TO: Barack Obama, President-Elect of the United States
FROM: NPR News
RE: Challenges in Office
Greetings, Mr. President-elect and congratulations on your decisive victory on Nov. 4. Your campaign will be studied for years for its strategy and discipline. You have shown great skill in rallying large crowds and uniting sometimes fractious elements of your party behind your candidacy. You have won the votes of a clear, if modest, majority of the electorate. Your share of the Electoral College is better than two-thirds. You have won the great prize so many coveted and fought for during the 22-monthlong public phase of this campaign — not to mention for years before. And you have disproved the notion that only a white person could win the White House.
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