Friday, November 7, 2008

Historic headlines from Nov 5 - Fri 11/7/2008

NY Times Nov 5 Obama wins!

USA Today Nov 5 It's Obama!

National Public Radio: Obama Wins, the World Responds

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Post-Election Newspaper Sales: So I Guess Print Isn't Dead!Editor & Publisher - 58 minutes agoMany of us who have been reporting for years on the declining demand for the daily miracle -- in newsprint anyway -- were both pleased and a bit perplexed ...
Print is dying -- except when history happensComputerworld, MA - 1 hour agoJust when you thought that print was dead entirely: Newspapers are reporting that demand for their Wednesday morning editions -- the ones reporting the ...
Historic front pages are hot on eBayThe Miami Herald, FL - 8 hours agoPost-Election Day newspapers became a hot commodity Thursday on eBay -- with at least one optimistic seller asking $1200 for a copy of The Washington Post. ...

Obama newspaper editions show power of printSydney Morning Herald, Australia - 14 hours agoPeople buy copies of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press in front of the newspaper's headquarters. Photo: AP Move over iPhone - in a digital age in ...
Obama win was great news for newspaper, Canada - 18 hours agoTuesday was a great day for Barack Obama. Wednesday was a great day for newspapers - the best day for sales since 9/11. The historic election of Sen. ...
Extra copiesIndianapolis Star, United States - 18 hours agoIn the digital age, some critics of newspapers have pronounced that delivery medium to be on life support, but look what happened in the hours immediately ...

Where can I get a Nov. 5 Seattle PI?Seattle Post Intelligencer - 22 hours agoNewspapers aren't exactly hot commodities in the digital age, but Wednesday was different. Copies sold out fast all over the city, leading dozens of ...
Post to Print 350000 More Copies of Election EditionWashington Post, United States - 22 hours agoBy Petula Dvorak The Washington Post fired up its presses today for yet another printing of a commemorative edition of the Nov. ...
On the Day After the Day After: Obama Newspaper Rush Continues ...Editor & Publisher - Nov 6, 2008AP 'Uncalls' Franken Loss in Minnesota By Joe Strupp NEW YORK Calls to The Washington Post this morning are not being met with the usual voice-mail greeting ...

Newspapers sell out as America marks historic dayTimes Online, UK - Nov 6, 2008Obamamania has left newsstands across the US empty and newspapers rushing to print thousands of extra copies as Americans hurried to buy souvenir editions ...
Barack Obama election victory drives US newspaper sales, UK - Nov 6, 2008Barack Obama's historic victory in Tuesday night's US presidential election gave a brief shot in the arm to the beleaguered American newspaper industry, ...
Hear All About It: Newspaper ComebackNPR - Nov 6, 2008Morning Edition, November 6, 2008 · For one rare day, newspapers made a comeback. Across the country, people flocked to newsstands to buy a written record ...

Extra! Extra! Barack Obama's election win sends newspaper sales ...Los Angeles Times, CA - Nov 6, 2008Kimberly Huie of Echo Park buys the Los Angeles Times at a newsstand in Hollywood. Readers across the nation snapped up copies of newspapers documenting a ...
Papers proclaiming Obama's win sell for $600Indian Express, India - Nov 6, 2008Melbourne, November 6: : American newspapers carrying banner headlines about Barack Obama’s historic White House victory were sold out as soon as they ...
Newspapers sell out early, restart pressesSan Francisco Chronicle, USA - Nov 6, 2008(11-05) 19:24 PST -- At a time when the industry is struggling to hold onto readers, newspapers around the country sold like hotcakes Wednesday as people ...

US newspapers rush out new copies to meet demandAFP - Nov 5, 2008WASHINGTON (AFP) — Leading US newspapers said Wednesday they had been forced to fire up their printing presses again to keep pace with demand as consumers ...
Papers leave mark on historic electionChicago Tribune, United States - Nov 5, 2008Consistent with the notion that journalism is the first draft of history, President-elect Barack Obama's victory had people Wednesday eager to grab the ...

Newspapers grabbed up after Obama's historic winReuters - Nov 5, 2008WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was a good day to be in the newspaper business. The historic November 5 editions proclaiming Barack Obama's White House victory ...
Obama's historic election is red-hot off the pressUSA Today - Nov 5, 2008By Maria Puente, USA TODAY The election of Barack Obama kept millions of Americans glued to their TVs on Tuesday night — then had them scrambling on ...
Newspapers a Hot Commodity After Obama’s WinNew York Times, United States - Nov 5, 2008By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA Cool enough for people to try a dozen places in hopes of finding one, and then line up around the block for it. ...
Papers sell out as readers seek Obama keepsakesInternational Herald Tribune, France - Nov 5, 2008AP NEW YORK: Newsstands from Seattle to New York quickly sold out of Wednesday's papers declaring Barack Obama the nation's first black president as some ...

Obama win makes a big day for dead treesNational Post, Canada - Nov 5, 2008Karen Bleir/AFP/Getty ImagesFront pages of newspapers announcing Democrat Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election are displayed on November 5 ...
Extra, extra ...Los Angeles Times, CA - Nov 5, 2008Dozens of e-mails like this started coming in to the readers' representative office early this morning, and are still coming in: "HELP! ...
Tribune Sees Huge Demand for Post-Election NewspapersMarketWatch - Nov 5, 2008CHICAGO, Nov 05, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- On the day following Barack Obama's election as the next president of the United States, Tribune Company ...
Extra, extra! Barack Obama's historic win causes a run on newspapersLos Angeles Times, CA - Nov 5, 2008Across the nation, people have been snapping up newspapers bearing Obama-related headlines at record rates. The Los Angeles Times, which printed 30000-40000 ...

Long queues again for US voters as Obama takes over the frontpagesSydney Morning Herald, Australia - Nov 5, 2008A day after queuing hours to cast their vote in the US election, Americans again found themselves in lengthy lines as they tried to secure themselves a copy ...
Chicago Papers Fly From Racks After Obama VictoryEditor & Publisher - Nov 5, 2008AP Admits Flub: 'Uncalls' Franken Loss in Minnesota By Mark Fitzgerald CHICAGO Readers seeking a piece of history snapped up copies of the Chicago Tribune ...
Newspaper stands sell out after Obama winChicago Tribune, United States - Nov 5, 2008AP CHICAGO - Finding a copy of a newspaper to mark Chicagoan Barack Obama's presidential victory has become a difficult task. Newsstands across the city and ...
Obama: Good for newspapers — todayReuters UK, UK - Nov 5, 2008NEW YORK - In the same way that the Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series win boosted Inquirer and Daily News sales last week, US President-Elect Barack Obama ...
Where to buy a copy of the Sun-TimesChicago Sun-Times, United States - Nov 5, 2008Barack Obama's overwhelming victory in Tuesday's election also led to an overwhelming demand for copies of the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday morning. ...

Yes we did! - Fri 11/7/2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's all about Obama - Wed 11/5/2008

Our friends in Kenya tell us nobody slept last night, as the world awaited the election results...

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In Kenya, a holiday, song and dance for Obama

U.S. President-elect Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) arrives to speak to supporters with his wife Michelle (R) and their children Malia (2nd R) and Sasha during his election night rally after being declared the winner of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign in Chicago November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

By ANTHONY KARIUKIPosted Wednesday, November 5 2008 at 07:33

In Summary
Government declares a public holiday on Thursday to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the US.

Kenyans celebrate Obama's victory with song and dance breaking out in Kibera, Nairobi and Kogelo, the US President-elect ancestral home.

Kenyans are celebrating Barack Obama's triumph the best way they know how - with song and dance - the Government has weighed in with a public holiday on Thursday as a country salutes an emphatic win.

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Shortly after CNN declared Obama the winner just before 7am (Kenya time) on Wednesday, President Kibaki announced that Kenyans will on Thursday take a day off to mark the historic election of Obama to the most powerful office on earth.

Even as the President made the declaration, Kenyans were already deep in celebration. From the sprawling Kibera slums in Nairobi to the senator's ancestral home 400 kilometres west in Kogelo, Siaya, jubilant Kenyans sung and danced in honour of a victorious son.

Scenes of wild celebrations were also seen at the Kenyatta International Conference, Nairobi where Kenyans kept vigil all night following the US election in giant screens.

Said President Kibaki: “This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya. The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success.”

He said that Obama’s unassailable victory was a clear testimony of the confidence the American people have not only in his leadership and vision for his country but for the world at large.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, I join the rest of the world in celebrating and congratulating you on your election as the 44th President of the United States of America.”

“I am confident that your Presidency shall herald a new chapter of dialogue between the American people and the world at large.”

The President also expressed readiness of his government to work with the new American administration to further promote and strengthen relations that exist between the two countries.

“We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots. Your victory is not only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has special resonance with us her in Kenya.”

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, away on an official trip in China, led the Government delegation in celebrations when Obama's win was projected by CNN and Time magazine.

Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka said Obama's victory heralds a new dawn in history of America and in relations between America and other nations of the world.

"It is exciting for Kenya not only because of continental attachment to President-elect because of his roots in Kenya but because Obama victory is a harbinger of good tidings especially for our tourism sector."

The VP said many Americans would now wish to visit country of the father of their new President.

He said never before has a candidate of a superpower been widely supported across the world.

"This means Obama's leadership of US is likely to bring world nations closer and bridge polarisation that currently exist," he said.

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Africa Stays Up All Night to Hear US Election Results

By Peter Heinlein Addis Ababa05 November 2008
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Millions of Africans are exhausted after staying up all night watching expectantly to see whether a man of African descent will elected to the America's highest office.

VOA's Peter Heinlein attended an all-night party of journalists and political enthusiasts in Addis Ababa where everybody was talking about being American for a day to share in this historic election.

It's a long night here in front of the television at this upscale Ethiopian home.

Half a dozen anxious viewers drift in and out, trying to control the nervous energy. It's well after midnight, but the TV screen shows long lines of voters standing in the rain waiting for their turn in the voting booth. TV commentators kill time until the first polls close.

"There is a good deal of confidence in the Obama campaign that he's going to win this evening," they said. "So far, there's also the unknown. As one strategist put it, 'I'm a nervous wreck."

That comment sends a thrill through this audience. This is Africa and there are no McCain supporters in the room.

Deresse Kassa, a professor at Addis Ababa University, says he has never stayed up late for any elections results. But this is a moment he says he doesn't want to miss.

"America has history whereby the African-American community has to struggle to be considered citizens themselves and be a franchise in order to cast their votes," said Kassa. "Coming from this segregation and inequality, to be able to see Democratic candidates running for the presidency, the highest office, by itself is big achievement."

The televisions are on as the first results come in during the wee hours of the morning. The news is encouraging for viewers here.

Journalist Lulit Amdamariam says she is energized by the possibility of witnessing, what she calls, a great moment. "We're going to be here all night," she said. "Thirty-two hours, if we have to."Lulit is not an American, but she lived in the States for several years and attended Howard University in Washington.

"I attended a black college, so I understand what this means to the black community in the United States," said Lulit. "This is a candidate the entire world can relate to."

Lulit's colleague Tamrat Negera, editor of at the Amharic-language newspaper Addis Neger, has not been to the United States, but he says he can understand what this election must mean to African-Americans.

"Africa shared the pain of being black, or the pain of status, or colonization, which you understand there was a limitation for a black in this world," he said. "But Obama is breaking that through."Journalist Lulit Amdamariam calls it an American moment.

"I think this is the only time the entire world wishes they were American," she said. "So they could vote. Seriously, I think the entire world would go out and vote if they had the opportunity tonight."

This is a moment to remember. Although some Africans may have a hangover on Wednesday, the prospect of the first black U.S. president has enthralled a continent.

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Not just Africa! Even in Asia...

Asia Welcomes US Election Results

By Kate Pound Dawson Bangkok05 November 2008
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People across Asia gathered to see the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. At election-watch events in dozens of cities, people cheered as Democrat Barack Obama won a historical victory. VOA's Kate Pound Dawson in Bangkok brings us the reaction in Asia to the race.

Bob Watson helps a group of Bangkok, Thailand, high school students as they attend a U.S. embassy-sponsored election watch party, 05 Nov 2008

Hundreds of Thais and Americans cheer as it becomes clear that Senator Barack Obama has won the election.

This election has drawn heavy interest around the world. Thai businessman Apinan Tungsianugul says that is partly because of Mr. Obama, the first African-American to be elected president.

"This election is a new thing. [It] could change the [politics] in the world. Just like Obama. Obama is not a white people," he said.

In Asia, polls have shown Mr. Obama is a clear favorite. For some people, it is because, as a Democrat, he represents a change from the policies of President Bush, a Republican, who has not been popular in Asia. Others were attracted by Mr. Obama's positions on the economy and the Iraq War. And, for some, it was his association with Asia.

Mr. Obama's step-father was from Indonesia and he spent several years in Jakarta as a child. At the Indonesian school he attended, his campaign has been closely watched.

Children cheer at Menteng One school, which Mr. Obama attended as a child.Eddy Gucando, is a teacher at the school. "I'm very happy because today I think, today is the day that can change the world if Barak Obama be [is] president," he said. "Because I think now in America there is a new president and that can change the world."

Many people expressed hope that Mr. Obama would maintain strong relationships with their countries.

Wang Dian is a student at China Communications University in Beijing. She says she hopes Mr. Obama's policy will be friendly to China. She says she thinks he knows the importance of friendly relations and trade with China.

Some in Asia hope that Mr. Obama's victory will help other countries learn more about ethnic diversity and become more tolerant. Choi Su-kyung is a professor at Chongnam National University in South Korea.

"This will help Koreans to understand the reality of the American politics, because Koreans are still prejudiced against the minorities," Choi said. "They are actually more prejudiced against minorities than Americans are, toward different racial groups. Americans are much more tolerant of diversity."

Most countries in Asia are closely tied to the United States. Several are military allies, such as South Korea, Japan and Australia. And, almost all Asian nations have close economic links with the United States. With the global economy weakening and with the war in Iraq dragging on, people all over the region say they just hope for change in American politics.

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Jabulani Africa! - Wed 11/5/2008

Jesus, life and hope to heal our land,
Saviour, reaching out with your mighty hand.
Sing for joy, O Africa;
The Lord your God is risen upon you.
Sing for joy, O Africa;
The Lord your God is risen upon you now.

Jabulani, jabulani Africa!

Jabulani, jabulani Africa!

Jesus, River of life to our thirsty land;
Saviour, meeting our needs from your mighty hand.
Sing for joy, O Africa;
The Lord your God is risen upon you.
Sing for joy, O Africa;
The Lord your God is risen upon you now.

Jabulani, jabulani Africa!
Jabulani, jabulani Africa!


Marafiki wote,

Today, we cannot help but give praise
to God above for safe, fair, and free elections,
for the hopes of millions of people,
and for a leader who promises to listen
and to consider the needs of all.
A leader for all the nations!
A wonderful example of what it means
to be a man, a father, a husband, a leader
for all people, everywhere.

We have been blessed

in Ohio
to come together
with all kinds of people
from all corners of the country,
to work on the campaign,
a smart, well-organized and efficient

Day by day, the tedious, hard work
of calling voters, knocking on doors,
leaving flyers at homes,
talking to our friends and neighbors,
it has all paid off!

Even after a long day of work, or school,
millions of Americans came together
to do the hard work of registering new voters,
persuading undecided voters,
getting out the vote!

Today goes down in history
as a great day for all people,

a great day for America,
and especially a great day for Africa
African Americans.

We share your pride!

We thank God for the faith of Barack Obama

which makes him a man of integrity, kindness,
generosity, courage, and action.

We thank God for the way he seeks to live
the teachings of Jesus Christ in his daily life,
and to share a message of hope
with the entire world,

while respecting the faith of each person!

And we thank God

for the faith and hope of his ancestors,
their hard work and perseverance
who made it possible for him to see this day
with his beautiful family.

May God watch over and protect them all.

May there be more tolerance,
more respect, more listening,
more reconciliation, and
more lasting peace in our world.

Thank you to Kenya,
for sending Barack Obama
through his father
to the United States of America.

May you share the joy and
spirit of celebration
with America today!

We remember you in Kenya,
with prayer
and thanksgiving, that
we may seek peace and prosperity
for our great world
across oceans and continents.

Tumeshukuru! Barikiwe sana.

--Mary Kay Rehard
Cincinnati, Ohio