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November 4th, 2008
10:02 PM ET

Election Night

Believe it or not, this is my fifth presidential election here at CNN.  Things have come a long way from dot-matrix printers to the "Magic Wall," but it's always an exciting (and sometimes very late) night.  As a social studies teacher, Election Day would present a great "teachable moment" about voting and civic responsibility.   But wouldn't it be great if voters, young and old, maintained this level of interest in politics every day?  

Donna Krache, Executive Producer


Filed under: Behind the scenes • News Coverage
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Chin-yen

    Election day would be the most exciting day of all of America. I do not get to vote but my sister does. Alot of the times my dad would say that those presidents are just people who want to be presidents not really help the nation much.

    November 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  2. steven

    I think it would also be a very exciting day but it is a very hard decision this year. I hope the person best suited for the job wins.

    November 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Colleen

    It would be great to have everyone so interested all the time, but I think people vote and feel like they did what they can and after that, what ever happens, there is nothing they can do about it so why bother?

    November 4, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Alex

    It really would be great.

    November 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Chante

    I am so happy Barack Obama is the next president. It's time for a dramatic change and I think he's the person that will actually work hard to make a difference. I support him all the way.

    November 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  6. Chae'Leigh

    OBAMA WINS-–> AMERICAS CHANGE
    HE IS WHAT WE AS A NATION NEED TO OVERCOME ALL PROBLEMS
    HE IS OUR CHANGE
    BARACK OBAM OUR NEW 44th PRESIDENT
    THAT MAKES ME PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
    I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS MOMENT AS A 14YR OLD GIRL
    WHEN OUR NATIONS HOPE FOR A BETTER WORLD CHANGED

    November 4, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  7. Kr!$t!ne

    I am watching the electon and I am really disapointed in America for making Barack Obama president!! I think McCain deserves to be president and had alot of better ideas! as I said, I am very disapointed!

    November 5, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  8. Jord

    I am very disappointed in America because Barack Obama does NOT have very much experience and some of his ideas aren't good at all. John McCain knows a lot more and would help our country way more. I am quite sad. 😦

    November 5, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  9. Eliza

    Go Obama!!! And it would be great!!! 😀 😛 🙂

    November 5, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  10. Alec

    Obama is the best

    November 5, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  11. MATT:)

    I think that us having an African American president is a great change and that it will get more voters interested in the economy.

    November 5, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  12. kayla

    yes election is exciting but we shouldn't think of it every day.... a lot of the time we just need to get away from the world

    November 5, 2008 at 12:43 pm |
  13. Matt

    I am very surprised by the way that America voted for our new president. Obama does not have nearly the experience that McCain does, but I do think that it will be interesting to see some of the new outlooks from Obama on some subjects. I do think that McCain has better ideas for what he would have done. I really do not like a lot of the things that Obama supports but it is what it is.

    November 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Joe

    o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah Obama is are president o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah o yeah and Joe Biden is are VP 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    November 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  15. Kadir

    Obama + president= GREAT STUFF FOR THE WORLD!!!
    Simple Math problem. 🙂

    November 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  16. shorty

    hello student news shorty speaking i have an opinion about election night mmmm how can i put this GO OBAMA!!!!

    November 6, 2008 at 9:08 pm |
  17. Mizz

    I'm writing this from Japan, And one small town is going crazy about this election, this story was on Nov. 7th' headline so you might know this.
    The town's name is Obama (this is really true), so everyone is supporting senator Obama, and they are doing it like some carnival.
    I bet most of them don't really care about his politics.
    I think they are really stupid, USA is the leading country in the world, and Japan is and always be effected by USA, so they must be more serious, it might effect their life, and they won't care. They are just looking at his name.
    They should be more thoughtful. I think this is one reason Japan is having stupid leaders for long time.

    November 7, 2008 at 7:06 am |
  18. Samson

    IT was history

    November 10, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Samson

    IT was history to me samson and the obama supporters

    November 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Cailie

    I am really happy that Obama won the election. I think that Mcain is to old to get the job done. I think That vp Sara Palin started to finally sound more intelegent after the race was over. Obama'08 is all that matters right

    Cailie:)

    November 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  21. Jenny

    i am happy that obama won but i also think that mcain would be a good president.. i am happy for obama.

    November 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  22. nakilah

    Obama V.S Macain Obama is going to lower the taxes for mid-class people.Macain i have no clue want Macain wanted to to so..... I voted at my school Garcia for Obama not because of his skin color it because i like and care for what he wants to change !!!!!...In my mind Macain is going to do nothing different to change the world.....Obama will change the world... and theu would both made history Obama frist AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESDENT Macain the OLDEST PRESDENT...... WELL OBAMA WON SO GET OVER IT AND LIVE WITH IT

    November 11, 2008 at 9:02 pm |
  23. jessica

    I THINK THAT PEOPLE JUST VOTE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO DO WHAT THEY SAY AND THAT THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO TAKE THE TAXES DOWN,BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY SPENDING WAY TO MUCH MONEY ANYWAY.

    November 12, 2008 at 8:07 am |
  24. Abby

    I went Out and got to campaigm for Obama With my mom and miss school!

    It was very exciting

    November 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm |