Election of Barack Obama

Millennials aren't as cynical about government as many believe us to be. We believe in bipartisanship and are frustrated, like most, with the incessant bickering and stalemate on Capitol Hill. We want someone we can trust, who will work hard for us. But also someone who thinks different. Maybe that's why the majority of young people voted for Obama on Nov. 4, 2008 (voters ages 18 to 29 preferred Obama to John McCain by 68 percent to 30 percent, according to most sources). Change, and all that. His youthfulness and spirit, too. But many of his policies -- from the economy to gay rights to health care -- spoke to us. However, we're not complacent. His re-election is far from a slam-dunk and many of those young voters in 2008 aren't fully on his side again. Still, he'll forever be the first "youth president" since John F. Kennedy.
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