McCain Concedes Defeat; Magnificent, Gracious Speech Marred By Jeers From Republican Crowd

3.35pm AEDT – 11.35pm US Eastern – John McCain has conceded defeat in the US presidential election.

In a magnificently gracious speech, the Arizona senator reached heights of compelling emotion not seen in his ragged campaign performances.

The speech was marred by frequent jeers from the Republican crowd at the mention of Obama’s name. McCain rose beyond this bigotry and boorishness in one of the great concession speeches. [Read more…]


Obama On Track To Win Presidency

12.55pm AEST / 8.55pm US Eastern

Senator Barack Obama is within sight of becoming the next President of the United States.

Obama is well ahead in Pennsylvania, the state regarded as the key to a McCain win. He is also leading in Florida, 51-48%, with 41% counted. Without these states, McCain cannot win.

Obama has won the traditional clutch of Democratic states in the north-east: Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

McCain has won Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma, all traditional Republican states.

Obama is holding his own in North Carolina but is well behind in Virginia, the state where he has been predicted to win for some weeks.

The Democrats have picked up extra Senate seats in Virginia and North Carolina.


London Observer Endorses Obama

The Observer, the Sunday companion of London’s Guardian newspaper, has endorsed Barack Obama in this week’s presidential election.

This is the text of The Observer’s editorial.

Barack Obama is a President for modern times

The 21st century began late for America, on 11 September 2001. Before that day, the US still defined its role in the world with reference to ideological triumph in the Cold War that had dominated the century just passed. It was the planet’s only superpower and saw itself as a popular champion of global democracy. Few expected the nation to come under attack, least of all the man who had been installed in the White House a year earlier. In 2000, George W Bush was uninterested in foreign affairs. He was ill-equipped to be the first US President of the new millennium. [Read more…]


New York Times Endorses Obama For President

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama for PresidentThe New York Times has given its 2008 presidential election endorsement to Senator Barack Obama.

The Times described Obama as a candidate who “has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change”, in contrast to Senator John McCain who “has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaig on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism”.

This is the text of the New York Times editorial.

Barack Obama for President

Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.

The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.

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The New Republic Endorses Obama

The New Republic has published an editorial endorsing Senator Barack Obama in next month’s presidential election.

The endorsement is the latest in a growing list of media recommendations of the Democratic contender against his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain.

This is the text of The New Republic’s editorial.

Obama for President

The past eight years have been like watching a TV makeover show in reverse. We entered the Bush era a ravishing beauty attracting envious stares. We leave it a gum-smacking sad sack with split ends and an empty social calendar. Over the course of George W. Bush’s second term, in particular, the images of our country have not just been unattractive but virtually apocalyptic: a major city destroyed; cars raining into the Mississippi from a crumbling bridge; swaths of exurbia dotted with foreclosed homes; a financial system in ruins; angry emotionalism flooding politics. [Read more…]


Eloquent Support For Obama From Colin Powell

Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Powell, a Republican, is a former Secretary of State in President George W. Bush’s first term, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the man who led Operation Desert Storm against Saddam Hussein, and National Security Adviser to the first President Bush.

Powell’s eloquent depiction of Obama as a “transformational figure” came in an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press:

This is the transcript of General Colin Powell’s endorsement of Senator Barack Obama. The transcript of the full interview is available from NBC’s Meet The Press.

MR. BROKAW: General Powell, actually you gave a campaign contribution to Senator McCain. You have met twice at least with Barack Obama. Are you prepared to make a public declaration of which of these two candidates that you’re prepared to support?

GEN. POWELL: Yes, but let me lead into it this way. I know both of these individuals very well now. I’ve known John for 25 years as your setup said. And I’ve gotten to know Mr. Obama quite well over the past two years. Both of them are distinguished Americans who are patriotic, who are dedicated to the welfare of our country. Either one of them, I think, would be a good president. I have said to Mr. McCain that I admire all he has done. I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it, but that’s a choice the party makes. And I’ve said to Mr. Obama, “You have to pass a test of do you have enough experience, and do you bring the judgment to the table that would give us confidence that you would be a good president.” [Read more…]


Obama And McCain Draw Laughs At Dinner

In what was probably their last joint appearance before the November 4 election, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have spoken at the annual Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York.

Al Smith, (1873-1944) was a four-time Democratic Governor of New York. As the Democratic candidate for President in 1928, he was the first Catholic nominated by a major party. [Read more…]