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  • President Barack Hussein Obama

    by Leon
    5th November, 2008 at 5:16 am    

    President Obama

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    1. JuggyD — on 5th November, 2008 at 5:45 am  

      Would we ever see a poster like over David Cameron, or any member in either party? Unlikely for quite some time.

      But really lets be honest … this doesn’t really effect us that much here in the UK does it, so the ‘HOPE’ message is really not that profound on us, and nor do i get why we in the UK are that into this election. Yes there are international issues, and world peace, but surely there are organisations such as the UN, NATO, that should take more prominance than one man in America.

      So let’s quit the OTT dramatics.

    2. Nav — on 5th November, 2008 at 5:52 am  

      Oh the depths the desperate plunge… http://www.johnmccain.com/informing/news/PressReleases/52e086ff-dc2e-4c48-b474-bc22b96a3b69.htm

      Congrats Obama… YES WE CAN! :D

    3. billy — on 5th November, 2008 at 5:55 am  

      God Bless America.

    4. douglas clark — on 5th November, 2008 at 5:58 am  

      Thank fuck.

    5. aji — on 5th November, 2008 at 6:13 am  

      A truly historic moment. Well done Obama! What a victory speech! He certainly is the audacity of hope. It’s good see Americans of different backgrounds come together and elect a man that transcends all their differences. Perhaps a lesson for the rest of us.

      The danger now is the burden of expectation. Has he inherited a poisoned chalice? For a relatively inexperienced politician I think he has some challenging times ahead considering the actions of the US over the last eight years.

    6. Vikrant — on 5th November, 2008 at 6:20 am  


    7. douglas clark — on 5th November, 2008 at 7:07 am  


      I think, correct me if I am wrong, that his ‘victory’ speech was the best speech an American President elect has ever made.

      The burden of expectation is not beyond him, he has good Liberal Conspiracy credentials :-)

      I expect we’ll have to work on him a bit before he embraces Pickled Politics as his real home town. Which, frankly, it is.

    8. douglas clark — on 5th November, 2008 at 7:39 am  


      Let us not be ridiculous about this. I saw something in Barak Obama when the odds were 50 to 1. So, I would like a bookie to open a book, hah, hah, on Sunny Hundal being a Prime Minister in your future.

      Odds of 10,000 to 1 would be acceptable, right now. I’d bet £100.

    9. Angela — on 5th November, 2008 at 8:33 am  

      For a country that loves America-bashing, it’s funny to see everyone now eat their words and question Britain’s own ability to deliver an exciting election with extraordinary candidates… Could it ever happen here? Not so long as David Cameron and Gordon Brown are leaders. How depressing for us.

    10. MixTogether — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:14 am  

      A fantastic result, and a fantastic moment for people of mixed race throughout the world!

      Even the most entrenched attitudes CAN change.

      God Bless America.

    11. aji — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:15 am  


      It was the best speech I’ve heard from a US president in the thirty odd years of my lifetime. There’s a Martin Luther King quality about his oratory skills.

      Even if Obama is a bit short on experience, you have to give to him for an excellent election campaign against the odds. I think he has got all the right qualities to be an effective president. If he can govern at least half as well as he can speak, I think he’ll do a reasonable job. :-)

    12. justforfun — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:21 am  

      Thats a poster of Daniel Craig !! or is just my eyesight.

      What a night eh !!! just like ’97 - “things can only get better” keeps ringing in my head. I’m looking forward and not back and in the spirit of ‘Hope’ I’m banning cynisism from my bunker ( well at least till Xmas)


      Bunker progress report - now have 3 cubic metres of baked beans stored away.

      Douglas - I’ll get my bookie to contact you. I think Sunny will be emigrating soon.

    13. Sunny — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:26 am  

      I LOVE IT.

      tonight, even I felt american, watching the proceedings in LA. Amazing atmosphere and result. I’m still in shock…

    14. faz — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:34 am  

      you missed a good party mate

    15. John Lilburne — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:43 am  

      @ Angela

      I don’t know about the rest of Britain but I only criticise the US when it does something really stupid or elects a clueless cowboy as President. I must admit that this gives us plenty of opportunities but that’s not our fault, is it?.

    16. Sid — on 5th November, 2008 at 9:59 am  


    17. Sanjiv Desai — on 5th November, 2008 at 10:06 am  

      Barack Obama stands at a crossroad in history. He has won the mantle of arguably the toughest job in the world and he has the opportunity before him to be remembered in perpetuity as the man who chose the right path and made a huge difference to not only the USA but also the world.

      Today, human confidence around the world seems to be plummeting to an all time low. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have become such humanitarian nightmares that no one seems to know how to resolve. Despite the spread of the much touted US style capitalism and democracy further and wider than at any other time in history, the number of people who do not have access to the bare minimum amount of food has risen glaringly to nearly 1 billion, or almost one sixth of the world population. Global warming is creating freak weather systems all over the place - we’ve all experienced it. The ice caps are melting faster, the frequency of hurricanes and typhoons has grown up to an unprecedented level, Delhi just had an amazing summer without the normal ‘loo’ winds that normally sear the flesh, sudden floods in some parts and droughts in others, fishermen returning home with smaller and smaller catches. The world also seems to have reached peak production on its fuel of choice with consumption outstripping new discoveries. Oil prices have fluctuated from highs of around $140 to $60 a barrel in the past few months. Food prices have gone berserk in the past couple of years. Grain, once so plentiful it was often left to rot in piles on the ground, is suddenly in short supply, driving feed and food prices through the roof. The fertilizers and chemicals needed to maintain high grain production are in short supply and prices are at record levels. In the US, foreclosing on people’s homes and anti depression medication have become the only remaining growth industries.

      The damage that mankind has done to the amazing gift that is our planet in the past 100 years or so is so completely criminal as to be almost mythical in its scope and scale of rape and pillage of the Earth’s resources. And I believe that it’s reaching an inflection point in history. Unless we can think of some very, very fast and furious global manner in which to sit down and talk to one another about what we are going to do about the future, we are going to leave behind such a terrible world for our future generations that they will rightfully have nothing but hate for us.

      However, I believe that there is a silver lining and, ironically I see it as a byproduct of the current global financial crisis. For the first time in recent history, something has happened to shake up the rich and the super rich of our world! All other crises that have occurred around the world in the past have mainly affected the poor and the disenfranchised - the rich were always insulated by what they could buy and their trappings of wealth. But this time they have been directly hit. The whole gigantic financial castle in the air that had been created over the past few deregulated years has suddenly dissipated into the stratosphere, leaving behind very little to show for it other than the amazingly creative brains of those same super rich people. And we all know that they are bright enough to realise that this time, when the doo-doo hits the fan, no one will be left untouched, not even them.

      So Barack, if you ever get a chance to read this, please understand that if there is one person who has the slightest chance to make a difference or bring about a true change on this planet of ours going forward, it is the future president of the United States. And that is now you. A lot now depends on your first term, who you pick as your advisors, how you placate your financiers and how you tackle not only your internal issues but those of the rest of the world as well. It is in your hands to be remembered in the same breath as Martin Luther Kind Jr and Mahatma Gandhi or to be forgotten within a few years of your presidency coming to a close.

      The world prays that you make the right choice.

    18. Amrit — on 5th November, 2008 at 11:06 am  


      I was cautious right up until yesterday, but hell, why shouldn’t I celebrate now?

      Unless he turns into a bastard from Hell (unlikely) or his presidency leads to America never electing anyone non-white again, this is a great moment in History. :-D

    19. Kismet Hardy — on 5th November, 2008 at 11:10 am  

      Well done American people, but I’m remaining cynical. I’m putting 5 euros on obama being assassinated on the 4th of July 2009

    20. faz — on 5th November, 2008 at 11:14 am  

      I’m glad MacCain dedicated a significant portion of his speech in recognizing what an achievement this is for african-americans. And Jesse Jacksons emotional response to me signified what Barack Obama, all Black Americans and Black citizens globally felt. A massive barrier has been broken today. This is truly a significant moment

    21. sonia — on 5th November, 2008 at 12:41 pm  

      that was a fun night.

      a pretty powerful poster. i think the importance of this election was in its symbolism and the iconoclasm. doesn’t really matter what obama does now in that sense (unless he let’s them all down which wouldn’t be good but seeing as the american public are pretty uncritical not likely to happen much) the man had guts and courage and inspired lots of people, looking at the voter turnouts that’s pretty impressive in itself. and it’s good if people can start moving away from ‘victim’ status to feeling agency. so that’s good - people are showing that that’s what they want - an example, someone showing them the way. He didn’t think race was going to stop him from trying to achieve something he wanted, so clearly that’s had an impact on how people are viewing their own life. Even if he hadn’t won, I think that would still be something inspirational for a lot of people.

      So now, good luck to him, he’s got a big job to do!

      interesting looking at the map though..who are all those people who despite everything still voted Republican? who?!

    22. sonia — on 5th November, 2008 at 12:46 pm  

      “Senator Barack Obama won the election by gaining an extraordinary level of support among young people, African-Americans and new voters, exit polls show.”

      I think this is the interesting thing - so many people who never voted before, actually coming out to vote, that is a big deal for any country, and especially America.

      “One group that Mr McCain has held on to are evangelical Christians, who make up about one quarter of the electorate.
      This group voted by three-to-one for the Republicans despite attempts by Mr Obama to reach out to faith groups - little changed from the previous two elections.

      aha..those culprits again..

    23. justforfun — on 5th November, 2008 at 1:11 pm  

      Sonia - I agree - its these new virgin voters that is the ‘change’. It would be interesting to see if any one can dispassionately analyse if there was any ‘change’ in the attitudes of the non-virgins.

      Sunny - whats the score with the non-virgin voters? (I’m sure due to your efforts there are few non-virgins now :-) well done - keep it up.)

      The ones who voted in all the previous elections,
      did their patterns of voting significantly ‘change’ - did they buy into this ‘audacity of hope’. Was it the new votes that won it for Obama.

      I’m going with this analogy - to seduce a virgin is easier than an a non-virgin? The expectation the romance ! - but the reality is never like that and non-virgins are not so easily fooled by chocolates and roses! so what will happen in the future when Obama can’t deliver on all that is promised?


    24. Jai — on 5th November, 2008 at 3:00 pm  

      Absolutely fantastic news. And what an incredible victory speech, eh. Assuming that he can top that (and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does), I can only imagine what his speech will be like on the day that he’s formally inaugurated as President.

      400 years of history, people. And over 200 years since the formal establishment of an independent United States. Only 40-50 years or so since the Civil Rights struggle. Think through the experiences of black people in America during this time, and the significance of all this really hits you. As it obviously hit Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and some other members of the public who were openly moved to tears during Obama’s speech. Even Colin Powell was momentarily overcome during an interview on CNN today. I can’t wait until Obama eventually meets Nelson Mandela too.

      And think about this: To really drive the point home, an anchor on one of the main satellite news channels (either BBC 24 or Sky News, I can’t remember which) commented last night that the first 16 Presidents of the United States would have been able to own Obama as a slave. And let’s not forget the history of Virginia, both as a state containing the capital (Richmond) of the slave-owning Confederacy and a massively intransigent region when it came to conferring Civil Rights on African-Americans in the 60s — a state which, ironically and obviously very symbolically, has now been won by the Democrats.

      Many in the media have recently stated that Obama could well end up being not only one of the all-time great American Presidents (up there with Abraham Lincoln etc) but also one of the truly great leaders in world history. I don’t know if Obama’s actions in the years to come can match everyone’s sky-high expectations (although for all we know, he might even surpass them) — and I really, fervently hope he really is the kind of person that everyone desperately believes him to be, and that he remains that way even after prolonged exposure to the intoxicating effects of power — but what I can say to him is “Now that we’ve come this far, for God’s sake don’t let us down”. Not just because of what has been promised and the hopes that have been raised, but because there are still plenty of malevolent people out there who, no doubt, are eagerly waiting for the slightest “mistake”, to be used as ammunition to undermine him and potentially destroy him.

      As a final word, I know it’s probably now a cliche to say this (albeit a valid one), but I keep thinking of Martin Luther King, both in terms of his own life & struggles and his famous speeches. How proud he would have been to see the historical events we’re all now witnessing, not just because an African-American will soon be occupying the Oval Office but also because of the kind of man — and, hopefully, the kind of leader — Barack Obama is.

    25. Kismet Hardy — on 5th November, 2008 at 3:28 pm  

      Anagrams for barack hussein obama. If only ‘bub’ meant something…

      A Mascara Bub Honkies
      A Maharani Kebob Cuss
      A Maharani Bubs Cokes
      A Marihuana Beck Boss

      barack obama is boa karma cab which is unfunnier still

      Darn these arab names

    26. dave bones — on 5th November, 2008 at 4:16 pm  


    27. El Cid — on 5th November, 2008 at 4:32 pm  

      Even if Obama falls short of elevated expectations, this is a welcome and necessary milestone.
      I’m hoping that it will feel like an anti-climax eventually.
      Like a Jamaican pal told me last night, if this had been 20 years ago I would have been ecstatic but in truth it felt like the most natural thing in the world, as it should. Why should the colour of someone’s skin matter? (In time, hopefully, my own compulsion to offer some ethnic context for anecdotal statements I come across will also vanish).

    28. bananabrain — on 5th November, 2008 at 4:43 pm  

      i think he was the right choice at this time, though i have a lot of time for mccain, as it happens. i think gerard butler in the times has put it very well:

      The country regarded loftily by many Europeans as hopelessly racist and irredeemably right wing has voted to be ruled by a black man, at the head of a party committed to economic redistribution and a foreign policy rooted in peaceful diplomatic engagement.

      John McCain was never able to distance himself from the Republican calamities of the past eight years, even though he had a right to be considered at least as much an agent of change as Mr Obama.

      anyway, i think this is a historic day and i only hope he is not another jimmy carter - as i hoped mccain would be able to stand up to the right wing of the republican party if he won. at any rate, i am inordinately glad to see the back of george bush.



    29. Ravi Naik — on 5th November, 2008 at 6:21 pm  

      i think gerard butler in the times has put it very well:… John McCain was never able to distance himself from the Republican calamities of the past eight years, even though he had a right to be considered at least as much an agent of change as Mr Obama.

      It is not that he was never able to distance from Republicans, John McCain actually embraced the worst of Karl Rove’s politics. In particular his selection of Sarah Palin, a know-nuttin anti-intellectual politician as incompetent as Bush.

      Agent of change? You must be joking. McCain and Palin: good ridance.

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