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Two years ago when the presidential campaign began, both parties had several well-known candidates with long resumes. How a little-known one with a short resume and liberal views won is still being analyzed. Many of the expert opinions are fairly accurate, but most miss the basic reason why Barack Obama got his momentum and kept it to the end.

Simply put, he stood above all others as truly presidential and most likely to restore the office now in shambles with no respect. Like Reagan, Obama got votes from people who didn't share his views but respected and admired him. It has been far too long since this has happened.

With our economy on the verge of imploding, the standard cliche that it is time for the country to unite behind the new president couldn't be more relevant. He may not take us to the promised land and the answer might not be blowing in the wind, but as a nation we must combine in the struggles ahead. Let's hope the rejoicing on election eve heard here and around the world lingers on and on and on.

Sherman W. Madison

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