November 4th, 2008
11:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Brazile: The day we turned the page

(CNN) - Tuesday, November 4, 2008 will go down as the day America opened its history book, turned the page and started a new chapter of change.

This is truly an historic night - a moment many of us prayed for, marched for, organized for and some even died for. This is not the end of a journey, but the turning of a major page in American history.

If Dr Martin Luther King were alive, he would have cautioned us not to stop praying, not to stop marching, but to keep the dream alive.

As Senator Barack Obama has stated so long ago, change never comes easy. Tonight the people of America will tell the world that they are ready for change and they will back Obama in leading the change.


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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Becky, Midwest

    This is a sad day for the future of America. FIrst we have blacks voting for Obama because he's black. Racism is alive a well.

    Second, this election is not going to "change the world," as Annapor reports. This election is about America, for Americans. Period. Who cares what other countries think? It's not their election, thank you very much.

    Third, we have a liberal democrat President-elect. We have the do-nothing Congress that will probably be a majority and will continue to spend our tax dollars on their pet projects and do remember that it is the Congress that has allowed the Bush administration to spend its way into a multi-trillion dollar deficit, yet these same people get re-elected?

    We are a laughing stock. We just promoted a junior Senator to the top position. He's untested. He's inexperienced. He's unaccomplished. Oh boy. I can hardly wait for the on-the-job training.

    I blame the rabid Obama fan club. I blame Obama for self-promotion over substance.

    I hang my head in shame for the realization of what lies ahead: cleaning up the mess that Bush leaves, that Pelosi and the DNC helped create. Hypocricy in its finest form. Congress is to blame for the state of affairs, yet the dems blame John McCain for being "Bush 2". Right.

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Justin Irwin

    Hi I'm a university student from Canada and I have been infatuated with this American election for quite some time. I am proud to be your neighbour – the first time in quite awhile. What is happening in America tonite is a beautiful step in the civil rights movement towards a new American nationhood. There is nothing more inspiring then being on the momentum side of history. I am rooting for ya.

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Blue Buckeye

    Thank you for your kind comments as well as your comments with Geraldine Ferraro a few weeks ago. You have a wonderful pulse on the people. We've worked hard in Dayton Ohio here to get Barak Obama elected and it was down to the wire today with both phone calls and folks knocking at the door. Let Obama know we want to help him organize a NEW AMERICA. Thanks and God Bless!

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. Brandi-bottom of the boot

    Well, Louisiana may be red but I voted blue! lol

    What a beautiful day, perhaps now all Americans can rid their hearts of insensible hate.

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Alex R. Ferrigno

    From Canada, congrats to Mr. Obama.
    I hope he changes the old US. policys specialy in Latin-america, (fare trade)
    Thankyou.

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Sandra, Fairmont, WV

    Ms Brazile,

    Well said. I am a 59 year old white female and I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. By the way, you were sorely missed tonight among the other members of "the best political team on television." God bless you and God bless America.

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. VERNON HOLMES

    CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA
    YOUR FIRST ACT SHOUD BE TO APPOINT DONNA BRAZILE
    YOUR PRESS SECERETARY. SHE HAS SUPPORTED AND RALLIED FOR YOU, AND SHE REMINDS ME OF THE LATE BARBARA JORDAN
    SMART , AND VERY ARTICULATE SPEAKER

    VERNON HOMES

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Bridget

    THANK GOD AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Josh

    What a racist, elitist woman!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. christopher bishop

    I became a new American this year and got to vote for president obama.
    Marthin luthur king you had a dream your dream had been realized.
    America will be love again it will once again be admired it will be able to bring peace and prosperity to the world and its self.

    God Bless America,, God bless the world and our planet earth.
    May peace prevail may we all stop fighting and go forward.

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. katherine

    thank you john mccain for a gracious concession speech. i hope this nation can come together and realize our potential. One America!!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Wilk

    Pease stop referring to him as black. He is 50% white. The correct term is bi-racial.

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. Colleen McMurtry

    America should be proud!

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. neri cruz

    God bless Obama. He will not have an easy task for the next 4 years, but we believe in him. He has the responsibilty and opportunity to turn the country into a new direction.
    Don't let us down President Obama. We have our hopes in you. You represent the change we need.

    November 4, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. Chris

    CNN and the liberal media chose Barack Obama long, long ago. His failures as president will be legendary, and "journalists" like Donna Brazile will be looking awfully stupid in the years to come.

    "Some even died for." Please. Barack Obama is as black as I am. Ivy league, millionaire, doesn't care about the average black voter. African-Americans everywhere are in for a shock.

    November 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. Eric Cavalcanti

    Amen!

    November 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. Jose M.

    And if one voice can change a room, one voice can change a city.
    And if one voice can change a city, one voice can change a state.
    And if one voice can change a state, one voice can change the nation.
    And if one voice can change the nation, one voice can change the world.

    Congratulations Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
    Best wishes to the McCain Palin campaign.

    November 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. Marjorie

    Well done America! That one is now THE one!

    November 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. Nicole in Florida

    Ditto Donna,

    Thank you for your honest coverage of the election. There are many winners tonight, women, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Arabs and Moslems. Barack's election represents for me a willingness for America to move forward, work hard together, and actually reflect the best of our world.

    Yes We Did!

    November 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Chuck

    It will be change, alright. Change to a socialist society.
    If the Founding Fathers were alive, they'd be ashamed that America voted to give the government more power.

    November 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. James Stroud

    Congratulations Barack Obama!

    November 4, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  22. maralars

    I'm in tears as I watch the election results. I am so very proud of Barack Obama and America. Now is the time to unite and I hope we do so.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. Matthew Shea

    Now that all is said and done, could you please stop talking about race? Why is it such a big deal in the U.S. Remember that if it wasn't for the white vote Barack wouldn't even have come close to becoming your next president. For a country that is supposed to be the most advanced on earth it sure looks childish today.

    P.S The greatest nation on earth lies just north of the U.S.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. PL

    Many men, women, and even children gave their lives for a day just like this one. My God continue to bless this nation as one nation under God.

    November 4, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  25. Evelyn

    What an amazing night. Never thought I would live to see it. How proud I am tonight of my fellow Americans' ability to look beyond the color of one's skin. For the first time in a very long time, I have hope for American, hope that we can be all we should be. What an energyzing feeling, and so the work begins. God bless us all.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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