I wouldn’t wish what I’m going through on anyone, my worst enemy. I haven’t had a night’s sleep for almost four months. — Indicted Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens after reports that has been defeated by his Democratic challenger, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, in a recount for his Senate seat.
The G.O.P. ran out of steam and ideas well before George W. Bush took office and Tom DeLay ran amok, and it is now more representative of 20th-century South Africa during apartheid than 21st-century America. The proof is in the vanilla pudding. When David Letterman said that the 10 G.O.P. presidential candidates at an early debate looked like “guys waiting to tee off at a restricted country club,” he was the first to correctly call the election. — Frank Rich, The Moose Stops Here.
The post-Bush-Rove Republican Party is in the minority because it has driven away women, the young, suburbanites, black Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, educated Americans, gay Americans and, increasingly, working-class Americans. Who’s left?… Even the North Carolina county where Palin expressed her delight at being in the “real America” went for Obama by more than 18 percentage points. — New York Times columnist Frank Rich.
The United States has given a lesson, a lesson in maturity and a lesson in democracy. — Malian president Amadou Toure.
While it is impossible to joke with genocide or disaster, it is equally impossible to joke with an event that makes you weep for joy. The first worldwide good news since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 needs more than a pirouette or an amused wink. At this moment - but for how long ? - we can say with far more conviction than on 11 September 2001 : we are all Americans. — Robert Sole, editorial writer for Le Monde.
Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place. — Nelson Mandela in a letter to Barack Obama.
As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours: We are not enemies but friends … Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. — Presidential-elect Barack Obama during his acceptance speech.