"Today I am proud to be a black American ... This is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day."
-Rosemary Morris, citizen, Chicago
"Whoever thought somebody from Hawai'i could become president?"
-George Waialeale, age 61
"OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT!"
-actress Lindsay Lohan
"Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair."
-film producer Michael Moore
"Never in my adult life has there been more hope surrounding the election of a president."
-Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law
"I don’t think we’re going to see the restoration of an old political age, but the ushering in of a new age. They’re going to rewrite the rules."
-Simon Rosenberg, President of the New Democratic Network
"Even in the last days we felt we would never see this hour, but there is a God."
"…I’ve sort of been, like, pulsating all day, and now I feel like I’m, like, in full-vibrational-mode … It feels like there’s a shift in consciousness. It feels like something really big and bold has happened here…"
"Obama’s election as president is a beautiful testament to the American collective consciousness that is flowering. This more loving consciousness will be necessary to protect us from some of our hurtful human choices and tendencies. We will need it to create balance with the constantly emerging advances in technology so, going forward, we can use these advances in a positive way to lift up Mother Earth and all her inhabitants."
-Russell Simmons, Def Jam founder
"It’s not a typical answer but I believe he has a higher consciousness. I think he’s more spiritually awakened and that he’ll make different choices based on that and not on external forces."
-Kimberley Ashley, 49, a Republican
"It’s like a spiritual cleansing"
-Daniel Clark, age 41
"It’s more spiritual than political"
-Ted Howard, a 64-year-old African-American
"I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years. What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. … The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance."