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Voters' Views: Tom Taber

Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States.

Here Republican and Democratic voters from across the US reflect on the results and look to the future.

Tom Taber Retired | Democrat

I hope Obama will change the perception of America - so that we are seen as a country that will cooperate with the world community

Tom Taber
Age: 58
Lives: San Mateo, California
Occupation: Retired
Last election voted:
In 10 words or less: Optimistic, outdoor-oriented, physically fit, unconventional, non-conformist, sceptical of authority

"I voted for Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney. However, I am happy that Barack Obama won instead of John McCain. I am relieved that this long process is finally over. California voted strongly for Obama and I think most people are elated.

President-elect Obama will have a positive effect on my life if he is able to lead this country out of the current economic downturn and restore the United States to a leadership role in global issues such as climate change.

The main reason he won the election is the deteriorating state of the economy. He also benefited from widespread dissatisfaction with President Bush. What this means for the USA and the rest of the world will be seen in the years to come.

I hope he will change the perception of America - so that we are seen as a country that will cooperate with the world community to solve problems.

The Democratic Party's control of both houses of Congress and the presidency could result in a swing to the left that will result in a backlash by the voters in four years. I hope they will instead choose to follow a moderate course towards prosperity and stability.

The biggest challenges ahead include economic recovery, withdrawing from Iraq without jeopardising the Middle East stability, shifting away from the petroleum economy and leadership in global environmental issues - including climate change.

I would ask President-elect Obama to give environmental issues a high priority."

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