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November 07, 2008
Vol. 50 No. 9

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Editor encourages unity for Obama

Lauren Williams

Congratulations fellow Barack Obama supporters. Yes, we can make history.
As an Obama supporter for more than two years, Tuesday night will be a night I will never forget. Like many Americans, this election has meant so much to me and I'm so happy to have been apart of it.

Obama being elected the 44th president has changed our country in so many ways. Finally, someone will change Washington politics and bring us together. Someone will be able to pick up the pieces of the past eight years. Our country will gain a better relationship with the rest of the world.

While this week has had me crying happy tears and giving numerous fist-pounds, nothing can compare to how the African-American community must feel witnessing this historical event.

My good friend Devin told me about his 91 year old great-grandmother -- a woman who lived during a time when she was unable to vote because of the color of her skin and was so happy to see this day during her lifetime. It's those stories that truly move me the most, yet they carry a significance I will never truly understand.

But what we can all see is that Obama worked as hard as he did for every American, be they black or white, rich or poor, gay or straight, Democrat or Republican. That's what makes him unique. He fought for us and emphasized that this election was not for him but for all Americans.

Obama was able to inspire a generation to value their right to vote, resulting in the highest voter turnout ever. That is undeniably remarkable. Like my die hard Republican grandfather told me, "I may not agree with everything this Obama fella' says, but he's a nice guy; a leader getting kids to vote."

I know some of you are disappointed, as I would be in your shoes. Senator John McCain is a brilliant man and a respected politician. I want to reassure his supporters that Obama will lead us into a better and brighter future. But he needs everyone's support and respect to do so.

While quoting one of our greatest presidents during his victory speech, Obama recalled a time when our country needed unity more than ever before. "As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, 'We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection,'" Obama said. "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn: I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too."

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