Barack Obama is Elected the 44th President of the USA

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November 4, 2008– Before Poll Closed

Here is the real-time election results widgets that will be shown Nov. 4, US time! Watch the electoral vote count and the congressional balance of power with the national U.S. map or choose a state and see how individual counties are voting. As soon as either McCain or Obama is declared the winner, you and I will know!

The countdown will be replaced automatically by the map a couple hours before the first polls close. (If you can’t view the widget, just look out for the interactive electoral map)

Here is A short guide to understanding the U.S. election process.

I am rooting for Obama.

Gallup recently found that nearly one-third of the world’s population feels the result of the American election will make a difference in their countries.

As a Filipino, I am interested in Senator Barrack Obama’s foreign policy. In Obama, I see a president willing to reach out to world leaders, whether friend and enemy, to open dialogue and resolve differences through diplomacy rather than military engagement. After all, when did it hurt to sit down and talk to our enemies?

An Obama election will send a signal to minorities across America and to countries around the world that the US is breaking through the racial divide, opening their hearts to people of all colors and religion.

Obama will be the next US President.

Update November 5, 2008 (Philippine time)

And Barack Obama is elected the 44th US President as most of us predicted! Yay!

Barack Obama sent an email on “How this Happened”

I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign — every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing…

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,


And I’d like to quote my sister, an American Citizen.

“The best person won…

I sometimes wonder if the undecided decided because of McCain’s choice for vice-president.

Or as the economic crisis worsened, McCain lost footing. Maybe that’s what did it. While McCain opted to temporarily suspend his campaign due to this crisis, Obama had replied, “If you want to be President, you have to multi-task.”

Barak Obama’s charisma had something to do with it. And his wise choice of Biden for vice-president.

Obama won because his organizational structure was so tight. The email was indicative of the communications I received after I made a small contribution at a fundraiser that Obama’s sister was the guest of honor for (right after the primaries) — and I met Angelica Jongco, the organizer for Filipinos for Obama, who told the crowd that although she hadn’t met Obama yet, she liked Obama’s half-sister. At that time, I witnessed the Asians who had supported Hillary Clinton puiblicly support Obama for the party’s unity’s sake.

Obama’s organizers used Web 2.0 technology effectively. No amount was deemed too small to donate. Every donor was treated equally: with the same emails.

Truly a historic moment…”

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1388 Posts)

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  • I share the same thoughts Noemi, he may not be perfect and I may not agree on some policies that he has, but he is the better candidate to me.


    • And I am happy he won.

  • noemi, i have your site open all the time to keep me updated of the election results. neat widget! thanks for sharing.

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    • Good thing the widget served some purpose to you.

  • yeah obama!!! i wish i could vote, i think i just missed the most important election of my lifetime.

    • oh too bad you couldn’t vote. But at least we supported his candidancy

  • Yange

    Obama is the new US president.

    This sounds music to my ears.

    • yehey! i even predicted my post. My url was Obama won the presidency

  • Nice widget, Noemi! 🙂

    Anyway, I hope things do improve and settle down in the coming months. Perhaps President-elect Obama will have to manage expectations.

    • we just need to be optimistic and let his plans flow.

  • There is more work cut out here for us in the US. We’ve only just begun. Many of our Filipino American political candidates lost in the elections. Let me enclose Rodel Rodis’s email that I opened this morning…

    I believe we will be steering in the right directions for our Filipino American political empowerment process. A crucial meeting of our NaFFAA leadership will take place in Washington DC the weekend before Thanksgiving where we will include lessons learned from this past election.

    Some of us had trained with Noemi re: enhancing our grassroots efforts — and for sure, many of them are ripe and ready in using Web 2.0 (and then, Web 3.0) for social change.

    I kept all of the Obama campaign emails so I could study their communications campaign materials. I have to give them lots of credit for being truly organized and articulate in their inclusive online communications.

    Thank you to all of you Filipino bloggers for being a source of inspiration for us here in the US who are constantly working on improving our political empowerment process. Keep on blogging!

    Watch out for our next project: The 6th Global Filipino Networking Convention in Cebu, October 9-11, 2009. Please join us by convening a Global Filipino Bloggers forum or conference within the umbrella of this gathering. Ask Noemi about what we did at the Third Global in 2005.

    Cheers from Chicago,



    From: Rodel50
    Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 1:51 AM (Pacific Standard Time)
    Subject: Telltale Signs/ Winning and Losing
    To: undisclosed-recipients

    Telltale Signs/ Winning and Losing

    When he heard the news on election night on CNN that Barack Obama had just won the presidency, my 17-year old son, Eric, wanted to scream. “I want to call all my friends and celebrate this moment,” he said. He was ecstatic. He was joyous. He felt hopeful.

    Eric had been gloomy and despondent over the past two months, deeply worried about whether he and his generation had any hope for their future what with the constant bombardment of news of an economy that was going through a deep recession, with the ranks of the unemployed growing by legions. He wondered what the point would be of going through college if there were no jobs available for college graduates.

    Like his older brothers and many others of his generation, Eric pinned his hopes on Barack Obama. He proudly wore his “Filipinos for Obama” T-shirt to school and engaged classmates and friends on current political issues.

    On election night, we huddled together and heard the speech of President-elect Barack Obama. “For even as we celebrate tonight,” Barack said, “we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.” Eric was concerned about those same points.

    “There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage or pay their doctors’ bills or save enough for their child’s college education,” Barack said.

    Those were Eric’s concerns too. Here was a leader my son could believe in, a leader who spoke to him and for him.

    Barack is not only the first African American to be elected president; he is also the first post-baby boomer to hold the post. His late mother was only 5 years older than Hillary Clinton and was even younger than John McCain. So he can relate to my son and his generation more than any other candidate had ever done or could ever do.

    “This is our time,” Barack said, “to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.”

    “Yes, we can. Yes, we can,” my son repeated with full resolve.

    I was more concerned about this presidential election than I was about my own race for re-election to the San Francisco Community College Board. I told my family and my friends that I would rather that Barack won and I lost than if I had won and Barack had lost.

    I rejected my friends’ advice that I refrain from being too actively supportive of Barack Obama as they feared that I may lose the support and the votes of McCain supporters. I didn’t care. The country’s future is more important than mine, I told them.

    Well, I got my wish. Barack won and I lost.

    After serving 18 years on the College Board, including winning four consecutive 4-year terms, I finally lost one this week.

    I wrote recently about how this was a rough year for Filipino American candidates for public office in the US. So many community icons lost their bids for election or re-election and I openly feared that this trend would continue. And my fears proved to be right. There were 10 Filipino American candidates who ran for public office in the San Francisco Bay Area and I believe all of us lost.

    For many of the candidates, it was sore lack of funding. The Filipino community does not yet understand the political culture of American politics where money is its “mother’s milk”. Filipinos would rather spend money gambling in casinos than in supporting political candidates.

    In my case, the explanation for my loss can be found in the question I posed in a recent column “Daly’s City?”. The answer turned out to be a resounding “Yes”. Supervisor Chris Daly targeted me for defeat and he prevailed. The three district supervisorial candidates he backed (Eric Mar, David Chiu and John Avalos), who were labeled as his “puppets” in a TV campaign commercial, were all elected. The candidates he backed for the College Board also won.

    But I honestly don’t feel too bad about my loss because Barack Obama won. For my sons, his victory was far more important than mine.

    About 12 years ago, when I was chairing a College Board hearing on a proposed parcel tax, a member of the public spoke about how he would personally campaign against me all over the city if I voted for the measure.

    I told him that I have three sons who will forever be in his debt if he came through and delivered on his threat because it would mean that I would be able to spend more time with my family instead of having to attend so many Boards meetings late into the night and read tons of papers to prepare for each meeting.

    That man didn’t come through with his threat then but Chris Daly and his boy, Roy Recio, did in this election. Now, thanks to them, I will have more time to spend with my family.

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