Tonight on AC360°, Barack Obama's transition to power. The president-elect is already making some moves to fill the hundreds of jobs needed in his administration. Also tonight, the emotional reaction from around the world to Obama's victory. Tears and smiles. High-fives and happiness. We'll show you the celebrations in the streets of small towns and big cities across the globe. History has be made. America has its first black president.
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Less than 24 hours after being elected president, Barack Obama is already working on his transition team. Democratic sources say he's asked Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff. Emanuel was a Clinton White House aide. Who else might be part of Obama's inner circle? We'll talk it over with the best political team on television, tonight on AC360°
Who would you like to see in Obama's administration? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Also tonight, the celebrations across the globe. People took to the streets all over the world to live up the historic moment. For the first time, the United States will have a black president.
So, many people had this to say: "I never thought I'd see a black president in my life."
Perhaps the most poignant moment came in Atlanta, on the street where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born, preached and is buried.
At King's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Rev. Raphael Warnock walked to the pulpit and quieted the crowd just moments after Obama was declared the 44th President of the United States.
He quoted King's last speech saying, "I have been to the mountaintop. I have seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but we as a people will get to the promised land."
He then added, "Tonight we have seized the promise of America."
Beat 360° 11/05/08
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I live about 20 blocks from CNN's New York offices and usually walk to work. Today, as I followed my familiar route, there were subtle yet definite reminders of the history made last night.
Two blocks from my apartment building a chalkboard sign outside a local bar caught my eye. It read: "Yes, we did." I snapped a quick picture on my blackberry. Continuing on, I made a detour to the CVS on the corner to pick up a prescription; a young African American man wearing a "Vote Obama" t-shirt was smiling as he chatted with an employee in the pharmacy department. Several blocks beyond CVS, I noticed a cluster of red, white and blue balloons nestled in the branches of a tree on a side street. Just hours earlier in my neighborhood (Hell's Kitchen, west of Times Square) spontaneous celebrations had erupted in the street when CNN called the election for Barack Obama; I had watched from my 20th floor balcony.
Now, about 12 hours later, the streets were relatively quiet, aside from the typical traffic. But the balloons were a reminder that Election Day 2008 in New York City was unlike any I'd witnessed.
Several blocks later, as I neared the Time Warner Center, I passed another sign outside a restaurant, advertising a "Bailout Recession Special for $10, tax included." The meal included a burger or cheeseburger, a bag of chips, and a soda or Snapple. What I really loved was the tag line: "You've already spent $750 billion. What's ten more?" I snapped another picture. If the exit polling we've seen is right, that burger special encapsulates why so many Americans had such an appetite for voting yesterday.
Peggy Wallace Kennedy
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Editor's note: Peggy Wallace Kennedy is the daughter of George C. Wallace and Lurleen Wallace, who both were governors of Alabama.
I heard a car door slam behind me and turned to see an elderly but spry woman heading my way.
The night before, a gang of vandals had swept through the cemetery desecrating graves, crushing headstones and stealing funereal objects.
My parents' graves, situated on a wind-swept hill overlooking the cemetery, had not been spared. A large marble urn that stood between two granite columns had been pried loose and spirited away, leaving faded silk flowers strewn on the ground.
I was holding a bouquet of them in my arms when the woman walked up and gave me a crushing hug. "Honey," she said, "you don't know me, but when I saw you standing up here on this hill, I knew that you must be one of the girls and I couldn't help myself but to drive up here and let you know how much me and my whole family loved both of your parents. They were real special people."
I thanked her for her kind words as we stood side by side gazing down at the graves of Govs. George Wallace and Lurleen Wallace.
After a few moments, the woman leaned into me and spoke almost in a conspiratorial whisper. "I never thought I would live to see the day when a black would be running for president. I know your daddy must be rolling over in his grave."
Not having the heart or the energy to respond, I gave her bony arm a slight squeeze, turned and walked away. As I put the remnants of the graveyard spray in the trunk of my car, I assumed that she had not bothered to notice the Barack Obama sticker on my bumper.
Yes, this was an historic election. But despite all the records broken and glass ceilings shattered, this campaign was textbook.
Whether you are running for President or City Council there are a few rules that always apply:
1.) The person who raises and spends the most money usually wins.
2.) The campaign that has the best ground operation usually wins.
3.) The campaign that stays on message despite all of the outside influences usually wins.
Barack Obama is an amazing orator and candidate, but he won because he out-raised, out-organized and out-messaged his opponent. Without these tactics it would not have mattered how many terrific speeches he gave.
Editor's Note: Liz Chadderdon is President of The Chadderdon Group.