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Good evening, Netizens...

At 8:00 PM PST this evening, Barak Obama became the President-Elect of the United States of America. A moving concession speech by John McCain followed shortly thereafter, thus bringing to a close a long, contentious and racially-charged election campaign.

In Barak Obama's speech before over 100,000 supporters gathered in Grant Park, he spoke of the future and a new dedication to an end of cynicism and a reunification of our country.

This was history being made in my time, a Black man elected President of the United States. It is simultaneously something I never expected would happen in my lifetime but had always hoped I might live long enough to see.

Now we must be about the business of healing and strengthening our country and in the words of our founders, perfecting our Union. President-Elect Obama has stated he will begin immediately working on his transition team, and thus it is incumbent upon each of us to join in this process of rebuilding.

We have a national economy in tatters, two wars simultaneously being waged, national unemployment that continues to keep step with a dismal economy as we approach the holiday seasons and and an inherent distrust of anything that smacks of George Bush's Beltway politics.

Where and how should we begin?


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