I think our lead sentence on Wednesday's show really sums it up: "The outcome of this election was going to be historic any way you sliced it." Whether your favorite candidate won or lost last night, you're living through an era that will be studied by your own children. And the things you remember today will be the things you tell them when they're in school.
What I'd like to know is what you'll remember most.
Carl Azuz, Anchor
When I woke up this morning and got ready to go vote, I was nervous. The same thing happened when I was getting ready for work. And I realized it was because of the magnitude of this moment and the buildup to it. After nearly two years of campaigning, this presidential race was finally coming to an end, and the outcome was going to be historic, no matter who won. I think it's always exciting to watch an election unfold, and even more so to get the chance to write about it... even if that excitement is fueled by a healthy dose of nerves.
Jordan Bienstock, Writer
During President-elect Obama's acceptance speech, he talked about Ann Nixon Cooper. A 106 year-old voter. He walked us through the many social changes she has witnessed over her lifetime.
I'm the "technology guy" for CNN Student News and I got to thinking about the changes in technology I've seen over my lifetime, a mere 41 years. I think back to the time when there were only 3 channels on the tv, ALL phones had wires attached to them, and random questions had to be answered with an encyclopedia.
I wonder what kinds of changes you will see over your lifetime. Will you think back fondly of a time when there were books made from paper? When vehicles required gasoline? When computers had keyboards?
Jeff DeHayes, Web Producer
Two years of politics, campaigns, and all the rest. I was ready for this to be over a while back. And tonight was the end of that. At 11p.m. CNN declared Barack Obama the winner. We, as a nation, made history tonight. America elected a black president. My grandfather, who was a journalist writing about the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950's and 1960's, could probably never have imagined this day, and yet here it is. We have advanced a national conversation on race and relations between black and white far beyond what I thought we could two years ago. Tomorrow, though is a new beginning.
As our new president declared, "This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you. So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other."
So the president-elect has challenged you, the young people of America. What is your next step, what are you going to do?
John Martin, Curriculum Writer
So, CNN's just announced that Sen. Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. From my office at the CNN Center in Atlanta I can hear people outside cheering and blasting their car horns in recognition of this moment. I've never experienced this kind of reaction to an election, and it makes me realize that I am witnessing history in the making. How do you think that you'll regard this election in the years to come?
Lisa Porterfield, Curriculum Development Manager