AC360 Senior Producer
Today we wake to the news that Barack Obama has become the 44th President of the United States. It's a historic day.
Are you all bleary-eyed like I am? I live near Times Square and let me tell you it was like the political version of New Year’s Eve complete with screaming, honking, music and people basically partying in the streets. So much for a good night’s rest. But it was worth seeing how the elections would unfold right up until the end. Many described McCain’s speech as ‘gracious’, what did you think? And of course, many stayed up late for Obama’s speech in front of more than 200,000 people in Chicago-he said, “at this defining moment, change has come to America”.
I’m sure plenty of you have mixed emotions. The popular vote was super-close, which means that only approx half of you are happy out there today, and the rest of you are dealing with not having the horse you backed in la Casa Blanca. Are you ready to get behind Obama now that the election is over? Do you think change has come to America? Or are you just bummed?
We’ve got a lot on our plate tonight, the trick is fitting it all into 2 hours, but that is a good problem for a TV producer to have. We’ll tell you how this race was won, John King can illustrate on his Magic Wall how states that had voted for Prez Bush in 2004 turned blue this year, one major factor-amongst others. In the case of Virginia for example, it’s the 1st time the majority voted Democratic in 44 years.
So how does the President-Elect spend his first day after winning the highest seat in the country? Word is that he is moving into Transition mode asap and who knows-we may get announcements about appointments end of day or week. Candy Crowley will be watching his moves in Chicago today.
Sixty-two percent of voters said the economy was the most important issue. Iraq was the most important for 10 percent, and terrorism and health care were each the top issue for 9 percent of voters so no time like the present for Obama to get a move-on, right?
Joe Biden stays in Chicago, no public events are on his schedule either. John McCain heads to his cabin and keeps low profile, and Sarah Palin returns to Alaska.
Tom Foreman tonight will look at the Winners and Losers of this election, Randi Kaye tells us about Sarah Palin’s political future, and Erica Hill looks at how Michelle Obama will fare as First Lady. See you tonight there is a lot to talk about and this is just the beginning of The Transition to Power!
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