Barack Obama is the new president-elect of the United States. The election of the first African-American President is historic, and certainly symbolic of the equality of African-Americans in the United States. Eventually, his being the first African-American President will become the stuff of trivia. His real merit will be judged on how he actually fulfills the role of President based on the U.S. Constitution (Article 2).
We often speak and write in generalities and with technical inaccuracies. Yesterday Barack Obama won the popular vote, easily securing the number of electors necessary to be elected President. In the technical sense he will not be elected President until the electors do so on December 15. This is certainly expected, based on their election by popular vote. He will become President of the United States on January 20, 2009.
I Timothy 2:1-2: I exhort therefore, that...prayers...be made for...all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.