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Oklahomans react on Barack Obama's election

From Staff Reports Published: November 6, 2008
Both sons were glad they voted. I never thought I would live to see the day that a black man would be elected president.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee: "Barack Obama’s election last night was an historic victory not for any party or ideology but for America’s aspiration to be a country where anything is possible, and where all men are created equal. His election also was a victory for democracy. Even if many Americans don’t like the electoral results, his campaign proved that when the American people are inspired and mobilize, they can seize the reins."

Charlie Toy, Oklahoma City: "Only time will tell if his experience and age will prove beneficial to our country. I think his age will play a major role, which could be good or bad.”

Amber George, Edmond: "It could bring up a lot of old issues. If the level of respect for the president is low, that could really hurt America as a whole.”

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee: "I think it’s historic. You have to take great pride in the fact that the color barrier has been broken for the highest office in the land — the world, really.”

Jeff Boles, Norman: "I feel democracy has spoken. America was ready for a new beginning and a fresh start, desperately needed after the past eight years. What I witnessed in the election yesterday has renewed my hope for our nation’s shared tomorrow.”

Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau: "Democrats now have a firm control of Congress and I hope that means they will change the way Wall Street operates and that people are held accountable. We need to get back the fiscal discipline and balance our budget. The public wants to make sure the tax dollars are being spent wisely and I hope that’s the way the Democrats move. The public also wants Washington to do something out the health crisis that’s going on out there.”

Christopher Morgan, Edmond: "This was my first time voting. I waited in line for an hour and 15 minutes to vote, but it was worth every second because Obama won.”

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City: "It speaks well for how far we’ve come as a country that every one has an opportunity to achieve a dream and be a leader in our democracy.”


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