The hip-hop community was one of, if not the cross section of people most vocal about their diligent support of Barack Obama. For many, including 18-year-old Soulja Boy Tell'em, 36-year-old Busta Rhymes, not to mention Juelz Santana, Maino, Bow Wow and Nas, Tuesday marked their first time voting. Others, such as Diddy, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z, worked tirelessly both online and in person, encouraging people to get out to the polls. Young Jeezy made a tremendous record called "My President," while Will.I.Am wrote a trio of proudly pro-Obama tracks. Their faith paid off when Obama was announced the president-elect.
"Obama!" Fat Joe yelled, watching the news of the Illinois senator's win from his home in Miami. Joe was shaking in his chair like a little kid. "That Latino vote!"
"It's just incredible to know that Barack Obama is our president," Usher told MTV News. "Can I say this? The coolest sh-- ever!"
Kanye West acknowledged the win on his blog, posting an image of the senator under the headline "Hi Mom, Obama Won!"
"The vision of the hip-hop generation and its young people is in full and glorious effect tonight," Russell Simmons said in a statement released to MTV News Tuesday night. "While many older Americans, who marched and struggled so hard so Senator Obama could run for president of the United States, never dared to believe in his candidacy's real potential, young people, particularly the hip-hop community, had faith, and their imagination became our reality.
With well over the required 270 electoral votes, Barack Obama has become the new President of The United States of America. Barack Obama, the first african american, becomes the 44th President of The United States.
Just moments ago Republican candidate John McCain gave his concession speech, telling his booing supporters, "I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead up through the many challenges we face."
Barack Obama has gave his victory speech to the country from Chicago.
Until that day, Obama will not be president; he'll be president-elect, meaning that the people have voted him in power, but he hasn't taken office (Jan 29, 2009). While the lag between election and inauguration was originally designed to allow for travel in pre-rapid-transit days, it has since becomes the president's opportunity to finish up his term and/or tidy up his office (literally or metaphorically) — and, of course, issue last-minute pardons.