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. Alex Kartashov

    Are you serious about "not to stop marching"? Do you really want to turn the country into one military unit?

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. Ren

    I'm much much much more afraid now than before!
    Mr. Obama may be a good person, but I don't really thing he can do it.
    Now we must pray for our new President and do our part also
    I'm sad

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. Tarri Hall

    For me, Barack Obama represents hope. A hope that we can get our country back. A hope that reason will rule, not religion. A hope that we will again be a country ... not of special interests where some become richer and richer on the backs of those becoming less and less affluent. A hope that we can rule our own destiny and restore our position in the planet, humbly and with honor. A hope that the focus of our issues will be united instead of divided.

    When Barack Obama was declared winner, I cried. I'm Native American and no one talks about us any more. Maybe the world is a bit bigger today and someday there will be enough for all of us, once again. America is indeed blessed to have hope.

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

    It's about time. Time for change. Time for a new vision. Time for a new leader. Time is motion. Let's keep moving forward for the better.


    November 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Bleu

    Barrack Obama misled the American people about a host of issues, and the people who voted for him are fools. Please just move to Europe and leave this country before you run it into the ground!

    November 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Southerner

    Toda will go down in history as the day America took a nosedive into the dirt.

    November 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Kim Evans

    As a History teacher and student of History it is nice to be able to say "I lived through those times."

    November 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Michael C. Robinson

    If John McCain would have ran as the Maverick that he was he may have won this race. But, he had to appease the Rish Limboughs of the nation. This is truly a new beggining.

    Mike Robinson

    November 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Donella

    Amen! Now, let's get together and help President-elect Obama fulfill the promise he has restored in this great nation. It will take every one of us.
    Long live the American Dream.

    November 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Kitty

    Yes we can! Yes we did! John, Sarah, go home now. You're not needed.

    November 4, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Jeanette

    With change comes the needfor support. We must continue to walk with President Obama to let him know that we didn't come this far to leave and God will continue to order his steps.

    November 4, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. erica

    today, today i am truely proud of this country. Today we stood together as AMERICANS and made our voices heard for change. I am grateful that we are in such a country that can allow ideas not race be brought to the for front. Today americans, some who have never voted before, some who haven't voted for decades, stood in line for hours to make their voices heard. Today America is ready, ready for our economy to be restored, ready for care of our ill and dying, ready for our children to understand that education is our precious gift, not material items in a store. Yes america I think we are ready........

    Celebrate today, laugh, cry and be proud of who we are as a nation.
    Tommorrow there is much work to be done. Lets get started.

    Erica Taylor

    November 4, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Lisa

    I am so proud to have been a part of this historic moment... I am SO EXCITED about the next four years!

    Congratulations, President-elect Obama! 🙂

    November 4, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I am so proud of this country...... We are truly the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    November 4, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Melvin

    Indeed, this is a historical night and I'm proud to have cast my ballot and been part of it. We've restored some of our dignity as a nation by showing that we're tired of the same old BS that has gotten us where we are today. Tonight we can celebrate but we can't lose sight of the fact that we've all got some hard work ahead if we're really going to change.

    November 4, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Nawnee

    Today we gain a President to lead us into this new century unlike those who have attempted to drag us into the darkness of the past.

    Now each American must take personal responsibility for their future and the future of our nation.

    November 4, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. jim kyriaco


    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. Kristina

    What monumental change exactly?The fact that Obama is black has nothing to do with anything...If he were white he would still have the same views and he would still be the same person.So that couldn't possibly be the change reffered to here.We've been de-segregated for a while now.That can't be the change.There's only so much a president can do alone anywayz,so I'm just curious...What are we changing?Where are we changing?How are we changing?

    ~Curious Citizen

    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. M H Shatila

    God bless you America, you are our shining city on a hill.


    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. Thinker

    How deep. "Changedy change, ho hope hope." If that's how he governs, God help us all.

    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. Elaine

    This is not only a historical moment but a pivotal moment to chart a different course for the U.S. I am hoping that we again become a united, productive, tolerant country that can also be respected in the world.

    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Thank you... .

    November 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. josephina

    Today's historic moment will affect the world only in the most positive way...I am so proud to be an American. I want so badly for us as Americans to reclaim our respect as a true leader and friend from the global point of view. I am so sick and tired of the bigotry, the arrogance, and the divisiveness that our recent presidency dared tl flaunt over the past 8 years. I have so much hope restored for our future and our children's future. Martin Luther King did not die in vain...

    November 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. Joe

    I wish the reporters would stop claiming that Obama is African-American as in the typical American born black person. The media is playing up the story that history has been made that he represents all black Americans and he means so much to them. Obama does not see himself that way. He is 50% white and raised by whites, so he is like 90% white just like Tiger Woods is different. Obama is not the typical black male in America, that the media keeps referring to. Obama is not part of that culture, he was raised in a different house and raised himself up to become President. He is part American-African from Kenya not the average American black person that media keeps referring to. I do credit Al Sharpton for saying Obama raises the bar on how black Americans need to step up and become more educated and responsible. I hope Obama is a positive influence on young black people to be more like him and seek ways of success to build a better America.

    November 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Ben Breitinger

    I am proud of my country

    November 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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