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Geoff the Duck 05 Nov 08 - 02:50 AM
Ebbie 05 Nov 08 - 02:52 AM
freda underhill 05 Nov 08 - 03:02 AM
Gervase 05 Nov 08 - 03:06 AM
Phil Edwards 05 Nov 08 - 03:10 AM
Monique 05 Nov 08 - 03:19 AM
John O'L 05 Nov 08 - 03:24 AM
Paul Burke 05 Nov 08 - 03:26 AM
GUEST,Justin Urqhart 05 Nov 08 - 03:37 AM
Liz the Squeak 05 Nov 08 - 03:48 AM
Barry Finn 05 Nov 08 - 03:56 AM
mouldy 05 Nov 08 - 03:57 AM
Don Firth 05 Nov 08 - 03:57 AM
Declan 05 Nov 08 - 03:57 AM
Stu 05 Nov 08 - 04:02 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 05 Nov 08 - 04:07 AM
Folk Form # 1 05 Nov 08 - 05:15 AM
George Papavgeris 05 Nov 08 - 05:49 AM
David C. Carter 05 Nov 08 - 06:01 AM
Geoff the Duck 05 Nov 08 - 06:02 AM
Paul Burke 05 Nov 08 - 06:05 AM
Wyrd Sister 05 Nov 08 - 06:08 AM
Arnie 05 Nov 08 - 06:19 AM
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Trevor Thomas 05 Nov 08 - 06:39 AM
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Subject: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 02:50 AM

From those of us in The Rest of the World.

Congratulations to the United States of America for your new President.

It is a historic decision.
A lot of us in the UK will now be watching breakfast TV and there is very little else being covered.
There is a feeling of hope that this will bring a real change for the better.

I myself sincerely hope that he makes a good job of it.

Quack!
Geoff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Ebbie
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 02:52 AM

Thank you. Thank you very much!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: freda underhill
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:02 AM

Congratulations from Sydney, Australia! good luck to you all, your country is walking along a better path.

best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Gervase
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:06 AM

Welcome back, America.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:10 AM

After the last two I was wondering if the Dems would ever be allowed to win again, let alone a thoughtful college-graduate peacenik Dem. Fantastic result - nice work!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Monique
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:19 AM

Best waking news in a loooooooooooooooong time! Thank you all!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: John O'L
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:24 AM

Well done America. I think perhaps you had to go through all that in order to get to here. A brand new day. Good luck to you all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Paul Burke
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:26 AM

Word of warning. 1997, UK. We voted for change- and got 11 more years of the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: GUEST,Justin Urqhart
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:37 AM

It is a good move when you think about it, let's say this could be the best move we could have wished for. He will open the eyes of those Americans who still live in Waltons dreamland. You will see his trues colours soon enough, he will never see his term out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:48 AM

Wonderful!! The winds of change and all that.... although I can forsee a few difficulties with certain 'banjo-twanging' areas... great news.













Does this mean we can all shut up about it now?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Barry Finn
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:56 AM

To all you non Americans, thank you for this thread & espically thank you for having enough faith in US, not as a government but as a nation of people, to have stood by our side, God knows it must've been hard. We all here know we've tried your very last nerves & you've put up with the very worst of US. We all thank you for baring with US through what's got to be our darkest hours in anyone's living memory.
Hopefully we will see fit to repay you all in kind, you've really earned far more than just our gratitude & respect, you have earned yourselves the right to call/demand of us if ever, God forbid, you fall on as dark a times as we have. Hopefully we can earn back the friendship you have shown us.

Thanks to you all, a new day is dawning

Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: mouldy
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:57 AM

Brilliant! What more is there to say?

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:57 AM

I'm happy to report to the rest of the world that in the city in which I live (Seattle), when Obama's victory was announced on television, there was dancing in the streets.

I mean, literally!

Thousands of people poured out of pubs, clubs, restaurants, offices, condos, and apartments in the downtown area, gathered around First Avenue and Pike Street, the location of the Pike Place Market, and danced, waving Obama placards, and chanting Obama's "Yes, we can! Yes, we can!" from his acceptance speech.

There were African-Americans and Asians in the crowd, but most were white. It pretty much reflected the percentages of Seattle's population. People were slapping each other on the back, shaking hands, hugging each other. Unity, expressed in a spontaneous outburst of sheer glee!

And it was peaceful (except for the running around, the shouting, shouting, the chanting, and the dancing). The police were there, but they just stood around and grinned.

I think we've passed some kind of milestone.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Declan
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 03:57 AM

Can I add my congratulations from Ireland. It remains to be seen how good a president Obama will prove to be, but for now at least the world seems like a better place as a result of his election.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Stu
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 04:02 AM

Fantastic news.

Congratulations all round!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 04:07 AM

I think many of us in the UK were up watching it as it happened....not waiting for Breakfast TV to inform us. It was too important to miss, and I've never felt that way before.

And for the first time, I suddenly want to say "God Bless America"

Well done all of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 05:15 AM

Although I don't mean to rain on people's parade and I am happy that a black family now occupies the White House, what is he going to do with his presidency? What do people expect of him? How will America be a different place when he leaves office? And another thing: He is not black. He is half black. He is also half white. Just some thoughts. However, this is, I think, on the whole, a good thing. This may put over 200 years of injustice in the past.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 05:49 AM

Well done, you Americans! Perhaps not quite as evil as some thought, then 8-) Yes, like Lizzie, I was up-and-down last night, early to bed (10), up 2:30 - 3:00 for a first catch-up, then again 5:00 - 5:30. And I still got up at 6:30 to go to work, having pocketed 7 hours sleep.

Penguin Egg, nobody can really answer the questions you - rightly - pose. Probably not even Obama himself, at least not with 100% certainty. I think the way to see it is that last night people voted in the potential for change. How much of it, and in precisely what direction, will depend not only on the leader, but those around him, and more importantly, on the willingness of others to follow, especially if he points towards some rougher tracks...


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: David C. Carter
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:01 AM

Never got to bed.Watched the coverage here in France.
Great night for all of us.

Congratulations all you Americans!

It's lunch time here but I'm off to bed!

David.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:02 AM

If you read Obama's "winning" speech (Quoted in full on the other thread ), you will realise that he himself doesn't expect it to be easy. What he does seem to offer is a more enlightened approach than the hide bound self-seekers who have been in charge of the shop for too long.
I wish him well, and I sincerely hope that he is allowed to make the changes which are so desperately needed by all of us, wherever we are.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Paul Burke
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:05 AM

You will see his trues colours soon enough, he will never see his term out.

Looking for a book repository?

He'll have to work hard to be half as bad as Bush.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:08 AM

I said on another thread Sarah Palin reminded me of why I was glad I'm not American.

I've just watched Obama's speech (fell asleep in the live version), and I have to say it almost makes me wish I was.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Arnie
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:19 AM

A humourous cartoon in The Telegraph yesterday - the day after the US election all the US news networks turn their attention to the Glenrothes by-election. Somehow I think not!! I have to say that I'm glad it's all over after wall-to-wall coverage on UK news channels but I do think the right man won - so well done America! It's certainly going to be an interesting first 100 days....


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: bubblyrat
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:31 AM

Does this mean that there is now a realistic chance of a descendant of Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse becoming President ? It would be even more satisfying and appropriate than today's historic event, don't you think ??


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Trevor Thomas
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:39 AM

There already is, Bubblyrat. Obama's part Cherokee on his mother's side, apparently.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 06:54 AM

Part Indian, part Black, part White. America has Jimi Hendrix as president. That should make for some interesting renditions of Star Spangled Banner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 07:35 AM

"Obama's part Cherokee on his mother's side, apparently."

I thought that all Americans claim to be part Cherokee (?) They are hardly ever part Creek or Mohawk or Ojibwa or Mescalero Apache - funny that!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: kendall
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 07:35 AM

When FDR entered the White House he had no clue what to do about the depression. What he did have, was the smarts to call in a gang of people who DID know what to do.
The republicans fought him tooth and nail but he won out in the end.

Of all the speeches he gave, there is one statement that, in my opinion, put him on the road to the White House. I quote, "The republicans tell us that this problem will solve itself in the long run. People don't EAT in the long run."


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Cluin
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 08:41 AM

Whatever happens next, yesterday was a great day. There is hope now.

Not least, hope that democracy works and that we can see a new spirit of cooperation, not the partisan division we have seen. Yes, I am an idealist, if a cynical one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: CarolC
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 08:45 AM

It's nice to be a part of the world again. *happy sigh*


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: John J
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 09:05 AM

Splendid news, I was listening to BBC R4 all night - I'm completely knackered now!

Well done America.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Alice
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 09:15 AM

.... and don't forget he also has ancestors from Ireland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Trevor Thomas
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 09:36 AM

Well I only found it on Wikipedia, so can't vouch for the accuracy, but of course if anyone knows better, they can correct it accordingly.

Cherokee, Irish and English on his mother's side.

The President's Mum


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 10:15 AM

A complete mongrel - a bit like me,


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 11:05 AM

Congratulations to
the entire body and mind of humanity:
First to the loyal opposition who do what they do and in turn helped to move liberty along.
To the thoughtful minds with their investigations and thoughtful arguments.
To the heart of those who express honest emotion and open up despite the staid rules of not discussing religion and politics.
To the sacastic cynical comics who can expose the taboo and reveal unspoken truths.
To the calm and collected vision of those with far reaching perspective.
To the artists whose most powerful art is derived from the necessity of the age we live in.
To the legs and lungs of those who knocked on doors and spoke to perfect strangers.
To the voices who sing above the crowd until a unity of voices find a common chord.

Congratulations to all.

Don H.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Amos
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 11:07 AM

ANd thanks to the good, the thoughtful, the articulate, the compassionate, the civil, and the honest voices who came together to bring this about.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: topical tom
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 11:10 AM

Thanks, America! You have restored hope to so many millions of people, not only in the U.S.A. but throughout the world.Great work, President-elect Obama and Godspeed!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Sawzaw
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 11:37 AM

Congratulations to Obama.

He won fair and square.

Democracy still works.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: SussexCarole
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 07:16 PM

This is the result we were all waiting for! Congratulations from our side of the pond - here's to the future for all of us


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: quokka
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 08:04 PM

Great, great news. Congrats to you all, you did good, US. Best of luck with everything, it's gonna be a hard road ahead.

Cheers,

Quokka


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: alanabit
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 06:39 AM

Congratulations to Obama and all those Americans, who wanted their country to be something more than a boastful, swaggering clique of greedy oil barons. You now have an educated and pragmatic man as your top executive. There is a lot to do, but the US now can regain its standing abroad and start to build a state for its citizens rather than just its masters.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: GUEST,GWB
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 01:52 PM

Well that's goodbye from me George W Bush


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 02:33 PM

Thank heavens and good riddance, GWB!

Thanks you all. It is so fun to come in here and read the well wishes from all over the world!


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: ard mhacha
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 02:37 PM

Strange how when I paid visits to my US relatives how many of the various people I was introduced had native American ancestors, and now Obama. The mark of Genghis Khan is said to be on the vast majority of eastern Europeans, the native Americans gave oul Genghis a run for the money.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: ard mhacha
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 02:47 PM

Teribus, c`mon your opinion please.


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 08:58 PM

GWB still has over 70 days to screw things up worse!

I hate to think about what he might do. Be very worried.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Obama - Congrats from the rest of us
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 09:04 PM

Elite n. The choice part, the best...


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