Editorial Pages React to Obama Win

A morning-after roundup of excerpts from editorials from around the country. As noted in our daily tally, Obama carried those editorial pages by about a 2-1 margin in their endorsements for president. But some of these excerpts come from papers that did not back him. We will add more as day goes on.

Los Angeles Times

Campaigns divide, and this one has been no exception. But if campaigns present choices, elections are the occasion for reunification. On Tuesday night, the struggle ended with a convincing victory that altered the contours of the electoral map and movingly reminded us of the greatness in our history.

With victories in Democratic strongholds and historic Republican redoubts — Virginia, of all places — Barack Obama can rightfully assert a national mandate, one he will need to confront the difficulties ahead. As our president, he must re-energize a troubled nation, reviled in much of the world, unsteady and anxious at home. The range of issues that demand the next administration’s attention is almost limitless; the yearning of the country for thoughtful, conscientious leadership is nearly palpable.

The New York Times

His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world.

Mr. Obama spoke candidly of the failure of Republican economic policies that promised to lift all Americans but left so many millions far behind. He committed himself to ending a bloody and pointless war. He promised to restore Americans