UPDATE : Obama has taken an almost inassailable lead winning a number of battleground states. Obama now has 207 vs 135 electoral votes. 270 is required for victory. Unless McCain can do the impossible and win the democratic stronghold of California (55 votes), the race is essentially over. It looks like a landslide but Obama has only about 51% of the popular vote. Alas, America remains a country very much divided....
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
- Martin Luther King 1963
Rosa Park sat so that Martin Luther King could march. Martin Luther King marched so that Obama could run for president. All the polls show that if the people outside of USA could vote they would have voted for Obama. Even in Singapore, a poll showed that 70% of the people would vote for him. His message of change and hope resonates around the world. After 8 years of President Bush and Republican politics, I think the rest of world can't wait for Americans to what we see as "the right thing". If polls are to be believed, history will be made today.
.Obama's success and popularity illustrates that most people are able to look beyond a person's race and name to see what he has to offer in terms of leadership.
During the Bush administration ideology took precedence over prudence. His anti-regulatory ideology gave rise to the big financial mess we see today. The Bush Doctrine resulted in a disastrous war and gave rise to anti-Americanism around the world. I think right now Americans want a president with no ideological baggage - someone who will do what is best for Americans and will apply sound judgement to act on the best advice available. Obama promised "change" for Americans and a shift from "Washington" politics. Obama's convincing rhetoric has elevated the expectations of Americans which have to be quickly matched by action if he wins. Obama can make history by winning the election but the rest of history will be made his ability to perform.