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November 6, 2008 at 2:13 PM

President-elect Barack Obama

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President-elect Barack Obama gestures during Tuesday’s massive Election Night gathering in Chicago’s Grant Park.

We can smile again

Editor, The Times:

There was a huge hit by Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra in the 1940s called “I’ll Never Smile Again,” written by a woman whose husband had recently died. This octogenarian has often wondered whether or not our country would ever be able to smile again after the tragic events of the past eight years. To paraphrase Former President Gerald Ford upon his swearing-in ceremony, our long national nightmare is about to come to an end [“Obama to the White House: elation and disbelief,” Times, Politics & Government, Nov. 4].

This morning, I awoke very early with a smile on my face feeling like it was 1932 and Christmas was here. I wanted to run downstairs and light the Christmas tree — unfortunately, the tree and the lights and decorations are all in storage.

However, I’m still smiling, and I feel like we are back on track. I can only quote Tiny Tim: “God bless us, everyone.”

–Randy Hucks, Kenmore

Moving forward

Nov. 4 was a day of great significance in our history. The man elected to be our next president is an African American, and I acknowledge how great a step that is. However, for me, a middle-aged white woman, the color of his skin and his race are less important than his message.

The significance of this election is that the American people stood up and chose hope over fear. We chose possibility over negativity. We chose to stand up and say that we have had enough of a fear-based and secretive government that has moved the country backward. We chose a man to be president who is smart, articulate and has the best interests of everyone in our country at heart.

Today, I woke up with hope, excitement and eagerness. Today is a new day and the possibilities are limitless. For that, I thank the senator from Illinois, President-elect Barack Obama. I look forward to moving forward. God bless everyone, no exceptions.

— Nicole Brown, Kirkland

Check yourself

Just remember that as you cheer for President-elect Barack Obama and jeer at Sen. John McCain, each and every one of America’s enemies is doing exactly the same.

— Timor Olisker, Kirkland

We are all Americans

With Barack Obama now the president-elect, the time has come to call all citizens of this land by the single word, “American.” We no longer need a physical description to go with it.

— Wm Stoddard, Sequim

No new tricks for the old dogs

President George W. Bush inherited an economy with a surplus. Then he got us into a civil war that will have cost us $1 trillion before we try to exit gracefully. And that surplus? Well, you know what happened to that.

The next president has inherited a mess so huge it defies description. But despite all that, I fully expect the conservatives to start attacking President-elect Barack Obama, and blaming the Democrats for all our ills. After all, they need to get to work on undermining the Democrats and getting their power back. Ah, partisan politics.

— David McKenzie, Federal Way

He wins

How did a community organizer beat two established political machines (Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party) and rise to the presidency of the United States? By having a better community of organizers. Sweet irony.

— Ted Russell Neff, Edmonds

Obama is America

I am so relieved to finally see a shift in American politics. For way too long, our country has been represented by individuals who are not reflective of the diversity of who we are as a nation.

I am very hopeful that a Barack Obama presidency will engage the entire population and will bring into positions of power individuals from all of our nation’s communities.

— Christine Lindquist, Seattle

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