Newspaper Front Pages: The Day After the Elections

I’ve been looking around for sites with photos of today’s newspapers. There are a couple of good sites with lots of pictures:

Overall, the quality of front page designs is excellent. There is one newspaper cover that stands out to me though, is the Chicago Sun-Times.

I really think this is the perfect cover. A great photograph. A simple two words. A grand statement, wrapped in restraint. Beautiful.

The runner-ups are the St. Petersburg Times, Statesmen journal, and Virginian-Pilot.

Honorable mentions go to the following covers:

Lastly, I have to make mention of the Boston Herald and its never-ending pursuit of the perfect tabloid-style front page.

Best Obama Quote

There are definitly some really interesting insights into both presidential campaigns coming out of the woodwork today. An article from Newsweek, Hackers and Spending Sprees, lists serveral interesting tidbits.

My favorite of the group is this quote from Obama while he was preparing for one of the primary debates (emphasis added):

I don’t consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ So when Brian Williams is asking me about what’s a personal thing that you’ve done [that’s green], and I say, you know, ‘Well, I planted a bunch of trees.’ And he says, ‘I’m talking about personal.’ What I’m thinking in my head is, ‘Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I f—ing changed light bulbs in my house. It’s because of something collective‘.

I’m glad this type of stuff is leaking out.

Today Is A Good Day

I generally try and keep my political opinions at a minimum on this blog, but today is special. I remember eight years ago very clearly. I had just turned eighteen and I was full of excitement about the prospect of voting in my first presidential election. And then, I remember black Wednesday. Today marks the beginning of the end of eight years of darkness in this country.

For the last eight years I have been ashamed to be an American. I have been ashamed of the actions of my country at home and abroad. There are too many things that I have been ashamed of to even begin to list. Today, I am proud. For the first time in eight years, I am proud of my country.

I have hope that the tide is turning. I have hope that Obama, the first African American U.S. president, will make a lasting mark. I hope that he will make a lasting mark not because he is the first African American president, but because he could be the next JFK or FDR. BHO, anyone? I also have hope that perhaps this election will embolden the Democratic party to finally grow a backbone. It has been far too long since I’ve dared to hope for the future of my country.

Things to be even more hopeful (and happy) about today

In my home state of Massachusetts, all three of the ballot measures went my way. There will not be an income tax ban. Yay! for MassArt (and other public services). It will no longer be a criminal penalty to possess less than an ounce of marijuana. Yay! for not wasting state money on prosecuting the War On Drugs. Lastly, starting in 2010, there will be no more gambling on dog races. Yay! for the greyhounds.

In Maine, where I grew up, they voted down a measure to allow a casino to be built. In South Dakota, where my lovely grandmother lives, they voted down an initiative that would have banned most types of abortion. In New Hampshire, they went blue across the board: president, senator, governor, and house of representatives. In Montana, a red state where I have many family members (who may or may not be red), Barack Obama very nearly won.

Only California can put a small blemish on this day. As it stands now (according to The New York Times), the proposition to ban same-sex marriages holds a very small lead.

If that is the only thing that I am disappointed about today, that is worth a celebration. Today is a good day.

Best Debate Photo Ever

Mccain Grabby After Third Debate

Via Yahoo News.

The New Yorker: The Choice

A very eloquent endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for president from The New Yorker. You might want to get a cup of coffee and settle in before reading.