It tells the world that the Democrats are the progressive party, and the Republicans have a great fossil collection.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  36. George

    What difference does it make what other countries think about our nominee. We don't have a say in their election process, so why should they ours. This is still a democracy at this day in time, and we can even elect a TV reporter for our nominee if we wanted to, but don't look for it to happen in the near future..

    June 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  37. Nuwan Sam

    This country has come a long way to acknowledge the declaration of independance of our founding fathers "all men are created equal". This race and gender issues are something people have created and this moment will send a strong message that, we are ready to move in a different direction. I truely hope that Obama will choose Hillary Clinton as the VP to make this historic moment ultra prominent because that will be another great history breaking event for this country.

    Nuwan from Houston,TX

    June 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  38. Ann Marie in Georgia

    It means America has grown up.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  39. Gigi in Alabama

    To me it says that a multiracial man has been nominated as the Democratic Party's candidate for president. . . Nothing more. . . nothing less. His first decision will determine whether I willingly vote for him, or if I hold my nose and vote for him anyway. That decision is his selection of the person that will be his running mate. I would prefer someone like Joe Biden or John Edwards, but not Richardson.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  40. Tina (Ft Worth)

    The times the older generation knew is dead. It is time for all of America to come together and lets start trying to get along with man kind.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  41. Linda in Florida

    It tells the world that we Americans are not as rotten as they make us out to be. Everyone, including our allies in Europe, loves to bash us as somehow morally deficient. But the truth is, that even with our current inequalities, this is still the place to live if you want to leap ahead beyond all normal expectiations. Which is why we were the ones who went to the moon and everyone else is still dreaming about it. And we are the ones who went fromsegregated bathrooms to a black man running for President in my single lifetime.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  42. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    When are we going to drop the prefix to American (e.g. African-American) and simply become Americans? That would send a bolder statement to the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  43. A Kraft Naples, FL

    that I am proud as an old white granny to have voted for Obama even though in Florida I knew my vote would probably not count

    June 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  44. J.D. in NH

    It's a signal to all that after 8 years of the Bush regime, we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. The status quo is no longer good enough. We've nominated an intelligent, well educated, sensible candidate who happens to be a man of color. He has proposed a path of peace and reconciliation, growth and prosperity, compassion and hope. The world can't wait.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  45. roberto

    It says that perhaps we have reached a point where a man is judged by the content of his character instead of the color of his skin. His intellect, courage and eloquent message have trumped traditional notions of racisim and prejudice. It sends a positive message to the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  46. D. Kinney

    What kind of message do you want an African-American's nomination to send to the world? Why can't he just be a man ...? Why must we insist upon human differences boiling down to race? It should send a message to the world ... that a man is a man ... we don't care what race he is. Stop pushing race in my face for no reason Jack!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  47. Muhammad

    Jack, I'm a Muslim who's proud of seeing Obama being the nominee. Having an African-American as the nominee is telling America racism is slowly decreasing. What African American you know lives in Montana?

    June 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  48. Judie

    Jack,
    It shows the world that we voted for who we believe is the best human being for the job of President of the United States. He earned the nomination based on his qualifications and message. He did not win because his ears are to big to fit on Mt. Rushmore and he did not win because of his color, he won because he was the best and the voters were smart enough to know it..
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    June 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  49. Betty, Malibu, CA

    I am 81yrs old, white, Republican now Independent. Raised in the 30's in a "Sundowner" town. I support Obama and hope he will have the good sense not to consider Hilary as a running mate. In my opinion it would be a terrible mistake if for no reason than he will get 2 for 1 and we all know who that is. John Edwards if he would accept, Caroline Kennedy has been mentioned – brillliant. But please not Hilary.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  50. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    That maybe, just maybe, Bush has not broken America beyond repair.

    That America is changing, the racists are getting old and are dieing off. From my own experience I find people 50 and under do not worry about race nearly as much.

    This does put a huge amount of pressure on him though. If he messes this up as President, it will be really hard for another black man to be elected.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  51. Raj, Toronto

    You may call it historic, but thats sounds as if Obama has reached his limits for the presidency. Wait for him to take office, then you can start writing new textbooks talking about this historic event.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  52. J. W., Marburg, Germany

    It's a wonderful message, Jack. It lets the world know that U. S. Americans are not as superficial and ignorant as they appear to be. It offers hope; hope that the U. S. will get on the right path again. The rest of the world is tired of what they consider to be a corrupt and self-serving government in Washington, D. C. Lack of healthcare and education available to everyone, not to mention kids having access to automatic weapons is unlawful in the other industrialized nations, and the U. S. is considerd to be backwards in many regards, including racism. It shows the world that the U. S. is finally growing up.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  53. John in Atlanta, GA

    I am SO proud of my country, both as a 29 year old disabled Post 9/11 veteran and as an African American. As a veteran: It makes me feel that my sacrifice wasn't in vain, that we still are an "United" States. As an African American: It feels surreal, this is the great Dr. Martin Luther King's dream coming true! God has surely Blessed the USA.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  54. Debbie in Toronto

    Well, I think we should remember he's half-white...that he's biracial. His unique upbringing, including the time spent with his courageous and quixotic mother in Indonesia, I think inspires the rest of the world, particularly Europeans, to view him more as a "citizen of the world."
    And I think that bodes very well for his future diplomatic efforts. His nomination has inspired a lot of people across the globe and renewed their faith in America as an innovative and trustworthy superpower.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  55. Joshua P. from North Carolina

    Being a young African-American it means that the promise of America can be fulfilled with hard work and dedication.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  56. mayaka From Bloomington MN

    Jack! This means that the Americans are becoming color blind, yes i said color blind.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  57. michelle nyc

    hi jack,

    it speaks volumes – we are a country to be taken seriously. i don't think a sound bite can describe it

    June 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  58. Steve ,Idaho

    It says this new generation of young Americans are more color blind than the generations of the past and that's a good thing. It took over 230 years for this country to actually believe that "All Men are Created Equal". This also gives hope to the world community, after seven years of George Bush, that America is finding itself again and America is not lost for good.
    Hope is not black or white, it's universal.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  59. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    It tells the world that we are emerging from our self-imposed dark ages and are beginning to accept that all people are people first and cannot be judged by their color, race or ethnicity. Obama is the best thing that has happened here in a hundred years!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  60. mark in arizona

    It means that inspiration is understood no matter the race of the messenger.
    It means that old style politics is on the way out.
    It means that Bush only has 229 days left to keep charting us on the wrong course.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  61. Soothsayer in Indiana

    Barack Obama's nomination show the world that this country does indeed stand for the principles that this country was founded upon.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  62. Mary Johnson

    For months now people have been telling other people, "be careful what you wish for" well, now you've got your wish.... let's see how it plays out. Hopefully, all the Obamamaniacs will wake up and realise, hey !! Obama isn't the President YET !! wishful thinking is just that; wishful thinking. Let's all give up the negative rhetoric and pull together. Let's give Barak Obama a little time to get his large train rotated on the track and then we will see what he can do to convince us all we should actually VOTE for him.... I want to see some more confidence building..... Mary from Sarasota, FL

    June 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  63. mary, Dallas, Tx

    As an 59 year old African American, I never thought that I would see the day that a black man would receive the nomination for president. I always thought that maybe my grandchildren but not in my life time. I am total amazed and proud, not only of Obama but proud of America. Living in Texas all of my life, I didn't feel that a lot had change but I see that this country is changing.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  64. mitch martin arkansaw

    it means america still has 'hope',even after the last two presidents put us on a path of destruction.it means we took a chance,to prove to the world that we really are an advanced society,looking forward to help solve the world's problems,after our own 'typical white man,bush" ,overlooked everything but his illegal war in iraq.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  65. Allen L Wenger

    It says we've come a long way on our road to equality. But remember, the Republican Party and their swift boat groups will also show the world something.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  66. Ray,Florida

    One word Jack!

    HOPE!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  67. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    I think it proves to the world that we are the melting pot for the world. It took us a long time to reach is point in our history and it is something that we can be proud of. I would like to see us reach the point where we stop referring to candidates by their race or religion. This must start with the news media. I am white and I will vote for senator Obama because I think he is the right person for our president at this time. I could care less about his race or anything some crazy preachers might say. I only care about what both candidates have to say on the issues.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  68. Bill in New London, CT

    While this is an enormous leap, we have to be careful before we think all race problems are solved by nominating a black man. If anything, the process has highlighted the racism that still exists. I teach at a predominately white school, and I hear the racism daily. This is, however, a momentous occasion and shows that we have come a long way, but we shouldn't just sit back and pretend we have achieved perfect racial harmony. Barack Obama has all the makings of a historic leader, and I hope by the time he's done in 2016 we have made even more strides toward being that "more perfect union" we've all heard so much about.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  69. sarah, Indiana

    it says the democrats are willing to nominate the wrong person for the right reason than the right woman for the right reason. his race is apparantly more important than his bad judgement, lack of experience, and lack of substance. sen. clinton is more qualified for the job, but cannot get the nomination because the dem party string pullers dont want a woman anywhere near the title "leader of the free world". so they choose a man, (any man will do, even one who is unqualified and unelectable) to be the nominee. the fact that he is black gives them an excuse to pat themselves on the back and be proud of their progressive behavior. the dems are nauseating and i will be changing my registration to independent and i will vote for sen. mccain.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  70. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    Obama is only half African America. He also happens to be half white. The rest of the world does not have a vote in this election. It doesn't matter what they think. The color of a persons skin means nothing at all. It is what is under that skin that matters. That persons character and their abilities and their intentions and then what they do for the next 4 years is what will impress or shun the rest of the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  71. Candie

    It means America is finally living up to its promise.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  72. Marie

    It is big. There have been significantly more female national leaders than leaders from ethnic minorities. The international response shows how opinion of the United Statesthis has been bolstered. The world may be ready to look to the US for leadership again.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  73. Terri from Virginia

    We have evolved beyond the Old West mantra-"Your either with us or your against us". It is a GREAT moment for this country but the fact is we still have a distance to travel before I would use the term color blind. There are still many who cannot see beyond the skin color of a person, regardless of his or her education or accomplishments.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  74. Skeeter

    Jack, Pretty simple. It means that America is a pretty damn good
    country after all.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  75. Chuck in MO

    Given that one of his largest voting blocks is people under 30,
    it should send the message to the world that there is still hope for
    an America which wants to practice the brand of democracy and
    equality that it preaches.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  76. Michael In Maine

    Jack,
    I've always maintained that a conservative it just a liberal that's behind the times. Today's consevatives would have been considered bleeding heart liberals 100 years ago. So today's liberals continue to move this great country forward dragging ever so slowly the dead weight of conserveatism along behind them as we slowly make progress. The nomination of Obama is certainly a milestone in American history. I also believe that all the right issues are in place to elect our first African-American President. "His Truth Is Marching On." By the way I'm a 50 year old white middle class blue collar worker from Maine.

    Michael From Skowhegan, Maine

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  77. Bill in New London, CT

    Unfortunately, all the negative posts I'm reading about voting for McCain instead, for hundreds of different manufactured reason, shows the racism that still exists. They don't care how much damage the Republican'ts have done to this country, as long as they don't have to vote for a black man. One post even claims that the superdelegates took the nomination away from what the people voted, as if Obama didn't have a commanding lead in elected delegates as well. If you're afraid to vote for a black man, just say it! Stop lying to us and yourself.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  78. Kevin from MA

    Amereica is finally groing up. We are the land of opportunity.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  79. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario

    Jack,

    It's sending the message that the most powerful country in the world is getting ready to lead from a position of understanding rather than from a position of arrogance.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  80. ron

    It does show that we are better off today than we were yesterday but the fact still remains that many votes for Clinton were more a vote against Obama because of race. I believe the real test of this nation will come in November. We will have to wait and see, but I think Pat Buchanan said it best last night, “what is wrong with this guy” after watching his speech and the way he has handled him self over these past months, why couldn’t he put Hillary away along time ago. He also said that he found Obama to maybe be an even better politician than Jack or Bobby Kennedy was, so I believe will still have work to do in the country but we will get there eventually.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  81. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It sends a message that deep down inside Americans want to take countrol of their country back, and that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. The world is waiting for us cleanse ourselves of Bush and Company and regain our dignity.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  82. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    I think more should be said about the way you and Wolfe and the people that work with you covered the making of such an event. Great job Gang welcome to the modern world. ^_^

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  83. David, Cape Town, South Africa

    At 3.30am South African time, with an enormous smile on my face, I tuned into CNN to hear Hillary Clinton be magnanimous in defeat. What came out of her mouth seemed like a speech written by Dick Cheney, full of arrogance and a huge sense of self importance.

    That speech was in essence a microcosm of how the world views the USA…..Arrogant and self obsessed. Thank goodness the ordinary, average, decent American saw the arrogance months ago and voted for Barack Obama. Half an hour later, Senator Obama showed me why America IS great.

    To everyone of you, congratulations on your choice for the next President of the United States.

    America WILL be great again come 20th January 2009 and BOY have we missed you guys!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  84. Teri in Palm Coast, FL

    That we are all as tired of the Bush regime as they are, and we really aren't as stupid as they think after our last 8 years of 'leadership'.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  85. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    It shows all our so called friends throughout the world that we have finally grown up, and you can do and be anything you want to, the opportunity is there for everyone.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  86. steph

    It says that no matter what color or background you are from. IF you are a honest hard working person your true character will reveal that. And Obama character went above the Clintons true character. He is a humble man who seeks peace not injustice. He and Edwards are the only ones I heard thinking about the lower class and the middle class and not themeselves. He is a reviving this country and energizing this country with whole being. And we are right beside him. Because we are true democrates.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  87. Allen in Hartwell GA

    It says that we can lead the world in something that doesn't involve bombs and millionaires.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  88. Keith from Irving Texas

    It says that our children (those Americans under 45) are a lot smarter than we were.

    It also says that America is a great Nation, and we'll take our place back as an honest world leader.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  89. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    I hope they are as proud of America as I am.
    They need to know what the real Americans are, not the
    impression of arrogance the Bush administration has
    given them.
    We are kind, thoughtful, caring people which shows by
    Barack Obama winning the nomination.
    I hope they realize that America is a wonderful country
    that now has the opportunity to put the last eight years
    behind us and be true to ourselves and them.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  90. Former Clinton voter

    Simple Jack – it says that we are an ever evolving nation. Oh, it also says that Hillary has officially, by not even acknowledging his passing the number, made it about HER and not about the voters.

    I'm sad for her.

    Former Clinton Voter.
    Small Town USA

    June 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  91. LaVerne E Brison

    Laverne from Los Angeles, Ca. Jack, I think it is a Historic event that a black man received the Dem. nomination for President. We as black people have always voted for white Presidents. We never said we would not vote for a white man. We had no other choice. I am disturbed however with the overt racism I have seen in the Dem. party. The people who claim it is the lack of experience that will keep them from voting for our. Dem. nominee really mean they will not vote for a black man period. People, call it what it truly is and don't try to hide it. the true test will be in the upcoming months.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  92. Fish from Minnesota

    This is great! It means that American's have a great chance of restoring their image and acceptance in the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  93. Kristi

    I hope it would say we pick the nominee for the ability to do the best job, after all we are created equal. It just took over 230 yrs. for this nation of all nationalities to realize this.

    Kristi, CA

    June 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  94. Jude from Saratoga Springs, NY

    It tells the world that we still judge a man by the color of his skin and not by the content of his character. Given the thinness of his resume and all we do not know about Mr Obama, if we judged by the latter, he would not have been selected.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  95. Leon from North Carolina

    I understand now what Michelle Obama meant about being proud of her country at this moment. As an african american I can now say to my two children, YES YOU CAN! Be anything you want to be in this country, even President.
    Thank you Obama and thank you Hillary for proving to our young generation that you can achieve if you believe. There are no more excuses!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  96. Jim A in Vancouver, WA

    Condi Rice said it well. This is indeed a historic time in America. History was in the making regardless of who got the nomination. All of the Blacks that served in House, Senate and Cabinet positions have paved the way for this event. Whether he gets elected or not will be a different thing. I do believe the D's will increase their lead in congress but I do not think this country is ready for all 3 branches to be controled by the same party again. They work best when there is a little check and balance.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  97. catherine lao

    Just goes to show how slow change really is!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  98. David Alexandria, VA

    That the playing field is getting level and that we, as a people are more inclusive. Whether Obama wins the presidency or not, the message to the world should be that we are perhaps more generally inclusive as a civilization than they may have come to believe through our past history or more recent coverage of the Katrina debacle. That someone is of a certain race or gender or religion matters much less to us now than before. Deal with our leader, whoever that turns out to be, and understand that he is speaking from a perspective and for a civilization which is more tuned to the global society.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  99. Chris - Rockord, IL

    Plain and simple Jack. It tells me that the people believe he's the best suited to do the job, period. Don't get lost in the race/gender crap, it's only fuel for the media. Here I thought you where above all that 🙂

    June 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  100. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    It says that the US is a place where people are chosen for their abilities. And that we are ready to reassume the high ground of moral leadership of the free world. It's the high ground that Bush lost. Of course, many may not want the high ground and elect McCain

    June 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  101. Rosalynd Florida

    It shows that inspite of this country’s long history with racism and slavery , it has the capacity to sill do great things. The country has made one step and now if it can make the second one (I believe it can) all the way to the WHite House, then that is really saying something.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  102. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Let us not forget that there was also a woman running for President and that either one of them had a great chance of breaking barriers. If Hillary had won, you would be asking what message does it send to the world that a woman was running for President. Either way it sends a message.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  103. Joshua Blank

    It shows that the tens of millions of voters are so fed up with what our fantastic REPUBLICAN administration has put us through that race and gender is not an issue. We ended that race card many years ago. I am 1,000,000 times more afraid of an old Bush-following war mongrel running our country than a well-spoken, well-educated black man that possess good judgement. And by the way...he does not waste voters time bashing his opponents, playing political games in which the issues we are concerned with as American citizens are over Obama not visiting Iraq since 2006 and speaking to our enemies. Obama/Clinton 2008!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  104. Lowell Copeland

    Racism in this country has always been a scar or blemish that has sullied the beauty of the American dream. Many countries around the world have looked at us as hypocrites because we have never really been able to get past this issue.

    With the election of Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee we have leaped over a hurdle that has stood in our way for a long time, and we now have the possibilty of electing an African-American as President of the United States of America.

    I think the world will look at us with new eyes and new hope that perhaps American is about to achieve the greatness it was destined for. Barack Obama could well be the completion of the dream envisioned by John Adams and the other founding fathers.

    Lowell Copeland
    New York, NY

    June 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  105. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    There's a touch of irony here. The rest of the civilized and industrial world is congratulating us in this outstanding achievement of individual, communal and political success... but of all nations, it's the United States that appears the least ready, relatively speaking, for Barack Obama. The irony is killing me.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  106. Jake Hillsboro, OR

    So far, reaction from a large portiion of the world has been gracious and welcome. I have a feeling that in this country, a lot of people feel that way too, but would never admit it. It shows up in exit polls, people would never admit their own prejudices, It connotates ignorance. They'd rather be privately stupid instead of publicly racist.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  107. Brian

    HOPE

    June 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  108. Pam Murison

    It shows that the United States of America is one step closer to becoming humanized. Look around the world and open your eyes to what other countries have done. Take off the blinders. You may be a huge power but now its time to clean up your backyard and become a good example to the rest of the world and gain back some respect.

    Pam from Ontario Canada

    June 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  109. Ms Charli (Houston, TX)

    Hopefully the message is one of tolerance, equalty, and the Audacity of Hope!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  110. Dilibon Kojak Brooklyn, NY

    The message in my mind is simple: America is not perfect. America has committed many misdeeds to African American and other ethnic groups. However, unlike any other country in the world, America has devised the best form of government ever existed that can over time correct its mistakes! The best days of this mosaic of cultures are ahead of us! It is a positive message to the world and a lesson for it the learn and imitate!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  111. Peg

    That this is a new America. One for all the people.

    I am still pinching myself....and only wish that my parents were alive to see this.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  112. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    It says alot. Congratulations to Mr. Obama on this milestone. Now, can we finally keep race out of politics? The Obamabots need to realize that just because I won't be voting for a black candidate, doesn't make me a racist. It just means I like the other guy better.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  113. Tiffany, MS

    Jack,

    Last night I grabbed my 2 year old daughter and cried like a baby. I then said a quick prayer, thanking God for the changes that we have made in America, and how far our country has come.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  114. AJ DE

    It shows that America has changed and that the days of Jim Crow and seperate but equal are long gone. To me it means that Martin Luther King Jr's dream is just now in it's final stage

    June 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  115. Mark, Oklahoma City

    It will send them the message that we are willing to take a chance on a senator from nowhere to lead us, because we are so damned sick of all our politicians who ALL say the same lies every two or four years to get elected, then forget about us. If Obama is elected, then just has another do-nothing, ho-hum administration, then our political system is dead.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  116. Eric , Boston

    Hi Jack this History in a making in America ,the whole is waiting .but we should watch as some still refuse to admit a Black American to be a president .after 100 years i belive.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  117. Rudy, New Rochelle, NY

    Never thought I would see something like this in my lifetime. If some Americans does not now understand why Michelle expressed a new found sense of pride in America, then they are out of touch and elitist.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  118. T.J. Marshall (Raleigh, NC)

    I hope it shows that America is finally growing up as a country, willing to put things such as race aside and do what Dr. King called for – judging people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  119. Raven, NJ

    The issue of race and politics in America has puzzled people from other countries for many years. Historically, race was something that divided this nation. There was no unity among white and black Americans. But, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day there would be unity among people of all races in this country. The nomination of Barak Obama represents Dr. King’s dream coming to pass. Senator Obama’s goal for his presidency is to unite not only Democrats but this country as whole. And that’s the message that is being presented to the world. I just wish my grandmother was alive to see too.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  120. Ralph in New York

    Jack, the world sees that the United States has shed its old-time prejudices. Not only is Obama African-American, he is quite bright, a good speaker and writer, and should be able to handle his duties should he be elected President.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  121. Ex Post Facto (Chicago)

    The message in my mind is simple. Keep your eyes on the prize, and don't lose sight of the goal until the mission is complete. That is true in the struggle for every American to realize the American dream and America to live up to the ideals it espouses, as well as for Barack Obama going forward in this nomination. This is to be celebrated like Christmas eve: it's nice, but there is more waiting and preparation to be done for a greater day ahead in November.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  122. B. Gooch from Columbus Ohio

    ...We DO hold these thruths to be self evident...!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  123. Carol

    AMERICA'S MOMENT in HISTORY is probably going to be talked about all over the world. Most people believe us to be a country where every person is able to vote and be counted but wait...if the party boss's don't like the vote bring out the clowns excuse me I mean the super delegates.

    Carol

    June 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  124. Conor in Chicago

    Since so many people have described this moment so many different ways I will try a different angle: It simply confirms that the human race has truely entered the 21st century.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  125. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    The message is that change can happen – the right kind of change that accepts an alternative picture of what a US President looks like and how that President can function differently to make this nation and the world a little better than they were before this historic moment.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  126. "D" in NC

    Doesn't mean anything.... He is not the President of the USA....

    June 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  127. Stacy from Virginia

    Jack, the message that it sends is that we are closer to realizing the dream that Martin Luther King Jr laid out for us all those years ago. I just wait for the day when it is commonplace that the most qualified candidate wins, regardless of skin color, and it is no longer a story.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  128. Mecca

    It shows the world how far behind we still are when this is such a big issue for us! There have been plenty black and women presidents in the rest of the world for this to be such great news. Of course, we are so conceited in believing we are the greatest country, that this has revolutionized our media! How about a first woman president? no, because we are still behind in recognizing women!
    Obama should be introduced as the Democratic nominee because of his qualifications, not because he is black, and of course, a man. I hope, for our sake, that people dig deeper into the history of our presidential candidate and not into his charisma and rhetorics which has blindfolded all the media and his supporters!
    Mecca, from Puerto Rico and Florida

    June 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  129. Diamond

    Why do i think if Hillary were nominated, no one would be saying this about a woman?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  130. Betty Krambs

    Obama was the winner after all whether Hillary Clinton wants to admit or not. He should be allowed to make his own decisions as to whom will become his running mate and all other decisions which have to be made. Please tell Obama that to choose Hillary Clinton will not be the "change" we are all hoping for and looking forward to.
    Signed: A white, elderly working class woman.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  131. Radiance

    " The Times They Are A-Changin' " Bob Dylan.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  132. Kristine from Connecticut

    The world will embrace us once again. ...and I won't be embarassed to admit I am a US Citizen when I am out of the country on vacation.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  133. Sherri Hudspeth

    The message it sends is that we as a nation can FINALLY see ourselves as progressive and forward-thinking, and catch up with other nations with our ideas regarding gender. I will add that I am proud but not surprised that it is MY Democratic Party that made this historic moment first.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  134. Lawrence from Norfolk

    Jack,

    It says what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told us a long time, that one day America will rise up and live out her creed, that all Men (and Women) are created equally. Remember Jack, he said he had been to the Mountain Top and looked over and seen the Promise Land, he may may not get there with us, but we as a people will get there. Jack we must add that African Americans votes alone did not place Senator Obama in this position, Americans (all Americans) did this. It says America is living out it's creed. One last note Jack, just for Senator Clinton and her supporters, As a retired member of the Armed Forces (U.S. Navy 23 years), your character is not defined by how you win, but more importantly how you respond to defeat. Thanks Jack

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  135. Stephen

    It sends the message that America is changing. As an American that grew up overseas, the changes are already beginning to show: Europeans approach me on the street, eager to discuss Obama and the possibility of him becoming our president. This is quite a departure from as recently as a year ago, when Europeans would avoid me because of their feelings for our current president. Obama sends the message that our country is finally living up to the immortal words upon which our country was founded, that "all men are created equal."

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  136. Gregory

    Obama is the nominee of my now "Former Party". Race should never be an issue but I feel with the DNC it is. Personally I hope Hillary runs Independet so I have reason to vote. Also by the way, I live in IL and if Obama is going to bring change on the Federal level like he has done here, I wouldn't call it change but just more of the same.

    Gregory
    Illinois

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  137. Andrea - Denver, CO

    I think it shows that we as a nation are finally living Martin Luther King Jrs. words and judging someone not by the color of their skin but by the context of their character.

    I am overwhelmed with happiness and hope for this country.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Diana

    I have lived to believe that all is possible. I am so sorry for the weary road Obama had to pass in order to arrive as the candidate for the Democratic Party. I hope the spitefulness’ of the others does not interrupt the process we are now seeing coming. I thank Obama and Hillary and now for sure I will tell my grandchildren yes... you can be all that you want to be. Bless be his journey!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Jim Hutchinson

    This is one of America's finest moments. The world will be a better place with an Obama Presidency as opposed to continued arrogance, greed, and one sidedness. The majority of the world population is now composed of people of color. It is crazy to continue a policy of isolation, and supremacy. The America quality of life has significantly decreased in terms of education, health care,crime, literacy,etc. We are one of the very few countries on this planet that does not have a bi-lingual language requirement and expectation of its citizens. We have exported our manufacturing capabilities to other nations. The real challenge and question is whether or not people will shot themselves in the foot for racial reasons. The new American era is now!! We are at a cross roads as a country– the status quo with a McCain type or a bold rejuvanation with an Obama.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  140. Christopher Hall

    I honestly think race is only creating an us and them type situation. We are finally advancing in this world though it seems, and I personally believe that such a nominee as Barack Obama sends the message that we are a strong nation who can overcome the odds in our country and that we are only becoming stronger. We can only hope that this is true.
    Christopher Hall
    Florence, Arizona

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  141. Maya, Tustin CA

    That perhaps America is finally read to lead the world when it comes to embracing the diversity of its own people, and that the Preamble to our Constitution finally means what it says, "We the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more Perfect Union..."

    That maybe we can finally move forward, despite our differences and prejudices and elect and African-American to the highest office in our land.

    That maybe we can teach by example an invaluable lesson to future generations about tolerance and regarding every citizen of this country, and every human being on this planet, regardles of race, gender or ethnicity as truly equal.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  142. Dexter

    Having livedd in Europe in four of the five biggest countries while working as a black American business man, I was already so proud of America. You see, I could not exist in the capacity that I do if not for being an American. In the rest of the western world I have never seen blacks living as free and opportunity as great as we have here in the United States. We still have a ways to go but I would say, the rest of the world has to give America its props, we are moving faster in equality then most of those countries I lived and the debate ends there. We are maturing and we (Americans) are seeing ourselves differently. And that's a good thing. The rest of the world will too!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  143. Judy from New York

    Early on, Clinton was thought of as the TITANIC.....unsinkable.
    As the primary season was coming to a close, Hillary predicted that Seven Belles would win the Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately the unthinkable happened and ironically, the filly was beaten by a colt by the name of BIG BROWN. Then, the designer of the famous Clinton Pants Suit died.
    Has Clinton got a black cloud hanging over her?

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  144. L MacPherson

    The whole world is watching Take a bow America

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Helen Mitchell

    I have a question. Why is Obama labeled as black when his mother was white? That makes him just as much white as black. Labeling him black, saying he is the first black man to be nominated, discounts his white mother and white family. To me this says this country is still fixated on race and not the person. He is mixed race, not black.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  146. Barb from Indiana

    Obama, blew the other two out of the ballpark with his speach.

    I'm one of those white ~ non-educationed women for Obama.
    Just because I don't have a college degree, I'm a fairly smart woman who reads..................and Hillary I can read between the lines too.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Sam

    I think it is absolutely wonderful that our country can overall move on from racism and furthermore the deep prejudice that dwells within some of the citizens of the United States. This shows our willingness to move on and completely change Washington D.C.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  148. Charles

    Jack ain't these a fine couple? I think Michelle Obama will make a great first lady. Congratulations America! Congratulations to the democratic party. America has truly come a long way and I'm really so proud of your progress. Canada is next!

    Charles
    Toronto, Canada

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  149. Lawrence Devine

    Deqr Jack,

    Barack Obama's nomination is a wonderful redemption of our yearning for completeness. Millions more people are now feeling themselves a part of America's counted. If Barack Obama becomes President the whole world will acknowledge the truth of America's promise. This is the most historic event I can imagine and the most positive evidence of the greatness of our country.

    Thanks you for the chance to comment.

    Lawrence Devine

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  150. Samantha in VA

    Obama,

    Do not put that "Jdas" on your ticket. She will try to undercut you at every turn to try to make you look bad and herself look good! I think that it was beyond the pale that she refused to admit that she had lost and you had won. I lost a lot of respect for her last night. She had her chance to bow out gratefully and refused to do so.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  151. Sheryl Hennika

    Only in America is the fact that a black man is now our top Democratic representative an issue to discuss. My family is England and they could care less about the color of his skin. We are a nation in trouble by our own making. We've lost respect across the world and in turn, we've lost respect for ourselves. My hope is that Obama can continue to do what he is doing. He remains calm under attack, he thinks ahead and has forward thinking though process. I don't care about our past, I want to see that we have a future. I believe he can help lead us out of this mess we've put ourselves in so that not only the world can regain respect for us–more important, we can respect ourselves and our country again.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  152. Joey M.

    THe message that is sent from this nomintation is that Amercia is truly becoming a real Democracy. The mere mention of an African-American president 50 years ago would more than just raise eyebrows; to say the least it would raise tempers into a whirlwind of visits by night riders and burning crosses. Finally, we can truly began to be comfortable in our own skin when called a "model for democracy" by allowing the manifestation the dream of Dr.King; I only hope that our Amercian brothers and sisters can stop making decsions about people based on skin colors and ehtinc backgrounds. Besides, is that not what made this country what it is?

    I know it seems a far fetched idea, but maybe just maybe, the people of Iraq will begin to invest more zeal into their own counrty/goverment with us leading by example; a true democracy.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  153. Dee in Denver

    Not sure whether it matters that he is African-American as much as that he is THIS African-American, someone who is willing to communicate (talk AND listen) before shooting. That’s what the rest of the world wants in the American president.
    Incidentally, these foreign journal reports mirror the opinions I have heard during foreign travels in the past year. Ordinary people in various parts of Asia and Africa have expressed hope that Mr. Obama would be our next president. I am pleased to learn that the Europeans agree – thanks to Bush’s lousy economic policies, I cannot afford to travel there to hear their opinions myself.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  154. Mary

    America is telling the world that they are more than just a person's skin color. Obama is an astute, honest, fair and articulate human being whose interest in the growth and power of the USA is utmost.

    He ran his campaign without using the race card, unlike an opponent who kept mentioning that gender is important and that her following will be ignored. Obama ran his campaign for the American people, all states, minority, majority, blacks, white, natives, et cetera, one United States of America, The world is watching and they know a genuine article when they see one.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  155. Linda

    Ottawa, Ontario
    Barak will have to hire another person if he gives Hilary the VP position, a food taster to start with. She is not the one for the job, and after last night, a meeting with Hilary about the VP spot would just be a sop if it were up to me. Alot of class but unfortunately last night it was on the low end of things.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  156. Jill Holden

    People are so ignorant – Obama is a hype political person who one could hire to hype up a Sales Group – there is no substance behind what he says. He voted Present over 100 times –

    You get what you deserve if he becomes President. A much larger mess in four yrs.
    Jill H
    Jackson Mississippi

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  157. Carol Litzenberg

    Jack, I am an Obama supporter. It is past time for our country to come together. What a better time than now. Barack Obama is half white and half black. Each side should be happy!!! Carol Litzenberg Findlay, Ohio

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  158. Jewel

    I think it sends a very positive message to our youth about the opportunities and possibilities that are available to ALL Americans who are willing to work hard. I also think it sends the message that America is ready for change and hungry for a leader that displays consistent moral character and family values. Barack Obama will represent America well. Throughout the primaries he remained calm, classy, and dignified. I am sure we will see much of the same as he enters the general election and prepares to take on John McCain.

    Jewel
    From Florida

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  159. Sarah

    That we’re not far enough along in the discussion of acceptance to even discuss bi-racial individuals or anyone who falls out of our binary way of looking at things. We all need to be “white” and “black”, “straight” and “gay,” “democrat” and “republican”, “christian” and “non-christian.”

    Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, all different communities of people are waiting to have their needs discussed.

    Obama’s nomination is a step forward for certain. But America, we still have a long way to go and we need to keep pushing.

    I know that Obama will open up a dialogue that has long since been closed in our country – we need to move past such limiting viewpoints as presented in this blog.

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  160. K in Jacksonville FL

    The world would actually see that the sins of the fathers of this country are finally being washed away with the rise of a new generation. I believe other countries would have a more profound respect for us.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  161. Brandon

    Jack, In my opinion this is one of those catch 22's. America has made great strides in the effort for equality and freedom for all in its borders and around the globe. Barak Obama is a true American story. This will show to the world that the U.S. is turning the history books into the new era. However, there is a whole "nation" of people that will refuse to let him become president. This will be the catch, America will show its true colors and refuse to let a leader with vision, judgement and great pride in his country become the president soley based on the color of his skin. That would rather have us all ridin scooters, bikes, or walk to work. They would rather us spend billions of dollars on a war that is becoming a lost cause. And they would rather the threats of food shortages and everyday way of life be threaten, than have a African American be their President. Then we will be the laughing stock of the world because we couldn't set aside skin color or god-given differences and let the 3rd term of the Bush policies continue. God Bless America.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  162. Gilberte Furstenberg

    It would do absolute wonders.
    The world would immediately look at the US with different eyes, and they would start thinking/seeing that something new and big is happening in the US.
    It would make them think that a new world may be emerging, not just in the US but for everyone in the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  163. Kevin

    Ideally, it shouldn't send any message, other than that the majority of America has finally embraced the 21st century and, thus, stripped away the notion that pigment carries any weight. I suppose that if there is a backlash, we can officially induct race, over misogyny, as the "in" bigotry. To soften the glib, one can only hope that an African-American candidate will represent promise of positive change and a potentially out-reached hand to many of the countries we have alienated, through our own evolution.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  164. Valerie (Canada)

    I think it's fantastic that Obama is the Democratic likely nominee for the presidency of the United States. This is truly going to be an historic time for you.. What message does it send? It tells the world that you are becoming a melting pot in the true sense of the phrase. It would say more if gender and race weren't used as identifiers for the candidates. When a female or an ethnic minority can run for office and focus solely on the issues, without addressing their gender or race, thats when true progress will have been made.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  165. Robin, Henderson Nevada

    Hi Jack,
    I am a Black male, and no doubt its a historic moment to reflect on, however you and media keep stressing on Senator Obama African Heritage, however half of that heritage is the fact he is also White. Obama begining is not rooted in Southern US like most blacks in this country. He was born on an island and raised by White Grandparents that gave him the opportunity to succeed. Stop playing this race game, we are all people regardless color.

    He is both black and white, a real Afircan/American
    Mother White American
    Father Black African

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  166. Tricia

    It's a great step in the right direction, it is time to stop looking at the color of the man/woman and just look at what that person is about. Time to take that 'African' off and let's just say American.

    White, Black, Hispanic are all desriptors used to divide this nation. It's time to end the madness.................

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  167. Mike Boudreau

    Mike from Carol Stream IL: I was 8 when RFK and MLK were killed, and it impacted me even then. Today a major hole in our country's soul was finally sewn closed by a "geniune American" winning the nomination. We need more time for it to heal, but we now have a very strong and healthy prognosis ahead!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  168. Carole Vennerstrom

    Obama's election will tell the world that the rank and file of Americans disavow the policies of the Bush administration and that we not only would "like" a new direction, we demand it. It will tell them that there is Hope, and that the ideals on which the nation was built are still part of our national soul.

    Carole
    Willmar, MN

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  169. Sherwin, New Jersey

    This country has been set back a quarter century with the current administration in office. The possibility of an African American man or an Anglo American woman from the Democratic party taking office would be a quantum leap in the right direction. This alone would help to put a more positive outlook on the negative view much of the world has about us. Not to mention, reversing some of the more reckless domestic policies that this administration has employed in regards to the economy and environment.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  170. George Butler Wilson, M.D.

    You continue to ignore the real issue of race in this election. Race does not matter to the vast majority of non-black Americans. Your exit polls demonstrate that – 7% of White voters cared. That is incredibly small, the percentage of voters who were concerned about Kennedy's religion was larger. What you refuse to address is the fact that race is the only issue to most Balck Americans. 95% of the Black voters in North Carolina voted for the Black candidate. You do us all a terrible disservice by ignoring the degree to which Mr. Obama is dependent on the racism of Black American to win this election. The racism of White America is not an issue.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  171. Blair, Houston TX

    Does it send a message? Absolutely. Does it send the right message? I'm not sure. Yes, I do believe it's a step forward for America and think Obama has everlasting potential.

    However, I'm troubled by the fact that we choose to focus on the fact that he's a black man instead of the fact that he's simply a great man; a great one. Why is it that we draw attention to his race rather than his achievements?

    American's shouldn't stop fighting until we send the message that, as a country, we're no longer concerned with the race or gender of important American figures.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  172. Dornell

    The best moment in current history...times are changing and so are the minds of the people. People are being blinded and string along by Washington anymore, that's the powerful thing about the internet, you can connect and make your own mind with good research if your not to lazy.

    I hope the White House is watching closely, because this is the future. We can see the format of how the political game works. Watch out Republican's here's the information age and it's gonna bit you! Maybe if you engage and get back in touch with the Majority then and only then will you be heard. Bush thanks for the 8 year end in the rear, our party has a pulse again!!!! Who says the stupid can't be a motivator.

    D

    June 4, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  173. Rekha Shome

    It's a pretty simple message, really – We are finally willing to walk the walk not just talk the talk.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  174. Shaq314

    With all due respect, I am excited that in my lifetime that I was able to witness such an historic moment. However, I am bothered that Americans feel that electing a person of color is a better choice than electing another Republican like Bush. As a proud woman of color, I think that it is important to acknowledge Obama's achievements and his courage. I listened to individuals say that they are afraid to vote for him because they fear an assasination. This country has made some progress in regards to race, but lets be realistic we have a very long way to go. The primary campaign has shown us that. The division in the party isn't neccessarily because voters are angry that their candidate was not chosen, but that an African American has an opportunity to lead this country.

    Shaq314
    St. Louis, MO

    June 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  175. David Jackson

    In choosing Senator Obama as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, we as Americans have shown the world that The USA is once again ready to take our place as a leader capable of making brave and bold choices. He will get back the respect we have lost around the globe.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  176. Barbara Dickens

    Ever since I read Obama's "Hope" book two years ago, I've thought his election would prove that, in spite of residual racial prejudice, most Americans are ready to move beyond that and become citizens of the world, most of which is non-white. I hope we hurry up because I'm 75 years old.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  177. Barbara

    I think it is deplorable that Clinton has not endorsed Obama. She is acting like a spoiled little child. "If you won't let me be president then I am not playing!" In the meantime, she is dong more to divide the Democratic Party and raise the nasty heads of racism stillk alive and well in this country.

    She was transparent to many of us and those of us who did not vote for her knew why she was not the best person to be president!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  178. Chris

    Hilary has more than earned a shot as VP. Not to take anything away from Obama, but Hilary was definitely the stronger candidate, that Lady would've made an excellent President. It is sickening the way that the press, and yes I do mean CNN, treated her and the way that the press, public, etc., turned on her within moments of Obama securing the nomination. Be thankful that you have such strong individuals from which to choose.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  179. Letha Miller

    The message is, the US of A is finally getting it right!
    Letha
    New Orleans, LA

    June 4, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  180. Mark Watka

    I'm sure 100 years ago someone said that "it will be a cold day in Hell before a black man gets nominated to run for the White House". Well, it seems that the weather forecast for Hell is calling for some cooler temperatures, maybe even an ice storm or two! This tells the world that America is one step closer to REAL "change".

    June 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  181. Mary Ellen

    What historical moment? As George Jefferson would say, Obama is a zebra not a black man like he says. Now his wife is a different story.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  182. Trevor

    From a very small part of the world with an ethnic diversity similar to the USA it has a very positive impact on our view of America. I always liked America and now for the first time in my adult life I am beginning to feel some pride for America. I hope I can be really proud in November.

    Barbados

    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  183. Jen in Idaho

    Obama won this race because of the superdelegates that supported him and the superdelegates that turned against their states and Hillary. Something has to change on how this process is done. If you are a superdelegate for a state that supports a certain candidate then that same superdelegate needs to stand behind that candidate that the people want! The superdelegates are the ones that divided the democratic party, not the candidates. Both candidates need to work together now to put the democratic party back together in order to show that it doesn't matter what race you are or if you are female or male. The press had a lot to do with this division also. They have been biased and have done nothing but criticize one of our party's candidates consistantly, who happens to be female.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  184. Mary

    I think that Hillary has done more harm to the Democratic party, than the Republicans ever could. She has divided this country by playing the race card throughout. I think that CNN has been more than curteous to Hillary. Wait a minute, is this about the American people or is this about Hillary getting her way. If Obama put her on the ticket as Vice President it would be a big mistake, because who wants a sore loser for VP. She has proven that, she and Slick Bill are not trustworthy.

    Washington, DC

    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  185. vernon

    As a black man I'm obviously proud of this moment.But it sends more to the fact that the failed Bush administration has opened the hearts and minds of ALL Americans to be willing to support the most qualified individual,regardless of race,gender or any other personal beliefs!.....Obama 08

    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  186. Dr. Robin Coletrain

    My heart was overfilled with joy when Barack Obama made history by becoming the first African-American Democratic Presidential nominee. In this moment, I saw hope, not only for myself, but for my daughter and her children to come. While we still have a long way to go, in that one moment last night, my power to obtain my own goals was reenergized.

    Robin
    37
    Columbia, SC

    June 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  187. Edgar

    It made me proud to be an American to see Obama take the nomination.

    Losing the presidency to McCain, however, would make me ashamed... all over again.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  188. Richard Reed

    We want peace. We demand peace. No more wars. No "New world order." Maybe we are not a hopless case. Maybe we have a chance to be the great nation we were before.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm |