November 4th, 2008
11:13 PM ET

It's over

Richard Morris
Associate Producer, Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.

It's over.

What an amazing journey. I am sure it will take some time to sink in, but tonight history was made. Absolutely amazing.

We have shots from around the world in our control room. Sydney, Kenya, Chicago, Harlem. This was a shot that rang around the world in an instant.

I have friends emailing me– detailing the cheering in the streets. In here though, it is almost silence. It is hard to believe that after months of stump speeches, the race has come to an end.

Stay tuned. There are many, many more hours of live broadcast ahead.

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Sharon Kitchen

    The vote is over.The work now begins. It will take all of us.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Donata, Amarillo, TX

    CNN beat all of the other broadcasts.

    Excellent work last night. You made watching history interesting and informative. Your shots with just the pure sound of the moment just after Obama was projected as the winner allowed our family to be in the moment. My husband and myself along with our 10 year old son will never forget last night.

    Thank you for your brand of unbiased news.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  3. Heath Fox

    Anderson: as happy as I am about Barack Obama's victory, I am stunned as a Californian. It is incomprehensible to me that the people of California, on the same ballot, granted rights for animals and eliminated rights for people. If California is truly the nation's cultural leader, the next president really will be a pig with lipstick.

    November 5, 2008 at 10:18 am |
  4. Sarbesh Pandey

    We all are human beings, black, white, Asian , African or American.... And our rights are not only to a few number of people but to all the people living in this world. And America you have realized that today.... I welcome you back and congratualte you for electing the first African American President Of the United Staes BARRACK OBAMA......

    November 5, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  5. Fuyuko Watanabe

    When I watched CNNJ news this evening at Tokyo about Obama's landslide win, I was almost crying. I thought this is the true start of the 21st century.Or, if I can say, the start of the new millennum.
    But unfortunately, I must be ashamed to my country, Japan. Taro Aso, the PM of Japan, didn't celebrate the winning of Obama. And on CNNJ channel, I couldn't hear any comment from Japanese intellectual people, but only from "Obama-city" residents, who, I am sorry to say but, want to use the name "Obama" as a triger to attract more sightseers.
    And also I was really disappointed that the popular news program on channel 6, TBS, in this evening from 10 pm (13:00 GMT) started to talk about U.S. presidents during the world war II who made the sign to the start of the pacific war and atomic bombs.
    What's related with Obama's win???
    They continued to talk about the Japanes-American's concentration camp in the west coast. I could not continue to watch the program.
    What the aim of this program?
    I really cann't understand the Japanese media's attitude to the historical global change.
    Are they just afraid or scared???
    I feel I am happy and lucky that I can understand English language and news programs in English like CNNJ and BBC, but almost all Japanese people cannot. They are still isolated from international information.
    I worry about our country's future.

    November 5, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  6. Celia

    Congratulations to America !!! President Obama will be a great leader for all the people.
    A canadian who is again proud to be a close neighbor of the United States of America...
    I will miss the Best Political Team on television..I was with you from the beginning. Great job!

    November 5, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  7. Tina

    I know the election is over and the best man won. Am wondering who the other men were, who ran for the Libertarian, Constitution and Independent Parties. Why weren't they asked debate along side Barrak Obama and John McCain? I never heard of these other men and what they stood for. Are these parties never heard from, but are on the ballot? Call it my curiosity is working overtime.

    November 5, 2008 at 5:45 am |
  8. mary a

    thank you cnn for the great coverage. it's still going on live. they've started cnn morning early for insomniacs like me. i haven't gotten a decent sleep in 8 years, especially for the last 2, but it's been great times. i have work tomorrow and i don't know how i'm going to function, but today's victory has been worth it. i will begin my cnn vigil right after i get home from work tomorrow...or maybe i should call in sick. can't do it. economy is too bad. THANK YOU BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 at 4:21 am |
  9. Rosemary

    As your neighbour we are hoping that Obama will encourage us to feel safe in your country. Canadian's will return to promote your tourism with a simple "welcome back".

    November 5, 2008 at 4:02 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    Take afew words from Obama's speech it is not over it has just started. Turning the economy around and resolving International diplomacy issues and wars will take years and connot be done without ALL voters support ( what a refreshing thought) and the help of a non ideological approach to getting there, as opposed to the last two years of republican caused gridlock, In that sense the Senate and House gains should help bspeed the process. I hope.

    November 5, 2008 at 3:01 am |
  11. Amy in Bern

    As an American living overseas for the last ten years I put my ballot in two weeks ago. Last night as the majority of the country was at the polls and the first, usually telling, exit poll results were coming in I found it very difficult to turn of the TV and go to bed. It was a night of restless sleep and morning couldn't come quickly enough. CNN was my first stop this morning and I was overjoyed to see that the election had already been decided, without chaos, without discrepancies, without hard feelings.

    I congratulate President Barack Obama with all my heart. His speech brought tears to my eyes, hope to my heart, and restored in me a sense of national pride and patriotism that has been hard to come by in the last eight years. Thank you.

    November 5, 2008 at 2:47 am |
  12. matt landreth

    wow ! so I would first like to congratulate akorn for throwing this election . cnn and most of the other media that held back on all the info that would have exposed him for what he truly is ,a racist liar who was funded by terrorist,radicals,and racist ,at home and abroad.a man whose only history is voting for higher taxes and lying to the American public ,and has affiliations with racist anti white anti American morons like rev wright/and the moron of all morons all sharpton /aires/ and all his neighbors that live in his neighborhood which is apparently in the middle east ,and all the black voters who voted for him because he is black totally ignoring the issues his terrorist /socialist buddies that will help this puppet flush this country the rest of the way down the toilet thank you for proving how racist and ignorant you really are ,now there is no doubt in any educated Americans eyes what just happened . Any one with half a brain would not vote for this puppet . You think the economy is bad not hold on for his change because that is what is going to be left in your bank accounts , that is the change he is referring to . I am just curious ,so when akorn is convicted for the biggest voter fraud ever seen in any election world wide will the true president john MCcain be placed in the office and obama and his racist radical fraudulent supporters be prosecuted and jailed , and in a closing note can some please indite the most racist moron I have ever heard rev wright of inciting race crimes he incites. if you hate America so bad revwright please for the sake of America get on a plane and get the hell out of America we don't need your kind here .so congrats to all the brainless morons who voted for obama and to the people who have been milking the welfare system for years your new inflated welfare checks will be issued shortly so don't bother getting a job obama's got your back.But to the rest of the working class(white and black) good luck paying the taxes that are about to be imposed on you to pay for the ones who are to sorry to get a job and I hope all the sorry lazy moochers who were already living off of out sweat via the welfare system that was almost reformed before we voted in the friend of the lazy "obama" at least thank you on your way to work as they hang out on the corners eating the steaks that you paid for .

    November 5, 2008 at 2:42 am |
  13. Don, WA

    "It's Over" – Finally. The slave of america's past now governs it – we are all a lot closer now to One Country...One World...One People...And One Truth....We are evolving and changing in the way of Good.

    November 5, 2008 at 2:08 am |
  14. Jeremy

    Could you tell us what percentage of eligible voters actually voted in this election?

    November 5, 2008 at 2:02 am |
  15. Dave G

    I see that Sen. Biden has retained his seat in the Senate. Since he is now the Vice President elect, How does this get rectified and how does it effect both Delaware and the Country??
    Thanks for responding.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:54 am |
  16. John

    What a sad day for America. Not only does our new President-elect lack the experience to lead an entire nation, he's also aligned with a radical, anti-white religious organization. What John McCain belonged to a church that openly denounced the African-American race?

    I'm truly frightened for America's future.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:49 am |
  17. Paul Neas

    Have you heard of the "writ of centuarii" issued for Obama's birth certificate? This has legs. Now he has to prove he is a US citizen.
    I can not support his flake. He is part of the mob of Chicago. The liberal media put him. The negros and the youth with only voting on emotions put him in. I feel sorry for the youth. Raising taxes will
    lead to a depression caused by this person

    November 5, 2008 at 1:35 am |
  18. CD

    Before everyone bows down and worships the guy you might want to wait and see if he does anything just like his democratic party that would rather take reccess than get anything done or would rather hold hearings on steriods or why the baseball package is only on directv instead of dealing with the real problems at hand! You guys sound like he's the answer to all your prayers and yet he's human might want to think about that first!

    November 5, 2008 at 1:14 am |
  19. Mr. Britt

    let the "change" begin

    November 5, 2008 at 1:13 am |
  20. Chris Leeman

    Barack Obama’s speech was nothing less than historic. Not only did he acknowledge the struggle of his race but he also stood a as a man before our nation. I believe that he exemplifies what Rev Martin Luther King he said “a man should be judged on the content of his character and not the color of his skin”. He understands that all Americans have suffered under the policies of former administrations. I am one American that realizes that the Republican Party does not hold all the blame. The blame once again lies in the apathy of the people. I believe that Obama has reignited the patriotism of this country and let us have the opportunity to believe again in the dream of America. The people of this country have seen their power and that has changed us for the better. I thank Barack Obama and Joe Biden for helping me to overcome my own apathy, disillusion and disappointment with the government of the United States of America. I am beginning to believe in the America that I read about as a child and that is very refreshing.
    We will be watching you and hopefully joining you in your efforts.


    Chris H Leeman
    Pueblo West , Colorado

    November 5, 2008 at 1:10 am |
  21. Olivia

    Many thanks to AC360, the Election Team, and CNN as a whole for their contribution to keeping things honest. I do not believe this day would have proceeded so smoothly without the amazing resources of CNN.
    I do not think we realize the enormous contribution you've given us via your coverage and resources like the voter hotline. The significance of your role will someday have historical mention!
    You are amazing and again, I thank you for your contribution to democracy and our country!

    November 5, 2008 at 1:08 am |
  22. Suzanne Gall

    I'm very confused as well...

    If you are mostly 'white', you are WHITE! If you are enough of some other descent you are of that descent???

    So, how black is Barack??? & I had thought generally, that African-American implied descendant from the original hostages enslaved by the WHITE founders??

    Don't get me wrong – Electing Barack is a proud moment for mankind! I couldn't be happier.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:08 am |
  23. lampe

    I think it is now time to stop all the negative comments. Like it or not, Gov. Palin, was a women, who fought a good fight. I don't care if she wasn't your pick or not, it's time to start the healing. If Democrats can't stop with the hate-filled remarks, what makes you think Republicans are just going to fall in Love with your candidate? As a AA women, of course I am proud, but this can't come down to Obama, only being a Black POTUS, or this will have a very bad outcome. This man has to rise above this, he has to be the POTUS, not Black, or Bi-racial.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:06 am |
  24. Christopher "Skip" Wilson

    Today, I abandoned apathy. I did it not only for myself, but because as a 25 year old black male living in the south, I now believe that anything is possible. This election has inspired both young and old, rich and poor, black and white, to take advantage of the rights which so many of those that came before us only dreamed of. I was moved to tears not only by Barack Obama, but also by watchinig the different faces of the crowd. As Jesse Jackson openly wept, I silently cried. As the crowd responded "Yes We Can", I shook. When Michelle Obama came to the stage to great Barack, I cheered in celebration. This was the moment I realized just how epic and historic tonight was. Tonight was biggers than any individual. And while I could sit here try to process what change is coming for America, I choose to live in the moment and relish what it is like. I havent felt as American as I do today since the tragedies of September 11 and I am now truly greatful and humbled to be a part of this nation.

    And so I move forward knowing that what is expected of me, what is expected of us as a population, what I expect of myself has "changed".


    November 5, 2008 at 1:05 am |
  25. Joe Republican

    Finally I can stop seeing these stupid ads....
    Hey America, you forget he's also Half Caucasian!

    What if he had fair skin and straight hair woud you still be touring he's african american?

    No its called he's an American.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:46 am |
  26. Janet Baker

    You don't have to show overseas celebarations they are not the United States they only celebrate for one reason only. They think they can do as they please now.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:40 am |
  27. Janet Baker

    Thanks for deliberately knocking me off while I was making a comment. It was a long one but I see what I was saying is true. That's is the only reason I got knocked off you people at CNN are the most corruptede bunch of liers I've ever seen you deliberatly made me lose my comments on purpose cause ROBOTS

    November 5, 2008 at 12:37 am |
  28. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    I'd like to see Obama bring McCain into his circle of advisors or his cabinet. Now that would be a great bridge-building demonstration. I especially like that FOX called it for Obama before CNN did!

    November 5, 2008 at 12:35 am |
  29. Candace from Canada

    I am soo happy for America!

    How absolutely amazing, esctatic, and historic!

    God Bless America!
    As a Canadian I am so happy for you as a Nation and how this decision can unite and change the world!

    Truely an Exciting time in History!

    Obama 08!
    YEAH! 🙂

    November 5, 2008 at 12:35 am |
  30. James Muehle

    Congratulations Mr. President (elect)... i'm so proud of you! and proud to be an American.... this is... a great day in America! WE ARE WITH YOU!

    James Muehle
    Gorham, Maine

    November 5, 2008 at 12:31 am |
  31. Melissa, Los Angeles

    I just finished watching Obama's speech and it was amazing. The first time any candidate has ever made me cry. What an amazing race. This should be a wake up call to all politicians that America has had enough of the politicking that has been going on for the past 8 years. We the People have finally regained our voice.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:28 am |
  32. Auggie


    USA, yes we can.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:26 am |
  33. C Taylor

    It's beginning.

    I am so proud to be an American.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:26 am |
  34. Stacey Walker

    It is over, and I must say that I am so dissappointed in the Republican party. You were playing a game with our lives. You didn't care about picking the best candidate when you picked Gov. Palin. This is not a game this is our lives, and I am so glad your mess is over.

    November 5, 2008 at 12:18 am |
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