On Tuesday November 4, Democrat Illinois senator Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election making him the 44th President of the United States and the first Black president.
Obama’s historic win from Republican candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona proved strong taking 338 electoral votes. McCain made out with only 163 votes of the 270 needed to be president.
Key states where Obama made a surprise win were in swing states like Pennsylvania where he took 53 percent of the votes and Ohio where he took 51 percent of votes. In New York State Obama took 62 percent of votes.
Record-breaking turnout in New York City showed that Obama had an overwhelming lead over McCain receiving nearly 1.8 million votes. The majority of votes for Obama came from Brooklyn where he received over half a million votes.
President-elect Obama held a victory rally in Grant Park in Chicago where he gave a victory speech to a crowd of 200,000 people. He said, “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
In his speech Obama also thanked his supporters, his running mate Sen. Joe Biden and his family. McCain congratulated Obama in Phoenix, Arizona after he conceded.
“I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited,” McCain said.
Obama is planning to travel to Hawaii for the funeral of his grandmother who died on Monday. He will have little time to rest as he prepares for his transition to the White House assembling his cabinet.
On Wednesday it’s expected that Obama will announce his White House chief of staff. The position could go to his longtime colleague Rep. Rahm Emanuel. New Jersey governor Jon Corzine is said to be tapped for Treasury secretary.
Obama will be inaugurated as President of the United States on January 20, 2009.