Okay, so, even though this is a US election, and I live in Canada, this is still a great day for me. And yeah, this is a pop culture site and not a political one, but still, this news is bigger than that.
Not only was this a moment when history was made with the election of the first African-American US President, but it was also a startlingly loud repudiation of eight years of policies that have led to an America in serious trouble. Obama thumped McCain in the Electoral College (349 to 163), as well as in the popular vote. He even won in Indiana, a state that hasn't gone Democrat in a national election since 1964.
In the Senate races, the Dems added five seats to their total of 51, bringing them up to 56 seats. However, four seats remain too close to call at this time, including in Minnesota, where Republican incumbent Norm Coleman has been in a particularly tough battle against Democratic candidate and former Saturday Night Live writer/performer Al Franken.
So, the Dems now control the House, the Senate and soon, the White House. What an incredible message the people have sent; it's time for a new broom.
Now, President-Elect Obama must be feeling the largest pressure of all; that of huge expectations. But for the first time in a long time, I think there's a fighting chance to meet them.