The national reaction
"No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday."
"President-elect Obama is going to be a president for all of America. He also happens to be black, which makes it a very, very historic occasion."
Colin Powell, former secretary of state
"President-elect Obama was inspirational, and I'm certain he will continue to be."
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State
"I pledge to work with President-elect Obama and his incoming administration in their efforts to reinvigorate our economy and keep our nation secure and free."
Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who supported John McCain
"Senator Obama led a campaign of tactical brilliance that appears to be bereft of specific mandates. It is up to an aroused citizenry to organize behind these mandates which we were privileged to advance."
Ralph Nader, independent presidential candidate
"I came down here to make a prayer . . . that we'll be able to change the nation and the world."
Hollis Gentry of Washington, D.C., who went to the reviewing stands being built for the inauguration
"I'm way happy. It means that I can tell my seven grandchildren that they have a chance to be president."
Thomasina Wright, of Harlem
"I'd give him a chance, and hope he keeps some of the good promises he made."
Sam Gipple, a county transportation director in Iowa who voted for John McCain
GLOBE STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS