November 5, 2008

Barak Obama Wins!

Barak Obama

After a long, bitter presidential election; Senator Barak Obama has been elected our next President of the United States.

This is the first time a minority male has been elected to the position of President in my country.

Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation's first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. "Change has come," he told a huge throng of cheering supporters.

The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his historic triumph by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground states — Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa and more.

On a night for Democrats to savor, they padded their majorities in the House and Senate, and come January will control both the White House and Congress for the first time since 1994.

In his first speech as president-elect, Obama catalogued the challenges ahead. "The greatest of a lifetime," he said, two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century."

In an October 16 conference call, Senator Barack Obama’s campaign highlighted specific strategies to fight HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad; they included increasing funds for research, care and prevention as well as developing a national AIDS strategy within the first year of his presidency.

Obama’s plan will require health insurance providers to cover everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions.

an Obama presidency would bolster funding for the Ryan White CARE Act, which is underfunded despite the rise in the number of new infections in the United States, said Sandra Thurman, former director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy under President Clinton. According to data released in August by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 56,300 new HIV infections were recorded in 2006, marking a 40 percent increase in annual infections from previous estimates.

So I am asking President Elect Barak Obama now that I would be honored to serve on any domestic HIV/AIDS commission, committee or advisory board deciding on future HIV/AIDS care for American citizens. I think it is very important to have representatives from the HIV/AIDS community present to have input and encourage discussion. As a 26 year+ long term HIV/AIDS survivor and activist, plus my work with AARP and Divided We Fail; that I would be an excellent representative of the community.

You can help by contact President Elect Obama through his website.

So did your candidate win? Drop me a line and let me know what you think about the election results.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab