January 18th, 2009
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LONDON, England – Dear President Obama,

Enjoy your inauguration, and party like there is no tomorrow, because that day is about as much fun as you are going to have.

You have a daunting and unenviable task, fixing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. It's clear - what's happened to date hasn't restored confidence in the banking sector.

Much more will need to be done and it needs to be dramatic and bold. Already being discussed is setting up a bank that would acquire the banks' toxic debt.

The thinking seems solid enough; if the bad debt is taken off the books, that will mean fewer write downs, free up capital, and that could lead to more lending.

That was the original idea behind the $700 billion bank bailout cooked up by the Bush administration. But then it couldn't figure out how to price all that bad debt, and so they decided to give the banks capital instead. That left the bad debt sitting there, leading to the renewed lack of confidence in the banking system. So going back to the original idea is now once again in focus.

The other idea, of course, is to guarantee the toxic assets that remain on the banks' books, such as authorities did this past week for Bank of America.

None of this will be cheap. It's estimated that up to $1.2 trillion in new aid could be needed. Of course, that's on top of the massive amounts of money already thrown at the problem.

Which brings me to my final point, the ballooning budget deficit. It's estimated it will more than double this year to about $1.2 trillion, or 8.3 percent of GDP, the biggest budget deficit in the post-war period. And that figure doesn't include the proposed $825 billion economic stimulus package. You yourself have said there is the potential to have trillion-dollar deficits for years to come.

No wonder you've appointed a chief performance officer to see where savings can be made in the federal budget.

I realize you have no choice but to pull out all the stops to try and get the economy moving again. It, along with getting the banks lending again, is priority number one. But for the sake of the long term health of the economy, rein in the deficit as soon as it's possible.

The U.S. national debt keeps growing and could reach a mind boggling 400 percent of GDP by mid-century if current tax and spending policies are not addressed.

You've been dealt a tough hand. The weight of expectation on you is huge. You've tried to play down those expectations, but they remain.

So enjoy your inauguration day, enjoy the adulation, and the overwhelming good will and optimism you've engendered.

And as the recession lingers on, I hope the public will be as forgiving as they have been hopeful. The problems the economy and banking system face are more than one very well intentioned and articulate man can easily cure.

As your wife Michelle reminds us, you may be a gifted man, but at the end of day you are still just a man. I wish you the best of luck.

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  1. lauro silva Brazil

    All beginning is difficult. It´s essential that Obama´s team set apart their anxiety to solve the problems. They must be incisive with a very well definite and assigned task each. In german one says ´´ Viele Köche verderben den Brei´´- too many cooks spoil the broth- It´s too much important that all US governors be sided in with Obama. Time is over for things like that recently happened in Illinois with regard to Mr. Bogalevitch. People have to keep an eye on everything and they surely will. Let´s give time to the time and see how they are doing things from scratch. Good luck to Obama and his team.

    January 18, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  2. Sunday A Fajorin

    Obama may god be with you in all your doing..

    January 18, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  3. DJK

    I am curious as to why the MSM (and CNN would belong to this group) seem to always want to stay clear of discussion regarding abolishing of the FED. The existence of the FED and how it operates is at or very near to the core of our current financial crisis (not to mention a number of crises that we have experienced in the past). I can only think that those who defend the existence of the FED are in the pockets of big banking in the US. The US needs to establish a Government owned and operated national bank and get rid of the FED. If there was ever a time where this could be done, it is now, with so many banks having shown their true colors when it comes to greed and criminal malfeasance. Instead, we have the USG sinking billions of dollars into bailing them out and allowing them to conduct business as usual. And where do those billions come from? The USG has to borrow that money from the FED, and pay the FED interest on those funds, which further increases our national debt. I have seen no reporting regarding the reserve fund that all FED member banks are required to contribute to and the disposition of those funds, Shouldn't those funds have been used first to bail out or back-stop banks that have credit or liquidity problems? Or perhaps that fund had already been drained without telling anyone. If that is the case, all the more reason to abolish the FED. There are many countries that have Government owned national banks (in fact most countries use that system) that do a much better job of protecting their countries' financial interests than the FED does that of the US. In fact, many of those national banks make profits that go to their respective countries' bottom lines. And of course, national banks allow Governments to print their own money, issue their own bonds, and be an active player in certain markets so as to enhance stability and reduce volatility of our economy. It is interesting to note that the FED system is strikingly similar to the mechanisms used by the rulers of medieval Europe to finance their projects and adventures. The US calls itself a modern country, but yet is the only country in the world that uses a system of handling its own finances rooted in the middle ages. So, to get to the point here, another item that needs to be added to Obama's to-do list is to abolish the FED and create a USG owned and operated national bank.

    January 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  4. Mashkoor Khan

    This is one President not only Americans but the whole wide world wont like to see fail.He sounds and acts natural.He has to keep his balance and create more jobs & more opprtunities for the middle & lower class, introduce stricter regulatiions, more particularly for financial & banking sector,eliminate speculation by the high & mighty to manipulate stock exchanges & markets & fudge the books.Dont waste time & money on invasions & wars.Give peace & dialogue the first priority but rule with an iron fist.Grow more, promote agriculture, basic need of medecines & health care, education, affordable houses,transport & clothes.Shun luxaries.The era of aquisiton & mergers should be put on the back burner. Create more opportunities & jobs.Humanity & frienship should prevail.

    January 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  5. Peter Kramer

    Dear Mr President,

    A recovery cannot be gained by lending beyond your means or by printing money until the dollar is marginalized. It must be earned.

    You want to expand the war in Afghanistan, but can you really afford it? It would be great to have a base on the moon or mars even, but can the investment be done after the recovery rather than during the crisis? Is the car industry innovative enough to be worth the money that's being spend on it, and if so, why is Warren Buffett betting on the Chinese car company BYD instead? Does any significant increase in taxes necessarily introduce communism? What's better, increasing taxes for investment in a oil-free infrastructure or lowering taxes for investment in play-stations and other useless junk.

    It is very refreshing to see a US president coming in that has a lot of energy and both a brain and a heart. However, you will be president of a country in fast decline that will no longer be able to borrow its way to the world's top.

    January 18, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  6. steve cranston

    Dear Mr. President

    Both political parties are equally responsible for the financial mess America now faces.
    Both Parties have been on a spending spree using debt and inflation all while claiming to keep taxes low or even cutting them.
    Knowing you can not be elected telling the truth about how politicians actually pay for all their campaign promises: borrow and or print money (debt and inflation).
    Want to impress me Mr. President? Tell the American people the truth for once, accept the blame, admit what both parties have done these last 30 years. Don't tell us of your hunt for the perfect White House dog, we could care less.
    America is BROKE. The are zero reserves, we are trillions in debt, and the prospect of bankruptcy is 95% a forgone conclusion. Then tell us what you plan to do about it.
    Please, no more greatest, richest, most powerful nation on earth BS. Just the truth and what you're going to do about it.
    Otherwise forget the gratuitous "God bless America" statement at the conclusion of your acceptance speach and change the unofficial statement to: God help us please!

    January 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  7. Niyazuddin

    Hi,

    My name is Niyaz & I am from India.

    We all aware that, there are lot of issues to be resolved ASAP in USA. Like most of the Americans, we ( Indians) also have very high hopes on Mr. Obama.

    I am sure, he will succeed in this tough mission, if every American support his plans and help him to execute it with 100% perfection. It's all TEAM WORK.

    Let's pray to God to give him all strength & power to solve all our issues ASAP.

    We Indians strongly believe that, USA economy will recover very soon.

    Be Positive always........ life will become beautiful.......

    Thanks
    Niyaz

    January 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  8. todd saed

    The best wishes of the world are with you
    even worst case scenarios can be overcome
    because yes we can, we remember,
    a depression at worst may precede the dawn
    of the new era, but many learned to love, imagine, and grow and other
    important lessons from the last one,
    maybe moreso if there is another,
    besides whatever happens, now it is enough
    to feel the hope and be grateful for what we do have

    January 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  9. Bony

    Actual society is based on natural behavior of human animal.
    Competition for territory food and reproduction.
    Individuals or groups; parties nations etc.
    This behavior will last for more.
    Cerebral behavior is far from most of humans.
    There will be a time for change due to technology.

    One single man can’t change the world w/o a team.
    I believe there will be mostly cosmetics than real change.
    All the best Mr. Obama

    January 18, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  10. Daniel Bae

    I BELIEVE OBAMA!! YOU CAN DO IT!!
    GO FOR IT!!

    From South Korea.

    January 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  11. Jorge Altamirano

    While the crisis is contained and things stabilize over the next years, the world leadership baton will be taken over by some other country or bloc not that bogged down in debt. That's how the US took over the baton in the first place. I think Mr. Obama won't be able to stop that. But he will give a much needed new direction to his country for the better.

    January 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  12. Hubert Rau

    Dear President elect Obama
    Your list seems to be growing overwhelmingly every day.Every country in the world wants YOU to do something to lift them out of their current state.They seem to have given up on their own capabilities.I too have one issue .Can you attend to my leaky water faucet?Thanks in advance.Hubert

    January 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  13. michael

    I have the best wishes for america and the american people, but there is absolutely no way you gonna borrow yourself out of spending too much borrowed money.
    If 1+1 remains too, you gotta cut spending and let companies , whose incompetent executives blew everything out on phony bets on Wall Street, go bust. Otherwise you just transfer good tax money from people who operated save, sound and responsible, towards incompetent people.
    Next to falling prey to the seduction of the Money Printing Press, that´s about the worst thing you could possibly do.

    January 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  14. Renault Madeleine-Genevieve

    Dear Mr President

    All my best wishes to you for the years ahead of your presidency.

    By electing you the people of America have regained some respect everywhere in the world. You have raised so much hope and enthusiasm with your simple words "Yes, we can" that we all do hope you will succeed in making it true.

    We know that you are well aware of the tremendous task which is awaiting you and your team. We believe you are prepared and we all trust you.

    God bless you, Mr President

    January 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  15. lauro silva Brazil

    Obama´s government should incentivate and make easy micro-companies opening to help keep economy moving on and more important than that giving jobs to jobless. However, people have to bear in mind that any business, whatever, is a three-leg table alike, namely: 1st- know perfectly, or at least try to, the line of business you´re starting out. Have got the activity down to a fine art. 2nd- quality and prices are strictly linked to the customer/client´s pocket. 3rd- presentation and politeness is a must 24 hr a day. If any item above happens to fail the table inexorably falls down, that means ´´ ist kaputt gegangen´´ as Germans say. Finally, don´t forget every customer/client is an essentially born disloyal. I´ve been a very well succeeded restaurant owner for 25 years and tha´s the lesson I learned in the past.

    January 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  16. Kennedy Ifeh

    Mr President

    Am Kennedy Ifeh, Nigerian. We in Africa are watching with keen interest, our own coming to the centre stage of world affairs. But beyound the euphoria of becoming American's first black President, we expect a change of the America focus. Happenings around the world today shows that America can only be repositioned when she sees the good of any one nation in the world as the shared good of America.

    Our destinies are inextricably tied. Its no longer the America Dream but Global Dream.

    January 18, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  17. Mehmet Kurtkaya

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    Don't be nice! You cannot achieve anything courting everyone from left and right.

    American big business supported you to fake change and American people chose you to make change. Listen to the people.

    Make Bush regime accountable for its crimes, both politcal and financial. You cannot really move forward without resolving the past.

    Do not kid yourself or insult the intelligence of millions in the US and around the world.

    Make sure the US government values American ideals and not Machiavelli's.

    Stop these useless big business bailouts. This will only bring more waste at many useless corporations. Instead support the people. This will be harder. but change is hard.

    Good luck and do not sell out the people who voted for you.

    January 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  18. Larry

    "As your wife Michelle reminds us, you may be a gifted man, but at the end of day you are still just a man"

    unfortunately even if you want to solve this issues as it should you must comply with the much higher level people above you and if you don't play by their rules you have to be vanished. I do hope no to happen like this and throw us in to war to Iran and others, but I also believe that Zeitgeist Movie is no far from the real truth.

    Anyhow all my best wishes to you, and try not to be just a man :)

    January 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  19. Md. Mofakhrul Islam Shah

    Mr president

    Like many others I love you. I believe you are able to make your dream come true. I would like to see you stick to you ideology. You must not forget to keep your commitment regarding building a world where amity prevents the adversary, naturality prevents the toxicity and peace prevent the aggression. People all across the world are looking forward to you, your administration and their activities how those work in favor of making wellfare, peace and prosperity in America and behonds.

    Good Luck. May god give you the best ability in an effort to run your country with success. I wish you all the best.

    Md. Mofakhrul Islam Shah
    Bangladesh

    January 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  20. Niyazuddin

    Dear Mr. President,

    First let me congratulate you for your historic victory. The expectations of American people are very high on you. Every American is thinking that, you will solve all their issues and problems like a Messaiah.

    I strongly beleive that, you have all the energy, intelligence, vision, focus and commitment in solving all these issues with the help of your committed team members.

    I am sure, with the blessings of Almighty and with the abundance love of people across the world, you will definetly succeed in this mission.

    My only request is, don't give up at any cost. We all with you, please move a head with bold decisions.

    We all love you & trust you

    Thanks
    Niyaz

    January 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  21. fred

    dear mr obama, as you about to take the responsibility of a great nation and the world , may God give you the strenght from day to day to execute the most pressing issue,wisdom is the principal thing and understand, through out this period of your presidences you should not forget to ask God from time to time of wisdom, may the almighty God protect you and your family, wish you all the best –stay bless

    from germany

    January 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  22. Chris

    Dear Mr. Obama

    May God always be with you. You can save the world.
    Good luck Mr. President

    January 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  23. V Lee

    Mr President,

    The pledge of our support from the military families stationed all over the world is strong and steadfast.

    We pray that you quickly understand the family you have inherited within our communities. We know you as not only our president, but also our spouses' Commander in Chief. We question little but feel much.

    God Speed Sir,

    From an average Marine spouse in California

    January 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  24. Peter

    I believe Obama can do turn things around but only with decisiveness and a will to scarify as he does in the selection of your team. Things that have not worked in the past or people who have contributed to today's problems should be set aside decisively to make rooms for people who want to serve for the benefit of the country.

    There are too many irresponsible and greedy crooks in our system, everywhere, creating a culture of stealing and wasting the public money, e.g. Illinois governor, believe me he is not alone. He is only the one got caught, ask him. This must change.

    Our political and economic systems must be retooled to put quality and accountability back into the system. That will restore people confident in the system and the power of this confident is the real long-term solution. The quality of the pilot who saves hundred of life in the plane crash on Hudson river is a sample of such quality that we want to restore for our system.

    Now, look at the auto, bank and wall street, how many of them takes responsibility for the problem they caused to the public and their shareholders. These people should all resign for the damages they have done , if they are self-respected. If they aren't, fire them.

    The public must also be prepared to make scarify, work hard to innovate and produce better merchandises and to get ourselves out of this huge debts that will haunt our children for generations. Do not expect Obama to harvest money from the sky to satisfy everyone's needs and greed.

    January 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  25. John

    no 1 goal nationalize at least 1 bank. Bailout the people not the banks. Bailing out banks only pays the outragious wages/bonuses to the CEO´s and Stock board members!!! Give them (the people) 2% interest while paying the banks back with their initial capitol–gain back the cofidence of the people because the fat cats will not do it. Think how sick it is when the feds give the banks .5 to 0% and citi bank ups its credit card interest than says if you dont like it pay back your credit card than quit us!! We know you have us under the thumb but do you really have to rub it in? First Todd, the under Clinton admin everyone was doing greatand thought hey im making 50,000$ a year i can afford a house and car on credit and still live good. Than comes CEO`s and stock board members and say your making too much we must outsourse our work so we can make millions. And now they ask how come nobody buys now ? Kind of like -let them eat cake huhh. Well Todd you don`t feel sorry for them ehhh. You are just another fatcat that needs taking down. Would love to see you on unemployment than you can make more smart a– comments. All you fatcats can be proud of yourselfs you killed the American dream but if we be given a chance to make it we would Not a gift just a fair chance and a fair % rate.

    January 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  26. Sam in Spain

    Best of Luck with all the problems that the USA have created.

    January 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  27. Christiana Asinugo London (Ordinand)

    President Obama.
    I believe it is God's doing to put you in this positon at this point in time. With the huge problem in the world today high expectation is surely mounted on you . But the Bible says "we can do all things through Christ who strenghtens us " Remember many suggestions will come by your way on how best to get the job done or how to fix the problems .Please do not forget to seek counsel and discernment from God who gives wisdom to those who ask. Spend some time on your own with God and lay before him your need ,the needs of the Americans and the needs of the world at large . He will never forske you if you firmly hold onto Him . I will endevour to pray for you. and the team who will work with you .We love you but God Loves you more . Congratulations.( Christiana Asinugo Midwife and ordinand in training ) London.

    January 18, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  28. Nam(South Korea,Busan)

    I think he will do a good job.

    He is my one of the audacity of hope.

    I think he will be a great president.

    January 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  29. Sam, Nigeria

    Only trust God, he will give you wisdom and peace. You will be the King Solomon of our time if you stick with God.

    January 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  30. Brin

    Dear Pres.-Elect Obama,

    I would be interested in knowing what managerial, economic and organizational experience you personally have to rely on to assume the very challenging job of CEO of the United States of America , Good Luck !

    January 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  31. L. D. (Puerto Rico)

    Dear Mr. President:

    There is no doubt that many, many are looking forward to your success. My prayers are with you and your staff and family.
    In God we TRUST!

    We know the start is the "real getting on the road" - we need to
    do our part in order to help you achieve your goal. May God give
    us wisdom and perseverance to succeed.!

    January 18, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  32. Redford, J

    Dear Barak, I am typing into this infernal machinek arthrictic fingers
    pushing through the pain to say this to you. Look North to your best
    friend canada with whom you share more than just afew similarities
    We have universal healthcare thriving public school systems
    I believe the North american continent is the most vunerable oh just
    Look to your neighbours and forge a strong kinship with stedphen
    Harper

    January 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm |
  33. Suraj Ajadi

    Mr. Obama, I strongly belief that destiny has a plan for you. I hope that that plan is that of 'change', which you have been speaking about.
    Charity begins at home, you must lift up the spirit of your people and make them safe in the world again. You appear to be humble, respect other nations sovereign rights. Have respect for the UN. Let your foreign policy be that of peace and not war. Seek diplomatic and political solution to problems and not aggressions.
    Let TRUTH and JUSTICE prevail! In that lies your success!
    Good luck
    Ajadi

    January 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm |
  34. Jose Arozamena

    Dear President-elect Obama,

    The task before you is daunting, the task the country faces is daunting, but we can overcome this crisis as we have done before.

    First we need to recognize what brought us here in the first place. Our problems stem from a majority of us living beyond our means on the basis of credit. From the Federal Government to the majority of the population we have all been on a high of a drug more addictive than most controlled substances: easy credit.

    The financial services industry does not create wealth except for those directly involved in it. The financial services industry should serve to allocate funds to those that can create wealth by backing resourceful people and industries. In the past 10 years, the financial industry has grown to an unjustifiable percentage of our economy. The financial industry has used smoke and mirrors to tell us in the last 10 years that they had created a new paradigm, when creating artificial financial instruments not related to the real creation of wealth became a substitute for hard work. When so-called gurus created wealth for themselves on the back of easy credit and no accountability.

    The financial services industry needs to be brought back to its true purpose and its compensation structure needs to be reined in to a realistic level. There is no true economic justification for a 1st year analyst at an investment bank earning more in base salary and bonus than most CEO's (including many CEOs of Fortune 500 companies). There is no justification for an investment banker, a middle man (or woman) in the creation of wealth, makes more in a single deal than the people actually generating the wealth.

    This country was not created by speculators, this country was created by risk takers, entrepreneurs, innovators and hard working men and women. When a hedge fund manager takes a 2% annual fee, and 20% of the profits, this takes oxygen out from the people who generate the real wealth of the country.

    We need to rescue the financial institutions, but they must get rid of their hubris and their obscene compensation packages (at all levels). It is not only the hundred million packages at the top, it is the compensation, and expenses, of the whole industry that needs to be tackled. They need to atone for this and live within the real wealth that they create for the economy. Unless your administration tackles this, we will not get back on the track of healthy growth and wealth creation that benefits all.

    January 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  35. David Martin

    This crisis differs from that in Sweden in the 90's, both in it's worldwide scale and depth, but more importantly in that seroius efforts were made in Sweden to remove those who had by a combination of maladministration and outright criminality created the problem, and to bring them to justice.
    In both the US and UK the same figures who lined their pockets, and denied that there was any problem, are now saying that the money which has beeen used in a completely unaccountable way, and which has disappeared, often in grossly inflated fees and to overseas accounts, now say that we should continue to play double or quits with the taxpayers money.
    Paulson, for instance, made his money by shorting deals which Goldman Sachs were financing.
    This is the last stage of a Ponzi scheme, far greater than the Madoff affair, with trillions being loaded onto the taxpayer.
    'Bank stabilisation' is a eupemism to cover the completion of the looting of what little remains.
    The Austrian economists such as Peter Schiff both predicted the present situation and accept that a huge depression is now inevitable – but we don't need to throw the remaining assets away, to be stolen by these corrupt and outright dishonest chancers.

    January 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  36. d. griffith

    Dear President -Elect Obama, Because you have great leadership qualities;united we will stand for our nation through the good, bad, happy, and sad. So keep the faith, you are a chosen vessel of God.

    January 18, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  37. Song XU

    Dear Mr. Presdient,

    As a Chinese youth, I would give my best wishes to your becoming the 44th American president. Your inauguration on next Tuesday is not the important moment of you, of United States, and of course, of the world.

    I hope with your leading the economy crisis will leave us as soon as possible. And I hope you can pay more attention on the relationship with China. Although there are a lot of misunderstanding and conflict between us, I still believe that we are and we should be friends.

    Personally, my wife and I admire your wisdom, eloquence and courage. And the most important is that we see you hug your daughters and wife after each of your speeches, which makes us believe that such a good husband and father must be a good president to lead his people to peace, freedom and happiness. The first non-white president is here, and I believe that a new world is coming.

    Finally, I sincerely hope you have good start in the first 100 president days because there will be much tremendous work waiting for you. Anyway, I believe whatever hurdle you face, you will be able to overcome it, as just you said"Yes, We can."

    With our best wishes to you and your family.

    Song and Pan

    January 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  38. Susana, Portugal

    Dear Mr. Obama

    I don't follow politics in my country for months. I am glued to CNN most of the time, except for when my mum who doesn't speak English is around, and then I have to return to our boring world of old politics. Yes, old. I think you are bringing to the world a new way of making politics. We need leaders, people who inspire, people who make us feel that we matter.

    Regarding "bail outs" I fail to see how it helps. If anyone could explain I'd appreciate it. I have my own business, so if the gov't gave me money I'd go and buy more stock. Problem is....where are the customers? Might as well just give money to people on the street and tell them to come into my business and buy something.

    In the car industry might as well go to people, hand them a gift voucher, and say "go on, buy yourself a car" instead of giving money for companies to produce more cars that won't be bought. Yes, maybe the solution is do a big Oprah style "Big Give". I think I am joking...but not sure.

    I hope you find a solution. Personally I am very scared but I am very hopeful with you as the President for USA.

    All the very best and thank you for inspiring us all.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:53 am |
  39. francisco siqueiros

    Mr. President.
    My best wishes to you for the years coming. Enjoy you inauguration party and of course there is tomorrow. its true the economy its not as we wanted it to be , but it can be fixed. The secret: administration.
    A lot can be done to fix it, starting by getting out of Irak and Afganistan as soon as posible.. there is no need to keep spending millions of dollars suporting none-sense wars..
    There is no winners in any war, just losers.
    We can all help our economies working hard, stop complaining and buying our own products.
    If we keep buying foreing cars , we are affecting our economy. we need to invest more and protect ourselves. we need to get mexico and canada to do the same.
    Full recovery is posible doing what is right. thanks and good luck!

    January 19, 2009 at 2:41 am |
  40. chavez panama

    Dear Mr President,i have faith in you. Becoz u were not born with a silver spoon. and coming from such a diverse and humble background, u will understand the need and difficulties faced by the low and middle income families.

    U should stop the war in the middle east. That war is the cause of US financial crisis. Just remove all bush administration and ideas. US have violated human rights against so many countries, which have oil or natural resources in them. U must also make Israel respect other poeple's land and respect palestinian human rights in their land. Not only have they destroyed the enemies infrastructure (as they claimed), they have also ignored civilian lives and killed and massacred soo many innocent lives especially the hundreds of children who perished in the Israel's offensive in this Gaza war. I believe only you,Mr President, will be able to stand up against the powers of Israel, which the Bush administration, bowed down to.

    The Bush administration also ignored the massacre that has been going on in Zimbabwe, just because Zimbabwe are of no interest to them coz they do not have riches like Iraq. But soo many innocent people are dying everyday in Zimbabwe, due to their government's oblivion to the problems faced by their people. Hope that u will do something about all these problems. U can do it.

    Here's wishing u all the best for your inaugaration to the White House and bringing relief to all of us around the world. Thank you and YES YOU CAN!!

    January 19, 2009 at 3:05 am |
  41. Ella

    Dear Mr. Obama, first of all congratulation and I hope the inauguration will go well. We in Indonesia suffered economic crisis in '98 in a way similar to what the American people are going through right now, and perhaps there are lessons that could be drawn from our experience. Back in '98 Indonesian banks are collapsing overnight and the government bail them out by issuing bonds to recapitalize those trouble banks (in exchange for equity). Then the next step was to form a government body that manages the bad assets taken from those trouble banks and slowly auction them off to recover the bail out money and by now the banking sector has came out strong and more prudent (which is a good thing).
    I know there are differences from what we went through and what are now happening in America, but there are no shame in learning from other country experience.

    Good luck Mr. Obama, you certainly has your work cut out for you.

    January 19, 2009 at 3:23 am |
  42. Timothy

    I remembered President-Elect Obama claiming to be different from all others in DC? I remebered the Democrats heavily criticizing Palin's election campaign wadrobe expenses?

    Why then are so much money being spent on the inauguration and the parties to follow? President-Elect Obama, if you are different as you claimed to be, cancel all these good-for-nothing parties and give the money to the poor. You campaigned for "Change" but in my humble opinion, you are no different from the rest of those guys in DC.

    January 19, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  43. William Foster

    I beleave that we as Americans need help. I mean come on the jobs are not there anymore, our country has become a nation of comsumers. Even me, a high scholl drop out knows that you can not last forever like that. We need to bring jobs back to America, point blank. I see it kinda like this, we COULD build a washing machine that lasts your entire life. But we choose not to because of our "I want it now" mentality. When if we had enough long range vision we would see that the profits and the money will even it's self out.
    Mr. Obama has his work cut out for him for sure. The mess he was left is going to be hard to recover from. He can do it though, I am confident that we will pull through as a country.

    January 19, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  44. tse123

    Dear Mr Obama

    It is great that you've been elected, but nothing is better yet.

    Please don't get cocky, work hard, and stop saying Bush is a good guy.

    TSE

    January 19, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  45. FATAH SANTOSA

    The cold war made America great, every citizen was motivated to fight the Soviet Union. In the process, business excel, education excel, health care excel, everything excel. More than ever now, America needs another great enemy.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  46. Timi

    Trust in God and dnt do some thing u are not so sure.leaders make mistake but dnt be pushed into making too many mistake.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  47. kalyan niyogi

    I pray God for President Obama's presidency to go ahead with strong and lovable to Indians. I assure all Indians have love and affection for Americans from whom lot of good things to learn and make it a habit as well. Indians are always beside Americans in good and bad times.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  48. zinggi

    Dear Mr President, I know you have got good policies you intend to implement in office cos I have listened to your speeches and I know you have got lots to offer.I guess everyone in America saw what I see and tha is why you were voted in.We all know power is intoxicating,I have seen courageous men like you with lots of vision being elected into office and somehow along the line,they seem to forget their reason for being in office,which is – service to the people. I have great respect for you Sir and I believe in your visions so go up there,do what you have to do and do us proud.The world is right behind you with prayers and all. One love....

    January 19, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  49. Philip Cook

    I live and work in Thailand(US citzen, age 43) but I want to be able to contribute to Social Security. I was told directly by the SSA that unless my company is in their system, I am not allowed to contribute to Social Security. The responder went on to say that if they allowed me to do that I would be putting everyone else at a disadvantage.
    As an American working abroad who is willing to pay into the system, why on earth should it matter if I am working in Thailand or Tallahassee?

    January 19, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  50. Mark01234

    Dear Obama

    This summer, during your visit to Israel, you said: "If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that."

    My question to you is what would you do if you were a parent with your children in Gaza?

    January 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  51. syed irfan ali

    To bring peace and only peace in the world
    and this can do only one person and that is OBAMA

    January 19, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  52. Akin

    Dear Mr. Barrack Obama, less than 24 hours you will become the president of America. We in Africa follows your election religiously because we believe that your administration will touch the hope of the youth and common man. Nigerians want you to visit us as soon as possible so that the grace of God over your life can touch our national dreams.
    May God watch over you throughout your life.
    Love you all.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  53. Arvind

    Congrats to you, Mr President. I am from Malaysia. My first hope is that Mr Obama will bring peace to the whole world. There should be less in war and more on peace. We are hoping that ties between countries will be more enhanced for the betterment in the future.

    As a final word from me, I am congratulating Mr Obama as the new President of United States of America.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  54. Hakam SHAHWAN

    Mr. President,

    A action of fariness and an action to stop the occupatoin in Palestine is what we all hope for under your leadership. We are for the first time full of hope that Obama will change. Obama will change the blind support of the USA to the most brutal occupation in the world. I believe that the USA has a golden opportunity to improve all of its relations with the world by saying the word of truth once. You will either make the USA loved by the world or keep it hated. The people of Palestine are not terrorists and all we need is to live in our own country, have our own identity and be recognised.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  55. kristin

    hello...only one thing...TAKE THE TROOPS OUT FROM IRAK!!!!!!!!!!!!..let this people have a normal life, with the family and have the enjoy to see kid's grow..and be happy..the FX ward ..have to end...thank you..I believ in you I know you can do it...I hope they let you...Good luck..

    January 19, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  56. Dayan

    The whole world delighted to see Mr President Elect, assuming power in the White house. This is a defining moment in history of mankind, after all the sufferings and prejudice. We wish you the President elect and his team to succeed in establishing a new order based on responsibility to protect a person next to you.
    We request you to stop the wars once and for all to achieve the economic goals based on humanitarian values. The team should concentrate to stop the genocial war against unarmed civilians around the world. Being a Tamil from Sri Lanka, I am requesting the President elect and his team to spend few hours to stop the genocide in Sri Lanka. There are young innocent lives at risk every minute and people are dying for political view.
    There are 80 million Tamils scattered all over the world without a country and face humiliation and destruction of their culture due to the ignorance of the world. The world class Tamils understand the failure of their part to live peacefully within the countries where they live. Tamils realised and determined to establish a country of their own in Sri Lanka or South India in the future. The demand for right to live independently and peacefully was become an offence in the eyes of world during the current US administration. We would like to see a change during your term to concentrate on stopping the unnecessary wars and death, thereby achieving the economic goals of the US and the world.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  57. Veejay Gounder

    Dear Mr President,
    You have brought hope to many in this world like no other leader in the past, especially in this hour of crises. May Almighty Lord shower His grace and blessings upon you and give you the strength to fulfill the hopes of many people like me around this world.

    Best wishes,
    Veejay

    January 19, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  58. Dominique Tang

    Dear Mr President,

    My name is Dominique and I am from Paris, France. I am French, married to a Chinese. You embody everything I dream of : a multicultural world where everybody could leave in peace, study, work, breed a family in the best possible conditions. You are working this dream and I stand next to you to see it happen. Good luck to you Mr President, the road will be long and difficult but you have already shown the whole world that you have the energy and passion to fulfil your mission triumphantly.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  59. Niyaz

    All congratulations Mr. Obama. I hope ur name will be write wih a big golden letters in a history!

    January 19, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  60. Steven

    It amazes me how in no time at all Obama has gone from an unknown to the most popular guy on the planet. All the world hails Mr Obama as if he is the messiah. This reminds me of how easily the world will one day be duped into accepting the man who claims to be God. The stage is absolutely being set... John 14:6.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  61. mohamed kuptan

    mr obamA ..WE WANT peace between palestin and israel because its time to stop war many people die and we want solution to the problem of camps special in lebanon.thanks

    January 19, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  62. cc

    your mandate goes beyond borders, please consider that you have a unique opportunity to promote a better world for all, if you focus only on US interests you will probably fail, but if you look through these onto the larger picture, you will succeed, good luck

    January 19, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  63. llElizabeth Arkbo Sweden

    Dear Mr. President. Congratulations.

    l am Swedish with Kenyan origin. l was borne in Kenya, Mombasa District. l understand you have too much work because of the USA economy and many other things but kindly remember Kenya and mostly the kenyan government that`s ful of corruption. Some of the government members of parliament do not want to pay taxes but demand taxes from the citizens. Just now some citizens are starving because of the maize scandle, oil scandle. So much is going own in that country. The government is so corrupt that it will soon be like Zimbambwe. Its like give more and more to themselves and not care about the ordinary people. Now the Kenyan President has asked help from other countries for food to feed its own people.Lets hope this countries do not give the government money which eventually will end up in some ministers pockets! Also the government is planning to lease some land to another country for agricultural reasons yet we cannot feed our own people and some kenyans have no land. The land is our resource and should not be leased to any other country.

    Well, goodluck have fun and God Bless the United States.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  64. Jon Angeles

    Sir,

    First and foremost, congratulations on your winning the elections. Just make sure to go through with your promises that landed millions of Americans voting for you. The task is difficult and yes I do believe that it can be overcome. But change being the only constant on this universe of ours may go either way for you and your team. Tread firm yet cautiously and make the people of America realize that the problem their in today was caused by who else, but Americans themselves.

    Good Luck on your extravagant festivities, just hope your government can learn to take care of the people within the country itself.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  65. Jaikrishnan

    Dear Obama
    Even though you are to be sworn in as the President of America, I think people all around world look upon you for a new beginning which can fulfill their dreams and aspirations. The slogan "Yes we can" has echoed all around the world and I always use it to stir me up.
    The expectation is huge and I know the burden on you is enormous.But never the same I want myself to say after 4 years .."Yes we can, and you lead us in style".
    Your style to connect with a common man is great and I hope you stay the same..
    I wish you all the best and lets us together make the world a better place .

    January 19, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  66. Reza

    Dear Mr. President to Be,
    You got elected on your slogan of CHANGE. Will you have courage and fore-sight to change the dominance of AIPAC lobbyist on U.S.Administration ? The oppressed people of the Middle East will wait and see if, 'YES YOU CAN'
    May Humanity and Sanity prevail under your administration.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  67. S.Khan

    Dear Mr.Obama,

    I want to wish you all the best and I hope as along with millions of people that you will make a difference not only in the USA but the rest of the world aswell. If my one wish could come true I would wish that I could come back to the USA and live my life the way it used to be, But ofcourse it is hard because of the immigration laws. If you could please do something about that so the people that are wishing to come back to the USA can actually come. Please make it possible for those who desire to live in the USA. Wishing you all the best with your upcoming win. God Bless you and God Bless America.

    Regards,

    S.Khan

    January 19, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  68. Antonio Alvaro

    Be neutral in Midle-East negotiations. No double-standards anymore. Say no to Israel whenever it deserves a no. Otherwise you will never earn the hearts and minds of this planet.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  69. James Raj

    Dear President elect,

    We hope you will find a solution for terrorism. A solution for the media like CNN that always accuses Israel.

    regards
    James

    January 19, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  70. Joan

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    I dedicate the following song to you because you're a very inspired man.

    1. We shall overcome (3X) some day

    Chorus:
    Oh deep in my heart
    I do believe
    We shall overcome some day

    2. We'll walk hand in hand (3X) some day
    Chorus:

    3. We shall all be free (3X) some day
    Chorus:

    4. We are not afraid (3X) today
    Chorus:

    5. We are not alone (3X) today
    Chorus:

    6. The whole wide world around (3X) some day
    Chorus:

    7. We shall overcome (3X)
    some day
    Chorus:

    AMEN AND MAY THE ALMIGHTY BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!

    January 19, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  71. Gulam S. Murtaza

    Dear President Obama.

    I am an Indian national and perhaps someone may say that your inauguration is none of my business. They may be right but the fact remains that I have been a great fan of the United States right from my childhood days.
    This love for the United States took a severe beating during the last decade or so and you,Sir, odn't have to ask me why.
    I hope and pray that you will right some of the human catastrophes that the United States has committed globally during the recent past.
    I hope and pray that under your leadership the economy of the United States will recover and start booming again.
    I hope and pray that under your leadership the United States will again become a country that holds it's high as an icon of liberty, freedom,strength,high hope and justice.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  72. Alan

    Dear Mr. president ,
    tomorrow you will sit on the presidency chair to control the world .
    you are thinking to change many things in the world , while doing that please Mr . Obama don't forget 40 million kurds in the middle east who are persecuted and deprived from even to use their language .
    We deserve freedom , we deserve life , we deserve some interest from you.
    please sir don't forget us
    Good luck
    God blesses you and America

    January 19, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  73. Jean-Marie Ninziza

    Dear Mr President,

    There is nothing to fear but fear said one of your illustrous predecessors. But above all, billions around the world will, every day , be with you in prayers and these heavenly blessed winds will take you higher and higher. In any cases, thanks to your victory and your gracious attitude you have made me believe that a better future await my children...and that there are reasons to believe.

    God bless you and your beautiful familiy.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  74. Sabine Vanhove

    Dear Barack Obama,

    Thank you so much for giving hope again not only to the Americans but also to the world. We all were in a desperate expectation of a real change.
    I know that the burden is heavy and expectations high. The only thing we would like you to be is a honest leader who really cares about the people. Some decisions will be hard to take but in you we trust.

    Good luck Mr. President

    January 19, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  75. Hilda Lanas

    Sitting here in South Africa thousands of miles from Washington D.C, I am in odd of what I see around me. This morning, after I dropped my kids to school, I went grocery shopping, and I made a point to mention the name Obama to everyone I saw, from the man that was carrying crates, to the cashier, to the man from Congo that helped me with the bags to the car; As soon as I said Obama, their face lit, and they went into celebration mood.

    I congratulate Mr. Obama for bringing much needed hope to the world, I think no other president in US history has faced the challenges he faces today; it will be redundant to repeat them. But to me his biggest challenge will be to live up to all those faces around the world that will be smiling on January 20th when he becomes president of the United States of America. No other US president has been greeted like this by the world; no other time in history the victory of a USA president has been perceived as a personal triumph for so many people around the world. I hope these general attitudes will help him make more and better allies, to build more and better bridges among nations, so we can have peace.
    Pretoria, South Africa

    January 19, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  76. Ken Burden

    Dear Mr. President,

    As an overseas resident (France) I've been ashamed of what my country has become under President Bush. Guantanamo is the biggest disgrace in our histroy; the nation that established the "rule of law". Your election has once more made me proud to be an American. You have a tough, tough job. You are capable of it, but there are going to many detractors and many more who are expecting you to do miracles (perhaps you could walk across the Potomoc to reassure them). Good luck and for all it means, I'm 100% behind you.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  77. Mohammad Doofesh

    Greetings,

    It is not what you wish to do or have; it is the plan of Allah to have it done or have it granted.

    Respectfully.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  78. Iva Bura

    It is absolutely overwhelming and exhilarating to see one of history's greatest mistakes finally made right (even if the job itself hasn't actually been done yet).
    Best wishes to Mr. Obama and his administration!

    January 19, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  79. BBoni

    Dear Mr. President Elect

    Congrats and i hope all goes well tomoro. U should stop the war in the Middle East and change the perception that Isael is always right!! Secondly, Robert Mugabe should be charged with war crimes. Last but not least dont forget the people that adore and voted you in, and not necessarily Americans. All the best Mr. Cool

    B

    January 19, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  80. kowiyou

    Dear Pdt Obama,

    First of all, We want Peace and peace and only durable Peace throughout the Planet. We don't wanna see USA go for war anymore. You should discuss with your Enemy as you promise the world during your campaign. The world bought this idea and we stand on it.

    Secondly, we don't want USA to keep backing Dictatorial regime in Africa. The Coup d'Etat for African constitutions should be stopped by Obama administration.

    My best wishes for you as you gonna cope with the most important challenge ever in a politician life.
    Good bless you and the World.

    Kowiyou, South Africa

    January 19, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  81. Alexander MacGillivray

    We all have great hopes for you, Mr Obama. I think that your first priority as the world’s most powerful and influential human should be to end conflict, all conflict. This can be done by one side refusing to respond to any kind of violence, turning the other cheek, as Christ recommends. As you currently have the love and goodwill of a majority of the world’s population, please consider taking the first steps towards disarmament. Everything else will be resolved automatically once this is done. It may take one generation or more, but someone must take the first step. May that someone be you, Mr Obama.
    With my very best wishes for a bright future,
    Alexander

    January 19, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  82. Urs Hollenstein Switzerland

    Mr. President.
    My best wishes to you for the years to come. Enjoy the inauguration party before you start fixing the enormous problems existing today .
    Follow your path, be careful in selecting consulters and friends.
    A mighty part of the world stays behind you and your ideas.
    Good luck!
    Urs

    January 19, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  83. Athena

    You, dear Mr. President, are the arrow released from "the arc of history" aimed "toward the hope of a better day" for all the world.

    May your flight be smooth, strong and tireless, in spite of all the turbulence encountered, and all your targets precisely met for the good of all mankind, repeatedly marking history along its path.

    Because of you and all you personify, I have never been prouder to be an American.

    May God guide you through your journeys always.

    Respectfully,
    Athena

    January 19, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  84. Junaid Ali

    If you can remain a fair, just, and honest President, i think you can inspire the world alike! There is much expectation, possibly too much, but never in history have we had such hope.
    Please don't sell out to political pressure, and open your eyes to world problems.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  85. Hilda Lopez

    Dear Mr. President, I know you will try to make a difference but it's not only up to you. All americans need to get together and support you, then things will begin to happen. I pray to God that He gives you the wisdom and strength you will need to lead us into a better America.

    Please take special care of yourself and your family. God bless you and our family.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  86. For America

    Dear President-Elect Obama,

    They said that words are cheap.

    Please live up to what you said you would do and more for America especially the middle and lower classes, the poor, during your campaign for by doing so will you be revered by those who stood by you and to continue to win the respect of those who voted for you and to ensure your re-election in 4 years time.

    It would not be easy but if you said what you mean, you are bound to inspire the world that is is a "YES, WE CAN" world together.

    Thank you and God bless America!

    January 19, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  87. Roger Davies

    You will be required to balance you attention to and investment in a multitude of issues. Success will be judged by your correct choice of priorties and your ability not to offend the lower priorities. Despite being de facto world leader you are still only 1 man – the key success factor is ensuring you have the right people in your executive team. Overall as you know better than anybody else in the world today it's all about people.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  88. Ahmad Jawad

    Hi Mr Obama, life is the most valuable thing in this world . So don't support the Country that have been enjoying killing people for the last 60 years . You can change the pictures through out the world and achieve Justice by listening directly to the peole around the world. and please don't listen to those whom draged Mr bush to the killing of all opponent .
    Financial Crises must be related to the immoral actions that been behaved through out the world to proof that the US is the world's policeman. Yet the US can be the world's leader by looking for friends regardledd of their religion or colour.
    Make sure that we will support you if you really want to look for Justice.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  89. DR SUKHEN CHATTERJI

    Dear Mr Obama,
    I have seen dream,sacrifice,confidence in your eyes.You are a humble man unlike your predecessor.I am sure you can and will do it.The whole world needs a change.Look after the poor and innocent people not only in America but also in the whole world with the bigness of your heart.you are a true leader and prove it.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  90. Felipe Colombia

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    YES WE CAN! But it won't be easy. During the last 10 years we have seen the decline of the US in a downturn spiral that has caused death, poverty, abuse, economic debacle and lack of hope to millions of women, girls, men and boys around the world. Leading a nation that has inspired many of us for decades out of this self-inflicted situation won't be easy and would require lots of courage and powerful decision making. I would like to pick up three major global issues that require your response and commitment:

    - Support the charter of the UN and strengthen the body to fulfill its mandate and re-orient its politicized reform. The lack of effective positioning by the US in regards to foreign policy, and the support to violating states in breaking international law, have contributed to a vacuum where the US is no longer seen as committed to the mandate of global entity. Some of the key aspects of UN reform require of an invigorating role by the US to ensure adequate UN management, focus on the priority areas of peace, humanitarian response, environment and development and reduce inefficient use of tax-payers money. Help the UN focus!

    - Global economy: Clever regulation and the return to certain basics based on a 'real' market economy and not on speculation, abuse of power, and the value of the virtual are required. You need to be creative at influencing your congress and world leaders on ensuring that market based economies grow healthy and that both governments and conglomerates are accountable to the people and not only to their share holders. Contribute beyond your own backyard!

    - Middle East: Enough is enough. You and your government will need to confront the Palestine/Israel conflict. Israel can detonate a 3rd world war if it continues to misbehave under the silent and tacit approval of the US. Recognize unilaterally Palestine. Provide a space for an equal to equal dialogue. Offer incentives to both parties and help them define their borders, conditions of co-existence and future. Do not keep silent and make sure that your internal politics do not get you entangled.

    - Poverty: Introduce real share/benefit approach to exploitation of resources. Africa cannot continue to be depleted from its natural resources while European companies, China and certain states continue to benefit without a proper return to the poor of Africa. Demand the world financial institutions to create accountability and sanction mechanisms for private companies exploiting Africa (DRC, Chad, Sudan, etc). It is not only through the strengthening of weak and corrupt States that companies would be made accountable.

    - The environment: adhere to international treaties and seek further attention to larger issues such as deforestation in the Amazon, and exploitation of the Artic Sea.

    Your plate is full but YES WE CAN if we recognize that it is WE and not only you (the US) that can solve all our problems!

    Felipe

    January 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  91. Frank Rizza

    i'm in Australia , i'm not an American ... but for that one day in January ( 20th ) 09 , i wish i was .

    all the best Mr president .

    Frank Rizza .

    January 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  92. GITA,India

    Dear Mr.President,
    In recent years no other leader has had such a global impact as you have,and that too in a favourable way.We hope to see more of peace and less of heart wrenching scenes from the war torn regions of the world. We hope to see terrorism completely wiped off.We hope to see more of sanity and less of corruption. Though I don't belong to your country I somehow feel that you can and you will bring about positive changes which will have global repurcussions.
    Congratulations and God Bless

    January 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  93. KMG

    Dear Mr. Obama, Please do some good for Muslims, We are not terrorests. All over wishes are with you.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  94. Andrea Durán

    Mr. Obama:

    I would like to congratulate you and whish you the best. I hope your wisdom would be big engough to never forget that America is not a conuntry, but a continent. The other side of your reality, is what we live down ehere every day. South America believes in you, even we are almost hopeless.
    Be the light for the people that has always been cast away. Bring peace with your tender words, be strong when injustice is ahead.
    South America believes in you.
    I believe in you.

    The world is one.

    AEDS

    January 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  95. EREWA MENE

    Mr. President!

    I salute your tenacity and temerity geared towards CHANGE for the good.
    Its count down to the official inuaguration. A man like you assuming office, spells hope for the global economy that is already in crises.
    I believe in you.
    I believe in your vision for a better society.
    I believe in your prospect for inter-relationship.

    Mr. President,
    You had proved to the world that success as nothing to do with the color of one,s skin but simply by the content of one,s character.
    As you assume office I was just passing by to say to you that your best days are ahead of you.
    Bye

    January 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  96. Imanuel

    A big bang during the first days in office is something I would work on. Sending out signals using bold and necessary moves. Some of the actions I would love to see: Signing the Kyoto Protocol, abolishing the death penalty, getting rid of that nuclear facility in Iran, more steps to weaken Hamas and to make a peace agreement in the Middle East more likely, a more open approach towards Cuba, attempts to decrease tensions in Korea, Pakistan and India, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, a re-establishment of good relations with Europe.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  97. Michael C. McHugh

    God knows, I don't evny the next president and the disaster he will inherit, not just the mistakes of Bush but the cumulative mistakes of the last 30 years. He's taking over a mess, and he would have to be a miracle worker to claim to be able to fix it all. No one could.

    I agree that the world will have to find some way for all this debt to be sunk, absorbed and written off, and have said so many times. I know this will involve some sleight of hand, and some major reforms of international institutions, but the debt will have to be sunk or it will sink us.

    Although I've never been a particularly religious man or a believer in organized religion, I do believe there's a God, and I will say a prayer for Obama.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  98. Michael Hansen

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    Good luck in your new position – you will surely need it :-)

    The main issue to attend to – despite all the religiously inspired wars and conflicts around the globe – is the economy.

    Failing to explain the American people that it is time live on a tighter budget will mean that your first four years will also be the four last ones in this job. If everybody does not understand that public and private spending has been out of proportion and need to be cut immediately, someone else will take over in four years and really run the US into bankruptcy...

    So – without wanting to sound like a real-estate salesman (do they still exist?) – the three main issues for you are the economy, the economy and the economy...

    Best of luck, we are all going to need some!

    January 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  99. FATMA SELEK ALİAĞA-İZMİR /TURKEY

    Dear Mr.President;

    Hello from Turkey; I know the world has a lot of issues nowadays such as economıcs crisis,but there ıs no one to important than human life so please create peace in the world and this one is must be your priority.

    Good lucks-

    January 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  100. Denise Nassif

    President Obama,

    Have the courage to break free from the lobbies that have sent US foreign policy so far astray from the justice and fairness that are the foundation of this great country. Don't let Congress be ruled by special interest groups that work against the interest of their own country. You know what's right, so fight for it even if it makes you unpopular in Washington power circles. The world is watching you and hoping for a real change.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  101. chriss christine

    Hullo Mr President,
    May God bless you and May God bless America. Mr President all is well if you wish it to be well, amidst challenges, you have all it takes to make it well, while in the White House don't forget to Pray to the Almighty God, Yes he can and yes we can. Mistakes have been made in the past and if possible avoid making the common mistakes made in the past, we love you and we pray for you. God bless you all..

    January 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  102. SILVIIA ECKSTEIN

    To President Obama. I am an Israeli, born in Argentina and I lived 11 years in the USA. For the last 8 years I have been seing with despair what President Bush did to that wonderful country. We need the support of the USA to fight, not the Arabs, but the terrorists. As ,I am sure you know, this is much more difficult than fighting armies. I hope you continue to give us the support we have always received from your country and wish you all the best in your upcoming battle against poverty and lack of education in the USA. I have 2 sons living in L.A so that your success will also be their success. Please take care of Health Insurance for everybody. I am sure that your wife, Michelle, will be a constant support to you and I am happy that you were the one who was elected by the people of the USA. Good luck! Silvia Eckstein

    January 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  103. Dr Hosam Zaki

    Mr President
    You are the hope for the whole world, we all hope for more justice, less killing , no killing for the the kids or innocent people, for Muslims ,Christians, Jews and all other human. You are at the dream that become true. So let us see our dream to become true.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  104. alberto

    Mr. President Obama : I `ve written you many times before since you declared your candidacy. I know your capacities are enormous, as well as your tenacity to stay the course. But you can`t go it alone without the support of the people. The good news is that you have generated this support not only at home, but worldwide. You will have to restructure govt. as left behind by your predecesor. Cut all the extra beef out , and focus in stabilizing your economic platform while, simultaneously, cutting the war expenses that are hurting the economy intensively, bringing troops home as quickly as possible, and deciding wether Afghanistan should remain evaluated a cost -effective campaign in its military and political objectives (wich i see a total waste of resources). Now all efforts in the M.E. should concentrate on building a coalition effort with the U.N. to conduct, by all means if necessary, the brokerage of a permanent peace condition between Israel and its Arab neighbors, even if it takes forging a DMZ with a multinational force if all diplomatic efforts fail. I see no other way out of this situation, wich has been the root of all the terror and attrition the world is facing today. Even some sectors of the Isreaeli communities have manifested they want a peaceful deal with their neighbors, including some Rabis are in this position, they just can`t digest it any longer. This task will be difficult, but it must be done if peace, stability, and prosperity are to prevail in our world. This is not a M.E. crisis, it has transcended borders to become an international crisis condition that cannot remain dweling indefinitely on our detriment. Both sides have to understand this, but extremists on both sectors (Israeli, and Arab, are blocking the will of the majority thar are afraid to take a stand)
    Sometimes extreme conditions require extreme measures, and the determination to promote this task must not waiver. God has opened the path for you to the White House for a reason. Peace and freedom have a high cost that must be paid. Lead us then to achieve these goals. The burden will be shared, make no mistake, by all of those nations who truly want peace to have a chance. "Enough is enough" Mr. President Obama, you`re not alone.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  105. Gary Montemayor

    I would tell President Obama to stay the corse of renewable energy, improved infrastructure and complete independence from foreign oil.
    Also move hard against hate crimes and help educate americans on immigration.

    You have my support and I look forward to doing my part and more.
    All the best,

    Gary

    January 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  106. M.Bannister

    Mr President you will struggle from day one and people need your trust you have to convince them that you are there to do your utter most best for them and your Country your word's will linger in there mind's and not so easy to forget your promises,the world today is in a mess and will take time to be sorted we need more love and less hate for one another you must get those armed forces back home and stop them fighting somebody elses war those lost lives have been so painful for so many Families Sadam has gone that was the aim,l wish you strength lot's of energy you will need it Good Luck to you and your beautiful Family l am proud you are President do your best God Bless You.
    M.Bannister.
    Nederland's-Europe

    January 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  107. Shideh

    Dear Mr. President,
    These past days had brought us a great deal of hope thanks to you.
    It's a victory that you deserve & we wish you even more success for the years to come . You are giving us a great lesson of humanity & courage.I talk about you to my sons of what you've achieved & what difficulties you have yet to overcome. Our best thoughts & wishes to you & family .The force will always be with you.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  108. Anastasia

    Dear. Mr President,

    First and formost may God bless you in all that you do and watch over you. 'Some' things that "we" need to see are: create more jobs, take us out of this economic crisis, stop the wars; killing people does not solve anything. In other words PLEASE take us out of the mess that a certain someone put us in.

    Sincerely,
    Anastasia

    PS: The whole world believes in you.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  109. Ricardo Ruiz, Jr - Philippines

    Dear Mr. President,

    You single-handedly redeemed the image of America all over the world. I wish you all the luck in addressing the problems America is facing and will face in the future. I know you have the skills and attitude to solve them but always keep your moral compass near. You will need it in America's and your darkest hours My prayers go to you and your family. Lead with your heart.

    January 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  110. Bruno - from Brazil

    The world is with President Obama! It's going to take time and effort and sacrifice, but the world is about to become a much better place, ruled by hope and compassion instead of fear and greed. We can feel it in the air! We'll do what is hard and we'll achieve what is great! We're with President Obama 'till the end!

    Everyone

    January 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  111. ola muse

    At the end of your remarkable campaign and as the American people have just given you their confidence, I wish now to send to you my most cheerful congratulations.

    "Your victory is a victory for democracy, and I feel convinced that you will be able to accompany your country towards new progress, in the respect for institutions and liberties which was now characterized in the eyes of the international community as a whole.

    "Following presidential balloting, that was universally hailed for its transparency and lawfulness, the American people once again demonstrated their attachment to democracy.Nigeria is pleased that the values we share with America have taken root in that friendly country."

    January 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  112. johnpaul shikunyi

    Dear President Elect Barak ,May the almighty God ceator of Heavens and Earth, Be with you as you take office tomorrow.

    You and I know that it will not be easy. But the most important thing is that We all know you can..

    We love you and we wish you all the best. What God started let him finish it and I know it will be in style.

    Always be ready to listen before you act, for any decision, ask the almigtly God to be with you.

    Brother, may God bess you and be with you. Be brave just like David was.
    God bless US of America the world and Kenya.

    From Nairobi-Kenya.

    January 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  113. YACINE

    Dear ++++++++++++++++++++ Mr President,
    May God help you and give you the means you to do and to achieve what you want for the world, for all of us: peace and good life. Can we stop asking and wondering what President Obama will do for everybody and can we begin to say what we(/ all of us ) can do and will do to help him? I am sure 1000000% he is good and want to do his best but we have to do the same. best prayers and wishes for him and his family.
    Yacine ,Italia

    January 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  114. Troy

    Passion, perseverance , commitment , belief and the will to see things through successfully are perhaps the key attributes that president-elect Obama must possess (and prayer too!) to turn around the economy.

    January 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  115. Colin Lawlor

    Dear Mr. President

    I have read your book and I share your audacity to hope, because this can drive change. The world has lost at least 6 years of leadership from the United States and now needs it more than ever. I believe that you can lead change in the U.S. and this can be spread in a positive way to the rest of the world.

    We have gone through a prolonged period of low standards in high places (Government to Business), now is the time to stop and change.

    Your work is certainly cut out, the challenges, at least economically are perhaps more enormous than at any time before, but you have the audacity to hope, the intelligence to assess and the courage to act.

    Thank you sir for inspiring many to share that audacity,

    Colin, Ireland.

    January 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  116. Daniel Thorat

    Dear President Elect Obama,
    Of all the Americans, you know very clearly that what you specifically promised or skilfully implied in your pre and post elections speeches just cannot be accomplished completely or quickly. The greatly heightened hopes of the Americans are, therefore, bound to fail. You have certainly created a very, very good atmosphere of hope and change for the better. The fact that it is not only the African-Americans but white Americans as well who elected you as America`s next President, must enable you to take bold decisions. That will certainly help America. While sincerely and prayerfully wishing you every success, I do hope that you would remain ever so watchful to see that the African-Americans do not paint a picture as if they have been living as slaves in the US thus far and that your election means that the USA now is the BSA (Blask States of America). The whole world sees how the white Americans have voted for a black candidate and that`s America`s glory. Already, your TV and Admin. offices are showing a majority of African-American faces. Please do give clear instructions not to play those clips and old news reports highlighting racist persecutions. Your election does not represent a black victory over white, but a wholesome choice of the USA. God bless America and God give you His wisdom and success.
    –Daniel

    January 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  117. chris

    hi my name is chris from England

    i think mr obama will do a great job hats off to him and hats of to the american people for having the courage and conviction to grasp this historic change it's not only good for the usa but also good for the whole world hopefuly other countrys will grasp the same convictions as the american people best of luck to you all

    January 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  118. Michael Schembri

    To the next President of The United States who is going to give us the best CHANGE!!!!

    I believe as many other people out here that you and your excelent apointed team can bring a drastic difference to our world. Giving you a chance looks like OUR next step to a better day.

    I wish you and your fine team all the best to correct the econemy and all the challenging tasks that lie ahead.

    "YES WE CAN"

    From Michael Schembri – Australia

    January 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  119. Daniel Thorat

    Dear President Elect Obama,

    Just writing a couple of thins I forgot in my first comment:

    1. President George Bush, your predecessor, was an extremely sincere man, a man of convictions, a God-fearing man, and the US was privileged and blessed through him.
    2. He is not responsible for the financial melt down.
    3. What he did after 9/11 (Afghanistan and Iraq) was absolutely appropriate, timely and successful. Mere rhetoric minus such bold, necessary action would have been total hypocricy.
    4. Your middle name (Hussein) can be used to weaken your judgements in world affairs, especially while dealing with Muslim nations. You must have perceived by now that without any doubt whatsoever,Islam as a religion must have noble teachings and must be honourable, and other religion/faith just cannot hate it. The God-given oil-wealth has unfortunately been used to promote Islamic terrorism throughout the world, through Islamic religious leaders which is a very real danger. Unless all the combined might of the sane and civilized world including many Islamic nations is immediately and fully used against the Islamic terrorism, the world may face a cruel, Islamic domination. That too, sooner than we think. You would surely know that if the Al Qaeda, the Hamas, the Taliban had nuclear weapons, they would not waste a moment before bombing the entire non-Islamic world !! Let this naked fact never fade from your sight....Best wishes and all prayers for your succes.

    January 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  120. Ty

    Funny comment about German cooks, I've never tasted any German food that was worthy of an idiom. Now braslian food, that's worthy of a special phrase! Que acredito!

    January 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  121. Orville

    Dear Mr. President:

    Well done on surviving the race to the comfey chair. It was a hard fought battle, congratulations.

    Now: How do we stem the greed? How do Americans become genuinely concerned about America again? How to Americans stop blaming others for their condition and start taking responsibility?

    It will take Americans to bring America back from the brink because it was Americans who put it there. Not Presidents Bush and Clinton, As everyone would prefer to believe, AMERICANS did it. They did it by being greedy. They did it by not caring. Not because they had an uncaring President, but because they saw profit in being greedy, and had the keys to the loopholes that they were perfectly happy to exploit to the fullest extent at the expense of their neighbors mortgage.

    It's going to take People being a part of the process that brings about stability, not a machine or a mechanism that does not include the willingness of PEOPLE to do the right thing for the good of the country. The constitutional challenges to that one could outlive your presidency. The people have to want it too and I hope you can make that happen. If you do, then the rest will fall into place nicely.

    Good luck. Enjoy your experience.

    January 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  122. Augusto Moreira Martins

    The day Every black people born dreaming about and some of then died for, it's becoming true and all this people's dreams it's and will change the world...

    Augusto Moreira Martins from Luanda/Angola

    January 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  123. Isira Makuloluwe

    I congratulate President Obama and the American population in having taken a majority vote for national and global change. I would like to also say that Mr Obama is actually a first generation African American in the most literal of terms, he represents also the efforts of all the immigrants and migrants families in the West or the Northern hemisphere. He is the result of a common energy not just not survive but to better oneself and link the cultures of our origins to those of the nations of our immigration. One of us made it to the highest position in the world.

    I am happy for all Afircan Americans that they finally feel safe and free in all possible senses of those words but also want to state that Mr Obama is an immigrant's son and this encapsulates something even greater: that the journey of free will and choice can also be the undoing of such terrible things that have taken place before. There is hope and I wish us all luck in a continued collective effort for peace and mature mediation of conflict for true human growth in the Real New World.

    Mr Isira Makuloluwe
    London, England.

    January 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  124. Martha

    Dear Mr. President,

    Go on. The citizens of the world are with you.

    from Greece

    January 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  125. Hannah Laylah from Brazil

    Dear Mr. Obama:

    We wish you luck and good will. We share your vison of hope and we're very proud of your inheritance, your origins and what your inauguration represents to all peoples from every background. We are one, too.
    God bless you all.

    January 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  126. Dr. Virginia Lubell

    While everyone is focusing on the economic crisis and a belief that getting economies to 'grow' again is the name of the game, let me remind you that the glaciers are almost gone along with the ice sheets of the north and south poles.

    While we can rebuild a more sensible economic open market based in time, we can only rebuild our environment by focusing on that first and foremost above everything else. If you want economies to grow you must take care of the environment in which they exist!

    The 'growth' economic system implemented since 1984 is largely responsible for the exponential degradation of almost all natural environments. This degradation can quite simply be the death of all of us.

    It's quite healthy that hyper-consumerism is coming to an end. It's quite good that the erroneous interpretation that a 'high standard of living' means we can have more cars, TVs, computers and bigger houses will finally come to an end.

    We shouldn't despair the loss of what has been harming the world: a decrease in workers rights, the environment, education, health care, clean water, air etc. Instead we should look forward to creating opportunities to finally understand simple logic. If you cut down a tree plant at least one or if you dump in the water clean it up.

    This Earth had abundance. We have consumed until very little is left and what is left is dirty.

    Why exactly should we be trying to get this recent, inappropriate system up and running again?

    My hope for Barack Obama's presidency is:

    1) That we focus our economic energies on healing our planet ... well beyond clean energy.
    2) That we all are willing to live with less and realize how much we actually have.
    3) Come together in our communities to help one another.

    January 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  127. sang chiong

    Change not for the sake of change but for the better. Right the wrongs of the world and change the bad into good. At present, everything is not right or good in politics, ecconomy or enviroment.

    January 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  128. Soli

    Mr. Obama may the good lord bless you and give you peace in the hours you need it most. We wish you all the best during your presidency.

    Greeting from the island of Curacao.

    January 19, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  129. Sylvester

    Dear President Obama,

    Congratulation and may God give you the wisdom you need to lead the people of the US and work with other world leaders(those who share your point of view and those who may hold different opinions) to help bring peace, justice, freedom and equality to different parts of the world. I know it is a great challenge especially when you will be faced with so much at home. But this is your time and the Lord will be with you.

    May God bless us all.

    January 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  130. Kash

    Dear President Obama

    From the Caribbean, I want to say congratulations on becoming the 44th President as well as the first African-American man to be in such a position. When you were declared the winner, my heart swelled with pride knowing that you had the courage to change the minds of persons and also showing young people such as myself, that yes we can make a difference in the society in which we live in.

    You have become an inspiration to persons, both young and old and with your mantra Yes we can, you have just inspired the whole world amidst the problems that it is currently facing. You have shown young black men that they can be inspired to reach their truest potential, not only to be family men we know that they can be but also leaders as well as mentors, to others who may see no other way out.

    So as you are being sworn in as the next President, I want to say thank you for becong a major inspiration and congratulations once again.

    Kash
    Caribbean

    January 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  131. Peter Turo

    Mr.Obama and his twelve apostles will not change water in to wine.
    We need to start working together and start spending money on goods and services. You are a part of the problem when you do not pass the buck around.

    January 19, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  132. Gonzo

    Stick to your message. Do not let others change the direction you have chosen !!!!! Remember who you work for, and remember to do unto others what you would like them to do unto you.

    January 19, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  133. ken

    President Obama,
    we wish you success in meeting all of the promises, expectations, policies you have laid out in the campaign. It is a shame that the Democratic Congress is already moving in different directions from your ideals, and the battles you will face will not be from the economy and world but rather from your own party.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  134. Freedom is a word

    Dear Mr President Obama,
    The Middle East can be an invaluable asset to USA if it is dealt with in wisdom. Wisdom can be manipulated by some sides unfortunately. USA and freedom can still be thought of as two sides of the same coin if you take no sides in the Middle East conflict. Being a moderator in the Middle East peace process, think of equal sides and equal opportunities and how much that will benefit USA from all sides.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  135. Chris Singh

    Mr President,

    First and foremost congratulations on your historic victory.

    You bring hope to many around the world, a belief that things will be different, the USA, will once again use its resources to move humanity forward, to help resolve current world issues from Africa to the Middle East, by taking a balanced and impartial approach to these issues.

    In order to do this never forget the reason why you were elected, why against all odds, people came out in force to support you. The world needs change, a change that you have the power to invoke.
    There are many challenges facing the world today, but I believe you are the best hope to resolving some of these.

    Good Luck.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  136. mulugeta Tafesse

    Mr. Obama, Congratulations!

    A hard worker, smartly intelligent and an exceptionally lucky man as you are, at the helm of U.S. politics to lead Americans and influence the world citizens, please consider my and many other pals' heartfelt support. What can I say more? The world is curiously watching when History unfolds its pages. There is more good thing to come there. America will recreate itself and will only become a better place and help the rest of the world to come out of its desolation hole and explore the unexplored.

    Aside from my good wishes, in time of difficulty – as politics is a coarse golf field, where one can meet strong blows and sudden kicks and a terrain filled with pebbles some unpleasant things may occur – let your conscience decide and your prayer comfort you.

    remain admirer

    January 19, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  137. osir

    Dear Mr.President

    I`m from Portugal a farway contrie and most poor one.
    I`ve been listening, seeing you since the campaign and for what I see and hear, I believe you are full of strengh, honestly thinking on doing good things for the american people, and give America the right stand in the world with dignity and honesty., wich will reflect in the whole global economie and I understand will also be good for European people who emerged in a deep recession also.
    I wish you all the luck you deserve, and may God help you in the hard task that You will take ahead.

    January 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  138. Michel Verkempinck

    Mr. President Elect Barak Obama, congratulations from Europe, Belgium, Ekeren.

    God bless you!

    Michel Verkempinck

    January 20, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  139. earle,florida

    I've said repeatedly that Mr. Obama is all "Fluff",simply put, he talks around subject matter",without answering the questions as if he's been in politics longer than a Kennedy! Mr.Robert Rubin,(Treasury Secretary) the only Clintonian he hasn't brought on board was the engineer,and architect of Clinton's budget (financial house) successes, and the most valuable piece missing for Obama's Administration. My only suggestion for President Obama would be to cross-the-aisle, and solicit the expertise of Mr.Lawrence Linsey,and Mr.Paul O'Neil to work on his ecomic team ( fired by Bush#43 for publicly stating the potential cost of the Iraqi War). Their job was to keep the Bush #43 Administration financial house in order (status-quo handed to them from the Clinton Administration),and they did all of that brilliantly! Unfortunately they were dismissed for their candid honesty,... shame?

    January 20, 2009 at 2:20 am |
  140. Dominique from France

    Dear Mr President,

    You embody everything I've been dreaming of : a multiracial and multiculticultural world where everybody could leave in peace, study, work, breed a family under the best possible conditions. You are working on this dream and I stand next to you to see it happen.

    Good luck to you Mr President, the road will be long and difficult but you have already shown the whole world that you have the energy and passion to fulfil your mission triumphantly.

    January 20, 2009 at 6:14 am |
  141. Urs, Switzerland

    Mr.President
    May God bless you and please take my best wishes to your effort for change.
    Yes, If you can, please make sure that the Native Americans see something of the "Change" as well. Your people and the rest of the world agree, that they deserve it for the logest time in American history!

    January 20, 2009 at 7:39 am |
  142. amir

    Dear Mr President
    I am an Iranian living in Japan. I am sorry to be pessimist but you are dealing with unresolvable things. About economy, still after 10 years
    in Japan, there are effects of bubble burst. 8 trillion dollar public debt
    of constructing highways between villages, ports without ships and airports without passenger.Horibble stories can be heard about special provisons given to banks for disposal of bad loans. Many people lost thier centuries family owned land becuase banks decided to unilaterally change the loan terms from 40 years to 20 years.And finally
    what saved the economy ? None of this, just these were painkiller.
    Brisk sale of DVD, LCD, tight financial policies and producing more than consumption saved Japan. US need tight belts and a new invention or may be miracle like internet, airplane to revive.It had done many times, hope for this time.
    About Middle east. the task is impossible, Iran is going the way that
    Japan went after World war one: it's own way. None can stop them.
    Each day passing they are getting more confidence and horizon is not clear for years to come.

    January 20, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  143. Gatonye

    This is the start of the new tough journey, we pray that God will give you guidence, in achieving your dreams which reflect the wishes of a majority of the world population ,old and young

    May God protect you from friends and foe who would not wish well for the progress/benefit of all

    January 20, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  144. Umar Yakubu

    Congratulations!Please help the Palestinians,Afghans and the Iraqi's

    January 20, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  145. Nirmal Saraf

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    The only way to ensure you get out of recession and with high self esteem are as follows: –

    1. Mass employment – build a fast – reliable – overnight train [12 hours] NYC to LA & SFO
    2.Pay the employed – 50% in coupons that are used to pay the banks money owed on credit cards.
    3. Let the banks reclaim this from the Government
    4.Ensure that housing loans are put on hold for 1 year – without any interest liability.
    5. Mass food kitchens so that people are not hungry
    6.Ban all Flights – Intercontinental after 5 PM
    7.Rail to be powered by electricity generated from Nuclear power
    8.Alternative fuel – water/compressed air for cars
    9.Reduce dependence on OIL

    January 20, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  146. Rashaad Martin

    Mr.President Barack Obama
    you are a deeply spritual being judgeing by your speeches by always
    reffering to we and not the egotistical I. i hope you take these qualities
    and of course the wisdom you were born with and let that form the basis of all your decision making capabilities and processes.
    it's a great opportunity and relief for your people and the rest of the world to witness that you've selected and surrounded yourself with a high integrity team of people to help you overcome the enormity of the task's ahead.GOD is always with you

    January 20, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  147. E. TerrelongeGriffithdeFranke

    There are no words to describe this moment in History. This single event- The American Dream, the evolution of Racial issues in America and in the world.
    I cried.
    I am grateful to be living in this moment. I saw MLK as a child in DC with my parents as newly arrived immigrants to America.
    This is the famous 'defining moment' and 'monumental first step' for all of us worldwide.
    T.G. de Franke
    Germany

    January 20, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  148. Daniel Thorat

    Dear President Obama,
    As an Indian I join with the vast American majority who chose you to lead them as their President. Yes, I am sure you will succeed. Your inauguation ceremony is being really celebrated in an unprecedented grand manner and that shows the hope and trust tat has been put into you. However, it is somewhat queer that when you have not done a thing as President so far, and yet the people are there in millions greeting you and especially the great number of African Americans and other coloureds. That does give out an impession as if the coloured community has won over the white Americans in an age old fight. Let this impression be suppressed quickly and consciously. YES WE CAN and THE CHANGE HAS COME TO AMERICA should really mean merely that you as their President have come there with a total commitment and determination to good in every area. It should not mean that your truly great predecessor, Pres. Bush was bad or a tyrant or a villain. I think you owe it to speak good of him. The other thing essential is that the Islamicfundamentalists the world over must not think that you will chamopion their extremist and terrorism because of your middle name Hussein. I hope you would be a good President and will help India and the world during your tenure. God bless America and God bless you and keep you committed to America.

    January 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  149. Gerald Chui

    There are two men in the United States who had been sleepless in the past months at least. They are Barack Obama and Bernard Madoff!

    The American people and even the world had put so much hope and expectations on the shoulders of President-to-be Obama which I think unrealistic and undoable in his term of office. I believe in Barack Obama that he will do the best he can, but the American people should not make him a miracle worker. As a Canadian friend, I wish the new president well and sleep well.

    As for the other sleepless individual, he can have all the nightmares he deserves.

    January 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  150. jose alfredo jimenez

    Congratulations Sir President Obama:I know you going to make the best President than no others,wait for you a lot hard work,but you likes the challenge,I believe you work vertical and correctly for all people in America and the World (like "Bob"you go to repair with your Team all the another guy Mr.bush damage)Good Luck Sir President Obama,God Bless You,Your Families and America. Yes We Can; Jose Alfredo from Puerto Rico

    January 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  151. susan knightly

    There are times in history when humanity recognizes an individual whose gifts are so relevant as to transform the world and the way we see it. This is one of those moments , Barrack Obama you are one of those people whose vision grows us all! Thank you for your hard work. May you continue to find inspirations and solutions.
    Susan Knightly
    Cologne, Germany

    January 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  152. Consuelo Szalaj (Chavaria)

    Dear Mr.President, I am writing especially for my seventy two year old mother Frances Chavaria, she want to let you know that all her prayers will be for you to try and get America back on track, it will be an uphill struggle but like the little train that kept saying I THINK I CAN, we know you can, so Mr. President God Bless you and your family.
    From Mrs. Frances Chavaria and Family Belize Central America

    January 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  153. Tania Alda

    Dear Mr & Mrs Obama,

    Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Barack Obama and family.

    Thank you for the inspiring words of believing on our own strengths and courage. You have shown us that you are communications opens all doors to solutions.

    YES:
    I believe that you and I can make the change we deserve.

    Yours truly,
    Tania Alda
    from Suriname – South America

    January 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  154. Ida Foster

    Dear Mr President
    I visited my mom in Belize Central America and tears were brought to my eyes as she spoke of you with so much pride. My mom does not know how to read and write and you have inspired her from the day you made the announcement that you will run. Mr President my mom calls you Bama. Now it is President Bama.
    She can name all the positive commentators like Wolff, Larry King, Racheal Maddocks and the list goes on. She can tell all that you have said with quotings. She is so proud of you and have asked that we send you an e-mail. You are in her prayers and she wishes you all the best. She does not even watch her favorite TV shows anymore. She made it clear to us that You President Obama will change the world.
    It will be hard work, dedication, and some will disagree and try to bring you down but Mr President my mom and all of us want you to stand firm and do what you think is right. You are for the people of the United States and of the world.
    May God Bless, and guide you as you make some crucial decisions and may He keep You and Your Beautiful Family safe.
    Good Luck
    Ida Foster for Frances Chavarria Belize City Belize Central America

    January 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  155. Mario Müller

    Dear mister president!
    The best wishes from austria to america for you and your family!
    I hope you make the world a better place. Now it´s time for traveling USA!
    God bless you!

    January 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  156. Yiwen

    I would like to thank the entire CNN team for bringing this live to us in other parts of the wold. I've followed the campaign for 18 mths and have been hooked on to all your great anchors.

    Today marks the culmination of everything we believe in, in what makes America a great country. I write to you from Hong Kong and I plan to stay up to as late as I can to watch.

    I didn't know where to send this feedback to so thought I'd send it to iReport.

    Thank you!

    Yiwen, Hong Kong

    January 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  157. Irene Parra

    Hi my name is Irene Parra and I am 14 years old and I live in Mexico, first I got to tell you I am a big fan of AC 360, but right now I want to tell you that Obama isn´t just a hero to US citizens but to most of the people around the globe, my dream is to live in a world full of equality and for me President Barack Obama is my row model because he stud up to everyone, broke the rules and faced the challenges to make this world a place a better place. This is not just another president of the world, it is the start of a new era, an era of success, equality, dreams to be achieved and an era to be remember.

    January 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  158. Jean Ezechiel Camille

    dear President Obama remember me.

    January 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  159. abdo

    Mr.Obama ( US Prs)
    one word is enough
    Middel East Need alot Of your Attention Sir ,, And alot of Help ..
    Thank you

    Congratulations for being U.S.A President

    January 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  160. Peter Sam

    Dear Mr President

    Mugabe will not leave on his own will. He will not share power. He will let us suffer. He will go unpunished. Thus, he will set a bad precedence to the rest of SADC and the rest of Africa.
    He needs to be encouraged to leave office for the good of humanity.
    I wish you all the best in your days in office.
    You have inspired a lot.

    January 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  161. Erik

    RUN man, run, get away,before its too late :)

    January 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  162. lene jørgensen Danish /live in Sweden

    Dear President Obama and family. I Follow you on tv today. I was field whit hope and joy fore the world. Today you write story. And I look forward to be behind you all the way. Wish you all the best and congratulation. You will be an inspiration for the world and me. God bless you, your family and our world.

    January 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  163. Ayham

    May God help you , to bring peace and Justice to our area , the Middel East .

    Ayham
    Germany

    January 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  164. Annaliza Lopez

    President Barack Obama, you mentioned health care in your speech. I hope you also give priority to scientific advances in the field of cancer and cure for AIDS. We need all the help you can give.

    January 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  165. Wendy Fotila

    Dear Mrr. President,

    The whole world celebrated with you and the American people to a step to real freedom and democracy. This is a definning moment not only in the United States of America but the whole world as well.
    You have loads of repairs,rennovations,restorations and buildings that awaits you.I pray to to the Almighty to pave the way and help you in every endeavor.
    Mr. President, once again CONGRATULATIONS! Yes we can make things happen with Gods blessings.

    January 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  166. Jim Von

    I am a proud VietNam Veteran; but today. most of all;I am a very Proud American. We shall overcome–Thank you Obama

    January 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  167. Lobo

    Today by coinscidence is my birthday. and I have this day of yours as my best birthday's present in my life.
    My father use to say that in his generation the greatest invention or discovery that had influenced a lot in human lives is or was the computer.
    In our generation the "discovery" that will influence us in our lives is the "discovery" or the emergence of Obama.
    He is the "computer" of our generation, it is all up to us, and of course it is our obligation to keep constant and definitive upgrade.

    May God bless Us

    Lobo

    January 20, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  168. Liz Gittens

    Congrats Pres. Obama & Mrs Obama..enjoyed watching CNN where America's day beings-GUAM

    January 20, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  169. Renatta Maria

    I was very excited about the speech of the new president of USA .
    He is a great warrior, and I admire him to be a fighter for the creation of a new time in the world and his wife, to be always beside than him, – to be so strong ...
    "On the back of a great man, always have a great woman".

    Words of Obama. :-)
    Renatta Maria / Rio de Janeiro /Brazil

    January 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  170. George Softas

    Dear Obama,

    It has been a long time since we heard a politician not only with our ears but also with our heart. Your intentions of making a better world are obvious and for the first time we hear the most wise statemnets said in the simplest way. Keep true of your promises not only for the American people but also for the rest of the world. It is time that somebody tries to bring pease and unite all nations since the challenges that we have to face in the future will be challenges that need be solved as one country one earth.
    God bless you and your family!
    George Softas
    Athens, Greece

    January 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  171. MARIAM EL-GABRY

    Dear Mr. President,

    I would like to congratulate you for being the first African-American president, the first to emphasize unity between people so strongly, the first to prove that racism can be fought, the first president that, hopefully, will bring actual change to America, as a power, and idol to the rest of the world. I would like to wish you strength, perseverance, and to always be a man, a man that was once poor, a man that has been a father, a man of peace, purity, equality and fairness. I ask you to be a man, one of us and not superiority because it is the sensation of superiority that destroys men. It is that very feeling that breaks down those built walls of discipline, honesty, morals and the distinction of right and wrong. I would also like to share with you my thoughts, being so many and so hard to solve. President Barack Obama, I wonder truly, making many conclusions from incidents and events, I wonder, do humans start with a clean white plate and end up with an oil-full, sauce-filled, filthy and full of crumbs plate? Or do we start out with certain cracks and damages, dirt and muck? Do we suddenly wake up one morning, being ungrateful, and want more and more and more of everything? Is it in our nature to be greedy for blood?! For innocent people falling and losing their life, like dominos on a table being aimed at. Not even lions, which are animals, eat more than their stomach can hold. Bears, sharks, tigers all carnivores in our Earth eat only when they are hungry, only when their organism needs nourishment, needs life. No living being on this planet has ever acted as gluttonous as this nation. No animal or creature has ever slaughtered other beings corrupting peace and the very life cycle that we live by. No nation but that of Israel.

    Why? I ask you, Mr. President a person with experience and knowledge, I ask you why are people being massacred as if life-less and right-less animals? Why is Israel using the most advanced and forbidden weapons to wash out these people, as if bacteria on their breakfast, lunch and dinner? Would you ever hurt severely a child? Would you ever shoot an armless man? These are all morals, Mr. Obama, I grew up learning what is right and wrong, what the difference is between a man and an animal, I grew up with open eyes that can see who a horrifying tyrant is, and I can see what this tyrant wants. One thing I’m sure of is that it isn’t peace, unity or harmony, but conflict, dispute and quarrel for power, power and power! A tyrant that is illogical and an inhuman oppressor.
    Here stands France, Italy and Germany watching, from their European balconies, children being shot and bombed at, and here sits Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and all Mideastern countries fighting with words but taking no action, and there, America, supporting these tyrants using stereotypical reasons against Palestinians.

    I am sure you see what our people see, Mr. President, I really do. I hope that your parents taught you as well as mine. I hope you can tell from right and wrong, fair and unfair, peaceful and cruel and brutal. I pray that you are our only hope, deep in our hearts that will take an action and stop unnecessary and immoral wars, such as this of Israel and Palestine for peace, for unity for harmony. Help nations that need it, and limit power to nations that do not obey laws and rules, fundamental and natural laws such as human rights. Listen to your people, listen to people’s cries and help; we need it. I have faith in you Mr. Obama, please don’t led me down…

    Mariam EL-GABRY

    January 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  172. Barbara

    Dear Mr President Obama,

    I would like to congratulate you on your inauguration and wish you and your family all the best in the futur. Lots of love from Slovenia.

    Barbara
    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    January 20, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  173. Allan Fuchs

    Dear Mr President

    Only LOVE can build something. Only LOVE is positive. Please, you can head not only your country but also the world to a way of hapiness and comprehension. Don't forget the magic word LOVE. No matter what it happens.
    Allan Fuchs – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

    January 20, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  174. Lynette Dias-Gouveia

    So blessed are we to witness this inauguration in our generation.
    The fact that Obama did not run a race based campaign speaks a great deal about the character of the man.

    With so much going wrong in our world today, this day will surely resonate for years to come.

    A great task ahead of him though and I sincerely pray that he tackles it from the centre with good judgement and integrity.

    Lynette Dias-Gouveia
    London

    January 20, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  175. Maria Dino

    Dear President Obama and family : Congratulations!!!.
    From Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina. We are happy and excited. Sorry, we don't speak english, except a member of our family (she's 11 years old and she help us to leave this message). The best wishes for America and your goberment. Good luck !!.
    Maria Dino,
    Beatriz Sanchez,
    Eliana Sanchez.

    January 21, 2009 at 1:51 am |
  176. Janine

    I left the United States in 1968 – after the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy I just gave up. This is the first time in 31 years that I've had hope fot the country, that I've thought I might want to return. Thank you for the work you are doing.

    January 21, 2009 at 2:00 am |
  177. Stephen

    Dear President Obama,

    I hope you will see to it that when businesses failed, specially those big groups, and are seeking government bail out, the public and government should demand accountability, that is the layoff should start from the top, since it is them who are responsible.

    What we have here is when things goes bad, its the lower rank and file that get short changed, while those on top doesn't have the incentive to act responsibly, when things are good, they get big bonuses, when things are bad, others got kick out.

    January 21, 2009 at 2:27 am |
  178. KIM SUNG HO

    dear mr. President.

    hello my name is micheal .
    I am 8 years old. I am being 9years old.
    I am a Korean.
    I was able to know you because of CNN.
    congratulation for being a US president.

    from your Big fan MICHAEL Thank's

    January 21, 2009 at 3:17 am |
  179. Nader

    Dear Obama, God Speed...

    Our Dreams: Fix rate personal income taxes of 18% with Green Car Auto loans and Home Mortgage interests deductable. Social Security tax of 10% to help fix the problem once and for all. Double the license taxes, and triple the gasoline tax for Gas Guzzlers. Remove the taxes from airline coach class seats, double the taxes for busienss class and triple it for first class seats.

    God Bless You. May our dreams come true someday!

    January 21, 2009 at 5:14 am |
  180. Rajashekar

    Hi Mr President ,

    The entire world has faith on you and the aspirations of the people across the globe soaring. The world Economy as a whole is facing a great threat and it is plummenting, huge surge in the unemployment rate, the fall out of big banks and other perils that the world is encountering currently. Its not that only the people of United states of America is expecting an efficient , transperant and legitimate administration from your leadership. we hope you will live upto the expections of the people in delivering , redeeming and resurrecting the American Economy in particular and the world Economy in General.

    I wish you all the best and you should create a history marking as one of the gretest presidents of Unitted states of America as a Saviour.

    Regards,
    Rajshekar N

    January 21, 2009 at 5:33 am |
  181. Jan Chavez-Arceo (PHILIPPINES)

    Dearest President Obama,

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    I flew all the way from the Philippines, endured a 6-hour delay in Nagoya,Japan and braved this bitter cold just to be here in Washington,DC today to witness you take your oath and witness you write history and lead all of the Americans and the rest of the world take the first step towards that CHANGE you speak of - not just for America and Americans but for all of us in the global community.

    Thank you for giving all of us HOPE. As you said, "Hope we can believe in!" You'll need all the help and all of God's good graces in the world to tackle this Herculean task ahead of you, but your sincerity and decency will no doubt shine through and will help you get through the hurdles.

    I wish you all the best....I will need to fly back to Manila by Saturday because of many things and people waiting for me, but this whole trip and experience was truly beyond words and well worth flying thousands of miles for to be part of.

    May God bless you always and your family and that truly amazing Obama Team (David Plouffe, David Axelrod & everybody)! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

    Sincerely & respectfully yours,
    JAN CHAVEZ-ARCEO

    One Asia Touchpoint,Inc
    Impact Solutions Social Development Consulting

    P.S. Even if I couldn't vote for you, I actively campaigned for you from my country. I am soooooo happy that you're now THE Man : )

    January 21, 2009 at 6:24 am |
  182. Ayesha

    Dear President Obama
    Congratulations from South Africa. It brings much joy to us to see the USA celebrating its "Mandela" moment. The world celebrates with you and we all want to see you succeed and restore America to its former glory.
    As an African and as a Muslim, I am proud of this moment. As a former Muslim, I hope that you will search deep within your soul to stop the terrorism and injustices inflicted upon Muslims around the world.
    Take care of yourself and your family. I pray that Allah keeps you safe and healthy.

    January 21, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  183. greg castillo

    Dear Mr. President

    We Filipinos are so glad of you being the newly elected American President, we just hope and pray that our God may bless you with great wisdom as what he did to King Solomom, Please dont forget to help country like us who is also depending much of our economy to a greats country like you have. God Bless you sir.

    You look like my father sir.

    January 21, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  184. Phil

    Pres. Obama – Yeah, close the base of "Angels" in Gitmo, Make sure they get a nice plane ride to National Airport in D.C. and let them see how nice it is in America. While your at it, put them all on "Welfare", like the rest of D.C. and let them mingle with all those nice people who rallied to get them freed. Let the whole world see how nice the American people are. We don't cut heads off on TV, we set them free in a free country to do as they please and pay them to do it. Hurrah for the American people – let freedom ring. Better yet, put them in C47s like I had to fly in to feed the people in Berlin, and wrap them in T10 parachutes that they have to pack themselves. What a wonderful gift. A veteran.

    January 21, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  185. Amit

    I just want to say that YOU CAN BRING THE CHANGE and I am inspired by you for my whole life. BEST OF LUCK and here I end my short speech.

    January 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  186. Nadine Sarhan-Ullrich

    Dear Mr. President,
    I read your books which per se was an inspiration; I lived the rhythm of your campaign and yesterday was a delight. It is about the only hopeful thing that happened in the world in the last many years. You are gifted by your intelligence, your ideas and mainly by your humanity and sense of justice. You may fail in some issues but never fail yourself. People will understand when you loose a case but will not forgive when you loose the principles for which they elected you.
    Remember; honesty & justice are the best weapons against all evils.

    nadine-Switzerland

    January 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  187. mohsin

    Dear Mr. President,
    you gave a vintage inauguration speech which projected your charisma, profund world-view and the image of goodness which America used to command. Given your confidence and commitment, I'm hopeful you will revive US' demolished credibility at home and abroad.
    Your country has been demoralized by the neo-cons for seven years. Remind them that this was bunkum. They should never forget that William Pitt said in the 18th century, " You cannot conquer America." The world, generally, would stand by America provided it sticks to justice, fairplay and regard for human dignity.
    God Bless you, the US and Pakistan.

    January 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  188. Edward L. Flint Ret Special Forces SGM

    Dear Mr. President I sincerly congradulate you on the compain and on the electtion and becomming the 44 President of the United States, I have a suggestion for you on how to help get the econommy going and get the defisit dow and under control..please excuse my spelling .. My suggestion is to increase the Postage stamp and Priorty Mail and Express mail. The postage Stamp is currently .42 Cents, if you increased the stamp purchase price by .25 or even .35 cents that would create an enormus amout of revenue and the increase would be directed toward the defisate. Any increase by the Postal Service, would be in addition to the amount suggested, I truly beleive the American People would not complain that much. Ed Flint 310 N Fayetteville Street, Lumber Bridge ,NC 28357

    January 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  189. B.P. Smyth

    Dear Mr President,

    I am so glad that you are taking on Senator Mitchell as your Middle East Envoy.

    I know of the man from his dealings with Ireland and her troubles. He is Special and Gifted and does not let the inhumanity of those he encounters, take away from his own wonderful civilised being.

    There is a deep ocean of good-will out here and it can only do you good – and hopefully for a long time to come. Many of us hope that you bring this world forward and please accept if you can, the many of us who not kneel to pray (for we are becoming fearful of what so many others are apparently praying to, when we see how they treat a human life).

    All the very best – from lots of folk here in Ireland. B.P Smyth

    January 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  190. Richard

    Dear President Obama,

    Does it really make sense to provide mortgage relief to a borrower who has acted irresponsibly, overstated earnings, & was unprepared to assume a mortgage knowing there is a high probability that the individual will repeat the same mistakes again?

    There are many borrowers who are struggling yet they continue to make their mortgage payments. I lost my job 12 months ago & was responsible enough to have an emergency cash reserve of 18 months. My loan is a fixed 30 year, not an ARM. I have never missed or been late on a loan before & my credit score is excellent.

    Guess what? The mortgage company won't talk to me. Apparently I need to fall behind on my mortgage payment, say 3 or 4 months, before they will consider any type of assistance (rate reduction, defered interest, etc.). I am not looking for a reduction of the principal, I don't want a handout. Of course, missing 3 or 4 mortgage payments will do wonders for my credit score ... I'll be paying much higher rates on loans for years to come ... if I'm lucky enough to even be approved for one.

    January 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  191. Antonio Vicente

    Dear Mr President Obama

    First of all, congratulations on your victory and the best of luck and hard work, while you will be in office.

    It will be difficult to know who is telling you the truth and who will just be looking for personall gain when you will be given information about every issue. But you know that already as you are not new to politics.

    May God give you the capacity and the wisdom to find the truth.

    Now, on the situation you have found when you took up office, my believe is that some of the responsible people for the actual financial crises are just plain hard criminals that have raised to very high positions and should be put in jail for the rest of their lifes and all their property confiscated.

    Only with a very strong hand and exemplary punishment it will be possible to deter would be criminals from going ahead with their intetions. Certainly, clear controls and supervision will also go a long way to avoid future situations like the present.

    May you have a very successfull presidency and help the world become a better place to live, without any kind of discrimination and in peace.

    January 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  192. KAMAL KHAN

    MR. PRESIDENT.
    I BELIEVE ALL AMERICANS AND ALL PEOPLE ARE STRIVING TO BE BETTER , HAVE A BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING WITHOUT HARMING OTHERS. UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESENT SITUATION CLEARLY SHOWS THAT USA IS HEADING TOWARDS CHAPTER 11(DEFAULT). THE WORLD ECONOMIES ARE SHRINKING LIKE THE USA'S IS DOING (THAT IS WHERE THE FAILURE OF FOREIGN POLICY COMES INTO PLAY). IF USA HAD STARTED HELPING ASIAN & AFRICAN ECONOMIES 20 YEARS BACK. THEY WOULD BE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF STABILITY WHERE USA COULD HAVE USED TO REBUILD ITSELF. THE PRIME POINTS OF CONCERN RIGHT NOW ARE THE NATIONAL DEBT AND THE TWIN DEFICITS. IF NOT CONTROLLED IMMEDIATELY. THEN FORGET RECESSION BECAUSE USA IS DEFINATELY GOING TO DEFAULT.
    I HOPE FOR THE SAKE OF ALL AMERICANS AND THE WORLD. THE LEAST EFFECTED WILL BE ASIA AND AFRICA AS THEY WILL GROW WITH TREMENDOUS PACE.

    January 21, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  193. Speir

    First of all, Congratulations from Mississippi. Issue 1: Healthcare coverage and cost. On January 13, 2009, an issue about United Healthcare was on the Lou Dobb’s nightly program. Aired on Lou Dobb’s was New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, which addressed the issue about United Healthcare. It has been discovered that this health care insurance company rigged itself to benefit itself using the reimbursement company, Ingenix, which sets reimbursement rates. Incidentally Ingenix is owned by United Heathcare. Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, also stated that United Healthcare schemed to defraud consumers by setting reimbursement rates too low. Further, he indicated that this has been going on for ten years and has affected more than 100 million Americans. New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, indicated they lowered reimbursement cost 10 to 28% too low.

    The spokesman for United Healthcare, Thomas Strickland, admitted the problem. He was also aired on Lou Dobb’s. Lou Dobb’s made the comment that “these people have defrauded people for 10 years, yet nobody goes to jail.” So, what does United Healthcare intend to do about it? The "big boys" need to serve some jail time and then go live with the poor people they have stolen from.
    Issue 2: Hope you don't fall for the phony comments/praise regarding you, President Obama, made by Jane Valez Mitchell on her program on 1-20-09, along with her panel; one being James "Boyce?" Had it been former President Bush going in, it would have been "PRAISE" for him! I determined that for her, it is "who is in command and let's kiss up." I truly liked her show until she cut throat President Bush to the bone. First of all, Jane Valez nor Jamesey boy know one thing about running this country. Do we as Americans give President Bush any credit at all for war being there rather than HERE. Should President Bush ignored the terrorist attacks on the twin towers? Do we also forget that one jet was headed for the White House? President Bush walked in to one hell of a responsibility to his Country! Do we have any idea whatsoever all the issues that Bush and the Pentago were faced with?
    No doubt, you will serve our country to the very best of your ability. It just annoys me to here a cut throat like this woman did on her show last night. Such a phony. God Bless you and your family.

    January 21, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  194. Pieter Catlow

    Dear Mr. President,
    Congratulations...
    As I have many ideas and thoughts about "change", I would like to share only one at this time. You have picked many Senators, like yourself, to move over into the Executive branch of government. Why is the governor for those states appoint the replacement senator when that idividual was elected by the people, to serve the people and to represent the people? Please consider an amendment to the Constitution. With technology and the media, the process should only take a couple of weeks not years to have an election for their replacement.
    Thank you.
    Pieter (Dutch spelling for Peter)
    Bomoseen, VT

    January 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  195. Frida

    Dear Mr President,
    This is a just a humble message from an ordinary citizen of a region that you have promised to stand by its side.
    I believe in you. I believe that change can come to us too. I believe that we can deliver ourselves from our misery. I believe that we can improve and build up our economy and create an equal and democratic society. I believe that we can dream of a better tomorrow, of a bright future.
    Do you know why I have this dream? Because you and your people have showed me that dreams can come true.
    Please make my dream become my reality.
    Sincerely,
    Humble citizen from the forgotten world

    January 22, 2009 at 2:11 am |
  196. Sharon Minick

    Is it possible that terrorists are somehow responsible for our world-wide economic crisis? What better way to bring their enemies to their knees than cripple their economies. I would hope that there is some way this could be monitored and rectified but with so many sleeper cells around the globe, this might be difficult or perhaps impossible. Has anyone else thought this?

    January 22, 2009 at 6:23 am |
  197. Asiegbu ben okechukwu jnr

    Good morning mr obama,& congratulation, we nigerians are proud of you,we know you will do more than the last 43 president of united states,we all want you rule united states with GOD faring,may the almighty be with you & you the staffs of white house.

    January 22, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  198. Nomsa

    Dear Mr Obama,

    I has been with great pleasure to see a leader with high moral standards,and I am especially impressed that you have banned gifts from lobbyist to your members of staff.I am sure we Africans can also learn how civil servants cannot be influenced by special interest groups or organisations.

    Wishing you well and God bless you.

    Fan in South Africa

    January 22, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  199. Speir

    No more bail outs, please.

    January 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  200. Paul D

    Dear Mr. President,
    you were right about Iraq. More still, given the terrible state of the economy and the balooning deficit, spending for Iraq is as you mentioned a useless waste of lives and tax money.
    We have tough choices to make and other priorities.
    Also, the current deficit and economic mess could cause international investors to worry about America's long term solvency.
    And last but not least, increasing the deficit by pumping bilions of dollars in the Iraq war could also be inflationary, and that's one of the last things we need.

    January 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  201. Daniel Thorat

    Dear and respected President Obama,. I do hope you will not be led astray by all the praise being showered upon you especially by people belonging to a particular religion, who harbour very strong hopes that your decisions and actions (rather your loyalty) would be more favourable to all the countries practising that religion. It would be best to dispel their misgivings, and openly – unless of course you would fall in line with them.

    I hope that you will always be the President of America and not an African-American President or an African-American-Muslim President !

    January 23, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  202. George Asam

    Mr President,
    I know the expectations of Americans are overwhelming and I understand their anxiety.As the adage say,"Charity begins at Home".Curb the fear and worries of Americans before taking on the World's challenges.
    God Bless You.

    Republic of Cameroon.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  203. STACY

    Jamaica is praying that you continue to receive wisdom and strength from God.....

    January 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  204. sang chiong

    Dear Obama,
    The purpose of government is to correct, rectify, right the wrongs of the people and nation.Wrongdoing or doing the wrong thing is the surest way to bring down an administration like Richard Nixon,.
    Wrongdoing in the financial world nearly bring down the world ecconomy; wrongdoings in the enviroment almost destroy the fine balance of God's Creation. Do the right thing and everything in the world will be right.
    Whatever is is right and thats the Way of Heaven. It is unthinkable that
    God can do a wrong thing or make a mistake–the whole universe would be screw-up. Doing the right thing is the law of God, the law of Nature and the law of Humanity. If everyone does the right thing there will be peace and harmony on Earth and there will be no crimes or evils in the world..
    To right the nation and the world, right the mind first.

    January 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  205. Michelle Bouchard

    If I had to write to the President, I would ask him this...

    Dear Mr. President, why did you spend soooo much on your " coronation " instead of giving all that money to the poors and or to the ones who are dealing with foreclosure? Why were you so much in a hurry to help women getting an abortion instead of asking first for sexual restraint on the part of the men first? Why is it that one of your staff member have warned not to give the new jobs only to white males? Aren't the white male together with the black males suffering in those hard times? Yet you are warning about racism........???

    Michelle Bouchard

    January 24, 2009 at 6:37 am |
  206. longhorn49

    It is pure stupidity to bailout poor companies that should fail. Put money into the ones that are successful and let them absorb their weak sisters and this will solve our ills. This is economics 101. When the slime bucket politicians start picking winners and losers we will all get screwed. The regulators who for the most part are government sponsered entities failed us should be held accountable . The government is not the damn solution. Obama along with most of his cronies have never run a business in their lives and are not capable of leading us to the promised land. He is not the second "coming".
    He will turn out to be the ultimate flim flam snake oil salesman.

    January 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  207. Eric Kramp

    Very soon we will see 2 of the 3 US automakers back in DC with their handout for more dollars. Assuming the USG doesn't intend to allow them to file for Chapter 11, why don't we actually get something for our money.

    Instead of extending more loans, why doesn't the USG invest in more vehicles. The USG is one of the largest buyers of vehicles in the US. We probably have 2 million vehicles in the public fleet when you add up federal, state and municipalities. Instead of giving the US automakers another $50 billion in loans, why don't we give federal, state and local agencies $50 billion to replace their auto and truck fleets. The main reason the automakers are below water is they don't have enough volume to cover fixed costs. An additional 2 million vehicles in sales in 2009 would largely solve this problem and we would actually have something to show for our investment!

    January 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  208. Sonia Martin

    Mr President, the solution is not to keep giving money to the automakers, banks, wallstreet! Is there any help for homeowners, including real estate investors? Until we stop the foreclosures the value of real estate will continue to fall and everyting with it. How about loans and credit facilities for small and medium sized businesses? Why are credit card rates so high. The bailed out banks are now cutting off credit in every way to the consumers. They have an incentive to do so. The more losses thay make the more FREE moiney they get. I personally have had my credit line cut by one of the bailed out banks and two others increased credit card rate form 2.99% to 27.99%. No one is doing any modification or anything else to help the real estate investor. Why should they when foreclsure is easier and they will loose nothing as they are too big to fail and gets FREE money?

    January 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  209. Phil

    Mr. Pres. – How on earth do you come up with helping students with their tuition, will help stimulate the economy. The people out of work are the ones that need the help. Not the people who knew they couldn't afford to buy a home, and did it anyway.
    I am 77 – never bought a home – spent 20 years in the Army and always considered, what would happen when I get out and can't find work, or be laid off, or become too sick to work. How can I pay for the home, or an automobile. The Americans never consider these possibilities, nor do they put money away for those circumstances. Many aren't even smart enough to have life insurance. All they want to do is be like the next door neighbors – see – want – buy – buy -even when they can't afford it. Then turn to Mom and Dad for help, and Mom and Dad can't help them either.
    Also, when these unions go out on strike – do like one of our best Presidents did – fired them all. There are way too many people out there who would love that job. Air traffic controllers are specially trained people who we really need, but, our Preseident fired them all? Something to think about, eh Mr Pres.? We didn't collapse or fade away did we Mr. Pres.?

    January 28, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
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