Forward.

Photograph by Ben Baker

51 comments
  1. lenaNov 7, 20122:34 am

    YES :-) best wishes from Sweden!

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  2. Taryn D.Nov 7, 20122:58 am

    Woo hoo!!!!!!

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  3. GracieNov 7, 20123:10 am

    Right on!

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  4. chrisNov 7, 20123:31 am

    COOOOOOL! So excited!

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  5. SimoneNov 7, 20123:52 am

    Congratualtions!

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  6. josieNov 7, 20124:10 am

    this is so good.
    congratulations from australia.
    xoxo

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  7. lisaNov 7, 20124:11 am

    i love this photo! i am so proud to be an iowan tonight!
    and congratulations! don’t ‘cha just feel like it’s a personal victory!?
    makes me wanna dance in my living room! yo gabba gabba!

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    Elena /

    Lisa, I’m proud of your state too. I’m from Georgia which Dems never win. I started to feel down like my vote never matters here. But I thought about my contributions to this campaign and looking at the bigger picture, it helped him win states like yours! I’m so excited. This win means so much more this time around. I’m proud of all of us as a nation. We did it again!

    Karrey /

    I’m proud to be an Iowan, too! And we managed to retain Justice Wiggins, the latest one of our Supreme Court justices to be targeted by conservatives in the state for voting unanimously to allow gay marriage. ♥

    Anna @ D16 /

    I’m proud of Iowa too, Lisa!! It must be so exciting to live in a swing state that’s gradually moving toward being a more consistently liberal-minded place.

  8. BukolaNov 7, 20125:12 am

    That’s a great picture Anna!! Yay for four more years! Thank you very much for your eloquent words in yesterdays post. It really brought home in one place, all the reasons I am so happy this man won another term.

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  9. MeganNov 7, 20125:27 am

    I am so so thrilled!

    (side not: love that you filed this under “health” too (: )

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I am very thankful for OBAMACARE!

  10. amyoliverNov 7, 20126:13 am

    Yay. So pleased for you all, and also for those of us abroad who are inevitably impacted by what happens in the US. It is a good day.

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  11. JudithNov 7, 20126:40 am

    I’m not an American, but I am so. so. relieved. Congratulations to all of you – and also to the rest of the world!
    Seriously, I had no idea how much dread I had been carrying around until that knot in my stomach disappeared upon reading »Barack Obama re-elected as President of the United States«.

    Such happy words :)

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    Samantha /

    Same here, for all of this.

  12. LNov 7, 20127:11 am

    I have voted Libertarian in every presidential election since 1972. I believe in the Libertarian message more than in that of either the Democrats or Republicans. This time, though, I voted for Barack Obama, because returning him to office was the only right thing for a conscientious voter to do.

    I’m SO relieved!

    And THANK YOU, Anna, for your info on how to help Sandy’s Survivors!

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  13. elizabethNov 7, 20127:28 am

    This is a fantastic picture! I am so proud to be an American right now!

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  14. SherryNov 7, 20128:39 am

    Yes! So happy!

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  15. ashley englishNov 7, 20128:57 am

    yeeeeeesssssssssssssszzzzzzzzz!!!!

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  16. TinaNov 7, 20128:58 am

    So happy for you (i have family living in CA too!) Cheers from Argentina

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  17. Marie PierNov 7, 20128:59 am

    So happy for your country!
    Congratulations from Quebec, Canada.

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  18. nil blurNov 7, 20129:01 am

    Yes!! Forward!!

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  19. NataliyaNov 7, 20129:16 am

    I was so happy and relieved to read the headlines this morning. Even as a Canadian, I’ve followed the election very closely and I”m so proud of everyone who voted and so happy for you guys, and for us and for the world.

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  20. JennyNov 7, 20129:21 am

    That is an awesome picture! Yay America!

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  21. MichelleNov 7, 20129:32 am

    Allright! :)

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  22. JaimieNov 7, 20129:54 am

    Another hearty congratulations from Canada! Wonderful news; what a relief.

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  23. SarahNov 7, 201210:32 am

    A THOUSAND TIMES YES!

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  24. donnaNov 7, 201211:37 am

    A relieved Canadian here to say Way to Go America!

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  25. MonicaNov 7, 201212:48 pm

    So happy and relieved.

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  26. YAY! So happy he won! I’m Canadian, but I’m a HUGE Obama fan.

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  27. AllieNov 7, 20121:03 pm

    It’s just so exciting. I am so proud of my state (OHIO) and this country.

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  28. lauNov 7, 20121:34 pm

    <3

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  29. HeatherNov 7, 20121:50 pm

    This picture rules the school, love it! Can’t imagine a cooler and better President for a 21st-century America that should be a, if not THE progressive leader in the world. I cried tears of joy and relief when CNN announced him the projected winner. And has there ever been a President before Obama for whom his election was celebrated worldwide, both this year and 4 years ago? I still remember the news clips of celebrations around the world in 2008. As a friend of mine said, the world is watching us, and I’m SO glad we did not embarrass ourselves by voting ourselves back into the 1950s…or the Stone Age. Now let’s hope Obama can push through all the opposition that plagued his last term and get even more done for our country and for the equal rights of EVERYONE.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    YES. All of this, exactly. America should be seen by the rest of the world as a place where civil rights triumph and community progress is our purpose. I have been so embarrassed (maybe not the right word—mortified?) by the kind of antiquated, bigoted rhetoric that the GOP has been stooping to during this campaign. I cannot see how the Republican party can survive like this.

    Heather /

    Unfortunately there are still a LOT of people in America who fear anything they don’t understand and/or are unfamiliar with, and the extreme right seems to feed on and foster that fear. I know, work with, and am related to people who’d rather believe and support the fear-mongering propaganda even if it means people they care about would be denied what should be basic rights for all humans under current Republican ideologies. What really scares me is that this race was actually pretty close, and if Mittens hadn’t run his idiot mouth unchecked a few times too many (e.g. the infamous “47%” comment), the election could’ve easily gone the other way. Let’s hope that more of the crazy haterade has been weeded out of the political system by 2016, and little by little, maybe we’ll eventually get to where we should be as a nation.

  30. AnneNov 7, 20123:32 pm

    Yes. I am proud and happy.

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  31. KatjaNov 7, 20123:35 pm

    Congratulations from a Berlin girl!
    I stayed up until about half past five, awaiting the final result.
    Did you hear that sigh of relief?
    About 80% of the European citizens would have voted for Obama – he is very popular here. So now (almost) everybody is relieved and happy!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I think I did hear that sigh of relief, Katja. :) For better or worse, whoever is in power in the US has a huge impact on much of the rest of the world. I’m glad we could do you proud.

  32. AliciaNov 7, 20127:37 pm

    It’s brilliant to be able to keep the world’s coolest (and sexiest and everything else awesome) Commander in Chief.

    The comments remind me of the website of apologetic pictures posted when GW Bush “won” the election and the responding website of photographs from people around the world expressing forgiveness. I still tear up to think about it.

    And I tear up to think about the peril we escaped/avoided with President Obama’s re-election.

    It’s a beautiful world.

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  33. lilcgNov 7, 20128:29 pm

    I was starting to get terrified in the last few weeks of this election–I still don’t understand how some of my family and friends supported romney (they seem like reasonable, intelligent, compassionate people…). but now it is over and I am so proud and relieved. and on a more local note–I can’t believe VA went blue for the president AND the senate! yea for us!

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  34. ModFruGalNov 7, 201210:19 pm

    As soon as I saw that awesome photo, The Heavy’s “How You Like me Now?” naturally popped into my head, so now I’ll be singing it all night with a smile.

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  35. CeciNov 8, 201210:25 am

    SO proud to be American!!

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  36. JoaniNov 8, 201210:27 am

    So, incredibly Happy! And over here in Washington state we have even more to be happy about!

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  37. DianeNov 8, 20126:04 pm

    proud Virginian adding my yay!

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  38. AmandaNov 8, 20129:35 pm

    Photo credit please?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I wish I knew, Amanda! Sorry. :( It’s one of those photos that’s been used for a million caption memes for a while now, and I can’t seem to find where it originated. I added a note to the post—hopefully someone will know.

    Heather /

    It took some sleuthing, but I did find the original credit for the photo: http://www.benbakerphoto.com/p1.php.

    Anna @ D16 /

    THANK YOU!!! Wow, what great work. I love the photo of Biden with the bat, too. :)

  39. Julie-AnnNov 13, 20128:57 pm

    It doesn’t really help, I know, but I had this photo as one of my LiveJournal icons back in the day (during the 1st election), so it’s at least 4 years old. It’s the best!

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  40. nickarmadilloDec 25, 20127:02 am

    Ugh. Missed this post earlier, and I’m glad I did. The commentary is a bit nauseating.

    It’s sad to see so many bigoted people who can’t see that both sides want the best for our country, they just have different visions of how to get there.

    Closed-mindedness is equally ugly and pervasive on both ends of the political spectrum and it’s in full display here.

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