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January 19, 2009

LIVE BLOGGING TONIGHT – From The Huffington Post Inaugural Ball in DC!

Posted: 08:58 PM ET

Here we go folks!  David Theall is bringing you to the biggest event tonight in Washington, D.C., via Larry's blog!  It's the Huffington Post's Inaugural Ball in the Newseum, mere steps from the U.S. Capitol and The White House!  It's billed as the first-ever interactive inaugural ball. 

We're about to begin the live blog.  David has the perfect view of the action and will update you on any celebrities and power brokers he sees.  Tom Hanks, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Marisa Tomei, Shakira, Halle Berry,  Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are ALL expected tonight! 

Look for David's LIVE hit from the ball later in Larry's program tonight!  david-grab3

8:56 p.m. EASTERN:  D.L. Hughley from HLN's "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News," will update Larry on the action tonight from the ball. He's mic'd up and waiting for Larry to check out his sound. 

8:57 p.m.:  Jamie Lee Curtis and husband Christopher Guest are early arrivals.

9:01 p.m.:  Sting and Will i Am singing on stage now.  Rehearsing for later.

9:02 p.m.:  Sharon Stone is in the house.   We'll try to find out who she's with!

9:04 p.m.:  Nice time to tell you the new Newseum is REALLY cool and you should check it out if you're ever in Washington, D.C.

9:06 p.m.:  We're seeing Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" here.  Low key.

9:09 p.m.:  Senator Chris Dodd, one of Pres. Elect Obama's challengers during the primaries, is here.

9:10 p.m.: Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor of Huffingtonpost.com, is walking toward my laptop.  She's about to go on with Larry.

9:14 p.m.:  Someone just asked me to describe Arianna's dress.  Uhmmmmm, it's black-brownish with lace on top and a skirt that goes down to the floor on the bottom.  Lacy collar thing too!  (Mr. Blackwell or Tim Gunn I ain't!)

9:16 p.m.:  UPDATE on Sharon Stone.  She is here alone I'm told by someone in the know.

9:18 p.m.:  My blogging table, which is basically a bar table, just got tackled as the crew scrambled to get Arianna in place for a hit on LARRY KING LIVE.

9:22 p.m.: I'm on the lookout for more celebs.  DC isn't known for waiting up too late for anything!

9:24 p.m.:  Flash bulbs in the eyes.  Temporarily blinded.

9:28 p.m.: AC 360's very own Kay Jones, who is one of his producers, just stopped by the blog table for a hug. 

9:30 p.m.:  Ben Affleck is here!

9:31 p.m.: Don King ... and his hair ... strolling the floor.  How can you NOT love a man whose hair does that?  (I'm wondering if it's a look I should go with)

9:42 p.m.:  David about to do a live hit to update Larry on the blog and the ball.

9:48 p.m.:  Live hit over.

9:49 p.m.: D.L. Hughley now in front of the camera to give LK another update on the party.

9:51 p.m.:  Very crowded on the main floor of the party at the Newseum.  We're grateful for our balcony position.

9:54 p.m.:  D.L posing for picture with a fan.  Young kid.  Will probably be a cute picture for him.

9:57 p.m.:  Dancing(ish) has begun at the party.  I've not seen the official dance floor, but one seems to have been started in one corner.

10:00 p.m.:  That's it folks.  Program's over.  Will provide other celebrity updates in later posts.  Meanwhile, Larry King is on his way over to the party here!

Filed under: Inauguration • Larry King Live • Live Blogging


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karen   January 19th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

When we are a country in crisses and debt, how can we justify
spening $150 million for this inauguration


Ginger Bell   January 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Why do people look at Pre. Elec. Barak Obama as an African-American when he is Half Black and Half White?

The African-American public seem to see him as all black?

Help me see what they seem to see.


el   January 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Hi David

I am soooo jealous LOL. I would have loved to be there, even if it's just a fly on a wall. Tell Arianna that we love her!
Hope you have fun rubbing shoulders with the who's who.
Question?
Are you nervous?Is your heart pounding?Knowing that you might make a fool out of yourself with all these important people and stars?
Good LOL. I just wanted you to feel bad cause I am not there.
Seriously though, enjoy the eve and the atmosphere.

el


Jocelyn Simplice   January 19th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I just want to add my voice to your panel.
Barack Obama is the quintessential of the King's dream because America judged him by the content of his character and not by the fact he is a successful politician. I give a lot of credit to the white folks that believe in the dream.


daisy   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry
Great Pre-inauguration show.
Many times I’ve wondered if I would live to see another history making event that would not be sad. Well, I did see another one; we’ve come to call it the tragic event of 911.

As I recollect these moments in history with sadness, I also rejoice.
I rejoice because today we can all join the generation of young people who will have a vivid memory of another history making date. Unlike the sad dates that many in my generation remember, We can rejoice because this generation will have a story to share like non –other.

They will open their history books and see the last 43 president’s picture joined by President, Barrack Hussein Obama. They will see someone who looks like them but more important, I hope they will begin to connect and believe in America again.


Ron Cottom   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

It cost's $150,000,000 million or more for the inauguration. Well; I lost my part time job last week after looking for six months for a full time because of budget cuts and we spend this kind of money with not only me out of a job but others that are scared of what to do because they are out of a job. This next president said he is concerned about the economy but yet no concern what this inauguration is costing. Shame on America. What about the concern of this spending?


CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA   January 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

It's very intersting to hear (for example) Sean (Shawn?) speak about Obama's presidency as an inclusinve change for the country. However, there is a whole group of us that have been left at the station. As a gay American I can't help but feel hurt and left out. And, I don't understand why some African Americans speak publicly denouncing gays and lesbians for referring to our struggle a civil rights movement. I am truly exhilerated and hopeful regarding Obama's presidency.


kenya bolden   January 19th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

All I can say is wow! Never in this life would I have thought that this day would happen, even at 33 years old. I grew up in Louisiana and never could you have the thought of this day happen now. I prey for the family of Mr. Obama and that this will be a the begining of a new day for all people of this beautiful country. I just prey that the south could reconigze that all people have the potenial to be somebody not just what has been a common issue for years of black and white.


charlotte vanscavish   January 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Hi larry I am a big Barrack supporter but there was an interview on cnn today about stem cell and barrack said he would not sign any papers for stem cell. I have MS michelle obabamas dad had it. I really thought he would fight hard for stem cell research !! I feel barrack is a gods gift sent to us!!! I was giving up hope on the country till he was elected!!! All except the stem cell research. Barrack we need stem cell!!!


Tim Womack   January 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Dr. King's dream has not yet been fufilled with just Barack Obama. However, I believe that it is THEE stepping stone toward achieving the dream of Dr. King. We shall see if this sense of community will last in this country... I sure hope so.


Mary in Atlanta   January 19th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Larry – I went to the King Memorial today in Atlanta and it is an absolute disgrace. It need maintenance, a fresh coat of paint and some TLC. Please ask the King children if they see this as a fitting legace to their parent.

Thanks!!!


susan e gray   January 19th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Thank you for your documentry. It was wonderful. Thank God for people like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jo Ann, Ohio   January 19th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

What makes CNN think that with the economy the way it is and all of the foreclosures, that "we the people" would enjoy seeing those overpaid, mostly talentless, Hollyweird narcissists?????????

Don't people feel bad enough already?


Debi   January 19th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

It really upsets me having heard so many times since November, the next American president, an African American.

Isn't President Elect Obama an American just like all the rest of us? Black, yellow, red, white why are all the newsmakers saying "African American". Has he, President Elect called himself "African American" ?

An American is an American!!!!!!!!!! And we should be proud of it.


Ken in NC   January 19th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Larry, what many have called an "extravagant inauguration celebration" is in fact, the celebration of 4 things.

(1) It's the celebration of the inauguration of our next President.
(2) It's the celebration of the coming of age of a nation demonstrating it's world growth.
(3) It's the celebration of a special accomplishment of a race of once oppressed people.
(4) And finally, it's the introduction of a New America to the world.
All four, when combined, are what give many the appearance of an "extravagant celebration" when, in fact, it is reality. It is a worth while expenditure.


bbbbmer   January 19th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I'm posting this via wifi at the Newseum Huffpo Ball. No one supports President Obama more than I do. But, on tonight's show it was absolutely NAUSEATING to see Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appearing AGAIN, with no caveats about his local power grab sponsored by Republican proteges of Karl Rove, his anti-union homophobic charter schools that have no been barred from federal contracting due to fiscal malfeasance, and which have sustained millions in operating deficits which were suppressed by oversight boards and government agencies, and his numerous allegations of child sexual abuse which were covered up via payoffs to victims. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!


anne   January 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

with the economy the way it is, how can anyone justify spending 150 million on the inauguration? i am an obama supporter so this is not against him, just against the cost in general. please help me understand!


Hameed Rathore   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Excited n proud of CHANGE in america I wish can work with Pres>Obama and can change in pakistan n tear out the roots of
terorrisim may be one day


kenya bolden   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I don't believe people should just see this as a matter of color, because to me being from the south black and white people have had differents since day one. It still play a role in the work place here. It does not matter to me personally what color or race becomes president.., its the way the south keep the mind set of people here that keeps the idea of minorities from being anyone but some do make it out of the shambles. Education is key to being someone in the south because if your smart on life and have common sense today, you can make a differents. I also think that, If you lived here all your life you kept out with a blind fold being stereo types. I move with my mom to California during my teen years when I was seeking information as to where I stand in life and seen the outside world as a chance to move up in life, but I move back to south and watch my mother pass here. I still see now how the south is still holding on to old ways..


eli in Indy   January 19th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

while i agree that a black man being elected President of the United States is a great achievement for our country and our history i wonder if it is truly a representation of Dr. Kings dream. while it is no doubt a a celebration of how far our country has come in the fight against social inequity, i think Dr. King would be happier to know we elected a man to office who was the right man at the right time without regard to his race. when i watch/listen to him speak i dont see a black man. i see a smart, strong, confident leader and that is what i voted for. maybe i’m just a dumb, young, white kid, but i think there is too much focus on his color from the media. as i said, it is truly an historic event for this country and should be regarded as no less, but on jan. 21, can we stop bringing up the fact that our president is black and just support him as a man of this earth who is the same as every other man on this earth?


Ginger   January 19th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

As a southerner, I have always been hurt by people saying the south is racist. I only see people by the way they behave. I have a son-in-law that says the north is really worse than the south. I have also noticed that alot of African-Americans in the south are a WHOLE LOT MORE Racist than whites.


Alyssa Bampton   January 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I am your neighbour to the North. Congratulations on electing Barack Obama!. Finally, your country has come together and put race aside to elect someone great who inspires not only your country, but ours too- And the rest of the world! God bless you all and may you succeed and prosper as a united country.


Myrna from Ohio   January 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry,
This is a very historic event and I am so happy Barack Obama is going to be President...yes he is black but also remember his Mother was White..give her some credit. Love ya


kevin macdonald   January 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

just noticed on your promo, the T-shirts say 11:59 (pm)....check it out, and also if people tune in at NOON, the inauguration will actually be over, let EVERYONE know they have to be at CNN by 11:50 AM WOW!!!


Leena   January 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Viewing Martin Luther King's speech I noticed that most of the people surrounding him were wearing Gandhi caps. It made me a proud Indian.


Eleanore Lighthall   January 19th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Where did you get the $150 Million cost numbers?


Dennis Koehn   January 19th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry,
Thanks for the interview with Martin Luther King III. You were very adepts at ignoring his mentions of the King agendas around poverty and militarism. You accurately represent the denial of most Americans.


Jo Ann, Ohio   January 19th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

With all this talk of Obama being the "black president" and all of the emphasis on the civil rights movement today, as a white I feel like he is not my president. So maybe that is the intent.


kevin macdonald   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The entire planet will focus on Washington D.C. tomorrow.
Oh Happy Day !!


Jim Ivey   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Why not ask the honest and more difficult question of "why did it take so long for America.to elect a Black President...instead of "did we ever think we'd see the day that America would elect a Black President?"


dawud brown   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

What Obama symbolizes is a reality of cooperation, education, and prosperity! I am an african american male, 33 year of age and I have never been so enthralled in politics the way that I am now! I live by cnn..lol. I hear my 4 year old son and my 8 year old daughter talking about Obama and it's just a liberating and exciting feeling to continue to make sure that my responsibility to making sure they understand the importance of family, working hard, and treating everyone with respect is continuously upheld as a standard for which they live by! Obama represents that, this country coming together electing him as president represents that, and most importantly each of us as an american represents that! There is more work to be done but a major piece of what we can build upon as a nation has already been put in place by us rocking that vote! We now share the spirit, faith, and fortitude of one great thing..."follow through"! Let's continue to push as a country for greatness, equality, and hard work! We are in a fortunate era of history and we must embark upon what we have created.. a black president, a white president,..call him what you want..but what he symbolizes is more important. EQUALITY, A CHANCE, A PROMISE TO PUSH for something greater in the near future! It starts with me, you, and our own communities!


Annie   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

In these negative economic times, it would have been nice to see Barack Obama scale down the inaugural festivities. Now that would have sent a message of "hope!" $150,000,000 plus indeed!!!!!


carol   January 19th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

During the recent weeks, our country has witnessed an evolution–not a revolution. I began as a Biden supporter, then to Obama. During the campaign, there was little indication of using events as a racial banner, and this is something that I valued. It was an ALL AMERICAN campaign. The events of the celebration are beautiful and beautifully balanced, and the planners were brilliant to devise so many venues.

In the conversation between Larry, Sean, Seal, and the other panels members, i agreed with much of it, but I'd like to interject a thought as well. The world looks at the Obamas, the Bill Cosby Family, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and thousands of other successful parents, and they become the focus on such days as today.

Then it appears everything returns to normal. "Normal" where music continues to be violent and degrading to women. Where BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED young women like Beyonce produce videos (even for advertising) in which she is seductively dressed and dances in a manner that should cause permanently dislocated hips and spine.

I disagree with Bill Bosby on his book with Dr. Poussant and the theory they promote. Black families are not failing their children. EVERY DAMN FAMILY is fail its children. I understand their focus on their own community so that they are not being racial and attacking white families. But COME ON. We/AMERICA/ are allowing our country to go down the drain.

Sean, Beyonce, Seal, Heidi, John Legend, Usher,Queen Latifa==whomever. We need to show children and families must "ACT" the person they want to be before they become that person.

Larry I want to talk with omeone your staff later.,

e-mail and aI'll send a letter.


Ken in NC   January 19th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry you are good to interview all and I am understanding of that but I am appalled at the Rev. Jessie Jackson sitting in support after his most divisive comments. He is a man for whom I have no respect for. I lost it when he allowed himself on multiple occasions to be herd being divisive rather than supportive of the Obama campaign.


jose   January 19th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How fitting that the inauguration for the first tyrone as president was the most expensive. Is not like we don't spend enough on paying for their welfare,wic,and section 8. We just f##ked this country up.


bbbbmer   January 19th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

MLK's dream was also for economic justice for ALL people. MSM's treatment as merely a race issue skirts the true intent of King in combating poverty in America and the world...


chinook   January 19th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I have listened to hours of needs of every race in the u.s. but have not heard a word of needs or sympathy of american indians. sad.


C.P. Adams   January 19th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Shame on CNN - selling Obama T-shirts via TV! As a media outlet, CNN is supposed to be neutral, objective, non-biased! But when CNN sells T-shirts on line, how can CNN be neutral, objective, non-biased in covering the news, especially when it comes to news items about Obama, when CNN openly favors, even "loves," Obama - and shows it publicly in its programming, and now on the T-shirts?! When Obama steps out of line, CNN is bound to turn the other way, and refuse to report the hard facts! For shame!


Autry Henderson   January 19th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Martin Luther King would first congratulate him on being a “drum major” for change, then he would tell him to continue his quest and pursuit of the “dream”. He would say that the check is still not cashed, but that there has certainly been one payment installment on the promissory note. He would tell him that he is going to face many challenges – both personal and public, but to not get discouraged – that the road can get rocky sometimes. He would tell him that through his faith, family, determination, and his wisdom, that all things are possible. He would tell him that there are going to be those who are hoping that he won’t succeed, but that are so many more who do want him to succeed. He would tell him that he has to continue to be the catalyst in getting everyone involved to do his/her part. He would tell him to stay true to his convictions, beliefs and integrity. And finally, he will tell him that although rhetoric is great and positive thoughts are inspiring, you have to set the example and try to fulfill the promise you made not only to yourself but to the millions of others who want to believe that people who can inspire change can make change happen. Our forefathers’ dream past is now our reality’s future!


Katie From Dallas Tx   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Even though I am only 23 I have been waiting for this day...I'm so proud of our country and Barack Obama. I wish Martin Luther King Jr had been here to see this. I get emotional whenever I realize whats really going on. Mr Obama will be a great President and history has been made, one of the best history yet :)


Layla   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I think momentus progress has been made, but there is still a ways to go for MLK's dream to be fully realized!!! Another thing, I see plenty of Black men on you show, but where are the Black women???


elton ladd   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

A monumental step forward is an understatement...never in my short 34 years of living did I HONESTLY think this day would come....my 2 girls will now know, you truly can do and become anything you want, if you put your mind to it...God bless America.


Al Gorman   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I appreciate the emotion associated with the US civil rights movement. Race remains too big an issue. The fact that society is engaged in a discussion touting the virtues of electing a black president is a mere acknowledgement of the inequities of the past. Obama is the most qualified candidate to be president. He is artculate, inspiring, and has vision. The fact that he happens to be black is irrelevant. The dream will be realized when this distinction is no longer a part of the discussion.

Al Gorman
Toronto, Canada


Jay Kang   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What is going on in Washington? Is this politics or a hollywood party?


Sue   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What an exciting time to be an American!


Katherine Hargreaves   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry, until tonight I was not aware that you had chosen to sit in the back of the bus and drink from the "colored" drinking water. I felt so emotional on hearing that and so very proud of you. I am white, and I feel very strongly in favour of equality, but I doubt that I would have had the courage to take the stand that you did. God bless you Larry, and may Got be with Barrack and keep him safe.


justwhatisee.com   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

go barack, go! we are so excited for tomorrow! a new day...a new start. change, hope and progress.

greg & suzy (arnold, MD)


Carol Parkin   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

We live just outside Calgary, Alberta, CANADA. I think the vast majority of Canadians are as excited as we are about this. We were not fans of Bush and can't wait to see what Barack will do!
Celebrate America! You deserve it.


YDTate   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I am disappointed that you would have Jesse Jackson, Jr on your show to discuss his view on Barack Obama. He is the last person I want to represent black American views on Barack. He has lost any credentials he has ever had when he thought Barack was "talking down the black people" and he voiced his desire to cut off his **lls. Why did you have Andrew Young on your show? He was much closer to Dr. Martin L King, Jr. than Jesse Jackson, Jr. Even Coretta Scott didn't trust him and neither do I.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. does not represent the views and opinions of black Americans!!!


Katrina   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

This Inauguaration will definitely help the businesses in the area and our economy! President Elect-Obama has already began to help!


Toni   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

This is an exciting time for all Americans. Never in my lifetime would I imagine we would have an African American person as president. Regardless og how some feel I think we should celebrate this time. We may not have this moment again. As far as the cost if we can bail out all of these companies I'm sure a little money can be spent on this wonderful, educated man. May God bless America and our new president.


Robert Thomas   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Larry King:

I really enjoy your show. I think you are the best interviewer on television. Take care.


Jay   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

From a era of prosperity during the 90's, we are reduced to a level of total economic ruin, waiting for president Obama to rescue us! what a pity USA!


Sylvia   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I hope we all remember what tomorrow really means for us. It seems to me like this is turning into a huge "who knows who" event. So many high profile people. Are they paying for this weekend? I don't know about where you guys are but.....I do know that here in Orlando Florida we have a lot of hungry kids. Maybe if our country would put the money where it belongs......Our country wouldn't be in such a bad predicament. 150 Million dollar weekend....Meanwhile.......the "normal" people......


Cathy Boyd   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Good evening. I am an American citizen living in Canada. I was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and very disappointed when her bid for the White house fell short. I am behind Barack Obama 100% now and I have taken tomorrow off to watch live coverage of this historical event from London,Ontario.

I am only now starting to realize the significance of this event. GOD BLESS AMERICA!


TAG   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Larry,

Let's not report on the "stars" – who cares. Only further highlights how simple minded we are - I realize it helps sells TV, but let's get above it if we can afford to.


Brian   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Shouldn't a $150 million party follow success (read change) and not before? This is like giving a HS athlete a huge signing bonus. I understand the historical significance and am very proud of it, however, I believe if he wants change then he should demonstrated it from the get go. A small ceremony might have sent a true message of change to the United States.


M Radix   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Jesse Jackson is getting on my last nerve – with his comment about Barack running the last lap. What is his problem? He needs to get with the program. We are very grateful for what has gone before and am grateful for the sacrifices made by those who have gone before us, to include the way being paved for a Barack Obama, but this is not about him. He ran for office and the American people were not ready for him. This is a new day and a new age and he needs to make way for the new. Celebrate with us what we have all been able to achieve. God bless America! Jesse, move over.


Wanda   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

JANE, WE ARE CELEBRATING A PRESIDENT AND A KING IN THIS INAUGURATION!!


Erica   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The inauguration of President-Elect Obama symbolizes hope to me. Hope for anyone who wants to achieve their dream and mak their dream a reality. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud!


Nonso   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

In response the the question: Do we have a president or a king? I'd gladly say that America has a new president but the whole world has just gotten a King. How majestic !


ray garcia   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I know its a monumental event for a new begining and era, but the cost is simply ridiculus. You can have a bash and not spend so much money. How come Mr. Obama did not put a hold on all of the festivities, and instead give that money to people who are out of work and ill who really need the money.


David Naizir   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Tomorrow is the day no one in their right mind ever though they would see! This monumental piece of history will live in our hearts and dreams forever. Someone alert the Gods and let them know that we are now acting like human beings. We have elected a man that not only resembles the true character of the American way, but sets an example to the world that bigotry and racism is on its way to extinction. I know this sounds to you like cliché, and a Utopian point of view but what’s wrong with that? Why can I dream like a King, why cant I think that all people will unite in harmony? I think its worth dreaming. I think tomorrow a man’s vision will be fulfilled on the day after his birthday because we held on to his dream. I think its retarded when we judge each other on the basis of color. That is not light skin, its fair skin. So I take it being darker is clearly unfair? That angels are white, I guess people of color don’t die? That a straight hair is good hair, and curly and kinky hair is bad hair? To whom? One day we thought the Presidents were supposed to be white. I am proud to announce that we have finally overcame that misconception. Good hair is the one god gave you. No hair is bad hair, Michael Jackson ‘s color is unfair skin. Americans are all colors and shades and we are the best people the world can produce. This country was created on Masonic values and architecture that created the foundation of our people.

The White House was designed with a European influence (Irish), and constructed by the hands of slaves and laborers who never envisioned the occupancy of an African American President 200 years later. it’s a New Day my friends. This country was known as the New World because it would introduce a new culture to the whole planet. A way of living and understanding that no country has ever been able to achieve. We have invented everything and will continue to march into the future as a superpower. So please tomorrow when you wake up and you begin getting dressed to go to work, I want you to take a breath and say “Wow we did it”. Take the time to listen to the ghost of slaves that were responsible for the construction of this nation and thank them. Tomorrow they will rest in peace.

We includes, Moses, Jesus, Abraham, Mohammad, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Susan B Anthony, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Buddha, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Dali Lama, Nelson Mandela, Michael Jackson. Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Sydney Portiere, Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, Tommy Smith, John Carlos, Bill and Hillary Clinton and every one person who voted for change.

Yes we can? Yes we did. Yes we will. Rejoice and celebrate tomorrow and hold this memory forever. Ladies and Gentlemen the President Barack Obama is in the House. We are back in business.

Hey you never know I could be next lol
From your boy David Naizir


Hugo   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

As the entire nation celebrates this magficent event let's not forget the upcoming obstacles that we shall overcome and build the trust in our goverment but for now .....let's party


michele   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Change is colorless...change is getting back to family values...


gary   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

We've just had an 8 year nightmare. It's now time to dream and to celebrate.


Kathy   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

It's a media circus and a Hollywood showcase.
Lots of flash but we'll see if a picture developes.


OLOLADE LACROWN   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

This Obama historic moment is God's Noble Experiment on MLK Dream that turns real for Americans and the world in general


Sherry Peters   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Black, White, Green or Purple. What difference does it make the color of his skin, he has both black & white blood in him – the question should be "Can he lead our Country in the direction that our Country needs to be going in these terrible times both nationally and internationally."


elaine   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Like the rest of the world I am thrilled for the historic events that we are about to witness. However, the media needs to take the lead from Mr. Obama and STOP the focus on the fact that he is BLACK. The fact that this is the pervasive topic all over the news just proves that we have a long way to go in this country when it comes to racial equality. When a man is judged by the content of his character and NOT THE COLOR of his skin, we will know we have achieved what MLK dreamt so many years ago. The fact that Mr. Obama can inspire so many from so many facts of life is the story.


Keiarra Johnson   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Change needs to come to Kentucky


Lynne Abramovich   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am a dyed in the wool conservative. I have never voted for a democrat BUT I am proud of this achievement and I pray that Barack Obama's presidency rivals or beats that of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, the 2 best presidents in my lifetime.


Alma   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am in awe of the spirit of change that I feel. I wish I was in DC right now, but I feel the change here at home! We've got to keep in mind that it didn't take this country a day or two to get into this situation so it won't take Obama a day or two to get us out. And it's going to take us ALL to work together. I'm SO proud of Barack Obama and his family. We've come a long way, but we've got a way to go.


LORI   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'M JUST SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND WITH PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA, I CAN SEE ALL THAT LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!! THIS IS A DAY TO REJOICE.


andy   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

i am very supportive of Obama and realize that this piece of history will change our country forever. The problem i personally have is that all of this is racially motivated. If Obama was white would all of the Afro Americans voted for him? If the President whose term was up had left the economy in good standing and we were not at war for ridiculous reasons, would Obama have been elected. I am glad to see the Bush regime out, but just because Obama is an Afro American does this mean he will do a good job. On your program, MLK 3 stated that Obama will keep the 4th grade children in school. It is the parents not BUSH OR OBAMA who will keep them in school. This SHOULD be about POLITICS NOT RACE.


Steve Gethers   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Many people are making an issue of the Cost of this Inaguration and if it is over the top..letz be reminded that very little if any taxpayer dollars have gone to this so where is the issue?


Merrill Hughes   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I voted for Barack Obama. I'd like to here more media talking about the fact, that President elect is 1/2 Black, 1/2 Caucasian. As an Educator, I have problems always hearing the 1st BLACK this, the 1st Black that. Lets here that HE is Bi-Racial? or whatever he considers himself. My blame goes to the MEDIA. thank you and May God Bless Barack Obama and his Presidency


Loretta Scholfield   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Tomorrow is my 65th birthday, and I can't think of anything better than watching this historical event. Happy Birthday to me!!!!! God Bless them AND all of us!


applesandlattes   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I can help but to smile. I cry every time I hear him speak on the television. This is really an amazing, and wonderful event!


Harvey   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

A 17th century quote by Jean de La Bruyere:

"False greatness is cold and inaccessible ; aware of its weakness, it hides itself or at least does not reveal itself boldly, letting only enough of it be seen as is necessary to impress and to keep from appearing what it really is : simply pettiness. True greatness is free, easy, and familiar, letting itself be touched and handled. It loses nothing from being seen at close range ; the more it is known, the more it is admired ; through kindness it stoops to the level of inferiors and effortlessly returns to its original position. At times it yields, neglects itself, gives up its advantages, always able to pick them up again and make the most of them. It can laugh, joke, and play, but always without loss of dignity. It is approached with freedom and restraint together ; its character is noble and open, inspires respect and confidence, and makes princes appear to us as great and even very great without making us feel that we are small."


Jim Speiser   January 19th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Welcome to Someday.


Rosie   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

What is over the top in cost is the stupid reality shows on how much people spend on Sweet 16's.
If there is a website to donate to help pay for this amazing celebration of a once in a lifetime then I will donate. We have hundrends of milions of people that would donate to the party bill!!


Brian Spector   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am here in Canada, Toronto, eh,,,,,laugh here.
Tomorrow I will be glued to my tv, only CNN.
I am a white professional male and have to say that Obamamania is a big part of canada as well


Rick   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

When I think of my experiences of my life I have seen the tragedies of this country and its triumphs. Nothing compares to what I will watch tomorrow. Finally the constitution of the United States will be real to me. " All men created Equal" Living here in the deep south of northwest Florida the hatred among racial lines is still around. Hopefully now things will change and we all will love one another


Jonathan Michalo   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry, Larry, LARRY. Let's talk about the inaguration here, not the arriving stars, kay, honey?


Debra   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am a black woman with 3 sons. I would always tell them that you can be anything that you want to be. Know they know that it is really possible. No excuses. I only wish that my grandfather who lived to be 100 could have seen this.


Debby   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I have been watching CNN the last two days and why are you interviewing mainly the black people in the audience and why don't you have guest and panels with white people? This is a time for change for all races in the USA and not just the black race. Obama had the support of more than just blacks when he ran and he will depend on the support of all races as he faces the challenges ahead.


Claude Nobert   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Just say Hi to Sharon Stone.xxx


Jamelle Bolden   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

A CHANGE has come and it feels promising!

Watching this with my 9 year old son and explaining to him how far America has come makes me so proud to be an American.

I have thoroughly CNN's coverage tonight and cannot wait until tomorrow.

Thanks for all you do!


Liz   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

It's sad that Americans don't celebrate a new President. They seem to celebrate an African-American President. It seems to me that African-Americans make this election about race. I even heard Donna Brazile last night calling Obama " a son of Africa". How about a son of America? I think some people take this race issue too far. I celebrate a new President with renewd hope. Race should not be an issue nor a cause for celebration. It looks like some people were right when they said that Obama got elected because of his race. America is not that racist after all as some proclaim it is.


Tania   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

This is in reference to Ginger Bell in questioning why African-Americans see Obama as black when his mother was white. If you do your research you will know why. And why are you not questioning what Obama considers himself...fyi that is African-American.

Trust me had he not been President elect and he were walking on the same street as you you would be quick to call him "Black".


Edwin   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry,

There is certainly a climate of celebration all over the world not just in America because of this unprecedented historic event, the inaugauration of the first African American to the presidency of our great country. But one wanders what Louis Farakhan's and Rev. Wright's views are on this developing historic event.


Mischae   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Is anyone wondering what this impending crisis on the 21st and 22nd will be? I'm more worried about that than anything else. And while this inauguration is truly historic and should be celebrated, we must think about what the future holds.


Ortal Wynn   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Im so happy for the united states of america but let's not forget the tribulation that some six million people have endured in Congo. I am calling on the new president of the united states Barak Obama to please remember that more then six million people in Congo have perished mainly women and children. They need your help they need our help.
God bless all of us
peace
Ortal


Diana McIntyre-Pike   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

IN JAMAICA WE ARE ALL CELEBRATING THIS WONDERFUL MOMENT IN HISTORY. THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE LOVE OBAMA VERY MUCH AND HIS FAMILY – WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING HIM TO JAMAICA ONE DAY!

Congratulations!!! God bless you Barack Obama! WE love you!


Sohaila Farooqui   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

God bless Obama!


kenneth   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I just want to say as a 20yr old black male I am truly proud of seeing the majority of the country coming together as one and not using race as an issue.


Jeremy Murray   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This was my first time voting and I'm so excited to see change coming to America!


A.Garvey   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

To all individual who is apart of this world , this is what we've been waiting for a pure in heart person who see life as how God wants it to be. Out of many we are One, One flesh, Blood, Body. I share the name Garvey (Marcus Garvey) who speak with intelligence.. for all he speaks of UNITY we can't get no where without togetherness . Barack Obama is THE ONE who is going to lead us through these tribulations.... As this Bible scripture reads: Rise up ,Barack , and lead your captives away, you son of Abinoam .JUDGES.5:12-13


Autry Henderson   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I must respond to Ginger Bell. I am not sure if you know your history, but throughout history, I am assuming you are White, but Whites determined four hundred years ago determined that if you had 1/10 of Black blood in your system, you were Black and you were treated as such. Our forefathers (400 hundred years and quiet is it's kept in today's society) who were both Black and White suffered the same consequences of those who were born as a totally Black person. So I hope I have answered your question.


Ludlow Ball   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The world looks to America for moral direction. The election of President-Elect Barack Obama has strengthen the moral standing of America and will strengthen her hand as she works with the world to create a more peaceful existence


Anne from Canada   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

150M$ is only 50 cents per person. Do you want the government to spend $2 per check to send it out? Come on folks. This is the time to celebrate everyone's Inaugural at the modest price of $0.50/person.

Kings Dream is well on its way... No more can any African American claim they can't do it because they're black. What is left to do, and this is why I say the Dream is well on its way, is for everyone black and white to accept that we are all created equal. Thanks to time, the new generations have no problems about race, except for the very few who's parents are racists and transfered their hatred to their children. It will take another 40 years for the racist die off.

I'm Canadian, but my family moved to California in 1964. I've been back to Canada since 79. But my father opened a bakery right in the middle of Watts, and when the riots started, we brought our black employees to our home to protect them. After 3 days of riots, we returned to the shop and it was the only one standing. Everyone made the same salary, even my dad, and as Canadians, we never new about racism. We were fair and everyone was equal. We had great workers that stayed friends to this day. Key word is fair wage for a fair days work for everyone.

Time to RISE!


kevin macdonald   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I was so sorry that my children (now aged 20 and 18) witnessed 9/11/2001
Tomorrow we will witness history, as for my children, I am proud that I was able to witness 01/20/2009


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Barak deserves this inauguration no matter how much it costs. Just because our past leaders have put us in this huge debt situation doesnt meant that Obama should have to have less of an inauguration. He deserves every bit of it. And any president does because this is a big accomplishment for anyone. Over time it America will get better but its going to take maybe 2 terms. Let him have his shine for one day because the next 4 years he will be under so much pressure and will be so busy trying to turn this country around so let him have his One day to shine. Its what he deserves.


charisse d   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The impending inauguration of the first ever Black president is beautiful. I am of the belief that Dr. King's dream is not yet fulfilled, however, am optimistic that we are well on our way as a nation of people of all colors, beliefs, etc., living in concert with the notion that we are all equal. I pray for this country, my home, the United States of America. As a Black female I feel proud, inspired to do my absolute best and to continue to instill in my children that we cannot use President Obama as a crutch nor an excuse; rather know that anything is possible with humility, hard work and faith in a higher power. I'm smiling!!!!


Earl   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

i take it that we shall honor Obama's promises in the future, and worship Mr.King's dream in the present


k orth   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

So – what was Cheney moving out BY HIMSELF that caused him a back problem?


SSG (RET) Jorge L. Martinez   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

As a City Letter Carrier with the USPS and retired Army here in San Antonio, it makes me proud to see history unfold, for it is moments like these that I have devoted my entire adult life to public service in these, our great United States of America. President Obama...WE ARE READY AND THE TIME HAS COME.

God Bless America,
Jorge L. Martinez
U.S. ARMY (RET)
San Antonio, Texas


bols   January 19th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

As an african immigrant I grew up in Africa never really understanding what it means to be black 'cos I was black all my life and just took it for granted. Then I moved to the US at the ripe old age of 29 and suddenly, I was "black". I lexperienced racism for the first time in my life just could not understand how the "freest" country in the world could still remain so segregated in the 1990s and what a long way race relations had to go.
In 12 short years of my being here, thie election has moved race relations forward a whole century. I love my new country and find it so amazing and inspiring that it can constantly reinvent itself and be a beacon of hope to the world.
I am so elated that my 2 young daughters can take for granted a black person in the white house. I love my new country and feel so honored to be a part of it all.


Laura Reed   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Jonathan, did you just call Larry, "honey"?? That's pretty disrespectful..


Jay Kang   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I love Larry King but, Sean "Puffy" Combs? c'mon. He was tripping all over himself to think of something intelligent to say to keep up with his fellow guests. He's just a thug. What would the media say if Kid Rock tried to put together a semi-intelligible sentence in his support for McCain or Bush on LKL


Arlene   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry, When I see Barack Obama, I feel so warm inside. I feel he is going to be a wonderful President. I Love him.


Bessie Magee   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think it is nice to have this party, forget the cost, because money cannot compare with the burdens behind or ahead, the party is well deserved. God bless the President elect, his family, friends, supporters and even the ones who did not support him. Party, party, party.

Bessie
In the deep south, (Mississippi)


Tom   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I can't wait to get my house paid for and my gas card tomorrow.


betty   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I loved your show tonight- I am ecstatic about this election. As a white, middle-age woman with a super savvy teen kid, I can be proud that we've done the right thing in electing Barack. Maybe you can do a survey of whites that feel baggage/guilt from white people's decisions 200 years ago.


Charlotte   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I am so Proud of Barrack being a Canadian and black he brings out the best in me, I am so glad I lived to see this wonderful experience happen he is precious, intelligent and brings so much hope to us all.
I believe he has caused everyone to think about how they can bring about change in there own lives.


thadduess   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

i hope that the nation and the world will see african american males in a more positive light and the potential we have give the oppourtunities,


Hafeezah--Los Angeles,CA   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

It is wonderful to see dialogue between the news commentators and white America as they speak on race without feeling guilty. African americans do not hate whites, we will not treat whits as they've treated us. We only want America to be all that it can be. African Americans only want Inclusion,as all Americans do.

Hafeezah, CA


james t   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

larry many people are commenting that with the economic condition of the country Pres. Elec. Obama should have scaled back the festivities. these people are obviously NOT the benefactors of 300 years of oppression and taxation without representation or they would join in the elation of this moment in history.


ABB   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

What a truly EXCITING moment in our lives. I cannot recall a more poignant moment in my 62 years on this Earth! Despite the countless challenges facing our nation today, I cannot think of anyone who could embody more HOPE, more PROMISE, and more SPIRIT to usher in a new era– one where we may regain international respect and national pride. Go, Obama Go! Run, Obama, Run! Talk, Obama, Talk! Be, Obama, Be!


Clinton D'Souza   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

On Tuesday at 11:57 America comes back to the nation of states after 8 years of being away. Congrats Mr Obama. Canada looks forward to meeting you on your first official visit.


Ann Dillard   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Even though this was not the man I voted for I am excited to watch him because he is now the President and we owe him that respect. McCain said it best the night he lost the election when he said he is now our President and we should all wish him the best and hope he has a very successful next 4 yours..............


chris from ny   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

2 Questions... Eddie Murphy , and Bill Cosby, where are they ?


Merlette   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I think this is a great moment for all people.
A Dream Awakened
By
Merlette Williams
I was born on November 4th 1967 just a stone throw away from the historic “I have a Dream” speech. That speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that infused hope in a people. Yet not just hope but a mandate to go forth and demand that a country honors its promise to all citizens.
Hope, though often trodden under the feet of those who came after the struggles began, remained a beacon. Few dreamed in the seventies and even fewer in the eighties. The African American had come to believe that the struggles were over and the dream was realized because he could drink from the same fountains and enter through the front door. How foolish to settle for so little.
The nineties ushered in a dark day for the dream. Youth had decided to settle for even less that their predecessors had in the past. Now they were defining blackness as the empty headed, violent, bling wearing, women degrading, pant sagging, jail going people from a television show. How the dream had being degraded. Was all hope extinguished?
Not quite! Some where in Hawaii a little boy had learned and taken hold of the dream. Barack Obama had decided that he was going to be the awakener of the dream. Forty-one years later on November 4th 2008 I voted, a black American woman voting for an African American man. Talk about an awakening! The dream is alive with hope, a beacon so bright that it illuminates the past, lights the present, and gives a clear path to the future. Yes Martin and his contemporaries had a dream, and President Barack Obama awakened it. Now let’s go forward working together to make the dream a reality. A Dream Awakened Must be Realized!
It is our to accomplish.


anea   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

OMG!!! I can't believe this day is actually here. I am soooo blessed to be alive and well to see a historic event like this unfold!!


Anthony   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Barak Obama is going to change the world; but he must remember that Civil Rights is not Black & White.. it is a Rainbow.


Reginald Grant   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

What a night! And tomorrow will be unbelievable!


Varante   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As a citizen of the world, I was thinking to myself "Can one man fix the world?" I got the answer to my question now: "One man can not fix the problems of our world, but it seems he can have the vision of how to fix it, and the charisma to get a whole population to work towards fixing it, Yes one man Can do the change!"


Ashley   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As a 19 year old female sophomore in college, to get to see this happen in my lifetime is completely amazing! Growing up I was taught about all the civil rights issues and the struggles that were faced by many. Now I live to see that after all the struggles America has been through, we've won the biggest battle of all. It no longer matters the color of a person's skin. Truly all men and women have been created equal and that is the greatest thing i've ever wanted to see!


michele   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

What was Jil;l Bidden thinking about when she let the confidential offer of Vp or Secretary of State offer to her husband slip on Oprah...bet she doesn't get to speak in public again for the next 4 years...


Mere Words   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Here is a poem I wrote expressing my sincere hope for our country in this moment in time...

"A Moment in Time"
For President Barack Obama
by: Mere Words

Let us take a Moment in Time
to reflect on our future years,
and see what it could be like living
without our fears.

For this Moment in Time is one to behold,
this moment in time is worth more
than it's weight in gold.

Barack Hussein Obama has staked his claim.
With just the mere mention of his name,
a glimmer of hope now shines over the plane.
A spark of trust ignites in hearts across this land,
all feeling the promise in this one man.

For a Moment in Time,
the Muslim, the Christian, and the Jew,
all stood together in prayer
to help this blessing through.
Young People chanted "Yes We Can"
to help us reclaim our promised land.

In this Moment in Time we can all stand free
and reclaim our God given destiny.
For to this land we all belong,
and it's gonna take us all to keep it strong.
The Indian, The African, and The Irishman.
The European, The Latino and The Mexican.
We The People must come together,
once and for all ... as Americans.

In this Moment in Time
our differences can no longer hold us back.
The difference in being white
versus ...
the difference in being seen as only black.
The difference of staying poor or becoming rich.
The difference in providing for our children
or letting their future remain in our past ditch.

So...

Be still!
Racism, hatred, separation and greed,
to this moment we must all take heed.

Sit Down!
Politics, destruction, death and war,
for this is the moment we've all been waiting for.

Be gone!
Satan, evil, pestilence,
violence and crime ...
Be quiet! And let us all enjoy
this precious Moment in Time.

(Copyright©2009)


kenya bolden   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I don't believe in my heart that MLK dream has been fullfill, I still see here in the south that black and white is still an issue, even today. I think that the idea of being just half-black is a problem for most whites here in the south. I think Mr. Obama needs to make a bold statement here for the south to reconigze how far we as people of color have come. Black people here still don't have a voice, but in many ways they do, but like I said before education is key or even sports. I'm speaking from the point of view of being held down by xpressing myself with just an Obama T-shirt around here. I mean you can't just be yourself here in the south and this is where most of the racist issues started.


Faye Brown   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

HI, my name is Faye Brown from Gray Court, South Carolina... I am so exciting about the new CHANGE in America... I pray God's protection around President Obama... And I am watching the Larry King show as I am typing this comment...And for the previous comment... I do think President Obama is our New President and King....


Bobby Brown   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The world and Nation can see from the comments coming in, that "Dream " is still not complete


Katrina   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

$150,000,000 is just a drop in the bucket for CHANGE. If the Auto Industries, who will never change can get a bail-out package, why surely this is worth it!


Karen   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I think it is a great event to see our first black president but do we really need all this? Parties, concerts, shirts for sale, etc going on for days. I don't recall this kind of party for past presidents. Who is paying for all this? Taxpayers? I hope he will be worth all this.


Janet Solomon   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I am a Canadian and I am so excited to be witnessing this great event of our time. Barack Obama has inspired so many around the world, black or white, jew or gentile, and I am truly uplifted by this man's vision not only for the United States of America, but for the entire world. I will pray for him and his family, and I hope the American people will be patient and allow him and his team the time they need to turn the economy around to make America prosperous once again. It is going to take a long time because there is no money to do all the things that are needed. But Barack Obama gives us hope and together, each and every individual, in his or her own country can do something worthwhile, through hard work and commitment, to make our world a better place for our children and the many generations to come.


jazz   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

i'm a little upset that king holiday has turned into obama pre day.


Mercedes   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

This response is to Ginger Bell...

At a very young age in a society that basically said if you have one drop of black blood you were black he had no choice but to identify with himself as a black man so, therefore, black Americans see him as being black because that is how he sees himself.


Juneau AK   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

As an Alaska Native woman, who is the mother of AK Native/Filipino children, it really makes me believe that anything is possible, especially for my children!

This has been a long time coming, and I feel such a rush of pride each time I hear Mr. and Mrs. Obama speak!

We will be watching history unfold in DC from far away Alaska!


Nikki   January 19th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Seal's rendition of a longtime favorite of mine is quite nice. Will look forward to downloading it when it becomes available on i-Tunes.


Linda Neff   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Sheryl Crow wore a great Obama t-shirt yesterday at the concert – where can it be purchased?


jo less   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Guess what............ We have a King and a Pres. and what ever one thinks is important, but sometimes you have to look over the petty stuff and look into the stuff which really means something........ So, lets look at tomorrow and to the years to come and make each day count for the important stuff.


anthony parker   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

The electing of a person of color to the be president is long over do however the title of African American validates Jim Crow laws that are still on the books. I have bi racial children myself and my ex wives disliked the the effort I made to tell them they where black. My wivesy where correct because being white requires an individual to be 100% unlike being called black whereas you have to be only 1% to hold that title. I am proud to see this day in this country we have a person of color as president that is black enough for America.


Linda   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

$170 million on the Inaugriation is just Ridiculous!!! When there are Americans that are out of work, cannot pay their bills, losing their homes and our New President is spending this amount of money. It's just a show. Where is the media outcry in this???? Bush spent 1/3 of this on his last inaugriation & the media was all worked up about that. Once again unfair treatment of the media. The real people (not the "Elete Hollywood" types) are outraged with all of this! We real Americans are not taking off work to watch this event – we are making money to pay our bills and so should the Government & the Financial Institutions. Swear him in & let's see what he does – cut out the "Pomp & circumstance" & get to work for the people. Let's see all this "change" he was talking about. We Americans will be watching & treat him like Bush was treated.


Benton Allen   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I am so proud of the milestone that has been created by Barack Obama. I also speak for all Jamaicans who are in support of Obama.
I wish for him and his family continued success for the future. God speed Barack.


SHUN HELTON/detroit,mi.   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

With all the excitment, it seems as if GOD himself has manifest his spirit through President- elect obama. It's seems like the second coming of Jesus Christ. After all this is printed in the book of revolations.That the world will soon be together and have peace throughout the world.


Gabriel   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Dawning of a NEW ERA!!!


Nonie   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Most America folks have Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" all backwards. The focus is not black or white, the focus is how this country is going to shape up in the next four years. Tomorrow America is going to witness History in the making. Most people look at the simple fact that a man that is black is going to be President. I think Obama is going to be someone studied for the next fours years not because he is black, not because he is President but the choices that he makes to protect this country in the serious crises over the next few years.

Love your show Larry King.

Utah


Carlton Con Francis   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Larry : It is a long way from the days of the Negro Spiritual "Nobody knows the trouble I have seen" to the threshold of Obama's inauguration as President of the USA.

There is anticipation that great days are ahead and that the best is yet to come. Glory Alleuia!!.

Con

Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies


Theresa Cardazone   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I am so happy and proud that Barack Obama will be our 44th president of the United States. It is a special time in America and we need to wake up and change our lives for the better.


Hafeezah   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

It is wonderful to see news commentators and white america speak on race relations with out feeling guilty. African Americans do not hate whites, nor will we treat them as they've treated us. We only want america to be all that it can be. African Americans only want inclusions.

Hafeezah–Los Angeles, Ca


Thomas Stewart   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

As an African-American male educator and minister, the significance of President Obama's inauguration on tomorrow is biblical prophecy being fulfilled. It mirrors the dream that Dr. King had for America. It remains necessary for all Americans to not only embark and view the happenings in Washington but return to our neighborhoods with a renewed commitment to make America a place of tranquility for everyone, especially our youth and senior citizens.

Thomas


Florette   January 19th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

As a South African it's always been fascinating to study American history and to discover that it too had segregation, only it did not give it the name apartheid that lead it to impose sanctions on South Africa in an attempt to pressure the government to end the apartheid system.

For those who don't know: many white South Africans dissaproved of apartheid just like many whites in this country dissaprove of segregation. It was a profoundly proud moment for me when South Africa did dismantle the apartheid system and Mandela became President. As I watch CNN and the coverage of this historic moment in American history, I count myself extremely privileged to be witness to another profoundly amazing moment in world history.


Philp Mc Gowan   January 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Hi Larry, Its really great to see our nation so elated and hopeful again,. Ignorance is becoming a dying breed and the birth of hope and change has arrived . We still have allot of work to do but its great to see the work is in progress.


Anthony   January 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Civil Rights is not Black & White... It is a RAINBOW.
EQUALITY for ALL of US.


Sarah   January 19th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Yes we Can.Yes We Will.Yes We Did. Change has Come!


LUCAS   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

TONIGHT , I'M ABLE TO TELL MY KIDS A CHANGE HAS COME FOR THE WORLD. FIRED UP AND READY TO GO.


Pam Mueller   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I am so honored to be alive to witness our great country coming together to support our 44th president. Pres. Obama will bring not only hope to our nation but unity.


Diane Dagenais Turbide   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

What a day today and what a day it will be tomorrow!

Good evening!

I may be repeating myself today but it is worth repeating! To me, MLK's dream means it is up to all of us individually and collectively to march ahead, forge ahead, push ourselves to free ourselves from any inequalities towards our own person and towards our neighbor!

We have reached another great step from MLK's dream...President Elect Obama signifies a great continuation from many past beginnings. The continuation of MLK's dream with President Elect Obama signifies many great new beginnings to come if all of us never forget the dream and keep on marching to the sound of our own beating heart for freedom, true equality and for peace in our own lives and in the lives of all our brothers and sisters at home and abroad. God Bless you all!


Mike   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

“why did it take so long for America.to elect a Black President…You ask? Well, aren't you an American, and if you are asking, I assume you are "Black" so tell us... Why?


Peter Ellis   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I'm a white teacher in a mostly black high school in Philadelphia. Not only am a happy to see a competent person assume the presidency; I'm delighted to see black Americans finally given a chance to celebrate. Their happiness is palpable. Anyone with a bone of feeling inside will smile at seeing this.


Cynthia Pompey   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

This is history in the making.......Thanks CNN


Janistasia   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Hey, Hey Party over here!!!!!! ooooah! ooooah! Today was a great day, tomorrow will be even better. I am so excited.


henry   January 19th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

as an18-year-old canadian who hitch-hiked thought the south some 45 years ago and witnessed the stark reality of racism IE white only signs and blacks only in the back of buses I am thrilled to see the past strugglesand sacrifices of so many result in the inauguration of a black president.in my lifetime.
I believe that the United States of American can now take the high road to a good life for all its citizens and once again set the standards of all men being created equal for the rest of the world to aspire to


Gretchen, San Diego   January 19th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I feel REPRESENTED in government. I am so proud that my country got it right. We chose our leader based on his character, his bright mind, and his depth. This was the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. and we did it. I have never felt more represented than at this point in time, and I am in fact not African American.


Jamie G. Rutan   January 19th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I wanted to mention Charles Morgan, ACLU Attorney in Atlanta, Ga. during this historical time .
He passed away on Jan. 8, 2009, in his home in Destin, Florida. I would imagine Obama's Presidential Victory was very dear to him. The Civil Rights Movement certainly was! It just seemed fitting to mention his efforts on Martin Luther King Day and the Eve of our new President taking office.


sam   January 19th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Spening this money to celebrate the country is still better than spending one more dollar on the war in Iraq. Two or three days of celebration vs. how many years of war? Had we never gone to war, how much money would the country have now? Not to mention the lives lost and homes broken. Why didn't the people complain more about the cost of the war? Why can't the American people celebrate? Why don't the American people complain about their money being given away to failing business's with multi million dollar ceo's?

Sam


Rebecca   January 19th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

If the world were on fire for Our Almight Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, our Creator the one and only KING, as they are about BARACK OBAMA and this inauguration tomorrow, this world would be a much better place to live in.


Emmanuel Idogho   January 19th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

With the President Elect, the would be- Mr. Prsident Barrack Obama by tomorrow, will make America History a World curriculum in every academic of learning. It is a dream come true of the founders visions.

May God grant him the knowledge and wisdom throughout his reign.


Robyn Cunningham Stuart   January 19th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I only wish that my mother was alive to see Obama's Inauguration, because she was one in the fight to make it possible...thank you Johnnye Smallwood Cunningham, and God Bless you President elect Obama.


Cameron   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I am sick of the BLACK president stuff already. Equality no its always about race, we know it and so do they. He will still be a black president run by white people.


Layla   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I think momentus progress has been made, but there is still a ways to go for MLK’s dream to be fully realized!!! Another thing, I see plenty of Black men on you show, but where are the Black women???


Anthony   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

The world is anticipating great things from Obama along with the end of an Error.


Craig D.   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Larry, I watch you as often as I can. I did not know that background about you personally and your defiance of racism. Way to go. Thank-you for showing Black men in a positive light tonight and telling all there are many faces of Black America. I hope we all take heed to what the new president is saying and we ALL need to serve. I will and I hope you will too.


pat sheldon   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Last night one of your guests referred to the President Elect as a assassin because as he put it he is cool, calm, and precise when he is speaking . That Senator Obama is right on the mark.Well, I was very insulted and felt angry as to this portrait of our next president. If any thing he should have compared him to a surgeon he is cool ,calm and precise and will heal this country not kill it.


Theresa Cardazone   January 19th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Take a deep breath and enjoy this moment. This is a time for celebration. Yes, we have a lot of work to do but
Do not allow anyone who is pessimistic to bring you down...
YES WE CAN!


Will   January 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am not a racist, but why is giving credit being to just the Afro-Americans for electing the new President, when we as white people just as much to say about, along with spanish and other etchnic groups.


Jane Potter   January 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

A Tornado of Happiness runs thru the arteries and veins of D.C. today.
A Master Spokesman has arrived.
Flash.. 1967..The kitchen table talk thick with coffee and smoke. Poor children of Birmingham drenched with hoses...100lbs of pressure on their backs. White talk of what the Negroes are doing...a Presence of Mind emerges, the seed, to hear the truth Martin speaks.
MSNBC commentator tells us that in D.C. there is a series of serious neighborhoods nearby some very poor and fraught with danger but tonite MLK Day all citizens have merged onto the National Mall and a Tornado of Happiness is present. I sit on the edge of my couch, in my mind I'm flying in my car to join the masses, a Holy Mass of Americans.


Alma   January 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

It saddens me that people feel that this is just racially motivated. Yes, we are proud that first African – American president is going to take office. But this is also an opportunity for this country to change and grow and do better.


Reginald Grant   January 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

This response is to Jazz. Do not be upset and think MLK is a pre day for Obama. This is perfect timing. The MLK and Obama inauguration gels together perfectly.


Rosa Brodie   January 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

This inaugural celebration is priceless. None like it ever before therfore no price tag is too much. America would be remiss to spare any expense. This event will pull Americans together. We have spent more on wars that have divided us. Tax payers are paying for it any way and I am one. GO FOR IT.


Sandra   January 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Hey Larry,

Greetings from the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Larry i just want to say America is a great country with lots of special people.
It is good for us in the Caribbean to finally be looking at the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

FINALLY AMERICA IS UNITED!!!!

That is what this Inauquration means to us.

UNITY


Greg   January 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Obama seems to have an infectious spirit empowering people to become better and strive for better. He is a natural leader with the ability to make people want to listen. I have great hope for change and new possibilities even amongst all of the current turmoil. Hope and acted upon changes can be strong initial steps toward a rising new spirit.


rita   January 19th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I'm completely overjoyed by what is about to take place in America. i am an african American single parent of two beautiful adult daughters. I've always encouraged them to do exceedingly, abundantly above all they can ask or think. Seeing our first african american president being sworn in on tomorrow will definitely encourage them even more. He is a man of great wisdom, far beyond his years. Seeing him with his family , with a genuine show of love, togetherness, and humbleness, shows the strength of what is to come. He will bring about change, and not just in african americans but in this entire nation of people. Let us continue to work together for the one cause , the change we so desperately need.


Lisa Vaughan Nowak   January 19th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

The estimated amount for the inauguration is 150 millions dollars. President elect O’Bama stands for the American people and with them. He does not stand behind us or in front of us, and I am proud to say my future president stands beside us, as one and as a whole. This is why he was elected, we believe this. With today’s economical struggle, I can’t help but wonder why he would allow that amount of money to be spent on this inauguration. He deserves it; I believe it should be the most outlandish event in history, but doesn’t it go against what the United States of America needs to accomplish? United States of American needs to cut unnecessary cost, build jobs and so forth. The cost of this day could save lives, feed the hungry and maybe be disbursed to help create jobs. I believe our future is bright and do realize that people are working to make tomorrow a wonderful day, but 150 million seems a little excessive.


Mike   January 19th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

As a white "American" male, I want to weap happily because of what tomorrow means for myself, my family, my country, and my world!


rosie   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

well this is a very exciting time! 2 million people + in DC and everyone in the world watching _- get your party on america!! and dick cheney hurt his back packing ? that is the most work he has done in 8 years.


Jay Kang   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

What has Obama done to show his competence as president of the United States? Nothing, yet. I hope he does all (or most) of what he promises. It's like the troops in Iraq, I am not an expert in foreign affairs or foreign economies therefore I don't understand why exactly our troops are at war but I have to support them nonetheless, I always have. We are committed to the war effort. Likewise, I am not an expert in US politics but I still support Obama as our president, I have to. We have made a four year commitment with the election of Obama. I' ve got my fingers crossed.


LJG   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

As much as people are making over Obama being an "African-American" President proves that most voted for him because of his skin color NOT because of the substance of his campaign. I don't hear anyone talking about him being 1/2 white?? This should not be a black or white issue if we have surpassed the racial issue....... Also, I hear in the press how popular Obama is already – what has he done to deserve this? Nothing I can see. I hope the "man crush" the media has on Obama will pass soon!!!!


Diego   January 19th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Dear CNN Political analysts,

My name is Diego Arvelo. I have lived in Canada for the past 18 years. I Own a small business and when I opened that business 6 years ago the first thing that I hung on the wall is a picture of Dr King delivering his speech in Washington “I have a dream” And walking in every day for 6 years through the front door of that building, no matter what kind of day I had, every time that I looked at that picture it lifted my spirit and my soul… and it described to me that ANYTHING in life is possible. I struggled in the past with racism in the small town where I live… But nothing that those people could say to me ever broke my spirit or my soul… I kept working hard. And tonight sitting in my living room on January 19th 2009, and seeing this Miracle of Barak Obama being elected as the President of the United States of America is like always my dad used to say to me… you must keep an open soul… I am so proud that we as a people that we can come together and oversee the differences in our skin color… It’s like Abraham Lincoln said, “Every man is created Equal. Good luck Barack, from Ontario Canada.
Best Wishes,

Diego Arvelo


Alma   January 19th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

You're right Theresa, YES WE CAN!


Donna   January 19th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Larry, I love your show I have been watching it almost every night for twenty years. This is the first time I reach out to you for a comment .

I cannot tell you how excited I am for America as Barack Obama becomes our President. It is as though tomorrow ...AMERICA.. will have won the POWERBALL. We will all be winners and richer for having him in our lives. . This man is brilliant and our hope for renewal. God Bless Him and God Bless America..

Donna


Phyllis Shance   January 19th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, a group of us at work watched King's "I have a Dream" speech. King said he dreamed how one day, from every mountain top, he would hear , "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we're free at last." It seems to me, that with Barrack Obama's inauguration tomorrow, we will have reached the mountain top. And the country seems ready to sing!


Tiffany   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Larry, you might want to take a look at this relevant poem by Maya Angelou:

TitIe: "I, Too, Sing America"

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.

--–The Oklahoma Middle School Teacher sending this will say to my kids, “Tomorrow” has come, my fellow-American brothers and sisters of Macarthur Middle School. Today, we can quote proudly the words of Maya Angelou and say, “Mr. President-Elect Obama, each of us, no matter the color of our skin or our upbringing, we all get to eat at the same table today!”

-Tiffany Biles, Oklahoma Middle School Teacher


Tania   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I am still at a loss why some question why blacks are celebrating the fact that obama is the first African-American president. People, it is because it is the first. It is because that blacks have been and are still oppressed. It is because we were never to make it this far. It is history. Though we celebrate that this win far surpasses race and is reminder that we are all equal, we have to celebrate the fact that a black man made it to the highest office in the land. How can we as blacks not celebrate that?


Anthony   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Tomorrows river of joyfilled & hopefilled tears will help heal the many ills of our country and the world.


Ginger   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Tania
NEGATIVE!!!!

What research should I do?

Mr. Obama is going to be our next president. He can only do so much.
He does have a white Vice-President that probably has Indian, Scottish, Irish or German blood in him .Do you hear him saying he is one "of the above"-Americans?.
We are all Americans. That is probably what I should have addressed like alot of the others, is that I am American.I really hate to disapoint you BUT I AM NOT RACIST.
I hope Mr. Obama can pull off this "King" thing that alot of people are expecting.Isn't it mostly up to Congress and the Senate?

And I hope on your comment that if I were walking down your street that you would think of me as a woman and not a White woman.
That comment was totally out of line and very Rude.


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

To linda
We all understand more money is being spent on this inauguration than before but why not. You say cut straight to the swearing in and cut pomp and circumstance and get to work?? Can the man celebrate for one night? He truly deserves this. After tomorrow it is all work and nearly no play for him for the next four years because people are expecting him to be God. He is human and he cant do it all by himself. But he can atleast get ONE night of celebration when he will have 4 long years of criticism and doubt to deal with. Lets be happy as a people. Lets all enjoy this moment and then work together to fix our problems. God Bless the Obama family and Biden Family.


Gail   January 19th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

All I hear is black this and black that. Barack Obama is half white too.Through all his speeches and debates,what I heard through them was that Kansas(good old midwest)morals and ethics and principals that I was also taught growing up in Nebr.Strong moral convictions of right and wrong.Those things were taught to him by his white mother and grandmother.How disrespectful to both of them to not celebrate their role in who he is. He is not just black, He's white as well. So why glorify just the color of his skin.Glorify his intergrity and morals and ethics that his mother and grandmother taught him.


Alma   January 19th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

In response to Jay, some of the presidents who people have thought were COMPETENT have screwed up the country. And how does one prove himself to be competent to be president? Don't you have to have that job first?


Sara   January 19th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Praise go to GOD for this change and for this Obama. Obama is here for all americans, not just for african americans. A change has come and something we can believe in and a change to look forward to. We all must pray for him and ask GOD to lead him in the right direction.YES WE CAN!


Teah Perkins   January 19th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

This a wonderful moment in history that the world is just moments away from witnessing. Barack Obama has given many African-Americans hope and a will to strive for nothing but the best of what life has to offer. He has broken down so many doors to allow people of color to have an equal and fair opportunity when it comes to competing in the work force and holding positions of power. It also sends out a message to everyone, that this is a new day and age and anything is possible as long as you apply yourself and do not allow yourself to be underestimated by the stereotypes that the world has placed or may place against you.


jamilla   January 19th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Seeing all of the entertainers sing and commend Barack Obama is really warming to me. These entertainers were out front and center passionately fighting for Obama within their own fan base – yeah, even Sean "Puffy" Combs whom another commenter seemed to have a problem with (Jay Kang). This man, "Diddy" what they call him, was out there with the "vote or die" slogans, etc. He appealed to his fan base – a part of America that was a part of this great victory for the world.

This election means that our country is growing intellectually, spiritually, and morally. Like I said, growing, because obviously we have a way to go to realize we are one – the differences are that which add the flavor and distinctions of our body of one. But I am soooo proud of Americans right now, and so happy Barack has chosen to put his talents to lead this country towards a better light.


Jamie G.   January 19th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Let's drop the 150 million inauguration talk – more of the Fox News Team making false comparisons – This is a time to celebrate! We've come a very long way and we have a very long way to go, but we have a leader who will take us where we need to be! I am so happy that the majority voted Mr. Obama into office.....shows me that we also have the Hope that ignorance is slowly but surely going away!


susan Newton   January 19th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I think Jill Biden informed us today, unwittingly, that the prejudice against women is far deeper and ingrained in law, mind, body than ever existed towards the Blacks, Jews, Muslims, Irish. on and on. Second choice, Hillary? I voted for Obama– this is so insulting, for women and especially for Hillary (an obviously better choice for either position). As much as I admire Obama, he is looking for a Walmart America, wants us to go shopping while we find our spirituality, wants us to volunteer on days we aren't paying for a bail out, not one word on the benefactors of these losses or consequences- money went somewhere. My husband and myself, we see the disolution, seriously going to the woods, but I bet it's getting crowded.


Harry Lamontagne   January 19th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I'm wondering...
Is there some statistics that would show if the crime in the USA have been up or down from January 18th to January 20th ??
Maybe you should answer that on your show.
I am from Haïti and I've been living in Montreal Canada for 30 years.


Jan   January 19th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I am thrilled by the historic implications of this inauguration, but I have to wonder why nobody but nobody is asking the tough questions. It is fabulous that America has finally broken the color barrier, but what will it mean if Obama's policies break the bank? I don't hear a single voice out there wondering how our children are going to pay for these trillion dollar payouts. I don't hear a single voice out there asking where all this money is going? The banks that received bailouts are not telling what they did with the money. The new "stimulus" package that the President elect supports contains all kinds of weird pork-barrel spending. We are tossing money right and left to "create jobs". Government create jobs? Are you kidding me? Government created jobs don't bring in any new taxes. Businesses create jobs when the environment is supportive of business. Congress is out of control and who is going to reign them in? No one.
If we wanted to get out of this economic mess we are in we would do a couple of things, 1) make government employees pay taxes, they work like the rest of us, they are citizens, why shouldn't they pay taxes like the rest of us, 2) cut capital gains taxes (no people, this is not a gift to the rich, it is a stimulus to the economy, we would see the economy boom if we cut capital gains taxes, it would help those middle class taxpayers who have some stocks, an IRA and a 401K. and more importantly, it would stimulate the economy). But of course, we won't do that, because we hate anybody who has assets, even those who are middle-class.
Unfortunately, we fail to notice that that the majority of taxes in this country 68% are paid by the top 10% percent of the taxpayers. How can we say that the rich are not paying their fair share?
Yes, it's much easier to say "soak the rich" and "give tax cuts to people who don't pay taxes", but will that help the economy?
I know it's practically sacrilege to say this, but helping business helps the economy. Sadly, this is now a novel concept. We are like babes in the crib, waiting for our big government father to give us what we need instead of getting it for ourselves. What has happened to our self-reliance and independence. Unfortunately, we'd rather pay through the nose and let big brother do it for us......how sad.
I hope that our new President pragmatically thinks before signing all these massive spending bills that will be making their way to his desk. And I hope that the American people remember that this country is not a nation of baby birds chirping to be fed, that we feed ourselves. That this is a good thing. That freedom demands it. That to keep our liberty, we must fight to keep our independence.
This is a great country because of our people, not because of our government.


Ginger   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Autry,
Thank you.
Know I did not know that.
That is why I asked.
Not to be ugly about it all.
And I am not totally good at history.
I hated it in school.
Thank you for being nice and just answering my question.


Lupita Reyes Nuncio   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Please read the Supreme Court Case, Mendez v. Westminster. The Mendez family paved the road for their children's education and everyone else's. In 1946, the case was filed because Mrs. Mendez's daughter was in a segregated school for Mexicans in Orange County, California. For political reasons, Mexicans were considered of the white race but they were still treated as third-class citizens in the education system. The daughter is still alive, Sylvia Mendez, and should be seated up front with Jesse Jackson.

I also haven't heard anything mentioned about Cesar Chavez, a political activist who also spear-headed civil rights for migrant workers in the farmlands across America. Without, thousands of farm laborers would be still in fields full of pesticides ruining their health.

Without the HIspanic vote, President-Elect Obama would not be where he is today.

By the way, my mother saw President-Elect Obama in the TIME magazine a few months ago when he was sitting at a desk with his shoes on the desk. My mom sent him $100.00 money order to buy himself a new pair of shoes. My mom, Alejandrina E. Reyes, said no President of hers was going to the White House with holes in his shoes. She collects a little over $600.00 from her monthly Social Security check.

Thank goodness for Moms.

Thanks for the ear, Lupita R. Nuncio, San Antonio, TX.


Ted   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I'm just so overwhelmed by the magnitude and personification of President-Elect Obama and how it has endeared all the hopes and memories growing up through the late sixties as a child, a teenager in the seventies and as an adult today. As a first generation American I have never been so proud to see this day that we, as Americans, can finally prove, not to the world, but to ourselves as a nation, that we can take action and bring this great nation with the ability and perseverence, to come together once again and be the great union we were once before. This is a grand moment not for euphoria but what we as americans can stand proud and function as a "whole nation" God Bless America and God Bless the New Era of Americans"


Jay Kang   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Exactly my point, Alma. Others have posted that, "We have finally elected competence into the White House." Please, let's get real, get over the hype and hope for the best for our new leader and our country as a whole.


Jean   January 19th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

LKL tonight was very moving, inspiring, and made me reflect on when did I personally realize there was a struggle, there is a struggle, and the hope for dissipating that struggle has come.


sherrie   January 19th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

150 million+ for the inaugural party who's flipping the bill aren't we in debt and in the middle of a recession?


clint   January 19th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

For days we've talked about the triumph of the Black community with the election of Barack Obama. I am very proud we as a nation are moving towards a post racial equality, but would like to note the triumph of non-African Americans. So many of us who grew up hearing our parents, grandparents and friends mutter racial slanders, and promote racial stereotypes and bigotry, yet we knew deep in our hearts it was wrong. Knowing it was wrong, even though we had few people of color in our communites to form our own preceptions. My generation and I have not just chosen a great President, we have chosen to leave a legacy of small minded ignorance behind us forever. I am so proud of our country.


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

To Gail
Ok i understand exactly what you are saying. But as an African American we are excited. I voted for him because of his morals and policies and not race. But its funny to me how now everyone is upset that we refer to him as a black man. the first black president. But in reality if he was just a normal American citizen who blew up a mall, then he would be considered a BLACK man and no one would have a problem with that...then would you be arguing that he is half white??


Tania   January 19th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Obama all the way. History has been made. We the people of the United States of America have elected the right man for the job! I am happy that I am alive to witness history in the making...An African-American man moving into the White House. We done good America...we done good.


Cameron   January 19th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

He can't and won't, he is doomed for the economy he is walking into.he will make progress but he will not have this countries problems fixed when he leaves office.

I am sick of the BLACK president stuff already. Equality no its always about race, we know it and so do they. He will still be a black president run by white people


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I am so proud to be an American at this time. There are no words that can express what I feel inside right now. The sky is the limit for every American children and Mr. Obama made it possible for them. Our young children of all races can see that anything is possible therefore they have no excuses to fail.

Larry King god bless you and keep up the good work.

I pray for Mr. Obama and his family that the good loard will continue to bless and keep them safe and keep the idiates away from the family.

Mr. Obama have already changed America and he will continue to make changes as he is well respected around the world. This is the only election in america's history that has been watched around the world. Keep up the good work Mr. Obama.


Alma   January 19th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Like I said earlier, it's not just on OBAMA to turn this country around. It takes us all.


Jay Kang   January 19th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Deon,
Brilliant point! It is inevitable that the inauguration of Obama will be surrounded by race issues. I have no issues with a black president just as long as he is a great black president.


Sherri Long   January 19th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I am so proud of our nation at this moment. I grew up in Texas and saw KKK marches, grew up with a racism in my family and as an editor of my high school paper wrote a column trying to calm the racial tensions in my school due to desecregation. The column talked about purple and green people and how after committee meetings concerning differences between the two could not come up with reasons why they were different, it was unilaterally decided that there was no difference.

I now live in MA and alot of people have told me that they did not experience what we did in Texas. I now am so proud that I broke the "chain" of racism – my daughter and I embrace all races and religions with equal rights. I am tired of hearing debates about what race Obama is – we all need to embrace that he is the President that will lead this nation back to the nation we once were, but better. It is history in the making that he is the first black President, but beyond that, we need to embrace and admire him for the person he is. Just like my editorial stated, the people could find no difference between purple and green people.

The US needs to once again embrace and practice the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and I feel that Obama is the President that will start practicing those rights.


Cameron   January 19th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

deon from NC hit it on the money!!!


MARIE   January 19th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I don't wish for president elect Obama to perform a miracle for me as a black woman, but only to create equality for all. it's a beautiful thing to live and to witness history, and that alone show me change has come! Being very aware that we have a long road to travel. This is a very good start.


Celia Smith   January 19th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

All I've heard all along is that President-Elect Obama will be our first African-American President. He is bi-racial. That should be said instead. I think it is important, special and monumental that he is African-American and Caucasian. I believe it is bringing both races together, and that started on election night. I am a 54 year-old Caucasian woman who voted for Senator Obama. I am joyful knowing that this President will bring about positive changes in our great country.


Madison C   January 19th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

TO ALL WHOM THIS CONCERNS;
Particularly Ginger, America view Barack Obama as African-American because if you were born with any African lineage, in America, you are considered BLACK. Thus, you have a melting pot of Blacks who range in color from the palest to the darkest, – this came from the slavery era, if you had any percentage of 'black blood', meaning a black parent, then you were considered black. This is THE stereotype that we, as AMERICANS, not African-AMericans, are trying to steer from, simply because mostl African-Americans are not 100% anything– slave women could not say no to masters who raped them, so babies were born, thus being classified as quadroons, mulattoes, etc. Pres-elect Obama has explained his heritage, to which he is very proud of, but you never hear him 'label' himself - the media has done that. TODAY AS WE CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, LET US NOT JUDGE BY THE COLOR OF THE SKIN, BUT BY THE CONTENT OF THE CHARACTER! I don't think America has the ability to look past color, unfortunately, - but we look forward to trying to bring unity to the entire country, regardless of color! We are happy for every one alive to witness this day, and just think, if everybody started with themselves-to look past the color issue–how much better off this world would be!!! There is so much pain associated with this day for many of us of color because we can 'remember when', and it still hurts, but Barack brings redemption and a whole new way of viewing things– being able to forgive and come together for the good of the entire country!!! And isn't Barack Obama beautiful to just look at????!!!!!


Jay Kang   January 19th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Marie,
I think that equality for all would be, um.... a miracle don't you think? I think he has a better chance of erasing the deficit during his first month in office. Sorry to burst your bubble.


jamilla   January 19th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

To Gail,
Great point that Obama is not just black, but also white, and that he does have values that are mainstream and morally honorable. This is what makes him so appealing. That fact that he is mixed – and not just white – is a first for a country where race relations have been strained. This this is an historical event that to ignore the significance of his "minority" status – would be rather unrealistic.


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Jay Kang,
you are exactly right. That is all that matters. If he is a great president and I believe he is. And Alma is correct. It is going to take all of us. Not just him, but we will always have negative people to bring us down. This guy Cameron, I dont know what to say to you. You just come off as a racist. We are past this point. Its time to work together.. And you say they call it a WHite house for a reason. Obviously because it is a white house literally. Not because its made for white people. If that was the case Obama wouldnt be moving in tomorrow.


Tania   January 19th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Deon from NC...Thank you for seconding my point. Yes this is an historical moment for the country but it is too a monumental historical moment for African-Americans. We have come so far.


Dan   January 19th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Great news that you've elected Obama as your next president! You could only match that by electing a North American Indian president–are there any left to elect??


Barbara   January 19th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Why is everyone making a big deal about what Jill Biden said? That is just saying that he was offered 2 jobs – maybe the same thing was spoken with Hillary -just to make sure he had his main 1 and 2 covered. That is not worth stirring up trouble.


carol kesling   January 19th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

it is so nice to see all of the other countries & islands so happy for the U.S.A.!!!!!!!! this has got to tell us all something, so what if this is costing a few dollars, after all the money BUSH&CHENNY spent on this useless war THIS IS FOR A GOOD THING !!!!!!!!!!!!! finally we have a president that wants "US" to be involved, WHAT A CONCEPT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! after all we should be involved & he is going to see to that... i get emails all the time from the OBAMA web site !!!!!!! I FEEL LIKE I MATTER and that feels real good ...... god bless us all and the U.S.A. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO OBAMA & BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jermaine fernandez   January 19th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

This a prayer for my president and his family ( Barack Obama).

I pray that GOD keeps you and your family strong.And keep your heart, mind and spirit on jesus and let him use you. That is probably the only thing I worry about because I know how easy people can get off track. So I encourage you to stay focus focus focus focus and more focus on the goals you have set for you and your staff, and set new goals for all as a nation. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND YOU FROM JERMAINE FERNANDEZ.


maeg knoll   January 19th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I am a 72 year old female. I have traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. I Can say I have never been more proud to be an American. I see hope for future generations.


Jean Christie   January 19th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

This great inauguration of Barak Obama means an end to my nightmare of the past 8 years. Our country lost it's leadership as a champion of human rights. We had our personal rights violated by an administration that singlehandedly ignored the constitution and became dictators placed itself above the rule of law.

There is now joy as I wake up and see the sun of hope, and I know we will again find our way.


SusieDurham   January 19th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

It is with such pride that we are going to swear in as our President tomorrow, Barack Obama-a man of great integrity, compassion and intelligence. As far as the cost of the inauguration-the amount is minimal in so far as it is a celebration for every person in the United States and the world alike. There is no other way to allow all the people of the world who have supported this marvelous leader who envisions a world of hope than to have a huge celebration on television for everyone to participate in-in person or via the network. Wonderful. Wishes go out to the Obama family and to the president in his too numerous to list endeavers ahead.


Jayne/ Nashville, Tenn,37218   January 19th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Larry, "Thank YOU and CNN for the excellent coverage. It is quite evidence to the world that CNN is the best.. No bias, and This has been the happiest that your reporters seem to have been in reporting in a long time.You full coverage has been excellent.If anything has been missed it didn't happen. Your openess to the public has been pheonimal, you have allowed the people of american to express and be their selves on you coverage. it has been like you have said , "this is america and its people." Thanky you, Thank you.


Tania   January 19th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Dan...right about now all we're concentrating on is Obama. How about you ask that question after Obama has served his term. We might just elect him for another...now that would be a sight!


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Madison C you have hit the nail on the head. Many people including colored people does not understand that there is no pure black or white person. We are all mixed due to slavery. NO ONE IS 100% anything.

Obama is a very intelegent person. He was not elected presidentt because of his color but his intelegents. That is why I voted for him.

Look at Jessy Jackson who ran for president (a black man) and he got no where. I believe that if he had some of the credintials that Mr. obama has, he would have gotten further. I for one would not have voted for him because I did not believed that he would have made a good president.

This day was long comming for America.


David Naizir   January 19th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

oh man come on guys. i am latino and most of us are a combination of white black and indian. unless i do something great not one of the groups care to claim lol. obama is not just black but he is extra black.. his name is barack..last obama and his middle is hussein.. you show me one white guy with that name and i show you the blackest white guy you ever met.. nonetheles..i understand the celebration of this man and this huge stepping stone. will he be a great president? who knows, most charismatic leaders are extremely effective because of their magnetic personalities. so something tells me it looks very favorable on his corner.

cross my fingers? i have been crossing them for eight freaking years. at least now i can relax and hope this guy read the book george w bush wrote on how to be a good president and just negated every verb in it. Baracks in the House let the guy live.


Larry   January 19th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

It's nice to see that in these days when we're supposed to be color blind there are so many who see Obama's election as a big deal because he is black. I believe people viewing his election this way as racist. I think of him just as a man. A man who has a very big job ahead of him.


carol kesling   January 19th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

THIS IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS, ITS RIGHT UP THERE WITH "MOSES PARTING THE RED SEA"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hoorayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cameron   January 19th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

hey Dan most all of the NA indians are getting drunk off there government checks, and the rest are fighting to get them out of jail.where i live anyway.another ignorant wanting all races as a president not the best man for the job. I believe Obama is a great man for the job as soon as all the blacks get over the fact he is black and show that he is a great president.


Madison C   January 19th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

PLEASE BELIEVE - THESE WHITE PEOPLE WOULD DIS-OWN THEIR DAUGHTER IF SHE CAME HOME AND SAID SHE WAS PREGNANT BY A BLACK MAN!!! COME THE HELL ON!!!! NOW, THEY WANT TO CLAIM OBAMA. HE IS WHAT HE IS, JUST LIKE THE REST OF US, WE ALL HAVE A MIXTURE OF RACES FLOWING THROUGH US, AND WHAT IS MORE, YOU ARE PROBABLE RELATED TO A LOT OF BLACKS!!! SO STOP HATING!!!!! DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY WE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL???? COME ON, YOU'RE REALLY JEALOUS. MAD BECAUSE WE AREN'T PINK AND WRINKLY?? ISN'T THAT WHY YOU HATE??? BUT WE DON'T HATE WHEN YOU WANT TO TAN IN THE SUMMER TIME??? SO WHY DO YOU KEEP HATING???


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

i agree with Barbara. I dont think Jill Biden meant anything negative. She was clearly stating a fact. So lets not make that a big deal.


David Naizir   January 19th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

whoa that was a little out there. to everyone enjoy the inauguration and if your are black white latino asian indo-pak etc..all that matters is that in todays world we are all the same because we are all broke together lol.

night


Madison C   January 19th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!! I AM TOO HAPPY TO GET UPSET!! COLOR IS NOT IMPORTANT, ALL I KNOW IS THAT MANY PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK, LAID- OFF, UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH, AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RUNS OUT??? MY BEST FRIEND HAS FOUND A LUMP IN HER BREAST, AND CAN'T GO GET IT CHECKED OUT, SHE DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH CARE!!! THERE IS SO MUCH WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE LIVING FROM DAY TO DAY, - I AM SO HAPPY FOR EVERYBODY TONIGHT, OBAMA BRINGS HOPE TO THIS COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW, I DON'T CARE IF HE WAS LIME GREEN WITH PINK RIBBONS FOR HAIR, ALL I KNOW IS - SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND I AM HOLDING HIM TO HIS WORD– I BELIEVE HE CAN DO IT, LET'S GIVE HIM A CHANCE!! NO, IT WON'T HAPPEN AT 12:01 –THE DAY AFTER INAUGURATION, BUT HE IS AWARE OF THE STATE OF THIS COUNTRY, AND I FEEL CERTAIN HE WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE ARE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER, SO WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER AND GET ALONG FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYBODY! PEACE!


Cameron   January 19th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

right on Madison thank you thats how i see it on my side


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

WHOA, Madison you took it a little too far. We have to move past that point. I see some of what you are saying but still we have to have respect for one another. That is what this whole thing is about. Accepting Obama and respecting him as a African American man to lead this country. Once we can accept and respect one another, regardless of race or social class, then we can move forward to great things.


Dan   January 19th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Harsh Cameron! You missed my point, but made your racist generalization very clear.


Leon Harris, Atl. Ga.   January 19th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Im in D.C., 44 yrs of age, to see my 44th president sworn in office for his first 04 years ...just 40 yrs which the great MLK predicted the year of history. MLK would have been 80 yrs today, just 2 times his predicted years. Therefore, i am predictingh 4 plus 4 will equal 08 yrs for Barack ...the reverse of 80...! Yes I Can ,,,and Yes I Will do my part to make the Honorable Barack Obama Dream a reality!


Cameron   January 19th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

but why cant we respect him as a person to run this country deon and not a black man, and u say i am racist, u contradict yourself in the same sentence.


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I am so tired of the media reffering to Obama as the first "BLACK" president. Why can't he be just a president of color. The media is just blowing everything out and the people is running with it. Lets get away from calling him a "BLACK" president. Is anyone realy BLACK? Lets look at the color BLACK. I do not consider myself a BLACK woman but a woman of color. Lets get away fom the color barriers. We are making a mess of this election.

This man could have been Hispanic, what would we say then? Just remember the whole world is looking at us.


LJG   January 19th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

To Carol Kesling

I don't get emails from Obama's website & guess what I feel like I matter because of who I am & what I contribute to our Community. I don't have to have Obama send me emails to feel good about what I do – I just do it. I don't understand why you care what other countries or islands think of us – Obama has NOT done anything just yet to prove himself to us or the World. AND Obama is not running the other countries only America. regarding the war – we've been protected for the last 8 years w/ no attacks on American soil. Let's pray we stay that way after Obama has cut our military & made us a weak Country like Jimmy Carter did...... When these other Countries are attacked who do they turn too – THE USA! WHY?? Because we ARE a Super Power who protects & defends what is right. Sometimes our Presidents have to do things that are not popular to protect us. Get over it – that is life!

AND please do NOT compare this to Moses parting the Red Sea – Obama is NOT a Savior – he is a human! Good Grief! The man is good at speeches – he has yet to prove himself......


Waleed SimBa   January 19th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I am a 52 year old African American male. I spent my life in public service. I was born and raised in North Carolina. I have lived all over the World since. I can not think of tomorrow without tearing up! I am still overwhelmed at this possibility. I know i will never meet this man and his is not an African American victory, I only wish my mother were around for this historic event. It is my hope that people like Sean Hannity and the Bill O'Reilly's of the World are no longer allowed to keep America separated by viewing their racist values on the airways, then we can heal as a human family around the World. Sincerely, Waleed SimBa P.S. Today i am among the proudest group of people on the planet . I am an American


Fyacracker - Dallas, TX   January 19th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Hi Larry & David:

Thanks for starting a blog for such an important event.

It is such an exciting time in the history of our country. I never doubted the possibility of having a non-white or non-male president in my life time. I will continue to challenge our country to make good on all of its promises for all people and to all people.......and I think our new president is certainly a good start. I will keep him & his family in my prayers!!

On another note I have a ?

Why does the media deem it necessary to to disclose to the public where the CIA snipers will be? Wouldn't any ill intended person now know the check points and locations too? Outside of "freedom of the press" what is the purpose? Couldn't this be viewed as "bait" for a "hate group or lone wolfer?"

Help me understand please


Deon from NC   January 19th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

I do not contradict myself. I agreed that we should accept him for whatever he is but I am saying that in this case where the majority refers to him as a black man we should still accept that and let him lead our country.


jamilla   January 19th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Larry – your remark about how we're suposed to be color-blind is a controversial statement. Who is saying we're supposed to be color-blind? What we need is not to be judged, negatively or otherwise, based on the color of our skin. We have differences that are not to be ignored, but celebrated. Those who love our new president love him for the same reasons – and yes, in addition we're proud he is of black descent – a first for a president in America – where does this monumental fact escape those who want to ignore it??


Madison C   January 19th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

SIMPLY THE MERE FACT THAT HE WILL HOLD THE TITLE, LJG, THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE COUNTRY - THE VERY NOTION THAT A MAN OF COLOR IS WHERE HE IS, SHOWS THAT HE HAS CROSSED MANY BARRIERS , AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED. NO HE IS NOT MOSES, AND HE CANNOT POSSIBLE KNOW HOW HORRIBLY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING SUFFERED, NOR DO ANY OF US, BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS WHERE HE IS - HAS PROVEN TO MANY, BEFORE HE SIGNS A BILL, OR DOES ANYTHING, THAT HE HAS MADE HISTORY. THAT IS PARTLY WHY THIS IS SO HISTORIC. THE UN-IMAGINABLE HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, AND TO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE OF YOUR HERITAGE, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE JOY THAT MANY BLACKS FEEL- BUT IF YOU COULD WITNESS CROSSES BURNING IN YOUR GREATGRANDMOTHER'S FRONT YARD, OR YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER BEING LYNCHED, OR HAVING TO GO INTO BACK DOORS OF HOUSES WHERE YOUR GRANDMOTHER HOUSE-CLEANED, SAVING MONEY IN A HANKERCHIEF SO HER KIDS COULD HAVE A BETTER LIFE, THEN YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THE JOY. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU DO NOT, BUT WE LOVE YOU, ANYWAY.


Gregg   January 19th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Larry,
What a wonderful show and a monumental tribute to our country and the people who make it great! Thank you for your terrific insights and interviews.


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

LJG

It is all well to send our troops to assist other countries BUT charity begins at HOME. Do you know how many americand are homeless and hungry? How many VETRANS have no where to live but under the highways of the brighes after they come back from war and loose everything they worked for, The VETRANS who have gone mad (loss their mind), WHO IS HELPING THESE PEOPLE? Many of us right now have lost our home, our health insurances, and our JOBS.

Come on now who is helping us? When the TERRIORIST blow up the Towers who came to our aid. Lets get real. AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING NOW AND ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE. gIVE THE MAN A CHANCE TO GET IN OFFICE BEFORE YOU START PUTTING HIM DOWN.


Dan Thompson   January 19th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

Long live vthe King Barrock


Madison C   January 19th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

FYACRACKER,

I SECOND YOUR OPINION!!!


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

LJG

It is all well to send our troops to assist other countries BUT charity begins at HOME. Do you know how many americand are homeless and hungry? How many VETRANS have no where to live but under the highways of the brighes after they come back from war and loose everything they worked for, The VETRANS who have gone mad (loss their mind), WHO IS HELPING THESE PEOPLE? Many of us right now have lost our home, our health insurances, and our JOBS.

Come on now who is helping us? When the TERRIORIST blow up the Towers who came to our aid. Lets get real. AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING NOW AND ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE. GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE TO GET IN OFFICE BEFORE YOU START PUTTING HIM DOWN.

IT IS OUR JOB TO WORK WITH OUR PRESIDENT FOR A BETTER AMERICA.


M. Dukes   January 19th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

Mr. King I have a question regarding the 1st Black President. What about John Hanson (a Moor)Pres. 1781 – 1782. Thomas Jefferson 3rd President, Andrew Jackons 7th President, Abraham Lincoln 16th President, Warren Harding 28th President, Warren Harding 28 th President and Dwight D. Eisenhower 33rd President. What about these Presidents of these United States. l would like a response from you.


Jayne/ Nashville, Tenn,37218   January 19th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

When I was just a little girl, around the age of of predient Obama oldest daughter , my father told me that , "White people , not all but the majority of them were "Evil". I never forgot it. I am 62 years old and to this day he has not been proven wrong.
I just want to ask , Who do think has had Your back (white people)all this time?
Does it really matter his race, if you see him as half and half? Try to see him as a man who might can help this country? Give it a rest.
I wish America would grow up.


LJG   January 19th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

I agree Sharon, he needs to prove himself in office before we can judge him. I heard today he has a 80% approval rating..... He's not even in office & has not done anything just yet..... Let's see what he does. And Sharon, I agree we have a lot of homeless people in America – don't you think 170 million would of benefited the homeless more than what is being spent by Obama on his Inauguritaion?????? That is ia disgusting amount of waste that could of fed, clothed & homed the homeless in America


cretia   January 19th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

I need help finding a movie on Dr Martin Luther King Jr. as a child. I don't know the name of it. I thought it was" Little
Boy King" but I can't find it any where. Please Help!!


MARIE   January 19th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

What people don't understand is that President Barack Obama has been put on higher standards, higher than any other president elect or president. Obama has a great challenge against him. People have to remember that not only do he represent black america but america as a whole. With that being said, I will not be disappointted because things don't happen the way I like or how I think it should be. I expect president Obama to be the best he can be with what he is working with. the most important thing is for black to see that anything is possible. President Obama is proof that we can do it. CHANGE HAS COME. CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

The money being spent by Obama is not our tax $'s but donations made to his campain. The BILLIONS od $'s spent on the war by bush would provide Food and Home for Americans. Lets look at the WAR. Were there weapons od distructions finr, was Hussiane found, and why is our troops still there? How many Americans died due to BUSH? Lets look at who squander our tax $'s. 170million $'s is nothing compare to what the war cost Americans. LJG look at the facts.

Mr. Obama has a lot on his plate as the 44th President of the US because Bush drained our country of it's ritches. Our $'s have deflated thanks to Bush and his people. May god help Obama along with our Americans to bring the country out of the HELL HOLE we are in.


Rita, from Virginia   January 19th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

In this time of hardships, how can Obama justify spending millions on a partry? And if Citi and Bank of America are in such dire straits, why did they spend millions on Obama? Let's get our prioities in order – Mr. Obama is President, not King!


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Josephine W Memphis, TN   January 19th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

As much as some of use would love not to make it a color issue it really is. Unfortunately this country is still very racist....when it comes down to it we are all going to back our own race first. That is simply the way it is. But with this election CHANGE was more important than race. I am sorry people BARACK is black, we didnt make the rules scientists did, any percentage of african american blood make you black. For us as a race it is very important to note the color of his screen because it does let us know that our children can NOW do anything if they work hard and be honest. Until you have lived in our world you will never know what it like to be looked over, denied, rejected, chosen last, given a pass ALL because of the color of your skin. THIS IS HISTORIC FOR BLACKS but because of BARACK he has started to unify this countru because of the mix race he is, african, caucasion, etc. He is not a racists and believes in all people, creed, and sexual orientation. He supports us all and that will help us to do the same! OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA


Sharon Orlando FL   January 19th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

Rita

What about the monies the Republican spend on the WAR? This is not our tax $'s being spend by the Obama party.


Suzy McNei;l   January 20th, 2009 12:07 am ET

The 350 million dollars that the president has to increase the economy, should be paid to copayees of homeowners and copayees are their mortgage companies. This way the money can only be used to pay mortgages. The money would get back to the mortgage companies and be ready to lend again. This would immediatly help homeowners a great deal, and give money to lenders to lend out again.


sharon   January 20th, 2009 12:10 am ET

YES WE CAN ,SHINE AMERICA SHIE.GOD BLESS US ALL.


Elizabeth Davis   January 20th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Kevin Johnson is the founder of a very successful community development corporation. Yet he is featured on LKL as a basketball star and the first black mayor of Sacramento. He was elected mayor because of his community development successes. Please give him appropriate credit for his community organizing and educational reform contributions. These accomplishments are more closely aligned with Obama's contributions than his being a black basketball star.


L Hernandez   January 20th, 2009 12:13 am ET

We are truly in the midst of exciting times. May President Obama be blest with wisdom to guide our great country.


sharron Sadacca   January 20th, 2009 12:16 am ET

Etta James (70 years old) should be singing "AT LAST" since she made the song famous and is still here to perform it. Beyonce is fabulous but she is not Miss Etta.


Paul   January 20th, 2009 12:17 am ET

I do not want to discount the importance of this moment. It is great that we have come so far. However, isn't Martin Luther King Jr's dream one where we do not even discuss the fact the the president is Black or White. This election has, if anything, taken use further away from color blindness. I have not heard nearly enough about the content of Obama's character as I have about the color of his skin.


Deanne, 31 , Canada   January 20th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Dr. martin luther king said I have a dream.... let freedom ring... the change is now. tomorrow barack obama a negro in his own words will stand 46 yrs after the fact and be the dream that Dr. King spoke of. A new beginning, a new history, a new future. Dr king and his dream live on. Finally an american president who has the intelligence, morals and beliefs to take a stand based on just that. I am not one to support politics but i do support the beliefs of dr. king. We are all created equal and one in the eyes of god. Obama believes in people, dr king believed in people. It has taken a long time and even more time to come but we finally have the start we need. I am not american but no matter nationally i am or you are, this is the time to be proud – proud that the declaration of independence and the declaration of freedom and human rights are finally worthy of the paper they are written on. There is no room for racism and hatred again one another.. . I would like to think that i live in a world where my son can travel the globe freely and be anything he wants to be... and not have to deal with the issue that other children deal with. Just because i am white and i live in canada doesnt mean i am unaffected by these issues. Dr King was speaking to all people not just americans. Obama is talking to all people not just americans. In order to understand the world we must understand ourselves and our neighbours. To reach out and help each other, understand the people around us who are different than we are. A child is a child, a heart beat a heart beat, we are all the same. Strip me down to my skeleton and i look just like you. It only takes one voice to create the harmony... let us sing together.
Barack Obama did not win the American Presidency because he is black. He won because finally a nation has realized that Dr. King was rigth and now fullfilled in saying ..and i qoute "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."


Kimberly   January 20th, 2009 12:18 am ET

We need to dream and keep dreaming bigger & better & togather as Americans. We need to help one another, love one another, respect one another. I am proud of Barack Obama and I am so proud of America! I am 52 years old & I never thought I would see this day, this pride, where we all stand together as Americans. Now lets roll up our sleeves and get to work.


Donnita   January 20th, 2009 12:22 am ET

When are we/you going to stop using the term African American? Martin Luther King Jr never used this term in his speech. He referred to that the term as "Our Black People." Barack Obama is not African American. He is half white and half black, therefore he is considered black. He was not born in Africa so this means he is not African American. I really wish the media would quit calling him our First African American President. He is our First Black President. Have any of you ever hear Dr King call himself African American? He called himself a Black man. Being a person of color doesn't make you African American. I the idea of having our First Black President. But he is Black not African American. He was not born in Africa, therefore he is not African American. He is Black.


sobia   January 20th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Larry I just want you to ask mr. President that since he's gonna be president tomorrow, just ask him to share his view on the weapon of mass distruction used by Israel, White Phosphorous which "Amnesty International" said they have proofs of ? Can you ask him this questionthat how in the world now he can shut his mouth anymore? how can he not say a single word about it? or He's gonna follow the blind and deaf policy of USA towards Israel and all the barbaric acts it does? your own CNN shows the video of amnesty international screaming that Israel uses those banned weapons, US Government killed millions and millions of Iraqis and thousands of US kids in the name of "action against weapon of mass destruction that apparently Iraq had, and then which came to be false" now what should be done with Israel, shouldn't US go there too and killed millions there in the name of action against weapons of mass destruction or may be not cuz who's the supplier of those weapons to that sacred Israel? guess who?


Malika   January 20th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I am watching CNN and I keep hearing people refer to Barack Obama's Name. I am so proud of Obama as a Black Man. I am sick and tired however that folks keep saying he has a funny name.First of all he has an African Name. This type of name may not be the normal or common name but Funny? No...I am proud of his name. At least he has a name that belongs to him. Most of these Black people who keep saying funny name I think its offensive. He has an African Name while most people here in America have names that were given to them by a Slave Master. Now who's really got the Funny name? This is Malika Ubaka signing off and i dare you to say I have a funny name... My name is an Original Name just Like Obama. GO OBAMA....


Jayne/ Nashville, Tenn,37218   January 20th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Good night America. Its been a great day!I have had great fun.
Nobody can still steal our joy.Get some rest,
Cnn got us covered.See you tomorrow.


Rose from Michigan   January 20th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Sorry no HISTORY being made with this Inauguration!!! Obamas mother was from Wichita, Kansas and is of English and Irish descent which makes her Caucasian which makes Obams HALF CAUCASIAN and HALF AFRICAN AMERICAN, Dahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! How is he making History here? Give his mother some credit she did play a part in all this. How can all you African Americans say or think you are making History. We, Caucasians are making History again, HELLO!!!!!


Sharon Orlando FL   January 20th, 2009 12:45 am ET

To Deanne
I agree with your statement however not only is Obama a man of color, he is an intelegent man of color. I did not vote for him because of his color but what I believe he had to offer AMERICA.

To Donnita
I agree with you that Obama was not born in Afarica however he is of Afirican decent as all colored people. You must understand the history of colored people and our decent. We can all say we were not born in Afarica but where did our people come from. All people of color are prince and princeses and kings and queens. We are all ritch in spirit and our dream goes on for ever. god bless.


Raj Kapoor   January 20th, 2009 12:46 am ET

“HOPE: Ingredients of Success – Not to Falter – Help for winning next four years”

I recall 2003, when Dwight Harris an African American was appointed by Governor Perry as Executive Director of Texas Youth Commission on the retirement of Steve Robinson. Every one was celebrating and was jubilant for first time an African American taking a quarter million per year job in Austin as head of the critical agency. However Dwight Harris had to resign in shame in 2007, read here why? Hope the inauguration of Obama leads to his victory second time again in 2012. I am writing this not to damp celebration of his victory, but to extend it to full eight years.

George W. Bush became governor of Texas in 1995, in next five years he appointed number of African Americans to various State boards as members – a first in the Texas history. Some of these people were on the board operating Texas Prison System, Texas Jail Standards, and Texas Youth Commission. Their appointments brought a true fairness and EEO to these agencies. In 1996, Dwight Harris was promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Texas Youth Commission. I met him in Huntsville while designing conversion of pilots training academy of World War II era to a modern Juvenile Boot Camp, we made impression on each other while working together within limited budgets.

Steve Robinson, Dwight’s boss and Executive Director in 1996 realized that a mechanical engineer who understood utility bills, ENERGY, HVAC systems and audio visual security and safety was almost a requirement and if he can have a Professional Engineer who can also design, even better. Steve created a position and hired me in 1998 and I moved to Austin. I believe in honesty, integrity and ethics. My first Government job in USA was recognized and a more responsible position was offered to me as I did a good job, made unprecedented savings in Utility bills, provided some very good designs working for an Architect in the office who was there because of his connections, but Steve Robinson provided me complete independence and all my decisions were run through Dwight Harris and he approved each of my decision, sometimes even over and above Architects and finance directors objections because I was never linked to contractors that in past had brought bad name to the agency as others were.

Change of board members during Bush era did bring a change, based on the boards recommendation Dwight Harris was appointed as Executive Director of Texas Youth Commission by Governor Perry in 2003.There were high hopes from him. African American employees were very happy. Heads of training department and human resource department were already African Americans, so he had good staff and no resistance. More promotions of minorities were expected, but it did not happen. Even the juvenile kids were excited about the news of him being number one person and expected something better. However he did not operate professionally and fell in the trap of self satisfaction listening to greedy cronies and political connections. Juvenile in his care were abused and no records were there, why? Because Dwight eliminated engineering position because of my honesty that was a problem for Architect, other staffers and contractors on whom, I was about to call FBI, because Dwight will not meet with me or listen to me and when I sent him e-mails, he had Human Resource tried suppressing it. When he found out that I was trying to reach out to FBI, he eliminated my position based on excuse of lack of budgets.

It is so sad that after only 4 years of operation at the helm, Dwight Harris had to resign in shame and Texas Youth Commission was in bad shape because no Cameras worked and no electronic records were available and kids were abused and proof came from all sources including Texas Rangers (State of Texas Police).

(It was my privilege to walk Galisteo, a village in Northern New Mexico where I reached first day when early voting was to start and with two days walk through 200 houses, 99% votes were cast in early voting and over 88% were for Obama and I want him to be two term president and if above helps some, it will be good)

Mr. David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President
White House
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. Axelrod:

As an active citizen, I have at times mailed memos to Ed Gillespie, to First Lady and even President and Honorable President Clinton even got in communication on subjects of interest. George W. Bush as governor had dropped his objection to children cause after hearing that new born kids have 453 gram of Brain Cells (12.5% of average weight) that only grow to 800 to 900 grams in next 18 years and having good cells is good for future of country, so he accepted to help teenage mothers, pregnant un-employed and poor women as well as early child care which later became his presidential election mantra.

I am enclosing here an article that I will like published and I am sending you before sending it to press and it describes how a very good African American Dwight Harris, Executive Director of Texas Youth Commission failed for being controlled by few and not listening to facts. Hope this gives an insight to what can happen after so many jubilant parties.

Hope this helps, kindly convey this to our honorable president and if you will like to hear from me in future, do not hesitate to write me back.

Sincerely,

Raj


Leon   January 20th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I love it him becoming President, it proves that I made the right decision to immigrate to the USA for my children and their children...But I would have preffered he saved the $150 million and made living easier to hundreds of thousands of people. He could have sworn in in the Senate and the entire could still watch it... and be as proud..just think about the positive impact this would have left...


Willie   January 20th, 2009 12:49 am ET

what a great nation we live in, where else can such a historic event take place!?


Lynda in KCMO   January 20th, 2009 12:50 am ET

As I sit here taking in all the sights and sounds of this historical night, I found myself crying. I am so happy that this day has finally come and am happy about the millions if not billions of people tomorrow will touch. I tried to explain to my 7 year old daughter the importance of tomorrow. Sure she knows that Obama is the first black president but she has no idea why the color of her skin means so much more. What will I be doing tomorrow, sitting at work with tears in my eyes wathcing this exciting day.


Tia   January 20th, 2009 12:50 am ET

What a proud moment for America. America will forever be known from this day as BO (Before Obama) and AO (After Obama).


Monika   January 20th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Wow... $150M for inauguration?????????
Could this be used for economic bail out.......


Curb Your Enthusiasm . . .Storyline   January 20th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Larry,

Here's an amazing storyline for one of your shows. Everytime you walk down the street in your baseball cap and jacket you get mistaken for Bernie Madoff. I couldn't stop laughing just thinking about. I kill myself . . .do it . . .


Sun Principe   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Celebrate the dream of taking back America! Celebrate and let us ALL begin to dream again! It is with great respect, that I envy all of you, who get to be there for this amazing event. Enjoy! ~ Sun


Christina   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

We should start the process to add more terms for Obama now!!!! We may need him more than 8 years.


obamagirl13   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

a great advance in american history


Francisco from California   January 20th, 2009 12:51 am ET

though I am dissapointed with many of the others' posts above me, I feel I can contribute with my little shpeal. (I hope thats how you spell it)

When I see Obama, words cannot explain my joy. I feel freedom, hope, admiration, and I am inexplicably happy that a man as smart and as hope filled as Obama is president.
Now I feel that our country can dream again, our country can hope again, and most importantly, our country can believe again.


Jeannie Havel   January 20th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Yes, it is true that the cost of inauguration seems extravagant in these troubled economic times. But has anyone considered how much money the is being pumped into the economy because of it? This is the event of a lifetime. Let's all try to keep it in this perspective and celebrate the hope Obama means for us all.


Bettye Zoller Seitz   January 20th, 2009 12:52 am ET

We are musicians, jazz musicians and actors, artists, and all our lives have never considered skin color, but talent. We have know black musicians and actors who were terrible and those who were wonderful. We judged not by color but by talent. That is why talking so much about Obama's skin color is actually degrading to him and blacks in this country. Why don't we get passed skin color and talk about wisdom and knowledge and power and abilities? lET'S TRY TO do this ...maybe? And we'll see if he succeeds or fails but it won't be because he's black or red or white ...it will be a number of factors other than that. I do see, however, why blacks in this country are proud of his victory. It's an achievement and they hope and keep hoping for equality. But education breeds success and too many do not achieve education but instead stay away from things that breed success and fall into drugs and the ghetto and children they can't support.


Deanne, 31 , Canada   January 20th, 2009 12:52 am ET

to sharon,
That is why i stated: Finally an american president who has the intelligence, morals and beliefs to take a stand based on just that.
Also you are correct in saying his is an African american... his father came to the USA from Africa on a Kennedy Scolarship. I am impressed with Obama because of what he believes in not because of his skin color. His skin color was never the issue, his beliefs, his morals, his pride, his character, his intelligence, his passion, and his love of his country are what got him where he is and will continue to take him thru leadership. I will be intregued to see the changed that will come to pass for a new American... a united america, God bless you all.


Ben   January 20th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Obama has a lot to do and honestly I think everyone is somewhat exaggerrating his influence. The president in the past has had an effect but it starts with the people. Its always has started with the people. One man cannot change that.


Ernest   January 20th, 2009 12:53 am ET

To Rose:

You must be kidding! Whether you believe in Science or Religion, I think most people understand the people on Earth today had their origin on the African continent.

President Obama brings hope to the world, which includes Caucasians, as well as, everyone else.

Do some reading!


Angela Carthron   January 20th, 2009 12:53 am ET

This has got to be the most exciting time in America that I have ever seen. This is so amazing. I wish my father had lived to see this day. He passed away on June 23, 2008. He believed that Mr. Obama would be elected the next president. I also wish my husband had lived to see this day.


Don Dureau   January 20th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I am so sorry I am not in DC. I canceled my reservation a month ago because of physical restrictions my 66 yo body has imposed, but now I wish I had been a little braver. I am so grateful l have lived to see this day. We finally have the hope we had when JFK was elected. Let us all pray for our new president and wish him the success we all deserve.


G. Kendall   January 20th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Excuse me but is that not the same Jessee Jackson that was caught live on mike saying that Obama was an uppidy n (word) , and he would like to cut his nuts off......Now its all good.....Is this the same one that was in the show tonight??????? Is this just another What the Hell Moment????


David   January 20th, 2009 12:54 am ET

This is such a monumental part of our history, America should not worry about the amount of money spent on this campaign. I seen an article that saidObama spent 5 million more than Bush did, but because of the number of people going to attend, security cost more. So I wish people would appreciate being a part of history and stop trying to find ways of bashing the Presedent-elect prior to taking office.

Thanks,
David


Michele   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

First, I voted for Obama, my comment is.... it is supposed to be about character, not color, but everything that I am hearing on the show tonight makes it ALL about color and not about his character, which I believe takes away from him. He doesn't just represent African American's, he represents all people that truly wanted a change. Love him, but don't want it to be simplified to just the fact that he has african american in him, but that he is truly the right choice.


pgm   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

well 1st i want to state obama is not an african-american..he is part black and mostly a hienz 57. 2nd where is this change he sated in his campaign that comes to washington not from washington..when everyone one of his cabinet members are mostly ex-clinton members who started this economy downfall. i hope for all sakes that he does change things starting with like roosevelt did with terms of presidency put one in there for congress, they need to be held to only a certain amount of terms and not like now where they can be in forever, that would start a change, starting with nancy polis. from california she is the biggest hypocritic out there. good luck to obama even though i didnt support him nor mccain....the better man was perot.....hopefuly though one day we will have a female pres maybe even two running against each other.....hiliary and palin running against each other...now that would make history even more so then this election......if ever it does my vote is for palin!!


Samantha   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

We can spend 150 million or more on a Inauguration! what about taking that money and help these families that are sleeping in the streets tonight!


gabrielle   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

obama rocks i am a ten year old and i am waiting for this storm to be over i am ready for spring with obama


Margie   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

I have never seen a politician that can make me cry and make me want to join his cause so I wish him all the best and I am sooo proud of our country (i am a middle aged white female)...I just can't believe we could have clean government I hope he does not dissapoint us the pressure on thi sman is tremendous, but I thinkhe is up to it.


Francisco from California   January 20th, 2009 12:55 am ET

this doesnt make sense... I cant believe that some of us are argueing about his skin color!!!!!! WHO CARES?????? it doesnt matter if he's white, black, asian, latino, gay, straight, republican, or democrat. He can make change. He gives us hope. It doesn't matter what color he is. He is Obama.


JO-EL   January 20th, 2009 12:56 am ET

It is so disatisfying that this America is so caught up on two colors of people: Black and White. It is very amazing that we forget that this country has every shade of color in it. WE forget that there are way too many trajectories that out children have to go through because of OUR ignorance. The serindipty of this situation is that the man put in the highest position is from two worlds that disclude themselves from every other nation. WOW


ELIZABETH BAGGA   January 20th, 2009 12:56 am ET

IT IS QUITE EXTRAORDINARY THE FEELING OF HOPE THAT BARACK OBAMA HAS STIRRED IN MY HEART AND I KNOW MANY HEARTS ALL AROUND THE WORLD. HE IS A PERSON WHO COMES ALONG ONCE IN A LIFETIME. IT IS WITH SUCH JOY AND TEARS, THAT I WILL BE WATCHING HISTORY BEING MADE, SO THAT I CAN SHARE WITH MY CHILDREN (2 SONS DAVID AND DEREK) THAT THEY CAN BECOME ANYTHING THEY DREAM OF, AND THAT TRULY AS THE SAYING GOES, THAT "IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING". FROM TOMORROW ONWARDS WE CAN NOW SHINE LIKE A BRIGHT BEACON OF LIGHT AROUND THE WORLD AND COME TOGETHER AS ONE .

ELIZABETH BAGGA


Cheryl Younger   January 20th, 2009 12:57 am ET

How is it you, Larry, and Jesse Jackson forget to mention Shirley Chisholm
was the first Black person to run for the presidency? Lets give the courage woman her due!!


Ben Alexander   January 20th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Also why is everyone saying that this guy has already made our country better? Yes, he has great plans and promises but nothing has happened yet. I think it is a little unfair to put the weight of the world on his shoulders. Out of Iraq in 18 months? C'mon people. I guess we'll see if Obama puts his money where his mouth is (no pun intended). GOD BLESS AMERICA!


mathai matthews   January 20th, 2009 12:58 am ET

We finally got the change we need for a leader. Everyone needs to do their part and hold their position in life for why they are in exsistance. Keep rocking in your faith, beleive and pray for guidance. Peace to the World.


Taronica Morris   January 20th, 2009 12:58 am ET

My family and I feel overwhelmed and emotional about President-Elect Obama becoming our first African American Family to be in the White House. We also feel that it is time for a change in our world, so that all heritages, colors, and races can come together as one and support our nation.


nroyals   January 20th, 2009 12:58 am ET

"A change is gonna' come" alright–It is called Marxism.


VJ   January 20th, 2009 12:58 am ET

I don't know what is worrying those who are upset about the cost of this inargural. They have put up with G. Bush's spending in Iraq all these year with out a word.


Francisco from California   January 20th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Larry, why aren't you having fun at one of the inaguaration party? you should......


J.R. Moore   January 20th, 2009 12:59 am ET

The inauguration will NOT cost $150 million! Stop posting that incorrect info please! And if somehow it did reach that amount, much of it is being paid for by donations from people like you and me. So, no the money couldn't be used for the bailout because it's not coming from Washinton it's coming from your pocketbook willingly if you choose to donate.


ed ,vancouver canada   January 20th, 2009 12:59 am ET

All the best to you american party lovers.150mil is a few bucks eh?
Thats enough to pay cash for 1500 decent homes.
We had some homeless person light a fire to keep warm and put a bridge out of use for a month.
The bridge caught on fire.
For all the extra gas being burned with the traffic tie- ups on the other 2 bridges,they could have housed and fed this guy the rest of his life.
Just like the bailouts for the banks.Where is the money?
England is trying to figure out why 921billion is not working as friday
one of it's banks lost 25%
Better hope Obama"s dollars are different than anyone elses.


Gary   January 20th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I believe that after all is said and done and the countless interviews taken place, we are witnessing something devine! We can no way rationalize this incredible happening that is taking place in our country and during our life time. The point that I'm making lets just take advantage of the this special time and do something to make it better for everyone, anyone, it doesn't have to be someone you know! Last, thought during the train ride from Philly to DC with Pres. and Vice Pres-Elect, I was reminded of the Impressions classic, "People Get Ready – There's A Train a comin, You don't need no ticket you just get on board!


Sun Principe   January 20th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Why the focus on the price tag of Inauguration people? This is an HONOR for our Nation and we deserve to celebrate! Security, for example, costs money. Do we forget what we spend daily on this war?

WE are getting a brilliant mind to direct our country and we are long overdue for such an event. Let Obama have this day!

A new day, a new future and a chance for us to stand up and fully realize the potential of this great Nation. We have not been the leaders and peacemakers that we can be. Let us begin now.

~ Sun


ed ,vancouver canada   January 20th, 2009 1:01 am ET

The inauguration looks like a promo for hollywood.


Don Dureau   January 20th, 2009 1:02 am ET

pgm seems to think that Obama is already president. Pgm needs to find out what patience means. Time to change this type of attitude. Change has come to America and that does not mean the cabinet, it means individual responsibility and citizenship. Either get on the train or be left at the station.


Kornelius From Raleigh NC   January 20th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Rose from Michigan –
I think it should be noted that this is history. Yes President-Elect Obama is half european american and half african american. More importantly this man is bi -racial, which sets a precedent in itself. Please grow up and understand that america is a melting pot of all cultures, and understand that there will never be any progression, if people like YOU continue to think negative about our country. Grow -up and realize that President Elect Obama, is not being judged by his color, but it is ultimately by the Content of his character. President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama, has shown through his work in our communities, that he is beyond qualified to serve as the next president of the United STATES of America. This inauguration is history! This country is changing and i hope you will as well. I love our nation and i think every person will be able to relate to the problems that President-Elect Obama will fight to diminish. Understand that he can not do this by himself and this will take the help of everday citizens and i encourage all not to be naive into thinking that this man can do it over night. This will take time!


Gib   January 20th, 2009 1:07 am ET

If 150 million is all it will cost to wipe out memory of the last 8 years, let's get this party started.


pgm   January 20th, 2009 1:07 am ET

to malika and others...obama's name is not African it is a name most common in arabic nations....look at his full name all three are most common in those countrys then any in africa!!!
to sharon his father night have come to the us for school but never became a citizen and left obama and his mom when he was 2, and what does he plan on doing about his aunt who his hear in the us illegally for the past 4 yrs??


FRANK MULL   January 20th, 2009 1:11 am ET

LARRY
AFTER HEARING YOU WITH REV. JACKSON AND REV. ABERNATHY,
SPEAKING IN SUCH GREAT TERMS OF " H O P E ", I WANTED TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING FROM M E R L E H A G G A R D WITH
YOU AND HOPE YOU CAN BE FIRST TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. HE WROTE IT JUST YESTERDAY MORNING. THANKS FOR
YOUR TIME AND PLEASE SHARE MINE AND MERLE'S REGARDS WITH OUR OLD FRIEND, KARL ENGEMANN.

HOPE’S ARE HIGH

Hope’s are high, faith is strong
If we all try we can get along
Cause there’s a new day and a brighter day
With a new song to sing along
And there’s sunshine and blue sky
And hopes’ are high

There’s a blue bird atop a tree
Singing loud for you and me
He’s got a new note and a brighter note
That we should sing and let ring
Cause there’s sunshine and blue sky
And hope’s are high

We’ve got bad times behind us
And the good times up ahead
Bet your money on the promise land
And the good things that he said
We got a new style with a sincere smile
And a new song to sing along
And we got sunshine and a new guy
And hope’s are high
Hope’s are high

We’ve got bad times behind us
And now we’ve got good times up ahead
Put your money on America
And the good things that he said
Cause there’s a new day and a brighter day
And a new song to sing along
And there’s sunshine and blue sky
And hope’s are high

MERLE HAGGARD
Copyright: Merle Haggard Music, Inc. ( BMI )
( 01 – 18 – 2009 )
( Used By Permission )

( A New Hope from the POET OF THE COMMON MAN on The Eve of Martin Luther King Day )


Sandy H, from Virginia   January 20th, 2009 1:12 am ET

I am very excited to be a part of what is happening and what is to come for this great country. It should have happened a long time ago. Maybe it wasn't time then, but it is time now. Time for a new beginning, time to come together. Everyone. Today more than ever, I am proud to be an American. One Nation coming together in such a big way. Martin Luther King, welcome to your dream.


Richard Goodwin   January 20th, 2009 1:12 am ET

The type of event that is going to happen on 1/20/2009 is something you see or LUCKY to see in a life time. A man with grass roots concerns, the common sense of reason, and the will to act accordingly. He will lead our country and pave the path for us to go. It rightfully so be up to us, although through his lead most of us will see that path. with all the obstacles before us that light is there (gleeming). The sensible thing to do is see it and use that as a guide of how this country, your country, my country, our country can rebuild and fix the one thing that has driven our fathers. WE MADE THIS COUNTRY. (and like everything else it takes maintainance)


David M. Jordon   January 20th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Obama: The Day After

Obama: The Day After Posted by david jordon on November 5, 2008
I'M A BLACK MALE 54 YEARS OLD, MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE SAYS “COLORED” UNDER RACE OF CHILD. I MARCHED FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE SIXTIES. WHEN I LEFT HOME FOR WORK THIS MORNING, IT WAS SO QUIET THAT YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP. I FELT LIKE I NEVER HAVE IN THE PAST, THAT THE PAGE TURNED FOR MILLIONS OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN AMERICA. WHAT I SEE THOUGH IS A PROUD BUT GRATEFUL PEOPLE WHO COULD FINALLY EXHALE IN RELIEF. MY GREATEST HOPE IS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE OF ALL RACES COME TO UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF WHAT HAPPENED ON 11/4/08. THAT THIS IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE, THAT LIFE CAN BE BETTER IF WE ONLY PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD. I'M GRATEFUL THAT MY FATHER AT 76 YEARS OLD, COULD BEAR WITNESS TO THIS MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY. I'M HOPEFUL THAT YOUNG BLACKS AND OTHER FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN DOWNTRODDEN KNOW NOW THAT “YES WE CAN”. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE WHITE AMERICANS WHO CROSSED THE LINES OF RACISM AND FOUND THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE IN AND VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN. I AM EVEN MORE GRATEFUL FOR THE BLACK AMERICAN’S WHO DIDN’T GIVE IN TO THE CYNICISM (JUSTIFIED), AND NOT VOTE BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE OBAMA COULD WIN. THAT WE STOOD UP TO BE COUNTED, THAT WE BELIEVED AS A PEOPLE ,YES WE CAN. NOW WE MUST STAY ON PATH, LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN OTHERS, AND IF THEY DON’T SEE IT, POINT IT OUT FOR THEM. BE A BETTER FATHER, MOTHER, SISTER, BROTHER, AUNT, UNCLE AND FRIEND! KEEP IT REAL, DON’T JUST SAY YOU LOVE YOUR KIDS, PROVE IT EVERY DAY. LIVING THE STREET LIFE, USING DRUGS, USING GUNS, ROBBING, IS REALLY JUST USING PEOPLE. WE CANT COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR LIVING CONDITIONS IF WE FALL INTO THESE TRAPS. KEEPING IT REAL IS HANDLING YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, GUIDING YOUR KIDS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, TREATING YOUR WOMAN , YOUR MAN, YOUR PARENTS , YOUR NEIGHBORS , AND MOST OF ALL YOURSELF WITH RESPECT! THERE ARE GREAT THINGS THAT WE ALL, AS HUMAN BEINGS ARE CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING. JUST APPLY YOURSELF AND BELIEVE “YES WE CAN!
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