Our beautiful new First Family.


Photo by Annie Leibovitz

This is really happening, we really did this.

75 comments
  1. DawnMarieNov 4, 200811:15 pm

    I am so happy. Yes, we really made this happen.

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  2. belinda from AustraliaNov 4, 200811:34 pm

    COngratulations! I can’t even imagine what it’s like over there right now, the atmosphere must be palpable!

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  3. JemmaNov 4, 200811:34 pm

    Congratulations!

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  4. AdamNov 4, 200811:34 pm

    YAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Change is happening!!!!

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  5. MichelleNov 4, 200811:37 pm

    I am SO SO very proud of this country today!

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  6. kristyNov 4, 200811:39 pm

    yay! we just watched mccain’s concession speech her at work. so glad for you that your country elected the right person. even in australia i can feel your country’s pride. and what a great looking first family too :)

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  7. suzanneNov 4, 200811:43 pm

    I live in Ditmas Park Brooklyn, on the border of Flatbush my block is insane right now! People wooting out their windows (myself included) and cheering in the streets! AMAZING.

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  8. KyleNov 4, 200811:43 pm

    I voted for John McCain, but I am okay with this. I really do like Michelle, I am excited to see what’s going to happen.

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  9. ninaNov 4, 200811:44 pm

    Congratulations! We stayed up all night (it’s almost six in the morning here now and we’ve been up all the time, now waiting for Obama to speech!) and we’re so happy with you…

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  10. amandaNov 4, 200811:52 pm

    YAY! as a Canadian who had no hand in this, all I can say is I’M SO PROUD OF YOU, America!

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  11. Renovation TherapyNov 4, 200811:59 pm

    I am so happy. I keep pinching myself to know it’s real.

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  12. KimNov 5, 200812:02 am

    Congratulations from Sydney, Australia. We are very excited here too. It is an amazing day in history!

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  13. LesleyNov 5, 200812:21 am

    So freaking happy here in Minnesota!!!!

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  14. chrispitoNov 5, 200812:25 am

    Stunning! Much love and thanks to all my American friends for voting.
    Kyle, thank you for your graciousness. It’s admirable. :)

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  15. JJNov 5, 200812:28 am

    People have been shooting fireworks in my neighborhood in Seattle since 6pm! And I am finishing off my bottle of Veuve Cliquot right now! I am teary eyed and thrilled and hopeful and everything is right in the world right now…

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  16. Anna at D16Nov 5, 200812:32 am

    I want to second your comment, Chrispito! Kyle, it means a lot to see a comment like that. I hope there are other McCain supporters out there who are ready to move forward with Obama, especially given the shift of seats in Congress. It’s so important that ALL parties are willing to work together for change — it doesn’t come from one person!

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  17. KyliNov 5, 200812:42 am

    What a day, what a moment for you, for the world. So very excited here in Australia.

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  18. belindaNov 5, 200812:42 am

    i love this post more than anything. i have been in a very difficult place recently, not being able to vote but being so passionate about it. tonight has brought many tears to flow for me & i can’t wait to call my family & friends back home tomorrow to let them know how happy i truly am.

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  19. jenn skiNov 5, 200812:47 am

    I’ve been crying like a baby, i’m so happy!

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  20. DanielleNov 5, 20081:02 am

    Yes you can America, and you did.

    Thank you thank you thank you from Sydney Australia, what an amazing and inspirational leader you’ve elected for America and for the world.

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  21. janetNov 5, 20081:08 am

    YES!!!!! you did it! how awesome. you’ve started a beautiful new page of history. thanks from another australian.

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  22. kay*Nov 5, 20081:13 am

    as a canadian who hosted an election party tonight in the u.s. i truly feel the pride americans must feel right now. this was the right decision. i’m not american but i’m still proud as a human. what a chapter this will be.

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  23. stephanieNov 5, 20081:15 am

    it’s feels like we are waking up to a new world. i can’t wait!

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  24. ThessaNov 5, 20082:58 am

    Congratulations from the other side of the pond!!!!!

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  25. anneNov 5, 20084:46 am

    yes you did it!! as a german i am so happy and thankful for that! thank you so much for making america recognizable to me again! it feels like it came out of hiding! so happy here for you and your country!!

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  26. KristineNov 5, 20084:51 am

    I am so happy for all americans – but also for the rest of the world. Love and peace, Kristine, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  27. read me...Nov 5, 20085:28 am

    I’m thrilled for you. Obama is such a great step forward, not only for the United States, but for the rest of the world. Let’s hope the UK follows suit. What a great start to our future! X

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  28. zeeNov 5, 20085:50 am

    Wooooop! I wish I was there. The lady I share my office with and I have been choked up all morning just talking about what an awesome thing this is. Way to go USA!

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  29. Maria InêsNov 5, 20086:19 am

    It’s an amazing day to the entire world! i’ve met a few americans here in europe and they were so surprised to see what the rest of the world thinks of America, and not in a good way. Maybe, this historical day will change that, and the world can came a litle bit together.
    hugs, from Lisbon Portugal

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  30. MagdaNov 5, 20086:52 am

    Another Australian here to say THANKS AMERICA!! Here’s to a brighter future.

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  31. maddyNov 5, 20087:37 am

    I couldn’t be happier about our new prez and his family.

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  32. DiPNov 5, 20087:42 am

    I think we can now say we have begun the 21st century!!!

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  33. FionaNov 5, 20087:51 am

    YES WE CAN! I’m so excited. I don’t expect Obama to be a miracle worker; he’s inheriting a hell of a situation. But his election is a start!

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  34. lindsayNov 5, 20088:19 am

    Honestly, I voted for the other guy. (Neither of them would’ve been my first choice) I simply thought McCain would be the better candidate at this time. However, I feel so many people are extremely supportive of Obama, and we need a president the country wants to believe in. Just because McCain didn’t win, doesn’t mean his supporters lose their voices. No one can expect our future president to do it all. It’s up to individuals, families, and states to do their part to change our country for the better. Knowing that individual actions make a difference should make us all feel empowered…regardless if the guy we voted for won or not.

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  35. fee verteNov 5, 20088:28 am

    Good luck to Obama: your previous president left such a mess…anyway, I’m happy for your country and would like to be proud of my president as well…but France seemed not really ready for this good change!
    It would definitely change the face of America from an european point of view. Let’s see!

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  36. staceyNov 5, 20088:56 am

    excellent photo choice, i think a way a man loves his family says so much about how he lives his life. obama has a sincerity you just can’t fake. my heart feels so full and i feel hopeful about the future of this country for the first time .

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  37. ElenaNov 5, 20088:58 am

    Congratulations from Bosnia and Herzegovina! Although it doesn’t affect me directly, I am amazed by the will and power that this man has shown. And to have the people recognize it… Wish you all the best.

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  38. Cupcakes and CashmereNov 5, 200810:04 am

    what an inspirational, beautiful photograph.

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  39. bynNov 5, 200810:06 am

    Hi Anna, been lurking again for a long time. Was online buds with Izan what seems like a million years ago…

    Today is a wonderful day and I just had to delurk to celebrate with you!

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  40. HelenaNov 5, 200810:35 am

    Congratulations from Portugal to all American people.
    Wish all the best to you, to your country and to the world.

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  41. erin@designcrisisNov 5, 200810:45 am

    Wow, finally a chance to bring some class back to The White House. What a gorgeous family!

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  42. MontseNov 5, 200810:55 am

    I am so happy for you americans!!! And for us, the rest of the world, too!!! Congratulations!

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  43. ShashiNov 5, 200811:11 am

    I’m so incredibly happy he won.

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  44. AkuNov 5, 20081:22 pm

    I’m so happy for you! And me! And the U.S! And the world! Yay!!!

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  45. terraNov 5, 20082:45 pm

    That is such a breath taking photo. I’m so happy!

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  46. hyedieNov 5, 20084:31 pm

    Congratulations!!!

    I must say we were more intrigued and involved with your election that we were with our own!!

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  47. whitneyNov 5, 20084:59 pm

    so happy.

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  48. celiaNov 5, 20085:03 pm

    Lol… Yes, you could!

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  49. lisaNov 5, 20086:32 pm

    1. I am originally from Iowa (YEA)
    2. Currently residing & registered in Florida
    (sometimes scary)
    2. My husband is in the Air Force
    3. I was born & raised blue collar Democrat
    4. My husband & I could not be Happier with yesterdays outcome!

    having lived in europe for six years we have a great desire to become expats – we really loved living in Germany & The Azores – we especially loved the people and we respect all our differences – we travelled a lot while overseas – and i don’t know what i am trying to say –
    i just love reading all this positivity from around the world – i do know i can’t type as fast as i want to …
    i am so elated – we love obama and the world and and and – love love love.

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  50. michaelNov 5, 20086:45 pm

    Words cannot express the joy and pride I’m filled with on this day. We (U.S.) had the opportunity to choose change and we chose change! Its not only about the African American race its also about our country’s (majority of the country) dedication and determination to move forward… TOGETHER! Its such a beautiful thing… If this election outcome doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.

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  51. MLNov 5, 20088:24 pm

    A timely and necessary change for America. As a Canadian even I was frightened by the possibility of another four years of Republican power. And that’s a lovely picture of the Obama family. Thanks for posting. ML

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  52. leanneNov 5, 200811:15 pm

    Yes we can!

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  53. GraceNov 6, 20088:48 am

    Greetings from Ireland. Yes, America has made a good, and right decision. I was in London when the news broke and that city was relieved and so delighted also.

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  54. AndreaNov 6, 200811:35 am

    What a beautiful picture. I’m so proud of our country.

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  55. TerriNov 6, 200812:21 pm

    Love your blog Anna.

    Absolutely fantastic news! I have to stop myself from reading all the election news on the London Underground, my eyes fill up with tears every time! It’s wonderful news for America and for the world.

    A South African in London

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  56. karlyNov 6, 20081:07 pm

    I LOVE THIS PHOTO!!! Just reading the comments here has re-energized the pride and excitement I’ve been feeling for the past 2 days. When was the last time we felt this inspired by a leader and our country? It’s a first for my lifetime and it is truly wonderful!

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  57. MCNov 6, 20082:03 pm

    I had goosebumps the night of the election and stayed up till 1am to hear Obama speak. His speech was so sincere and inspirational, I felt so hopeful and lucky to be a part of this historic election!

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  58. krisNov 6, 20085:17 pm

    Hearing from all these people around the world is amazing…I’m glad they’re as excited as we are.

    Hope is what we needed and now hope is what we have. Go Obama! We love you!

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  59. ElisabethNov 6, 20085:17 pm

    Warm whises & congrats.

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  60. ChristinaNov 6, 200811:49 pm

    Congrats from Sweden!!! I’ve read a blogger with an opposite view today and that scared me (A Haven for Vee), so be careful over there!
    X&O, Chris

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  61. JENNIFER RAMOSNov 7, 200812:10 am

    I was so PROUD of this day…so historic….I will never forget it.

    Jen Ramos
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  62. JuddieNov 7, 20086:55 am

    Oh yes you did! Well done!

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  63. JoNov 7, 20087:12 am

    Well Done. Such a wonderful day! yipee!

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  64. verhextNov 7, 20081:42 pm

    Haha, I cannot believe people who voted Republican are posting here. They’re like mythological creatures in my reality. Weird.

    That photo is so beautiful.

    Michelle 2012! ;D

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  65. P.Nov 7, 20084:44 pm

    God, aren’t they great? Aren’t they so deliciously lovely? I am so proud. I can’t believe we did it.

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  66. jadeNov 7, 20089:29 pm

    Verhext: You can’t believe people who voted Republican are posting here? Why? Because everyone who enjoys Anna’s blog must be a Democrat? Obama fans? I think not. We are a diverse country with differing opinions…not weird.

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  67. SarahNov 8, 200812:40 pm

    Amazing week, I feel like I’m living in some alternate universe of AWESOME.

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  68. GinaNov 8, 20081:45 pm

    Again I’ve been brought to tears with this photo. I am so relieved that I can once again hold my head high when I say I’m American. I’m so very proud of our country’s right decision.

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  69. CatherineNov 8, 20081:56 pm

    I’m still smiling every time I see the words “President-Elect Obama”. Such an exciting, historic week, still being celebrated on this side of the pond!

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  70. Down ComforterNov 8, 20083:51 pm

    It’s a great age we live in – lets all pray for mutual success in the economy now.

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  71. dkaNov 9, 200811:22 pm

    the world needs a change, and we hope this time will see a diferent attitude in usa, but to the rest of the world.

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  72. TWBNov 22, 20081:51 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this beautiful photo!

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  73. anneNov 25, 20082:00 pm

    Never in my life have I been more excited for our country. I will NEVER forget where I was when I listened to his acceptance speech — it will be one of those historic moments we share for years to come.

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  74. TamJan 1, 20097:50 pm

    Even on this day I am still happy. I cant wait for the great changes we will see. America, America!

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  75. TamstylesSep 20, 200912:35 am

    officially, you are my sister from another mother (smile)

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