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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
One of the longest, nastiest and most divisive presidential races is now in the history books. Thankfully.
Now the next chapter: Moving forward and getting this country back on its feet.
Obama supporters are ready. They're fired up, but that isn't exactly the case when it comes to many of John McCain's supporters.
Amidst all the jubilation over the election of Barack Obama broadcast all over the world, it's worth noting that 56 million Americans did not vote for Obama and are not thrilled that he won. In the popular vote, Obama won by less than eight million votes out of more than 120 million votes cast.
Obama has talked about repairing this divided nation. In Grant Park on Election Night, he said that he would be a president for the people that didn't vote for him as well as for those who did. But with emotions running high, supporters of John McCain are having trouble letting go.
Here’s my question to you: What will Obama have to do to win over wary McCain supporters?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Beevee from Michigan writes:
He needs to work closely with McCain or appoint McCain for some important position in his administration to assure McCain supporters that all is forgotten and he is ready to be president of the United States not just Democrats.
Jack, I think a bipartisan cabinet would help make the McCain supporters who are moderate Republicans believe in Obama. The ones who are on the extreme right will probably never be able to support Obama, which is a shame. As a McCain supporter, I fully support Obama and hope he does well for this country and its citizens.
C.J. from Atlanta, Georgia writes:
McCain's supporters need to stop condemning our country's future before giving Obama a chance. They will be pleasantly surprised when the sun continues to rise and America prospers again.
Use the term "my friends".
Sheba from Delaware writes:
I'm not concerned about Obama trying to win over anybody. I want him to do his best to clean up the mess left by the past Administration. He doesn't need a fan club; he just needs to be able to do his job to the best of his ability.
John from Arizona writes:
Jack, if he wants to win over McCain Republicans he can ban gay marriage, appoint a far-right Supreme Court justice and nominate Sarah Palin as Secretary of State. I'm not recommending any of the above, you understand!
Michael from Pensacola, Florida writes:
Say "9/11" and "bomb Iraq" every few sentences. And for the Palin supporters, walk around without shoes and say "real Americans"!