November 5, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

America Votes for Change

Some pols and pundits predicted a landslide, but the headlines on the world’s front pages reflected the themes, slogans and ubiquitous logo of President-elect Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign.

• "Yes We Can." (The Record of Stockton, Calif.)
• "Change Comes to America." (Canada’s The Hamilton Spectator)
• "Change of Course." (Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald)
• "Face of Change." (Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald)
• "A New Hope." (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Many newspapers — particularly in the South — chose poignant civil rights themes to describe Obama’s unprecedented feat.

•"In Our Lifetime," declared The Anniston (Ala.) Star.
•"Obama Overcomes," said The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News.
•"Race is History," The Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise offered.
•"Obama Reaches The Mountaintop," said The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

But for the majority of newspapers, the president-elect’s last name and new title were enough to tell the story.

•"Obama!" (The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.)
•"Oh-Bama! (The Orange County (Calif.) Register
•"Mr. President." (The Chicago Sun-Times)
•"It’s Obama." (La Tribune of Paris, France)

Finally, for every victory, there is a defeat. The Arizona Republic summed up Sen. John McCain’s poignant concession speech. "Arizonan McCain gracious in defeat; calls for unity," the paper said.

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