Senator Barack Obama is soon to become America’s first African-American President, after winning the 2008 Election by a landslide on Tuesday (November 4).
Following the win, several celebrities have reacted to Obama victory publicly, stating their excitement. Below are a few of their statements:
Oprah: “It feels like hope won. It feels like it’s not just victory for Barack Obama. It feels like America did the right thing.
“It feels like there’s a shift in consciousness. It feels like something really big and bold has happened here, like nothing ever in our lifetimes did we expect this to happen. … It feels like anything is now possible.”
Diddy: “I felt like my vote was the vote that put him into office. It was down to one vote, and that was going to be my vote. … And that may not be true, but that’s how much power it felt like I had.”
Usher: “This will go down in history, in black history, for all of the sacrifices that the great Joseph Lowery and Martin Luther King made. This actually pays off for their sacrifice. The great Rosa Parks. … So many people sacrificed for us to have a voice. It was one thing to have a voice but, to eventually know the best way to use it and then it grows into this, it’s just incredible. … I’m speechless. I don’t even know what to say.”
Russell Simmons: “I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that today, I feel like America has dodged a bullet. Let’s support this beautiful leader to do the work necessary to promote and execute on the change agenda we all voted for. Let’s each do our part to insure that this is a transformative time in America, where our country can be a leader in creating a positive and lasting change in the world.”
Kim Kardashian: “This was my first time ever voting and it was a very freeing experience for me. My parents are republicans and us kids are Democrats. Obama is the first step toward getting much-needed change.”
Rick Ross: I’m just … to be honest, I’m speechless. I think we all should be. It’s time for action. I’m one of the people that really think life can be a mind game at times. To see this obstacle that us, as men of color, have overcome. … There are a lot of mind games that people played on us, or we used as an excuse for not being successful. I think the picture that Barack will paint for black males will be phenomenal. [The world] is finnin’ to see us as being compassionate, as far as being leaders, as far as having the potential to be great as president.
“He showed his level of class. He commended John McCain. He thanked his team, his political adviser for putting together maybe the best campaign in the history of the presidential race. I would say he has the support of the people. One of the lines that touched me the most was when he said it doesn’t make sense for Wall Street to be on top and Main Street suffering more than ever. That’s the nerve of the problem in the United States for the past few years.”
Nick Cannon: “This is my proudest day as an American. We have elected a leader that represents change and unity. Barack Obama has carved his place in history as a true beacon of hope.”