the votes are counted.

Congratulations to the President-elect, Barack Hussein Obama II.

I wish him nothing but the best for his term in office. I hope that he will execute the duties and responsibilities of the Presidency with reason, wisdom, and level-headedness.

Regardless of your political leanings, you, too, should wish him well, because on January 20, he will be sworn in as the democratically elected forty-fourth President of the United States–our President. It’s the toughest job in the world, and the next President will have a particulary tough row to hoe.

I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.

–Senator John McCain

17 thoughts on “the votes are counted.

  1. JD says:

    Not sure I can wish him well, I would be lying. I fear too much for what he will do to this country that my kids will pay for. . .

    I just hope he doesn’t do more damage than the next guy can fix. Here is our “Jimmy Carter”, now I want us to get a “Ronald Reagan” to fix his mess in 4 years. . .

  2. theflatwhite says:

    I have no stomach for tyrants, should he prove to be one.

    If not, I will gladly wish him well. But he will have to earn that.

  3. Anna says:

    That was McCain’s best speech of the campaign. It almost seemed like we had McCain ’00 back with us. Sad that it only came at the end.

  4. robnrun says:

    I can hope that all those elected will realize that they are now the elected representatives of the people, they no longer serve their party constituency alone. But I don’t expect to see that.

  5. Jerry says:

    Sorry, I’ll drink alone, and keep watch.

  6. MarkHB says:

    I’m pretty happy. I’m not a squealing Obam-O, but I’ve seen eight years of GOP policies bankrupt the country, destroy the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and alienate America from the planet as a whole, which sadly we must all reside on.

    So… you know…. what was happenning wasn’t working. Even a little. So yeah, it’s cool. Even when it wasn’t working, Bush was my President, as that was his office. That’s how things work. I despise what he’s done, and I hate how things have gone, but I am an American. There’s only one President at a time. The President is the President. I ate a shit sandwich for one quarter of my life on the planet. Now it’s time for another Prez to take the easy job of not fucking it all up as badly as his predecessor.

  7. ilcylic says:

    No, Jerry, believe me, you won’t be drinking alone… šŸ˜‰

  8. Tam says:

    MarkHB,

    Thank gh0d that since the Democrats took Congress back in ’06, they’ve repealed the (laughably misnamed) P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, balanced the budget (which is the responsibility of Congress), and fought to restore the Bill of Rights.

    Only… oh, wait, they didn’t. They just picked up right where they’d left off in ’94. Look for more of the same only harder, now. We’ve voted to hit the cliff at 60mph instead of 45mph.

    At least it will save you the airfare; the only difference between LA and London in another four years will be that you won’t need a satellite dish to watch NASCAR in LA. (Maybe our shiny new NHS will be as good as y’all’s!)

  9. Rusty P. Bucket says:

    Kim du Toit has an excellent comment about the libertarians that voted for Obama and I concur. Some of you are in for an education and it serves you right.

    Stock up on military rifles and high capacity magazines now if you have a mind to.

  10. emdfl says:

    MarkHb is about to get rudely educated. Do it again and harder, heh, heh.

  11. BlueNight says:

    Imagine if, every week, each of us sent a postcard to the White House, voicing our concerns about the policies of the government. Imagine if they were stated not in partisan terms, but in real functional terms.

    “Mr. President: I am concerned that your tax hike will cause my employer to make cutbacks. Already they have stated there will be no more overtime for the forseeable future. I encourage you to read Rush Limbaugh’s second book, ‘I Told You So.’ It outlines the financial benefits the Reagan tax cuts had for the people, for business, and for the government. It’s counter-intuitive, but reducing tax rates really does increase revenues. Try it and see. Sincerely, [your name here].”

    Imagine if, every day, he had to wade through a hundred thousand postcards just to sit down at the desk.

  12. ChrisB says:

    “Imagine if, every day, he had to wade through a hundred thousand postcards just to sit down at the desk”

    Umm, if he doesn’t want them to get to his desk in the first place they won’t get there.

  13. Tam says:

    Like the postcards Congresscritters got over the bailout, or different postcards?

  14. ilcylic says:

    Tam: Magic postcards that politicians actually, y’know, read.

  15. theflatwhite says:

    Unlike the Hamas-loving Khalidi, Conservatives and Libertarians don’t even have a seat at Obama’s table.

  16. emdfl says:

    Tam is making one of more the common errors regarding politicians – that is the they CAN read.

  17. Anna says:

    Blue Night,

    Isn’t Obama proposing a return to Reagan-era taxation levels?

    (I know, I know, terrifying socialism…. but realistically most of his proposals are just putting an end to the Bush tax cuts for the top few percent, not spiking the tax rates to unheard of levels or anything)

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