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Cables cars celebrate Obama and other post-election tidbits

In Union Square, cable cars joined the celebratory honking. Here's a clip I uploaded to YouTube:

The only thing that dampened the enthusiasm of the revelers was the passing of Proposition 8, which will amend the California state constitution to ban gay marriage.

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I'm pleasantly surprised at the non-racism of American in this election. In fact, Obama not only got the vast majority of the African-American vote, he actually got more white voters than Kerry. Bush beat Kerry 58%-41% among white voters, while McCain only beat Obama 55%-43% among white voters in exit polls (latest results from CNN; the article had it at 54-44).

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The international community vastly preferred Obama, of course, and the statements of support from around the world actually remind me of how much the world supported us shortly after September 11, before the Iraq War. I sincerely hope we can get some of that goodwill back. One look at Obama, and the world can certainly not say that it'll be business as usual. I was particularly amused by this reaction of a Chinese man in Beijing who didn't know the candidates' names:

"The black guy is a good choice, he has so much more energy than the other one, who was far too old," said Han Xue, a new father who runs a small cigarette and alcohol store.

"Really I never thought a black man could become president."

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And finally, "Help me, Wolf Blitzer. You're my only hope!":

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