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Open Thread: President Obama

Barack Obama

We couldn’t let the historic events of last night pass without notice on Cartoon Brew. It was a crazy evening for anybody who experienced it, and this morning the entire Internet is talking about it, from Facebook and Twitter status updates to seemingly every blog and website. My personal cab ride home through Brooklyn last night was nothing short of surreal – the entire city was engaged in a spontaneous street celebration with cars honking their horns, cabbies yelling out of their windows, people dancing and shouting in the streets, and an electricity generally reserved for sports championships. We don’t inject off-topic posts into the Brew often, but this is a milestone moment in American history that transcends left-right politics. I know you’re all talking about it at work today and I wanted to create an OPEN THREAD for the animation community (both in the US and abroad) to share with the rest of the world their thoughts, feelings, drawings and artwork about last night’s events, Obama and the elections.

  • From a Canadian, well done!

  • It’s a long time since I felt hopeful about our government. This is a great moment to be an American – who would’ve thought George Bush could have wrought this.

  • Oh man, this indeed is a milestone of a day. For the last four years, I was beginning to doubt that Democracy truly existed anymore! But I think I and America made the proper decision in this case. Yet, while I am positive in my choice, I feel that he and the country have a long, long uphill battle ahead of us, especially with the economy. It isn’t going to be a cut-and-dried “tax the rich” and “help the ‘little people’”, as Yosemite Sam would say. I’m sure that there will be sacrifices that we all have to make, but this is true progressive thinking at work, and I am hoping that the thinking for the next four years proves absolutely progressive and beyond. I wish I had *BEEN* somewhere in Manhattan last night to feel the genuine rush of enthusiasm. I just heard the trickle-down through radio commentary, but that’s not like the life blood experience of sharing this with others. So thank you, Amid, for my chance to express my gratitude to the American people, both Republicans and Democrats, who realized that there was only one distinct choice to be made, and we will stand behind that choice as he goes through the tricky task of tying up all loose ends and making us believe that there are dreams out there that can come true!!

  • Gary Pearson

    Another Canadian here. I want to congratulate you on your choice and wish you peace and prosperity. I don’t want this to come off insulting, but putting aside the historic racial barrier that has been conquered, I want to say it is great to know that after the last 8 years, you now will have a smart and articulate person in the White House.

  • Animation Pimp

    We want Obama up here…..

  • Gillian

    I was in Times Square, screaming and losing my voice among 100,000 people as they climbed on telephone booths, scaled street signs, and chanted, “O-BA-MA,” “U-S-A,” and “YES-WE-DID.”

    I’m an undergrad in college. It’s like I’ve been sleepwalking for eight years, a little under half of my life. How will I live in a country where I don’t revile the president?

  • Max Ward

    That post from Pes below describes how I feel. Obama is going to kill the value of the dollar, and if McCain won I would feel the same way. The economy is the most important issue to people right now and Obama has pretty lame economic policies in my opinion. I wish I could tie something animation related to this but I can’t…

  • Adam

    For the first time in a long time, I can honestly say I am proud of, and admire the future president of our country.

    Here’s to hope and change, and we’re all looking forward to the hard work ahead to recover from these difficult times!

  • Celia

    Last night didn’t fix the country’s problems, but it’s a start in the right direction.

    Democracy did not fail us this time around!

  • Republican, here. I voted for McCain, but I would like to offer my respect and congratulations to Obama on a campaign well played, and for his historic victory. Now show us you can be bipartisan and unite the country- with nearly 56,000,000 people voting for the other guy, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

  • Paul N

    My overwhelming feeling was relief that this interminable campaign season is finally, definitively over…

    That said, I kinda feel like I missed the last act of the play. I taught two classes yesterday that kept me busy from 7:30 am to 10 pm, and could only check in online periodically. I would have loved to been able to follow the results as they came in.

    I really hope this election brings an end to the toxic, divisive politics we’ve suffered through for a decade or more (and of which both sides are guilty).

  • Graham

    I’m very happy that Obama was elected last night. But unfortunately I’m also saddened by the votes right now on Prop 8 in California, which will remove same-sex marriage and possibly render all marriages performed so far null and void. Looks like it’s close to passing at this point.

  • Peter Vincent

    I hope now that the media has made damn sure there man was elected.

  • finally….ba-RACK…HAS, COME BACK!!…to the EWE-eSSSSSS of AYYY. ganbatte.

  • If the Republicans had won I was planning to create a short with the USA sticking itself in the eye repeatedly with a pencil, I’m glad I don’t have to do that!

    Seriously, waking up this morning was wonderful, so many possibilities. I’m looking forward to the next few years!

  • What a moment. I sincerely hope our standing in the world goes up from this point onward.

  • Andre

    OK, Obama appears to be (a Brazilian guy) to be the best option for the USA but after the cheated “re election” of Bush can you American people take elections serious?

  • Meredith

    I’m very proud of our country and my county (Bexar – San Antonio) for choosing Obama. :)

  • Andre

    OK, Obama seems to me (a Brazilian guy) to be the best option for the USA, but after the cheated “re election” of Bush can you American people take elections serious?

  • Charles

    It was a crazy night. Wish I was there in the crowd where Obama had his speech, but instead I was in my room screaming my head off while my girlfriend laughed at me.

  • I’ve been around long enough to remember every President since John Kennedy. President George W. Bush is the worst president I can recall. Recently old newsman Walter Cronkite said that he can recall back to Herbert Hoover, and Bush is the worst he has even seen.

    I drove across LA yesterday and there were knots of people at every major intersection waving political signs and cheering. I haven’t seen that before. Seeing all the young people getting excited about politics is very satisfying.

    We deserve the celebrations. After decades of political mice, it is gratifying that we will soon know what it is like to be living under a great president again. I feel hopeful for the country for the first time in years. America has sent a signal to the world, that reports of her decline and fall are premature. Congratulations everyone.

  • Keith Bryant

    From day one, most people seemed to dwell on his race. Personally, I don’t care if he’s purple, I just don’t like his political views. After all, that’s what it was supposed to be about wasn’t it?

  • Here in Detroit, I could hear people cheering and cars honking and multiple “Yes we can!”s. It was a very surreal experience. It was even more unbelievable for me, because I got to vote in this election. I was a part of history. We have come so far as a country. I couldn’t be more proud to be an American.

    Both candidates ran a great race. I wish only the very best for President Obama and company. Here’s to a bright and optimistic 4 (maybe 8?) years!

  • I’m looking forward to the presidential stereotype having to be re-written. It will be refreshing to watch movies and TV shows where it isn’t just an old white war hawk. Smiles abound, over here in California.

  • Vintage Season

    Last night I had happy, enthusiastic tears in my eyes.

    Now, I am a 34 year old white male. My reaction was probably normal… but when I saw Jesse Jackson in Grant Park, and saw the tears in his own eyes, I was overwhelmed! I’ve never really been a fan of JJ, but to put his experience into perspective, he was the man who held the dying Martin Luther King in his arms. Jesse has sought the nomination of his party on more than one occasion, has had his life threatened on numerous occasions, and has seen (and experienced) more change than I can comprehend. Last night, he saw the culmination of a dream not even fully comprehended in Dr. King’s own lifetime.

    Wow. Whatever your politics, that is a truly astounding accomplishment, and a truly historic moment for America.

  • Charles

    It’s nice to be able to like your president again.

  • foad

    This is a big victory for USA,and world.
    From Seattle,WA

  • Maybe Obama will pass a law that will make WB release the Censored 11…

    Oh, wait, it’s Congress that passes laws.

  • Sean Williams

    While losing is never fun, this is an opportunity to show the Liberals that true adults.. true Americans will put the election behind them and work with our new President to move OUR country forward.
    I will do for Obama, what the Liberals refused to do for Bush, I will support my President, because I am an American first.

  • Kirk Wise

    After the 2000 fiasco that led to the de facto appointment of Bush by the Supreme Court, it’s gratifying to hear the people speak in a loud, clear voice this time around.

  • Aleksandar Vujovic

    VICTORY! Finally, USA is going to be a great country again!

  • FP

    It was a great night of TV. I even skipped THE SHIELD to watch the election, which had a very satisfactory conclusion. I will download THE SHIELD and watch it this evening. I have both retained and partook of my cake.

    It is fun to read the current posts at freerepublic.com. For the first time in ten years, I listened to Limbaugh today. Heh.

  • President Dwight David Eisenhower was my Commander in Chief, and I had no problem serving my country. When I returned home from Korea, my plane stopped briefly in Atlanta, Georgia.

    As I entered the airport, I saw signs on the wall saying, “White Only.” I was wearing the uniform of the United States of America, and somehow, I felt something was terribly screwed up.

    We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?

  • Monumental. I have to go back to the first manned lunar landing for something to compare it to. Wonderful speech too–every bit as electrifying as the enthralling energy of the crowds in Chicago. Moving, meaningful and miraculous. So glad this day is here.

  • In times of crisis, great leaders emerge; Lincoln during the Civil War, FDR during the depression and WWII. Add one more to the list.

    Sunday I shook Richard William’s hand; yesterday this. All in all a good week.

  • I am delighted and, best of all, INSPIRED! I’m so proud of America today!

  • Congratulations to President Obama, and I hope you’re ready for the TREMENDOUS challenge ahead of you.

    Ok, one of the things I wanted to see before I died has been accomplished. Now about that mission to Mars… ;-)

  • Anne

    YES WE DID!!

    (And we danced in the streets until the wee hours of the morning, hugging strangers and crying and screaming until we were hoarse.)

    I am so proud of my country–for the first time in eight years!!! Prop 8 saddens me, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will be overturned by the courts. Stranger things have happened…

  • I hope Obama turns out to be the wisest, smartest, coolest, calmest, fairest President ever (and I want “that vision thing” too)… because that’s what it’s going to take to get us out of the hole we’ve dug ourselves into over the last eight, no, thirty years.

    I was disappointed that even after Obama was the certain winner last night, pundits on FOX news were still playing up the notion that he is a secret radical or terrorist sympathizer. The eagerness for failure remains huge out there.

    And for all the internationals who are convinced our democracy is a sham, all i can say is that we’re trying to do better and will continue to do so.

  • julian

    woW!!!!! exhale! now lets get back to being americans again and most of all human beings many blessings too all on this day.

  • Brannigan’s Law

    It’s a really good start… but I’m still very afraid of all the people that booed at McCain’s mention of Obama, and all the bans on gay marriage that passed yesterday. There is much harmful ignorance yet to overcome here in the states. I can only hope this will truly begin change, otherwise this may divide us even further. The intelligent, well informed, open-minded people are growing stronger, I just hope we’re strong enough to sustain the shift needed to make things more peaceful and tolerant.

  • So in 2004 Bush gets 51% of the vote and he’s illegitemate, and in 2008 Obama gets 52% of the vote, including a substantial “run up the score” type vote in states where his electoral victory was certain before he won the nomination, and America is unified and all is well?

    Proclaiming the man to be the Greatest President since Reagan/JFK/FDR/Lincoln/Washington before he is sworn in is also a bit premature; after all, this man was elected as largely a stealth candidate, a virtual unknown politically who has done very little and tried to hide much of his past.

    I was disappointed that I actually had to delete comments from my facebook account calling me a racist for supporting McCain, when I clearly have supported Republican candidates since I was a 10 year old standing on the lawn at the G.H.W. Bush inauguration.

    We all rise and fall as one in this nation, so I do not wish Obama endure the same awful treatment Bush has gotten at the hands of the opposition and the media, but I will be damned if I cave in on my beliefs and the beliefs of the 57 million people that voted AGAINST Obama. I will not stand by and see my health insurance and 401k get nationalized. While I understand the desire for homosexuals and other minorities to be treated equally and with respect (something I personally do) – I can not allow for them to slander someone who happens to believe in God, either.

    Obama says “we are our brother’s keeper.” I live it every day, helping to care for a brother who, at 25 lost his eyesight. Obama does not seem to care for his brother, living on $12 a year, or his Aunt, living in the projects of Boston, and I find that to be very telling.

    What made America great is that everyone has the opportunity to, with hard work, make something of themselves, and then enjoy the spoils of their hard-won victories. Congressman Moran said that Republicans had the gall to believe that people who earn wealth “had the right to keep it”… isn’t property rights the very core of our law here?

    Off the soapbox for now.

  • It’s a good start, hopefully.

  • Josh

    First two things I thought while listening to Obama’s acceptance speech:
    1. I am so relieved, and so happy.
    2. Wow, I’d forgotten what it was like having a president who was eloquent and inspiring, never mind capable of stringing words together to form sentences.

    McCain I thought gave a very gracious concession speech, and it helped me forgive some of the stupid divisive crap his campaign pulled over the last several months. I was also glad to see him try to quell the boos from his audience.

    Obama’s got his work cut out for him, and I think he’ll be neither as radical as the right expects him to be, nor as liberal as the left expects him to be. But out of everyone who ran in this race, I think he’s got the right stuff to start healing the divide created over the last eight years — Prop 8 passing notwithstanding.

    And hopefully Sarah Palin will return to the mists of obscurity from whence she came.

  • A Z

    Your comparison to a sporting event was spot on Amid – calls Obama for what he is – all entertainment. Smoke and Mirrors. Low on substance, high on hype. But hear me out — I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. Perhaps more than a leader with great ideas, what America needs instead is a great Symbol. And Obama certainly is that. It’ll be nice to have people liking us again. Here’s hoping for the best…

  • ridgecity

    Congratulations, Americans! congratulations Earth!!

  • First off, I don’t care one bit what the rest of the world thinks about us here in America.
    Nobody seems to mind when we are the first, or among the first; to give billions of dollars of aid during any sort of disaster, be it a tsunami, earthquake, etc.
    That being said, I congratulate President-Elect Obama.
    He will be our president and I hope he thinks of America and its interests first, and being adored by the world a distant second.

  • Thanks Amid!

    I may be Canadian as well, but today I’m especially proud to also be an American.

  • Keith

    I guess now the movies will now have to show a woman president to indicate the setting as “the near future.” No, even better! A Native American lesbian! That’ll do the job of showing it’s a future where everything’s great until the robots/zombies/asteroids/aliens/climate attack us.

    Kidding aside, last night was exciting. I fell asleep with CNN on and had visions of Obamas & reporters dancing in my head. Now, if only the absentee/early ballots here in California have a substantial majority of “no” votes for Prop 8, tipping the scales, then our state won’t look hypocritical on the subject of social progress!

    The easy part’s over, now to see whether we made the right choice! After 8 years, it’s nice to have an election that doesn’t rest on ONE state with voting problems and calls for recounts and Supreme Court decisions.

    Great speeches by both candidates, too! Yes we can!

  • Chris Knox

    Congratulations, America.
    As a citizen of New Zealand – the first country to give women the vote – I cannot but applaud your collective wisdom.

    And that of Mc Cain in his most gracious concession speech.

  • I was ready for yet another long, drawn out legal battle that would’ve gone into late December and more partisan [expletive deleted] but it was over before I even turned the TV on.

    Seriously, wtf. I may just have to put /SOME/ faith into politicians now.

  • Duze

    Thank God …

    Let’s not forget his mantra: Yes We CAN … and WE DID in this election, and yes WE CAN in the years to come. But it ain’t there yet.

    Congratulations President-Elect BARACK OBAMA!!!

  • Bill5925

    Wow, it must have been great to see that celebration in Times Square. My own neighborhood had shouts of joy echoing off the stucco. It was also moving to see Jesse Jackson in tears. For the first election night in 8 years, I was able to sleep afterwards.

  • Brad Constantine

    Wouldn’t it be great if this led to a new “National Film Board of America”? That’s the kind of change I would love to see. A renewed interest in the Arts and American Animation. I am very proud of America for taking charge of the country and getting out and voting. We are truly blessed to live in a country where Race is finally taking a back seat to more important issues. Rock on Obama!!

  • Sam Filstrup

    To have been part and to have witnessed this is truly a blessing, for the first time in my twenty years on this earth I’m proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. I can’t wait to see the new possibilities that unfold before us.

  • I only hope for the best.

  • All we can say from New Zealand is …well done America, you’ve done the rest of the world proud!!

  • Congrats to all the USAers. You all deserve a good President, who will represent and serve you well, and some of us in the rest of the world will sleep a little easier for a while.

    A damn good acceptance speech too. All style and no substance? Have we become too used to someone not being able to string a coherent sentence together and then apologising for it while desperately searching for the ‘substance’? Being able to form a sentence is not a flashy skill. At least, not for most of us.

    The man said all the right things. Now, it’s up to him to push for them. It won’t be easy and there’s a limit to what one man can do but I believe these are steps in the right direction and you USAers deserve the best.

    I wish you all the best and congrats on your election!

  • Rez

    :o) I think all of those who are so excited right now will be in for a BIG surprise when the honeymoon is over. The only CHANGE that will happen is the name on the mailbox.

    Let’s see how quickly the troops are pulled out of Iraq. ;o)

  • Gobo

    I can’t express the relief and excitement I feel at having a president I can feel inspired by. It’s honestly hard to believe it’s actually happening; I’d resigned myself to accepting another bitter, angry, backwards old man at the wheel of our country. I’m looking forward to the next four years, and that’s saying a lot.

  • This is a big change. And I notice a lot of people are equally excited and equally nervous about what the coming years will bring. I hope for the best. I trust Obama.


  • I wasn’t happy with either of them (and I’m sick of this 2 party system only crap), so I voted Libertarian (Bob Barr). But I will say that I’m fine with Obama and I hope he will be a great president.

    I guess there will never be a presidential candidate that I’ll like 100%. I just wish that people will get over this idea that there are only 2 parties and you have to join one or the other.

  • Greg Ehrbar

    There weren’t any horns honking or surreal things going on this morning out where I live — at least, nothing on top of what is already surreal since I live in Orlando you never know when a giant chocolate chip cookies might wave to you from street sides. Nevertheless, as I drove into work this morning, I was overcome with a sense of elation about the election outcome.

    We have run pretty short of people to look up to lately. Much of this is our own fault since we’ve looked to Hollywood or the sports world for role models and they’ve often let us down. I remember the day Kennedy was shot, when Nixon resigned, and all the other moments in what seems to be a procession of political letdowns over the course of four decades. 911 was so horrible it didn’t even seem real at first, since we watched it on TV here and we’d seen so much of that sort of thing in movies.

    After 911 I was hoping for resurgence in American pride and there was some, but too much of it was based in retribution and not in unity. If anything, the ensuing war further divided us. I never got to share in the kind of American spirit of “the greatest generation” my parents told me about.

    That’s why I feel encouraged by Obama’s success. Not because he’ll wave a wand and magically change anything, but because he is the first president in many years that inspires people and seems to be trying to create positive relationships all around. The best American presidents succeeded because they were able to rally the nation in tough times. They created an atmosphere in which people felt they made a difference and because they believed it, they did. That’s what a leader does. Ask Walt Disney’s top artists why they worked for him.

    It shouldn’t matter at this point who you voted for one way or another since Barack Obama is no longer the Democratic candidate, he’s the President-elect. In January he’ll be our President of our country. He’s also probably going to be subjected to scrutiny and scandalous accusations from a fickle media that, regardless of political affiliation, turns on a dime from adoration to disdain in order get stories to fill 24-hour news channels and the internet. Here’s hoping we can sustain the elation of the election results and keep celebrating how far we’ve come and how far we can go together.

    (I feel a little like Eddie Albert on “Green Acres,” whenever he made a speech and the anthem music played as the other cast looked around to see where it was coming from.)

  • Part of me wants to exclaim “It’s good to live in blue state again,” yet I must refrain from such a crass sentiment as I have lived the opposite for the last eight years. Perhaps it is just relief that this election wasn’t contested and there were clear margins of certainty toward awarding electoral votes.
    Truthfully, I would have tolerated a McCain victory if he didn’t have Palin on his ticket. She represents all the bogus anti-intellectualism, mind numbing fundamentalism, stubborn anti-rationalism, and unapologetic divisiveness that fuels the partisan friction that impedes civil discourse. With this election, thus ends the folksy dumbing-down of politics that was ushered in by W (even though Bush isn’t an idiot). Would it be too much to presume this era of incompetent representation might have come to an end? If Obama lives up to all his potential, this momentous chapter in American history is just beginning.

  • Becky

    Well stated, Greg. And for the first time in my short 26 year life, I am patriotic. I have hope! :)

  • Not so sure

    I think its pretty hypocritical of many of the people proudly shouting about change and equality and how the country has grown when several states, including a pretty liberal California passed messures that suppress the rights of gay people from either marrying or adopting children. You still have a little way to go, America.

  • I stayed up till 4am (GMT) just to watch the California result come in and clinch the deal – it was worth it. An historic moment. Congratulations and well done, America.

  • I live in Brooklyn, too, and the celebrations last night were a lot of fun to see. I voted for Obama and am excited to see him be president: but now it gets tougher. He’s got huge expectations to live up to and I hope does it, our challenges as a nation are immense.

  • Nice job Barack. Lets see what happens with the North American Union. No matter what color you are, the color Green will always help you make up your mind. :O)

    that being said. CARTOONS 09. that’s the real important stuff. Remember everyone, Schulz is one of the highest paid people (posthumous) second to Elvis. Only in America can a cartoonist be that successful, prolific and rich regardless who the president is. People love cartoons because they are a welcome distraction from the depressing reality of things. Let’s keep entertaining and moving the art form forward. BOOYA!!!

  • Fred Sparrman

    Very excited about Obama.

    Yes, too bad about the anti-gay legislation. I feel like part of the country is saying “Okay, we’ll have a black president…but heck, I can still hate the GAYS, can’t I?” One thing at a time, I guess…

    There are some gracious comments here from McCain backers, some not so gracious. I particularly love the self-negating “We’re going to be gracious losers…unlike you liberals were towards Bush!” comments. It should be pretty easy to be gracious about the solid, unquestionable drubbing McCain got. He didn’t win the popular vote (not even close), nor did the Supreme Court hand Obama the election.

    It truly feels like a breath of fresh air. Saw the movie “W.” today, and it was amazing to me to imagine how TOTALLY different a movie about Obama’s life would be. Never mind Oliver Stone’s “slant” on W., I mean just the biographical facts about the two men’s lives. Incredible what different men we’re going to have as consecutive presidents. Hard not to feel there’s a bit of “greatness” in the American Way.

  • Owen

    I think the Obama family puppy Barack promised should have his own animated series.

  • Hulk

    I’m going to make this animation related for anyone who’s still reading. Another regime change occured 2 years ago that most readers of this site were very happy about. I’m talking about John Lasseter taking the reins at Disney. So far no solid results of Lasseter’s leadership have come to fruition. Yes they started making a new 2D feature which most of us were hoping for BUT he also fired Chris Sanders and Glenn Keane from their directing jobs which most of us seem to be scratching our heads over…AND he publicly endorsed “Tinkerbell” which most of us know is a movie he tried to cancel from being made when he arrived. My point is, Lasseter is only running one wing of a Coproration. Obama is going to be running the country. We were all very hopeful about Lasseter taking over and are still, 2 years later, very anxious to see positive results and maybe a little doubtful about the results that seem to be coming down the pipe now. Obama’s going to have a lot of untangling to do and it may be be a loooooong time before any positive results come from him being president. I hope I’m wrong about that but judging by Lasseter so far, that’s how I think it’s gonna go. “Hope” was the catch phrase of his campaign so make sure we don’t lose any.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I know the comment you wanted Jerry. Here it is…

    Does the mean Song of the South won’t be out on DVD anytime soon?

  • I recall Brad Bird joking that one of the reasons Iron Giant failed was that the market for “makes grown men cry” wasn’t very big.

    I’ve seen so much footage of grown men crying today, maybe the time is finally ripe for IG2.

    After 9/11 everyone was rushing to say that “everything has changed” but then the message from our leaders was to keep doing what we were doing (shopping mostly) and nothing much really changed. So I’m cautious about deciding that anything has changed now. As a country we’ve tended to feel that change would be great… for other people, but we’re already good.

    I wish the best for the guy who is the object of all this pent-up hope. The expectations are beyond even what he promised in the campaign; I wonder how he’s going to keep all the plates in the air.

  • Alfons Moline

    Here in Spain we are also glad about Obama´s triumph. Our govenrnment president José Luis Zapatero declared himself ‘a friend and a faithfull ally´of him. These are great news for the U.S. and for the world!
    And hey, I still hope for a DVD release of SONG OF THE SOUTH, or even Warner´s ‘censored 11’: if presented in a positive perspective, these might be used to show the evolution of the African-Americans, culminating with the first African-American president.

  • san antonian here! i feel that america is destined for some tough times ahead, despite obama. but i’m so excited that much of the country is lifted in spirit. it needed it. i feel we need to stand together as a nation more than ever. obama talked the talk and now he needs to walk the walk. we all need to walk the walk. let’s change america for the better :)

  • Anthrocoon

    Have no problem with the man but I don’t like socialist politics.
    We can help the needy but entitlement politics is wrong. He’s
    not Santa Claus. Don’t
    forget what Mr. Kennedy said of asking not what your country
    can do for YOU, ask what YOU can do for your country.

    Hopefully he will serve us well but we reserve the right to criticize him when necessary (“we have the right to debate and disagree with
    ANY administration!”–Hillary Clinton). And I hope that conservatives will be as kind and respectful of Mr. Obama as the liberals have been
    with their wonderful regard of Mr. Bush over the past 8 years.
    (/ sarcasm)

    A gracious concession speech by war hero John McCain (who, lest you forget, was actually under consideration to be Kerry’s running mate at one point in ’04…)

  • Dan

    Yesterday evening was a bit surreal where I live too. The winds were gusty with autumn leaves swirling about, almost on cue with what was afoot. It was a clear night sky, stars shimmering…and when I got out this morning “the sky was a little bluer, and the air a little cleaner” as my coworker put it. Something has changed. And, I’m relieved, proud, happy and hopeful again. Now, following the next 8 years of hopefully a reinvigorated country, I hope Michelle Obama doesn’t eat Barack as her black widow dress alluded.

    And to Roman: You are one of those people I don’t understand. Nothing personal, but I can’t help thinking about the flip side of most of your points as I read through it. And, this is why our “popular” vote has been so divided over the years. There is a divide. It was apparent on the tallies as it went along. And I think it boils down to trust. What news sources you trust? What belief system to you trust? Which character?…If you’re like me you have been disillusioned so many times in life that you tend to look through a person and seek their intent, beyond even a record. Because, even records can be distorted. I would ask: Who owns that news source, and what are their interests? Where did that belief originate, and is it relevant today? What is his agenda/history? Etc.

    Under Bush I think we have come as close to fascism and socialism as I could have ever imagined. Basically, he arrived at the polar opposites of the principles he espoused. I’m thankful that there was so much oversight with this election, otherwise I’m pretty certain we’d have gone even deeper into the abyss. It’s going to take some time to dig us out. And, I hope people are more patient than “Hulk” has been with Lasseter. Because our woes are far deeper than what he was facing.

  • Not much will be known about what Obama can achieve until some time in office, but there’s one big accomplishment I’m very happy for: WE WILL HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CAN SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES!!!

    If the tenor of McCain’s campaign had been as gracious as his concession speech, he could have won. But no, he chose to run against the Obama of bad “gotcha” YouTube videos.

  • Keith Paynter

    Another Canuck voice…

    Congratulations on electing a great orator, inspirer, and optimist for the future of America. A more focused campaign I have never seen, never from one party, never using low blow or fear tactics to sway the country. I hope the next 4-8 years give back everything America has lost.

  • Ocean Goh

    From Malaysia/ Singapore. Good job America!
    Phew! I’m juz glad its not another Replician in the house… not sure if the world can take another round of major war going around {^_^}

  • Jason

    So a man with an outstanding record of service, with a sterling reputation for honor and integrity and an outstanding voting record, is passed over for a barely two-term senator with an appalling voting record and appalling personal associations. What a nutty election. The race card was played well – not to attack Obama, but to excuse him. That’s why nothing stuck to him. If a white politician had attended a church for 20 years wherein a preacher spewed hate against black people, would he have even been on the ballot? Or if he’d started his career in the living room of a terrorist and his copkiller wife, would he be a candidate? What’s with this double standard? Shouldn’t presidential candidates be held to the SAME standard?

    At any rate, Obama is now President, thanks to a public that can’t tell the difference between a celebrity and a statesman. And the party that actually got us into this financial mess – Bawney Fwank and his Democrat ilk – have been rewarded. Thank god I’ve pulled my investments out of the stock market and placed it in a safe money market fund. Hmmm, the stock market has plummeted for the last two days, in celebration of our new President, and the Russians are already making threats. We’ve got a great four years ahead! Whee!

  • I’ve never trusted politicians in general. The catch-phrases, the stridency, the hand gestures…it all seems like so much show biz to me.

    That said, it’s wonderful to see Mr. Obama as our next President. I think that his presence in the Oval Office will greatly improve the moral climate of America; finally, people of color won’t have to endure the “leadership” of another rich, (usually) old, white man. Being about as white as Wonder Bread myself, I’ve really learned from (and enjoyed) seeing the ethic-person-in-the-street interviews on the local news and their joyful reactions.

    Moreso, I’m elated at the realization of a President who seems free of the typical “politician” tropes. Mr. Obama speaks well and with great sincerity and, after eight years (plus) of suffering under the obvious and insulting stupidity of Bush, radiates intelligence and wit.

    I really look forward to the next four years of President Obama’s office.

  • ST

    I cannot WAIT till this honeymoon period wears off and the work stage gets under way. Jason is right on! He and I will enjoy sitting back watching the fireworks for the next 4 years. Jimmy Carter has returned to the White House ladies and gentlemen. My only hope is that the GOP will use these next four years to rebuild and groom a candidate for 2012. Poor guy’s going to have an even bigger mess to clean up. I guess the guy will have to be young, handsome and a good speaker too. Seems like that wins more votes than experience. I really hope everything I just said is just rubbish.

  • Emperor Tomato Catsup

    For some crazy reason, I can’t stop thinking about what Osamu Tezuka would have thought about Barack Obama (possibly because I’ve been reading Vertical’s translation of Tezuka’s Dororo for the past few days). I think to think that Osamu would have been an Obama supporter. In any case, Obama does seem to have a following in Japan:


  • Andrew

    ST….that’s the problem….too many people sitting back and waiting and hoping for people to fail.

  • Mr. Semaj

    Really, a lot of the complaints against Obama are ridiculous.

    Are people seriously betting on the newcomer to fail, versus a continuation of the failure, corruption, and deceit we’ve already endured for the past eight years?

    What would McCain have seriously offered that was any different from Bush’s policies?

    How was Sarah Palin more qualified to be #2 than Joe Biden?

    The world cannot afford anymore crap, folks. The GOP had their fun, now it’s the Democrats’ turn to do things the RIGHT way.

  • top cat james

    Well, I think that Tuseday’s election will be a boon to the animation community! When we’re in the midst of Great Depression II brought on by the entitlement policies of the Obama administration, the time will finally be right for that long awaited Scrappy revival Amid has been clamoring.The soup lines will serve that Creamy Tomato Mark Evanier has such a hard-on for. And, lastly, with thousands of artists out of work, John K., like Disney before him, can select the cream of the crop, and bring the industry back to the quality control and high standards of the 1930’s like he’s always wanted. See? Its win/win.

  • Greg

    Finally, a president who resents this country and despises our constitution. I can’t wait to become a poorer nation due to over-taxation and regulation. I am sure it won’t affect the animation industry though. As long as it doesn’t, go Obama! Ignorance is bliss. Hope and change!

  • In 1980 the Phillies won the World Series. That November an effete President who presided over horrible economic duldrums was ousted by figure who would reshape the American political landscape and project an old-fashioned “can do” attitude.

    If one were to realistically reach back 30 years to make a parallel comparison, the Kansas City Royals are the equivalent of Jimmy Carter to this year’s Devil Rays the Bush/McCain legacy.

  • “Don’t forget what Mr. Kennedy said of asking not what your country
    can do for YOU, ask what YOU can do for your country.”

    If you watch Obama’s acceptance speech and a lot of his campaign rallies a lot of his message is that people need to stop complaining and start getting active if they really want politics to be about them. I think people are making to much of the false socialism charge. Community Organizing is all about picking people up and then making sure they can do for themselves. If nothing else I hope Obama will be a great role model and inspire smart people to not be afraid of government.

  • Chris J

    I don’t agree that George W. has been unfairly criticised. Liberals were very much supportive of him – most of us supported the entry into Iraq, including the majority of Democrats in the house. Bush has been reviled since then for good reason: we found out many of the reasons we were given for going into Iraq were manufactured half-truths or were simply made up, the war effort itself was completely mismanaged by Donald Rumsfeld, who George W. stood behind entirely too long. Civil Liberties and Habeas Corpus have been severely damaged – perhaps irretrievably. In the meantime, the utterly bungled efforts of “Brownie” during the Katrina disaster were applauded by Bush. I’m sorry, but the guy blew it time and time again – respecting the office of president only goes so far. Bush was an awful president and deserved every bit of bad press he received.

    Now we have a new president. It is, of course, too early to predict that he’ll be a good one, but at least I know he can string three words together and form a sentence every once in a while. I also hope the Republicans re-group and go back to being conservatives – you know, LESS government. We need that check against Democrats, and we haven’t had it in quite a while. I don’t know if Obama will be a great president or even a good one – but for the first time in 8 years I have hope – which is something.

  • ST

    Andrew- What would a solution be? People sitting back waiting for Obama to succeed? I’d like to think most people aren’t blind and realize that “Obama” isn’t going to change the state of the union without a LOT of help. My fear is that there’s too many people like this:


    Mr. Semaj- You say “How was Sarah Palin more qualified to be #2 than Joe Biden?” Let’s talk about Sarah Palin’s experience compared to Obama’s. Let’s talk about the collaborative experience of both parties and compare. OR we could talk about how McCain IS NOT George Bush. It’s that ignorance “More of the same…” crap that hurt McCain. If this election was happening in 2004 I have no doubt’s McCain would have won. Actually, don’t know why I’m even bothering with this. Cart…I mean Obama won, it’s over. LOL! I just hope you guy’s are right.

  • proggirl

    So glad Obama will be our next president. As gilbert shelton observed in a Freak Brothers strip, we haven’t had an honest one for a long time. While his administration’s impact on the arts, and by extension, animation, remains to be seen, I can’t help but be positive about the outcome.

  • I made this pro-Obama poster last week as a free giveaway at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco.

    You can see it here:


  • Mr. Semaj

    “Let’s talk about Sarah Palin’s experience compared to Obama’s.”

    Let’s talk about Sarah Palin’s experience compared to BIDEN’s. Vice President on Vice President.

    “OR we could talk about how McCain IS NOT George Bush. It’s that ignorance “More of the same…” crap that hurt McCain.”

    His name may not be “George W. Bush”, but that doesn’t excuse him from the numerous issues he supported Bush on.

    Obama won because people finally understand that our economic health is more important than some frivolous war with a nation that had NOTHING TO DO with 9/11. Obama has been pressing economic issues from the beginning. It took until the crisis began for McCain to wise up, whereas before that, his campaign was making this election about charisma instead.

    It was the GOP’s blatant ignorance to this nation’s ailments (high gas prices, home foreclosures, higher unemployment rates, etc.) that hurt McCain.

  • Danny R. Santos

    I feel like the weight of the world was lifted off me. Thank god for Obama!

  • ST: “What would a solution be? People sitting back waiting for Obama to succeed?”

    I hadn’t meant to get into this, but I don’t quite follow how awaiting failure is better than awaiting success (I know that’s not quite how you stated your original post, in fact, so take a lot of this as just a general response to that attitude, which I have glimpsed elsewhere or from others in absolute earnest). In particular, if one’s expecting the worst, then blunders don’t matter and they prove you right and one can take a morbid satisfaction. At this point, forget parties, it’s fairly hard to deny that the nation is in a hole, even as one quibbles on why and how and what could have been done to prevent it. Mom suspects it would have been just as bad with Kerry, while I’m not as sure at least as far as Iraq and other issues are concerned. We ultimately wound up voting for the same candidate, though (and no, neither of us are Democrats or “liberals” in that broad sense; though I did go to a liberal university and met at least one wacky Communist who wanted to bring about “the revolution” and teach only didactic works to further the cause like Upton Sinclair, and so on. Not quite true socialism, but much closer to it than wanting to roll back the previous administrations tax cuts to where they had been a mere decade ago, more or less.)

    So, if you’re aware of the problem and want’s it fixed, you keep an eye on it. I’m sick of the whole “Joe the Plumber” thing and tired, but here’s a tortured metaphor which may work. You hire a plumber, or any other workman. To quote what was your own words, if your spouse/partner/in-law/husband/talking dog hired a workman you either dislike or disapprove of or just don’t know enough about and are thus immediately skeptical and suspicious of, what do you do? Sit back to “watch the fireworks” and enjoy it as the plumber wrecks your sink and water sprays everywhere and pay an exorbitant bill, just for the satisfaction of being proven right?

    Or, do you try to keep an eye on the work as much as you can (with your other responsibilities of course)? Do you notice his helpers and how they’re working, mark how they respond and how or whether they ask you how long the drainage has been clogged and whether you still use the garbage disposal? If they still seem uncertain, do you ask what they need or do you just wait for them to mess up? Do you take a look at their technique and how much they do and how often (especially if this is a problem that has been mounting in your home for decades and it was only recently that a crisis exposed the rust and decay annd you became aware of the odor and so on?) And of course, if the plumber just proves unable to cope? You fire him and hire a new plumber (though it usually doesn’t take four years, but plumbers also don’t have to deal with enormous deficits and financial stability and restoring national confidence at home and abroad and among as many folks as possible within reason; you can’t please everyone, but you can focus on more than just a certain “base” and fringe, and in this case, need to since this affects all).

    You did mention the work stage, though, and you’re absolutely right, that’s the important part. I can definitely speak for Mom and myself, but I like to think most voters approach it this way (when not swayed by the unquestioned emotions this has wrought or the sheer historicity of this particular choice). If McCain had won, it would still be a huge mess for him to clean up. I’d be less confident (I don’t want to get into Palin, really, but the “more experience than Obama” argument always focuses on the community organizer period and leaves out a law degree, more than a decade of teaching at Harvard, seven years in the legislature, etc.) but I wouldn’t be waiting for failure. Did it matter who was elected this time? I think it did and ultimately will, but that does not alter the enormity of the task. Mom doubted it could be completed in one term, and so did I, but clear visible *work* to steer things aright is what’s needed. So watching and not just hoping and waiting for success, but being willing to criticize or voice doubts in a reasonable, informed, rational way. But neither the skeptics nor those overjoyed by the results should expect instant catastrophe *or* instant success. If even one specific area is resolved or nearing resolution by the end of the first term, that’s a mighty accomplishment, and definitely Barack Obama (no need to put names in quotes, unless you suspect he’s really Jimmy Hoffa back in a clever disguise or something) “isn’t going to change the state of the union without a LOT of help.” You’re absolutely right, but you’d be right with McCain too. And remember, even with the expansion of powers, the President cannot pass laws singlehandedly, unless Congress is either in agreement or unwilling to challenge; he *can* veto, as Bush has used more than any other president, so a more reasonable fear would pertain to his blocking necessary legislation for personal or partisan reasons. So everyone from average citizenry to those in congress should not just wait in a completely passive state but watch and criticize and, if the terms of a bill are not agreeable (as we saw recently with the bail-out), they can and should block/compromise/revise.

    And not to really get into personalitied, but maybe I just need to vent on something not necessarily political but which has some parallels for me anyway. In 2007, after much work and stress, I finally obtained my master’s degree in a liberal art’s field, only to return home when my stipend ended to unemployment (18 months now), isolation, no transportation to potential teaching jobs or such, no income, an incredibly hard time finding freelance work (and none of it paying so far), living with my folks, plus various physical issues and just coping with depression and a loss of self worth. As hard as it has been and will continue to be (especially dealing with all the free time, at once both my greatest asset and a daunting adversary), especially with no visible changes after all this time and nobody I can ask for help, it has overwhelmed me at times (often even) and left me drained. But just deciding it can’t possibly get better and waiting either to die or to win the lottery in four years won’t help either. SOmetimes there is literally nothing to do but wait, but it also means keeping an eye on opportunities and trying, no matter the outcome, struggling to make contacts and find someone who can help, to take stock or even just tidy up the house and sort through mountains of books and VHS as I meant to during my student years but never got around to it. Seeing if I need to go back and earn a practical secondary degree or something (like library sciences) or certification, trying to make sure my parents finally let me drive enough to get a license, and so on…. It’s hard and sometimes I wish I was dead and just feel like giving up. But that won’t get one anywhere (and sometimes a good cry or rant gets things off the chest so one can actually get something done), so one just pushes forward and continues as best as one can with the best means at one’s disposal.

    And yes, the election’s over, but outside of building a cabinet (a very crucial stage; with Bush, we were mostly aware of several key picks as either definite or highly likely before the election, but not so for either ticket in this case), there’s not much to be done but wait until he’s inaugurated and all that. Then the work should begin, as should the watching.

  • ST

    Andrew – Thanks for the reply. I understand where you’re coming from. For me, I’m having problems sharing your optimism.

    About your comment “Sit back to “watch the fireworks” and enjoy it as the plumber wrecks your sink and water sprays everywhere and pay an exorbitant bill, just for the satisfaction of being proven right?” One problem with this analogy. This president wasn’t my selection. A plummer working in my house would be hired by me, not someone else.

    Lastly, let me just say (and I’ll try not to sound too cheesy) one thing that makes this country great is that we can question, doubt, and speak freely about our leaders and gov’t. It’s not being part of the problem by doing this. It’s being American. Exit…God bless America playing in background.

  • Andrew

    Uhm….I think that there are two Andrew’s here……me and then Andrew Leal.

    Andrew Leal summed up my sentiments, with a lot more words than I would have mind you, but an appropriate response all the same:) So I wont be redundant.

    I saw the youtube clip….Yeah, I can see where they would freak you out, they did the same for me. However, I don’t think that mentality is a real reflection of the Obama supporters. I think that most people know that he’s not the end all be all. He’s simply a figure head that represents America…..and I think he’ll do a fine job of that. The real work belongs to the rest of us, from the bottom up.

    Just a parting word on your response….it’s not the questioning and doubting that I’m disappointed by….hell I expect that, and welcome it.

    What bothers me is when people won’t pick up a hammer and help build the house that we all are going to live in, simply because they didn’t approve of the designer’s floor plan.

    So take your hammer and go….the rest of us will continue to build. If it’s a total failure….I’ll be man enough to admit it, there’s no shame in trying. But if we start making some real progress….I hope that you have the courtesy to appreciate the hard work of the rest of us.

    How’s that for cheesy:)

    Exit…”The National Anthem” playing tin the background :)

  • Rob

    I for one think that given the tremendous amount of evidence that supports Obama as THE most liberal candidate ever to be elected into office, his support of abortion of any form at any stage of pregnancy, his lack of pride for America and it’s Christian Heritage, his association with known terrorist William Ayers, obvious involvement with ACORN and it’s guerrilla voting tactics for the democratic party, his support for gay marriage, his socialist agenda for healthcare and taxes, his Christ like stature among his mindless followers and the liberal media, his spineless pandering to every liberal special interest group that gave to his campaign, the support of the all knowing and wise Hollywood elite. I of course could go on, but my point is that it’s bad enough that Obama is now the president, but my biggest fear comes from knowing that there were people that actually bought into him and his party…those are the people to watch! You people who voted for this guy and Joe BIden???? WAKE UP!!!
    In my opinion…the worst is yet to come and we who didn’t vote for these clowns will find it very difficult not to say “I told you so!”
    It’s just sad that we all suffer for the choices for those who don’t want to face the truth that they will have to answer to someone far greater than us for the evil they celebrate!

  • steve ottershell

    Speaking on behalf of the rest of the world (which admittedly may be slightly presumptuous of me) we think he’s brilliant!

    Its amazing how the view of the USA from outside has just switched overnight, from being mainly negative (regressive, aggressive, rather ignorant, slightly paranoid and conservative) to very positive (modern smart exciting, young, world leaders), the things that the rest of the world used to think of you, and what we want you to be.

    I can see recruitment of young men to fundamentalist terrorist type groups falling off now, i can see them saying ‘hang on a minute, remind me – why are we supposed to be bombing this country who have elected a leader of eastern descent with a muslim name?’

    And, along to a lesser extent with the British racing driver Lewis Hamilton winning the Formula One championship, is that young black men were maybe a bit short of decent role models for a while, but now they have two more great examples of what can be achieved.

  • amid

    No back-and-forths, please. Stating your opinion once will suffice.

  • Stephen

    After reading though most of the comments here (and skimming others), I was feeling pretty good about individual reactions to the election. And even at least in one self-proclaimed Republican’s comment (Gene) who obviously believes in America, and is willing to be honest and fair. In contrast, someone else who apparently is bitter and needs to point out inaccurate facts about this election I feel needs to be corrected.

    So in 2004 Bush gets 51% of the vote and he’s illegitemate, and in 2008 Obama gets 52% of the vote, including a substantial “run up the score” type vote in states where his electoral victory was certain before he won the nomination, and America is unified and all is well?

    By the way, it’s spelt “illegitimate”, and you might want to check the facts. In 2004, the incumbent Candidate (Bush) received 62,040,606 actual votes, and 286 electoral votes. Kerry received 59,028,109 actual votes, with 252 electoral votes. This is what made it a close race, yet as mentioned, not illegitimate.

    However, it was not the 2004 election that was illegitimate! The attempted demonstration was probably supposed to illustrate the outcome of the 2000 election. Where Bush received only 50,456,169 actual votes, while Gore received 50,996,116 actual votes. Yes, if you look at the actual people who voted, Bush lost. But unfortunately our system failed us! It was the electoral college that voted 271 for Bush and 266 for Gore, and all it takes to elect a president is 270 electoral votes, regardless of the actual votes. So did Bush win by a vote of the people? No. This is why his first term might be considered illegitimate, not the 2004 election.

    By contrast, in our most recent election, President-elect Obama received 65,085,746 actual votes, and 364 electoral votes, while McCain received 57,166,642 actual and 163 electoral votes. I would call that pretty legitimate. Personally this country needs change, and not the sort of change that occurred in the last 8 years. As far as I can tell, and it seems at least by the majority of people in America who voted, change is a necessity. This is a pretty remarkable turning point for America. One that I hope will demonstrate to the world that we are not a country of warmongers. As much as I feel like this country has grown, and matured, I forget that some people don’t feel this way. There are still people who actually believe that the earth is the center of the universe, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. There does not seem to be any amount of evidence that will convince some to the contrary. No amount of evidence will change their minds, yet it would appear the same people have undeniable faith in false facts.

    As for the last comment I just read here, I can only read in outright amazement. While I laugh at the interesting comments about Guerrilla voting tactics, and known terrorist associations, I can only marvel at the facts that are seem to have escaped this comment. Our current president’s deep ties to oil companies, to known terrorist Osama bin Laden, and while campaigning apparently sought to organize church members by the use of church directories, which even caused religious leaders to criticize. Quite an abuse of church-state separation. I guess those individuals who voted for him might need to finally wake up.

    Here’s to hope for a brighter future.

  • EntiniDrari

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.