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What do you think of Obama's victory?

Barack Obama supporters at a park in Chicago

After months of campaigning, Barack Obama is the new President of America.

He is the country's first ever black president, and is now one of the most important men in the whole world.

But do YOU think the best man won?

Will Obama make a good President, and why? Or do you think McCain would have done a better job?

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Your comments

"I'm really happy he's the new President of America. We've all witnessed the fact he's made history. YAY!!!"

Madeleine, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"I am very happy that the new President of the United States is who he is as I very much believe that he will do well. THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE THAT CHOSE HIM!"

Asia, 12, Wolomin, Poland

"I was so happy when I found out he'd won. I even got up extra early to check. Yippeeee"

Cally, 13, Kings Lynn, England

"I think it's good that they have got a black president because it shows the world that you don't just have to be white to be in power!"

Becky, 13, Exeter, UK

"I think it is good because he is the first American black president."

Eden, 11, Mynachlog-ddu, Wales

"I think he will definitely do better than George W. Bush"

Hanrike, 10, Doha, Qatar

"Finally. USA has a president who might actually stop the war in Iraq. I still don't understand why they invaded Iraq in the first place."

Sara, 12, Nottingham, England


Melissa, 10, Indiana, USA

"I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY that Obama won!!!!!!!!!! It is such a big change in history. McCain was way too old and just didn't know what he was talking about. Palin was a joke. And Obama is the youngest president of America. I don't want another George Bush being our president!! Finally, America will become a better place and people will start to actually BELIEVE that there is hope. This is a VERY historic time everyone! I feel so happy for black people too because they will just feel a lot more respected and honoured because of this beautiful change in history. GOOOOOOO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

Kashayla, 12, Medocino, USA

"Congratulations to Obama for becoming president of America. But i think it was on the British news a little bit too much and most people I know got quite bored. this is England not America so we aren't as interested. I dread the next election."

Kayley, 13, Devon, England

"I think it is good to have the first black president because he might be a change from the white ones before. It might get kids the same colour more confident because someone their own colour is representing the world."

Becky, 11, Warrington, England

"I think it's excellent that he won and the fact he's an African-American. It's really good and I think he deserved to win and I think he'll be a good president for America! Good luck Obama!!"

Ben, 13, Ance, France

"I think Obama had the sympathy vote cause his nan died a couple of days before the vote"

Charlotte, 10, Birmingham, England

"I think Obama deserved to win because it was good for America and he's the first black president."

Nazeem, 9, England

"I think Obama is great. I mean, don't get me wrong - McCain's cool, too. It's just that I think he's too old!"

Natasha, 12, Devon, England

"Dear Mr Obama: I think that you would be a better president than anyone in US history. Oh, and please fix the global financial problems. GO OBAMA!!"

Don, 11, Hong Kong, China

"SO HAPPY!! I seriously did not want McCain to win; I really didn't want another George Bush on the line. But now Obama has won, anything could happen."

Miranda, 13, London, England

"I hope Obama follows Nelson Mandela's example when Mandela became Africa's first black president in 1994. Obama must follow Mandela's footsteps!"

Amy, 12, New Zealand

"I think everyone should stop talking about Barack Obama being the first black President of the USA. He should be judged on his character and the ideas he's going to bring to make a better America, rather than the colour of his skin."

Matthew, 13, Worcestershire, England

"I think Barack Obama winning the election and becoming President has given young black children a hope for the future."

Katie, 12, Lincolnshire, England

"I am so happy Obama won as it is a fresh new face that will make a big difference."

Justine, 11, Chester, England

"I think Obama deserved to win. He had the best campaign. He really made people want to vote for him. I think you have to have a good campaign and then you will hopefully succeed. GO OBAMA!!"

Anisa, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I'm not sure he has got any experience, so he could make a big mistake."

David, 10, West Bromwich, England

"I think this is a big step for America and I'm happy for Obama and I hope war will stop and hopefully racism will end."

Amina, 12, Sheffield, England

"I feel happy for Obama because he has done his grandma and family proud."

Siraaj, 10, Berkshire, England

"I think that it is good that Obama won, but I feel sad for McCain because he tried his best and he took the blame."

Umar, 10, Reading, England

"Barack Obama is excellent! There's something in his eyes that says he will be a good president. Especially when his Nan died and he quit the election to support his family. He's better than Tony Blair! I think that McCain would have done a good job, but not half as good as Obama. In addition, he's the first ever black president in America!!! That's special! I don't agree with racism."

Charley, 11, West Sussex, England

"Obama will have a lot to face because of the economic downfall, but anyway I think he will be a good president for the United States. McCain would have been a good leader too, but I think he was too old."

Robert, 11, West Sussex, England

"McCain liked George Bush and Bush is horrible - he sent in all the troops to start a war for nothing. Thank goodness Mr Obama won."

Georgia, 13, London, England

"The US - no, the whole world - needs the new leader and a change. He is a perfect person to help people who are suffering from damage of the global financial crisis. We want to end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lots of civilians are dying for no reason. We want to regulate guns in the US. It is too dangerous. Who would want to go to the country where everyone has a gun in their pocket? 40 years ago, Martin Luther King had a wonderful speech, 'I have a dream.' He said that he wanted his four little children to grow in a country where there were no differences between white and black people. His dreams have come true on this historic day, 5th of November. I think the US changed a lot since Martin Luther King's speech. GO OBAMA!!! CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!"

Daniel, 13, Australia

"Wow! It was brilliant; his speech was great and he definitely deserves it! He will help America no matter what colour skin he has."

Georgia, 11, Cambridge, England

"Personally, I wasn't sure in the beginning because Obama seemed really good but McCain seemed like a nice man and a good leader. I think that he would have been in with a higher chance if there had not been such bad publicity with Sarah Palin. I am very happy for Obama, though; I think America needs a president like him. For example, he's gong to be leading a third of the world and he's decided to pull out of Iraq and that will stop SO much terrorism. There will be more tourists in America soon because if we pull out of Iraq it means that America will be safer, too!"

Leah, 12, Dublin, Ireland

"Obama, I think that you're the best and you made me want to be president when I grow up because you made me think that you can do anything if you put your mind into it. Go Obama!!!!!!!!"

Jordan, 9, Denver, USA

"I do not think that Obama should be president because no-one knows anything about him and he has only been in the senate for 176 days - he is not qualified."

Christine, 13, USA

"I live in Texas, a highly Republican state, but I'm so glad Obama won!"

Katie, 13, Houston, USA

"Ghaylbiyaa (congrats)! It's great news - Obama wins! I think it's wonderful that he won; it has changed history. A new age under a new era. First black president! WOW!"

Bohngee, 14, Pakistan

"I am also glad that Obama won. Obama's going to be better for the US than McCain. I think Obama could've done better when picking his vice president; he should have picked Hilary Clinton instead of Biden. But he certainly didn't do as poorly as McCain's choosing. Good luck, Obama! And get the US troops out of Iraq, and definitely don't invade Iran and Pakistan! Good luck!"

JK, 15, London, England

"Yes, I am happy that he won and I hope he decides to make gun ownership harder, plus make big cat sales illegal!"

Helen, 12, New Zealand

"I think Obama will be a good president. I hope he can stop the credit crunch. It will be a tough challenge, but I think he can do it and make America a non-racist country."

Jack, 12, High Wycombe, England

"I think it's great that there is now a black president and I don't think it's fair that there wasn't one before now and that black people had to suffer (and still do) just because they're black."

Rachael, 8, Scotland

"Honestly, I'm scared. Obama's ideas were never fully developed and really don't follow the idea that America was founded on."

Courtney, 15, USA

"America can now prove that they accept change by electing a black president. It should destroy the views of some people that America is a land of prejudice and racism. Congratulations Mr Obama and good luck!"

Fraser, 12, Scotland

"I was for Obama, and I'm so utterly happy he won! I like McCain, but Sarah Palin is just, ugh."

Lilli, 11, USA

"I think neither were suitable to be elected, but if I had to make a choice, it would be Obama."

Dylan, 15, Dublin, Ireland

"Obama has shown it doesn't matter if you're black or white to be in the White House. CONGRATULATIONS, BARACK!"

Andrew, 9, Reading, England

"We think Obama will make a great president. Even though McCain was good, we are glad Obama won the election. We had a mini-election within our school, and Obama won that one, too! He will change America for the better!"

Year 7, age 11-12, Bolton, England

"My family and I were thrilled to see Obama's win. We were in a queue for six hours waiting to vote!"

Lilli, 10, Florida, USA

"I think Obama deserved to win. John McCain was too old and wouldn't relate to teenagers. I think he will make an excellent president."

Amy, 12, Liverpool, England

"Obama really deserved this. He worked a lot to be President and now he's finally got what he wanted!!! He'll make a brilliant leader."

Hannah, 12, London, England

"Congratulations on your achievement. You really deserve being the first black president. When I grow up, I would like be Prime Minister for Great Britain but I wasn't sure if they would pick me because of my skin colour, but now I am proud of myself because I have someone to follow."

Abdifatah, 8, London, England

"I'm really pleased that Obama has been made president. I think it's important for us to take interest in what happens over there, because apparently it will affect the whole world. But he seems really nice and down to earth. I think America will benefit a lot with him. Also, it's amazing after the history for black people, such as slavery! I expect children will be learning about him in history lessons in the future! Go Obama!"

Hannah, 14, Wales

"I think McCain should have won because he's so old and has lots of experience. We watched the news in school today - I didn't know who won because I had a lie-in!"

Morgan, 10, Northern Ireland

"Well done, Obama!!! You will make such brilliant changes to the USA, and hopefully will stop war. Great work, Obama, you sure deserve it!!!!!!"

Bailey, 8, Hertfordshire, England

"It's great to see Obama become the next president of the USA and all the black people should be proud of it. However, I don't think racism will end in America. I do really hope the white and black people will work and live together because no one wants to see America dividing. They need unity not division. It's sad to see this happen."

Justin, 14, Oxford, England

"I knew he would win months ago; he's got the president's look and voice and he's charismatic. Also, most of the African-Americans voted for him; he is the man. He'll be there for eight years. He'll get re-elected again in four years' time."

Maranda, 12, Oxford, England

"I think it's great that America has got a black president; the world is finally turning even. I just hope that it will carry on getting better and that what happened to Martin Luther King doesn't happen."

Tom, 12, Essex, England

"Congratulations to Senator Obama who fully deserved to win. He will make an excellent president for the USA; he will bring the change that is so badly needed."

Flo, 12, Oxford, England

"Being black myself, I can understand what importance this election has had. Barack Obama is not only the first black president in all of American history, but he is also a person who you can tell is REAL, and we all know he's not putting up an act. His views are those that will lead the States to a well deserved victory once again."

Jasmin, 12, Canada

"I am really glad Obama won because he tried really hard and 20 or more years ago, he wouldn't have achieved this amazing thing :)"

Enkuush, 10, London, England

"OBAMA won!!!!!!! This is a mark in history for our country. I am so glad he won. Obama came to our school during his campaign and his ideas and views are brilliant! I was in the crowds watching him and his winning speech live!! Barack Obama, president elect, deserved to win. He wants our country to be united because here racial issues are still a problem. McCain was into the military: we want peace, not war!! Well done, OBAMA!"

Ally, 12, Chicago, USA

"I wanted McCain to win, but Obama will do a great job and he will make Americans of all origins proud.."

Sam, 15, London, England

"I am sooo glad because it shows that Americans have passed aside the racism and moved on... Congratulations and celebration!!!"

Helena, 12, London, England

"I don't like Obama - he's promised change, but what he will change? Does anyone actually know? Does he know himself? NO."

Becky, 13, London, England

"I think this is great - I love history and it's a historic day and I lived it! I think he's a great and nice man and I wonder what puppy they will have???"

Emily, 11, Stockport, England

"I think that it is good that America now has a black president because it is a new start for the whole country!!"

Megan, 10, Stafford, England

"I think Barack Obama deserved to win. He is younger than John McCain and I think he can do more for the world! Go Barack Obama."

Beth, 13, Manchester, England

"I am happy about Barack Obama winning, and I think he will be a great president. And sorry about his Grandma :("

Aimee, 13, England

"I think Obama will be a great president because he is good at achieving his goals in life."

Poppy, 10, England

"I am SO HAPPY!! Obama deserved to win so much. I cried with happiness when I found out the result."

Mi, 14, Lincolnshire, England

"I think he'll make a good president; he's young and cool and made history as the first ever black president!"

Marie, 12, Cambridge, England

"I have a lot of respect for both Barack Obama and John McCain. Personally, I was leaning more towards McCain but seeing Obama's acceptance speech made me confident that he's got a lot of good ideas for America and will make a lot of good changes."

Katy, 15, Edinburgh, England

"I am so pleased Obama is going to be the new president of the USA - well done, Mr Obama! You deserve it; can't wait to see the new puppy!!!!"

Amy, 10, Liverpool, England

"People should also remember that almost half the country voted for John McCain. Many of us believe that Obama's ideas are terrible and will end up hurting this country greatly. He may be a good speaker but that's not the same as having good ideas."

Phil, 15, USA

"It's great to see that Obama won; he deserves it. It's really fascinating that he is now America's first ever black president. I know he'll do very well because he's a really nice person and he knows the right things for America. He'll do a great job!"

Lina, 10, London, England

"I thought Obama was going to win right from the very start because he is a lot smarter than John McCain and had a big reputation."

Kishan, 10, Kent, England

"Congratulations, Mr Obama, you deserve it. You will make a very good president and look forward to the changes you will make. Have a good move into the White House with your family and new puppy."

Year 6, Somerset, England

"I am very happy that Obama won because he deserved to win because he is really kind and nice. And because he is the first black president he is very lucky and has very good ideas because he is clever!! Wow! I think: GO BARACK OBAMA!!"

Gabbie, 13, Newcastle, England

"Well, that was a tough night, Obama - well done and keep it up."

Ahmed, 12, London, England

"We think this is great news. We like Obama - he is young and he could make real changes!"

Year 8, ages 12-13, East Sussex, England

"I'm so glad! Obama deserved it the most. Even though it isn't my country, I didn't fancy McCain taking over because some of his ideas were quite twisted!"

Francesca, 12, West Midlands, England

"It's good that Obama's won because his background is African and America needs someone like that. And that other one is too old to be a president at his age."

Ruthie, 11, Manchester, England

"Obama is awesome so he deserved to win it."

Jordan, 13, South Wales

"I stayed up all night to be one of the first to see the result, and it was definitely worth it. Barack Obama will hopefully be the best president yet!"

Scarlett, 13, Middlesbrough, England

"I always knew he would win. Yay for Obama!"

Cheyanne, 13, Bristol, England

"Wow! What a great thing! Obama won! I never thought that he would win because he is black and many people don't like black people! Go Obama!!! Yippee!!"

Sara, 14, Sweden

"I was so glad that Barack Obama won and the people who voted for him in America must be very happy and surprised."

Nada, 9, Manchester, England

"I think it's great that Obama's won. It could even stop lots of racism as well. I support Obama."

Olivia, 12, Surrey, England

"I think that Obama really deserved to win and to make history and I wish him all the best in the White House."

Andrea, 10, Milton Keynes, England

"I think McCain deserved to win; Obama made too many promises that he probably won't be able to keep. Plus, McCain knew what he could do and wanted to put the possible into action."

Sean, 13, Swindon, England

"History has definitely happened. I am so happy for America; Obama looks like a decent and good man."

Maryam, 15, Birmingham, England

"Well done. A great improvement to the USA."

Andrew, 14, Scotland

"Congratulations to Mr Obama on his election. We think you will be a good president for America, because you will bring all Americans together, whether you are rich or poor, black or white. We will all live in peace."

Year 4, age 8, Hertfordshire, England

"Barack Obama rules. I am soooooo proud of him and I am sure Martin Luther King would be, too."

Gleney, 13, Wales

"We think it is good to have a young president with young children because he knows what children are like and what they like to do."

Tanya, Jessica and Chloe, 10, Essex, England

"We are excited about Barack Obama winning, although we thought that John McCain was a good man. It's excellent for America to have a black president."

Year 6, Reading, England

"Obama is the best. He deserves to be the president."

Michael, 11, Perthshire, Scotland

"We think he deserved to win because he had the courage to stand up for what he believes. He followed the dream of Martin Luther King. He is a legend."

Year 6 and 7, Fife, Scotland

"I think it is brilliant that America has a black president and Martin Luther King would be very proud."

Jack, 10, Wiltshire, England

"I hope he carries through with his promises, there are a lot of people depending on him..."

Abi, 14, London, England

"I believe he deserved it and the difference between the votes were huge! But the only thing is that he'd better stick to what he said or the people of America will be very annoyed and will cause a riot!!!"

Samantha, 13, Dorset, England

"It is brilliant that a black president was elected and racism against the black people will end."

Tom, 10, Wiltshire, England

"WE ARE SO PROUD OF OBAMA! We've even got little badges to support him because we believe he is an amazing campaigner and he will bring a great change to America for the better! WELL DONE."

Tulsi, 15, Walsall, England

"Great news. I stayed up all night to watch it."

Callum, 10, Ayrshire, Scotland

"He deserved to win and we are happy for him."

Year 5 & 6, Reading, England

"We think Obama is the best possible outcome because he will make a big change to the amount of racism there is in America."

Year 5 & 6, Dorset, England

"Barack Obama rules! He will be the best president in America's history!"

Mika, 13, Stockholm, Sweden

"I think it makes a change, everyone at school is so happy."

Beth, 13, Hillsborough, England

"I think it is a good thing that a black man is president for a change."

Aisling, 9, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think that Obama is an amazing speaker but he is going to pull out the army from Iraq and Afghanistan."

Navdeep, 11, Hampshire, England

"I can't believe he won, he's absolutely great!!! I hope he makes great changes to America!!!"

Sasha, 12, New York, America

"OBAMA RULES. He is the best."

Cam, 12, UK

"I think Obama won because of his grandmother who had died two nights ago and his grandmother wanted him to win the election."

James, 13, County Down, Northern Ireland

"I think Barack Obama is going to do a really good job! I also think that it's much more reassuring now that we know the most important man in the world has an IQ higher than 75!"

Emily, 15, UK

"Obama will make a huge change to racism around the world!"

Year 4 class, Dublin, Ireland

"Most of us think Barack deserved to win, people seem to really trust him and I think his word will spread. Some of us preferred John McCain's speech."

Rowan, 9, West Yorkshire, England

"I'm happy that Obama won because I think he deserves it. I'm also happy for him because he has made history."

Joe, 12, London, England

"I'm glad he's won and it's good to have a black person win."

Sharelle, 11, Nottingham, England

"I think that Barack Obama really deserved to win the election because he was really determined to win and when he was told he was president, well, his smile on his face explained it."

Natasha, 12, Nottingham, England

"I think the public chose the right vote for Obama because John is not so good."

Megan, 9, Peterborough, England

"I think Obama will be a great president because he probably has brilliant ideas for the future."

Thomas, 11, Salisbury, England

"Barack Obama is a sound president; he better run America well."

Ashley, 12, Torquay, England

"I think it is great, I really wanted him to win."

Amy, 12, Peterborough, England

"I think that he will be quite a good president but I preferred John McCain to win overall."

Reuben, 13, Kent, England

"I am very happy for Barack Obama because he can stop the sad war in Iraq where people die every day."

Anna, 11, London, England

"I think Obama's victory is going to change America especially the war in Iraq and Afghanistan."

James, 11, Stockport, England

"I have lived in America and always found elections very interesting, but this one is the best so far."

Sam, 11, Norwich, England

"I think Barack Obama is going to be a fantastic president."

Jessica, 10, Halton, England

"I think Obama deserved to win. He might be able to stop the war in Iraq and make America a better place."

Nathan, 12, Tameside, England