An African American running against a white war hero was elected president by a margin of roughly 6 percent. This is an extraordinary event no matter how pollsters slice and dice the returns and no matter how rebuilding Republicans spin the outcome.
The election of President-elect Obama has made a great country even greater, and the world once again looks to America for leadership. All of us are invited to pray for America, the world, and our new president.
When was the last time Pennsylvania Avenue and Times Square and countless other locations across the country were packed with crowds at 1:00 in the morning following a presidential election? The same nation that elected George Bush by the hanging chads of 2000 has just given the presidency to someone who was relatively unknown at that time.
Adam Hamilton, senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, suggests that people of faith have come through the long 2008 presidential campaign season tired of the politics of polarization and hungry for more thoughtful politicians.
During an event at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, predicted that unprecedented numbers of Jews will be voting Republican this election.
Georgetown University Professor of Government Clyde Wilcox says Catholics are highly divided swing voters whose decisions in this election could be crucial to the outcome.