“Yes we can” was the resounding phrase ringing out to an audience of more than 250,000 people at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois last night. Barack Obama had just won the most prestigious and powerful position in the United States of America. The Chicago crowd – and millions of others watching from their homes, local rallies, bars, universities, churches and community centers internationally – screamed back with passion “Yes we did!” To say that emotions ran high yesterday evening would be a gross understatement.
Barack Obama did more than pummel John McCain in the Electoral College tally (338-163, 37 still undecided) he also handily won the popular vote and dominated in several demographics. Obama beat McCain among African-American voters (95 percent to 4 percent); first-time voters (68 percent to 31 percent); women voters (56 percent to 43 percent); voters under 30 (66 percent to 32 percent); Latino voters (66 percent to 32 percent); and voters making less than $100,000 a year (55 percent to 43 percent). He redrew the nation’s electoral map, turning red states blue, while inspiring record turnout among women, blacks, Hispanics, whites and youth. An estimated 136 million Americans – as many as 66 percent, the most since 1908 – pulled a lever, touched a screen, or filled in ballot yesterday. This is a true testament to American’s hunger for change.
President Elect Barack Obama, 47, has become the first African-American to win the White House. He will be sworn in as the 44th president on January 20.