Thank you, goodbye and good Luck!

Hey everyone,
This is our farewell post...  together we have seen history created and may we say that our interaction with all of you made everything that much more meaningful. Thank you everyone who took the trouble to answer our questions and comment on what we had written. You gave us intelligent and thought provoking feedback and we are all the better for it. Keep coming back to www.livemint.com and also check out our blogs here
Also a big thank you to all the folks at LiveJournal who made this all possible - thank you for giving us this fantastic opportunity to engage with a great community of great people.
ok we hate long drawn out goodbyes... Take care and peace all of you. And here's hoping that President Obama will justify the faith so many of us have in him.
By the way if you're interested, (and you should be!) you can have a look at the evolution of the Mint frontpage the day after elections in our editor's blog here
We'll hopefully catch you real soon- take care, keep blogging and above all, be happy.
All of us at Mint

Obama's lessons for Britain

Andrew Grice writes on our blogs of the rush in the UK to be seen withObama:

Barack Obama's remarkable victory is already making waves in British politics. On the face of it, the triumph of change over experience is good news for David Cameron. The Tories have been cosying up to Obama in recent weeks, conveniently forgetting that John McCain addressed their party conference in Bournemouth two years ago.
"America has made history and proved to the world that it is a nation eager for change," Cameron said this morning. "In these difficult times people everywhere are crying out for change." No decoding required there.

Gordon Brown has also been quick out of the traps, reminding us that he has talked to Obama on many occasions and saying he is a "true friend of Britain." Read more.

Does the US election have any implication for politics outside the UK or is this hitching themselves to the wagon a bit embarrassing, much like the British banging on about a Special Relationship that the US clearly doesn't give two hoots about.?

The ramblings of a jet-lagged, over-excited mind

It's Melissa.  I left Harlem, New York 24 hours ago, flew over the North Pole and landed back in smoggy ol' Delhi. A heady rush of emotion (and severe jet lag) left me sobbing with emotion as President-elect Obama accepted the nomination.  Wow. President Obama.  Pretty amazing.
  
I'm sorry I'm missing the wild parties back in the US, but I'm excited to be back in India for the election for the chance to see how the rest of the world reacts to the news. This is one of the greatest benefits to being an expat abroad: I get to see my country and myself through the eyes of others.  It is incredibly easy to forget the outside world when you're living in a nation, like the US, that takes up so much of the news on the world stage.  And the US media often opts to forgo international news for the latest sensational news story.  In fact, I had a hard time while in the US staying current on Indian news.  But for now, there is a good reason all eyes are on the US.  We're making history.

From the Indian corner of the world, it seems that people abroad are pretty proud of the US, and excited about the new direction.  It's the first time in a long time that being an American abroad doesn't draw complaints, but rather draws complements and congratulations.  Since 9/11, I haven't felt such a unification of international and national pride.

That feels pretty good, especially since I've felt my country has been so divided over the past few years, and especially the past few months.

I know: this is rather an incoherent posting.  Blame the jet lag.  But I do want to ask you guys something.  Actually, I want to ask the McCain supporters something.  In Obama's acceptance speech he told you he was going to be your president too.  Will he be?  Can he be?  What does he need to do to be?

I, for one, hope so. 
 

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The view from the park

Hey all! I've finally got a moment to post about the massive Obama rally in Chicago.

The biggest thing that impressed me was the peaceful, orderly nature of the crowd. Everyone was friendly, polite, and terribly excited to be there.

Few words can describe how Grant Park looked. I have lived here my entire life and I've never seen the city like this. We cheered, booed, chanted and celebrated as one. I saw more than a few tears shed as CNN called the election on the Jumbotron.

There was dancing in Hutchinson Field as we waited for our new President, and when his speech was done, the streets exploded with people. It felt like it was half street party and half victory march. There was enough pride in the air that you could practically reach out and grab it.

The other thing I found notable was the security setup. Getting in was not as hard as the campaign warned it would be. We did go through three checkpoints, but our tickets were not scanned. There were no metal detectors when we went in.

On the other hand, the Secret Service was not messing around. We played "spot the sniper" along the rooftops of Michigan Avenue while we waited in line. There were helicopters circling the area, too. Finally, I was not surprised to see lots of mounted police in riot gear, but I was very startled to see U.S. Marshals brandishing large rifles at the entrance to the garage below the Federal Building.

Now I am on the Metra train back to the suburbs, along with nearly 1500 sleepy Obama fans and several armed railroad police. This is definitely a night I will be telling my grandkids about - the night Chicago sent one of its very best to the White House.

Obama's agenda?

Savour the moment.

What next, though? What are Obama's priorities, his agenda, the challenges ahead?
What colour does he/Michelle choose for the drapes in the White House? How soon do we get back to fixing the economy -- with a little help from Plumber Joe -- and to the rough and tumble of life back here in the poorer parts of the world, including here in India, where the bombs are going off and American planes are invading the sovereignty of a neighbouring country, Pakistan?

Okay so McCain's just ended his concession speech...we wait with bated breath for Obama to begin his. The United Colours of America wont be denied !

Sure, Third Worlders like me can wait a little longer for answers...we're savouring the moment too.

We're still here...

We have somebody who's agreed to post from Grant Park (or they'll at least try), and still a few Senate seats to watch.

We'll be here 'til the bitter end.

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama and to Senator McCain on his graceful concession.

He's done it!

Mitra here. The hip hop, the soul, the faces on television are making me cry. In high school, my best friend Saba used to say there would never be a black president in our lifetime. How she was proven so wrong! I am with three generations of my family who feel more American than ever, sitting even here thousands of miles away in my New Delhi living room: my father, still not a U.S. citizen but who has spent nearly four decades in the country, with my husband and my daughter, whose birth in the U.S. saw my mother whispering to her, a few seconds old, that she could be president. Well, maybe she can.