OUR OPINION: With elections over, time to move forward
Regardless of one’s personal political beliefs, one cannot deny that Tuesday’s presidential election results were indeed historical. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. became the first black president-elect, winning in a landslide decision over fellow U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a race that divided our nation in some ways, but brought us together in others.
Many do not agree with Obama’s views on certain issues, with some crying claims of socialism. However, many also felt he would be a breath of fresh air after the actions of the current administration. These feelings helped to spur a large national voter turnout for the election, with 67 percent of Louisiana’s voters casting ballots and 74 percent of voters in Ascension Parish making their voices heard.
While many political pundits had all but given the victory to Obama months before the election, no one really knew until votes were tallied how things would unfold. While McCain carried most of the Republican stronghold states including here in the south, Obama was able to take away key states such as Ohio and New Mexico while also winning the mainly blue states in the northeast and west coast.
While Obama’s victory is indeed historic, we hope that the issue of race will not remain an issue in his presidency. While he has broken the color barrier in terms of our nation’s highest political office, he is an American first and foremost and must represent the will of the American people.
We hope Obama will make the best decisions for our country over the next four years, and as that everyone - even those who did not vote for him - pull together and support his presidency, while also keeping a watchful eye on the White House as well as on Capitol Hill.