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Thank you America! November 5, 2008

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I have  a busy day today – meetings, analysis approvals, code that won’t work, fits that won’t converge.

But this morning, upon hearing the NEWS, I realize there is really little today in my agenda or outside of it that can change my unconditioned happiness and my mood. Thank you America! That is, thanks to all of you who understood, who overcome fear, who believed change is possible. Thank you to all of you who feel ashamed for what eight of the worst years in your history have brought to all of us. And thank you also to those of you who are not ashamed by the Iraq war, by the economic fiascos, by the vacationing president, by the increase in poverty and the increase in selfishness of american society, but still decided it was time to send home the present government and their friends, and try something else.

In a few months Barack Obama will take office, and he may end up disappointing our hopes. That is in the equation. But the vote of tonight brings optimism around the globe.

Comments

1. Kea - November 5, 2008

Hear, hear! I watched hours of coverage on Al Jazeera and it really made my day.

2. DB - November 5, 2008

He’s got his work cut out. So, what are the implications of an Obama/Democratic victory for science spending and HEP in particular?
I imagine there will be a shift from defence towards civilian research as we usually see in Democratic administrations.
Implications for Fermilab, the last outpost of frontier HEP research on US soil?

3. tripitaka - November 5, 2008

Wonderful to see sanity finally prevail in that rather odd nation

4. goffredo - November 5, 2008

There is a guy on the web that had a great money-making idea. A bumper-sticker with “Don’t take it out on me! I voted for McCain.”

Jokes aside I am sincerely happy Obama won this way. I am proud to be a U.S.A. citizen, as I always was and always will be. Although I did root for McCain, as of January 20th Obama will be my new president.

5. haryo - November 5, 2008

Add to the good news: Bill Foster, a former staff at Fermilab, has won the election for House of Representative.

6. Tony Smith - November 5, 2008

As DB said, “… He[Obama]’s got his work cut out. …”.
According to a 5 November 2008 article by Adrian Michaels in the London Telegraph:

“… The Washington summit on November 15, called to address the global financial and economic crisis, is probably the largest item ever to inhabit the in-tray of a US president-elect so soon after the election.
While other winners of the race for the White House were at this stage picking the drapes for the Oval Office or deciding how much to charge for nights in the Lincoln Bedroom, George W Bush’s successor must save the world from meltdown. …
the summit of 19 developed and developing nations, as well as the European Union, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations, is being hosted by the departing and terribly unpopular president [Bush]…
As Stephen Roach, former chief economist at Morgan Stanley, now Asia chairman for the bank, says: “We need a safer, sounder system in the US and round the world… The new president will have to demonstrate an understanding of the global dimensions of this crisis, that countries have to work collectively to organise solutions.” …”.

I am hoping that Obama can organize a New Financial System as well as he organized his campaign.
As an example of how his campaign paid thoughtful attention to details,
just before his Grant Park Victory Speech emails were sent to his supporters thanking them (mine came at 11:19:24 PM EST).

Tony Smith

7. Doug - November 5, 2008

Hi Tommaso,

This is a great day for the USA.

Have you compared the 2008 to the 1860 US electoral map?
They are practically reversed.

Obama is not only the legacy of ML King, but of A Lincoln as well.

8. Tom Tom - November 5, 2008

I was at our Obama campaign office on November 4, calling voters. This campaign is run by ordinary people, for ordinary people. I was very happy a citizen based campaign could win in this day and age.

On the Internet you are our neighbors, and I can hear you loud and clear.

9. A Patriot - November 5, 2008

You’re welcome! I can not explain the joy I feel today. This has been a long time coming. The past 8 years have not only been an embaresment and tragedy, they have also been a lie. Disenfranchised voters nationwide have had to sit back for the last 8 years and watch the policies of there stolen leader destroy the well being of there country. Facing inaccurate accusations of immoral values and being so unfairly called unpatriotic we sat and watched the administration spread tactics of fear and chaos through out our beloved land. I am among the many in the U.S. last night that quite literally could not hold back the tears of joy and relief. I fought so hard for this to happen and my voice has been heard. Thank You President Obama!

10. dorigo - November 5, 2008

DB, it is anybody’s guess whether the new democratic government will steer money into basic research. There are harder problems to deal with, admittedly.

Hi Tony,
we have all enormous expectations, and it will be very, very hard for Obama to satisfy them. We will see what he manages, he has the tools and a strong parliament to count on.

Patriot, Tom Tom, Doug, all: thank you for your testimony in this happy day.

Cheers all,
T.

11. changcho - November 5, 2008

I voted for Obama…I hope this will not be a case of ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’. Still, it’s at least an order-of-magnitude better than bush/mccain. With respect to Science, please note that Obama mentioned it during his excellent acceptance speech. Time will tell indeed…

12. angela - November 6, 2008

Obama has so much tremendous pressure on him not only from the American people but the world I can’t imagine the weight on his shoulders. Good luck President Obama!😉

13. island - November 6, 2008

The economy put him into office, but I’m proud that America didn’t let race stand as an issue. It’s about time. I was surprised and disappointed that we didn’t turn-out more black voters, but by the same token, it does prove that there is an overwhelming majority of people who aren’t prejudice toward this extraordinary man for his color.

But I am thoroughly disgusted by anyone who sees this as a complete vindication of the liberal agenda, like George Bush thought that his decisive re-election was a complete vindication of his agenda, so I’m very happy to see that Obama picked Rahm Emanuel to keep the fanatics from destroying the world with the “goodness” of their equally warped world-views.

Not that they really could anyway… since the balance that results from the diametrically opposing runaway ideological tendencies is quite obviously a self-regulating system.

What an anthropic coincidence…

14. bozox - November 6, 2008

Meanwhile in Russia, a constitutional amendment is being proposed – the presidential term is to be extended to 6 years in office.

15. Fred - November 6, 2008

A very nice gesture, Tommaso. What does your crystal ball tell you? Will Obama’s successful bid have any impact on the political situation in Italy? What will his relationship with Berlusconi be like? Is the scientific community anticipating an eventual increase in support from the U.S. government and its related agencies? What is the first thing the Obama administration should do for the benefit of those in your field? I recall in early September when the Republicans were coming out of their convention in Minnesota. They were openly laughing in his face and vehemently knocking him for being “just” a community organizer. Now, two months later, they are suddenly a broken lot with an identity crisis. My only thought right now is that he is gracious, intellectually curious and knows how to command a first rate operation.

On a more sobering note, gun and ammunition sales have dramatically increased since yesterday in the Red States that overwhelmingly voted for McCain. I guess for many Americans it will always be like the lyrics from the song on the Beatles’ ‘White Album’, “Happiness is a Warm Gun.”

“(Bang Bang Shoot Shoot)
Well don’t ya know that happiness is a warm gun, momma?
(Bang Bang Shoot Shoot)
Yeeeaahhh!”

16. Thomas Larsson - November 7, 2008
17. Luboš Motl - November 8, 2008

It’s amazing that the New York Times makes a whole story out of the young, handsome, suntanned comment:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/europe/08italy.html

I wonder whether they would also make a story if I wrote that Thomas Larsson were old, ugly, and as pale as outshitted cabbage.

18. dorigo - November 9, 2008

Lubos, Berlusconi is an embarassment to many italians. It shows in the thousand comments that article generated…

Cheers,
T.

19. dorigo - November 9, 2008

Hi all,

sorry for my absence from this thread…

Fred, the fact that you have Obama and we have Berlusconi is an even greater embarassment to me now… I think their relationship will be much colder than the one GWB had with Silvio. In italy we joke about Silvio’s love for W. A comedian the other day said “W still has a pair of shoes, a gift from Silvio, shining as the first day with saliva”. The news about gun sales are appalling.

Cheers,
T.

20. Andrew Cheetham - November 10, 2008

Thanks for your words and optimism. A few friends and I, inspired with similar hope for a better world put together a site (in 24 hrs) to share the optimism, thanks and have a little fun – http://wethankyouamerica.com . If you can contribute an image or a message of thanks, we can build a better world.

Cheers,
Andrew

21. Amara Graps - November 12, 2008

There _are_ some parallels in disowning leaders, separated 4 years in time.

Italy: http://www.notspeakinginmyname.com/

U.S.: The old “Sorry Everybody” (which is now a book…)
http://www.sorryeverybody.com/index_old.shtml
for example:
http://www.sorryeverybody.com/gallery/1/

22. Amara Graps - November 13, 2008

And also this group in Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=34649379820&ref=nf
(“Berlusconi, i tuoi capelli li devi alla ricerca”)


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