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Voters' Views: Geoffrey Nolan

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.

Geoffrey Nolan Salesman | Republican

On the bright side we won't have the Clintons again and African Americans will feel that much has been done to heal our deep racial wounds

Geoffrey Nolan
Age: 62
Lives: Miami, Florida
Occupation: Canvas awning salesman
Last election voted:
In 10 words or fewer: Political duellist - fencing with relish but not without pity

"The Democrats stand like greyhounds in the slips. They'll now strive to steer our souls to the windswept heights with easy grace.

Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. I quote the great ones because they inspire me but the truth is I'm going to feel terrible for a while.

A giant increase in the size of an already bloated bureaucracy is on tap. Obama won because of his amazing stamina and McCain lost because he's no Ronald Reagan.

On the bright side we won't have the Clintons again and African Americans will feel that much has been done to heal our deep racial wounds - and for this I'm happy. We Republicans emerge from this with our self respect and principles in tact. We'll be back.

To citizens of other lands I say that you may admire America, you may detest America, you may be utterly indifferent but I hope that you can find it in your hearts to respect us.

We've just conducted a bitterly fought campaign without recourse to violence or having to call out the army or even police. The election was free, fair, transparent and everyone was allowed to have their say without fear of retribution.

Here Obama comes."

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As a person who voted for Obama, I hope that we remembers Lincoln quoted Tom Paine: that after this clash we should use as council as "angels of our better nature".

As a Democrat, I believed that Senator McCain deserve respect and honour, and the people who voted for him for their votes and for their beliefs.

However, I suggest that the Republican's platform of previous decades may need to be re-considered. I believe that the flawed economic model of the Republicans platform, and the concerns of right-wing of the party with religious agenda concern many Americans. The Republicans of the past dealt with basic middle-American ethics and not those of Karl Rove.
G L, Denver, USA

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