Democracy is a beautiful thing

Photo essay: Voting for Obama and listening to his victory speech

by Jahanshah Javid
I voted for Obama in Arcadia, southern California, and then followed the election count on CNN, culminating in Obama's victory speech. What a great day for democracy! When I first heard him address the Democratic Party Convention four years ago, I was impressed. But when he announced his candidacy, I was convinced he could not get elected in this country. A Black man with a Muslim name? Never! It's great to be proven wrong. Democracy is a beautiful thing.

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Obama yeah Right !

by auroranorth (not verified) on

I wouldn't be to quick to praise him. He will most likely
manufacture a provocation and attack Iran.


American wife

by Anonymous77 (not verified) on

Thank you. Keep it up and good luck and we'll do our bit across the pond....

Farhad Kashani

IRANDokht aziz, nice to hear

by Farhad Kashani on

IRANDokht aziz, nice to hear from you. Just not sure why you said "You changed your mind", I have been an Obama supporter all along! You can refer to my previous postings aziz jaan!

American Wife


by American Wife on

Truer words were never spoken.  Now is NOT the time to  rest on our laurels.  The fight really has only just begun. 

Nay-sayers... we banish thee from our midst!!!

Seriously guys... what's your problem.  Are you going to sit there and criticize every step he takes, every move he makes, every bond he breaks JUST so you can say "I told you so" in 6 months or 4 years.  Are you going to WISH he falters just so you can say "I told you so".   Think outside the box my friends!!!   

I suggest this as a alternative.  It creates good vibes AND it will make you feel better!!!

Just think to yourselves... I'm going to stand together with the rest of America and do my part to support my new President.  If in 4 years the economy is stronger and we've mended/formed new ties with both Allies and enemies... I'm going to be the first to stand up and say "I was wrong". 

Trust me... it takes guts to admit you're wrong.  If he totally s**tcans the nation into the gutter, I'll be the first to say I was wrong.  No wait... we've already BEEN s**tcanned into the gutter.  Whew... for a minute there I thought I was in trouble!


Only in America?!

by Ajam (not verified) on

"Only in America" is the new slogan the bigots and smear-mongers have come up with to put a new spin on the failure of their scare tactics. It does not take a genious to see the not-so-latent racism lying behind that statement on so many levels!
The question in any rational mind, however, would be: Why not?! Why should that not happen anywhere on this planet but the US? Where else in the world should one expect to see a black person to be elected for presdent? Wales, may one say, or Iceland, perhaps Lebanon? But none of these nations' populations consist of 12% blacks! Nor any of these countries have a 400 years of black slavery in their resumes! Does that mean these nations are any less worthy than America? Should god not bless them?!
And finally, on personal level, why should someone with credentials, intelligence and charisma of Obama not be able to be a president? In his school years he became the first black editor of Harvard Law Review. I believe that alone outweighs everything Bush or McCain have done in their lifetimes! He is going to be the 44th US president. Even by the laws of probabilities, blacks should have a 12% chance at beoming president as oppsed to the one out of 44 which constitues a mere 2.3%!


For example:

by Anonymous77 (not verified) on

If Obama's plans are blocked.

It's illegal not to pay, but it isn't illegal not to use.

if the energy companies don't get their acts together, all decide on only 3 minutes of NOT USING any form of energy.
What they are always scared of is the bottom line, after all. This may cause mayhem for a few days, but they'll have to agree.

The world's energy sources do not belong to anybody.(different discussion....)

Same with banks. For a specific time, just 5 minutes on a specific day, do NOT USE ANY form of transactions.
AGAIN, even the threat of this, will stampede their monstrous behaviour making people homeless and continuing to charge enormous interest on derivatives which are made out of thin air in the first place.

Radical, but necessary, IF the big corp(es) don't co orporate.

Keep it up. Without mass consent, none of those horrible institutions can exist.


Democracy requires ACTIVE CITIZENS

by Anonymous77 (not verified) on

So it is wonderful to see 52% of the population actually waking up and stop being apathetic. The work though will continue with great resistance to real change.
(It's often easier to stay with the misery but with familiarity, then to try the unknown.)

I tell you what though. I must say,apart from obvious reasons of hope with the right-wing fanatics out of office, is that what Obama as a personality shows is that it IS POSSIBLE to be DECENT and DIGNIFIED and not a warmongering, primitive, dollarworshipping maniac AND ACHIEVE.

I feel love for the man.

What you lot over there need to do now is to keep the momentum going.There'll be lots of adversity. Lots.

But please, remain active and alive.

Believe me, if the US then sneezes, we'll just all be given handkerchieves and big wollies before we get pneumonia.

Anoymous77 has spoken.

there is still this matter of Haji Firooz. Don't blame me when it comes up for real.



by varjavand on


It is ironic to see how some frequent hit-and-run commenters, whom I call aggravators, in this site change opinion and go in the direction where the wind is flowing. Mr. Kashani aren’t you the same person who once called Mr. Obama a “black Yankee”?


Re: Aghel

by Jamshid Niavarani (not verified) on

"IRI's days are numbered."
People have been saying that for 30 years.
I will take it up a notch.
The IRI will last over 2,500 years.
It really doesn't matter to me.
I live in the US/Western Europe.
I just say it like it is.
I won't be around in 2,500 years but, I will be laughing at everyone from the grave when my prediction is proven true.
While all of you are wasting your time, I will be in Rio, Amsterdam, and other fun places having fun.
If you want progressive change write Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. They are the only organizations along with the UN that sway the Iranian theocracy's actions. Believe it or not the Iranian government takes the International community's views in consideration when making decisions. As for a change in government in Iran. highly unlikely.



by Anonymous77 (not verified) on

First of all, his name is Steve and he is from Crypton. I know this, because I was born there too.

Now, the question. What's going to happen with Norooz?
Is the republican propaganda machine going to use Haji Firooz in a a weird way? LOL

Seriously, what is going to happen to Obama -kaka (brother) sia and Haji Firooz?

Oh and well done US citizens for not being complete pillocks this time and thank you for taking that insane warmongering maniac Tory Bliar off our hands too.



by Princess on

The results of the 2000 and 2004 elections made me seriously doubt the merits of a popular democracy. Let's not forget that the prerequisite of a democracy is a well-informed populous.

Let's just hope that things are really changing and the process of dumbing down the masses can be reversed.



(No subject)

by Abadani (not verified) on

گریه شام و سحر شکرکه ضایع نگشت قطره باران ما گوهریکدانه شد

Ali P.

Is it?

by Ali P. on

Is democracy or it's process always a beautiful thing, or only when we like the  results?


Jahanshah Jaan ...

by Khar on

Democracy is a beautiful thing, indeed!! Thanks!



To: Jamshid Niavarani

by Aghel (not verified) on

"The Islamic Republic will be in power longer than the Pahlavi dynasty, Qajar Dynasty and the Safavid Dynasty combined " ??

Dream on pal...IRI's days are numbered.


Are you people for real?

by Toofantheoncesogreat (not verified) on

Azadeh Azmoudeh
"Last night, I sat with my 8-year-old son while watching CNN and told him all about the history of Blacks in this country. While crying, I told him this land is a good land if we believe in democracy, if we believe change can happen, and only if we believe "Yes, We Can!"


Anonymous Observer
"Obama! Obama! Obama!!

Persia is Eternal."

Farhad Kashani
"Obama will be a great president and a great friend to the Iranian people in their vital struggle against the fascist regime in Iran."

"This is the change we needed! Peace, honor and humanity will prevail and the greedy, murderous and evil ones will be history soon."

Which planet are you guys from? How do you know that he is currently not sitting with his neocon advisors planning the complete destruction of Iran?? Or that he is planning on expanding bombings Pakistan??

I so dreadfully fear that you are building an image around this man that is completly on the contrary to what he has said and who he is picking as whitehouse advisors..



by Saman on

Bush F#@$ed up soooo bad, that a young African American named Barak Hussein Obama won the Presidential election in America. That’s not democracy “my friends”… that’s a goddamn revolution! And glad to be part of it.

Change takes a long time and just like in the US ... Iran can do it to. None violently!


Now … let’s get a U-Haul and kick Bush’s redneck butt out of my town.


dear Mr Kashani

by IRANdokht on

It's great to see you have changed your mind. Yes Obama will be a great president and his election proved that it's not the American people who are corrupt and crooks, just the GWB administration and some parts of the GOP.

This certainly is a great country with a lot of great people who fortunately have the power to right the wrongs that were done in their name.

This is the change we needed!  Peace, honor and humanity will prevail and the greedy, murderous and evil ones will be history soon.



YES WE DID!!!!! Last night

by desi on


Last night was a beautiful testament to American ideals and DEMOCRACY.   


Just read Alexis de Tocqueville

by Pandora on

De la démocratie en Amérique (On Democracy in America). 

Farhad Kashani

The election of Obama can

by Farhad Kashani on

The election of Obama can only happen in this great democracy. This, again, showed the greatness of this country.

To all anti American Iranians on this site who relentessly bashed the U.S in the last couple of years calling Americans "racist" and saying this historical day will never come, you have been defated, yet again!

Obama will be a great president and a great friend to the Iranian people in their vital struggle against the fascist regime in Iran.

Congratulations President Obama!


Go Obama!

by farrad02 on

Woo hoo!


To: MRX1

by farrad02 on

You will end up eating your words. Obama is going to prove himself a historic and effective president. And nay sayers like you will end up embarassed, like you were last night when he defeated your ideas!


Yay! Wohoo! Weeee!

by toofantheoncesogreat (not verified) on

Yes we can! Horray! Chaaangeee! Peace.. Love!! Bambiiii!! Pink flowers and rainbow sunseeets!!

And as the masses spoke one cliche after another:

Obama started to metamorph into Bush: "Cutting and running wont do"

And the scary part is, when this guy starts to talk like Bush and do what Bush has done abroad, all of the so called "liberal" supporters will support his policy because Obama is the messiah!

Mike Gravel had a huge point about Obama: He cannot deliver, and when he fails, he will create a whole generation of cynics.

Lets hope Im dead wrong.


Obama will have direct talks with Ayat'Allah Khamenei

by Jamshid Niavarani (not verified) on

It is great news that President Obama has won. He has said he will have direct talks with Iran. He will meet with Ayat'Allah Seyed Ali Khamenei. After the eight year Obama presidency Iran will have been ruled by the Islamic Republic of Iran for 37 years, roughly the same amount of time Mohammad Reza Shah ruled Iran. The Islamic Republic will be in power longer than the Pahlavi dynasty, Qajar Dynasty and the Safavid Dynasty combined.

Darius Kadivar

World Leaders (EXCEPT RUSSIA) hail Obama Triumph

by Darius Kadivar on

Funny and Strange that the Russians have hardly congradulated Obama.


instead their first move was to move missiles to Baltic:


Iranians better choose who they prefer to TRUST in the future as an Ally:

Russia a country with NO DEMOCRATIC TRADITION


 the so called "Imperialistic America " which so many IRI  Apologists in the likes of Mrs Soraya Ulrich and Hamid Debashi have been bad naming this Great Nation over the years.

Think Twice next time you are tempted as Iranians to cry out "MARG BAR AMERICA !"


A Bon Entendeur Salut ! ;0)



We are all proud 'born again

by highhopes (not verified) on

We are all proud 'born again Americans'. This is a victory for humanity not just America.


it will be fun

by MRX1 (not verified) on

It will be fun the next four years seeing this guy failing on issue after issue. Interesting part in his speech was " the problems may not go away in one two year or even another term!"
It will be fun to see his supporters face six months from now when they realize the empty suite can not deliver on his promises.

American Wife


by American Wife on

well said... a revolution HAS begun.  It's not going to succeed unless everyone works for that common goal... peace and prosperity for all. 

To all the nay-sayers... just give him a chance.  Let's see what he CAN do and what he WILL do. 

Anonymous Observer

It Was a Revolution!!!

by Anonymous Observer on

This wasn't an election....seeing all those people gathered in front of the White House, the margin of victory, and people celeberating on the streets, it seemed more like a revolution!! 

Whatever it was though, hope prevailed...

Obama! Obama! Obama!! 

Persia is Eternal.