Since I've been asked, I will share the few thoughts I have about President-elect Barack Obama.
1.) Scripture is clear about a few things regarding rulers in general, and these are a.) they are placed in power by God Himself and He is sovereign over their doings, b.) we are to respect and pray for them, and c.) we are to be grateful for a government at all, for even a bad government is usually better than none at all.
2.) I am wary of his extremely leftist ideals. Barack Obama is bar-none the most liberal senator in America, and although I am not the most conservative citizen in America, I do lean more to the right of center, and he therefore makes me nervous.
3.) I am pleased to have a black president. I'm not sure what people in your experience find offensive, but just to give you a bit of background on my language, I do not as a habit use the term African-American. I should also point out that I believe it would be silly and devisive to label myself European-American. Both are backwards-looking and ulitmately useless in the fight for unity. We are a very diverse country in respect to origins, and if we start specifying by origin, we're going to be counter-productive. I understand the need for pride, but let it be in something more transcendant than historical locations. That being said, I will not belittle the plight of blacks in America. They've had a very hard go of it, and I'm pleased to see one less thing that divides us. We will always be seperated by our skin color, but let that be as far as it goes: let it be as superficial and meaningless a division as hair color. We are all God's people, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.
4.) Senator Obama seems to me to be the kind of person people can rally around. It might be a good thing to be a truly united country. That being said, it could also be a truly terrible thing to be a country united under the wrong banner. To me, I can see this going one of two ways in the next four to eight years: a.) His extremely socialist ideals (along with the new Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate) will lead the majority of our nation toward unity on the left side of things. This would be (in my mind) terrible, but God is good. Or b.) Obama will lead in office as he did in his campaign, saying nothing and doing less. "Hope for Change" was his slogan, but I am acutely aware that "hope" is not a strategy and "change" is not a destination. If he unites the nation under warm fuzzy feelings, that might be a bit more innocuous, and I could live with that. I'd rather be among idiots than villains.
5.) I did not vote for Mr. Obama and I do not trust him, but do trust the sovereign LORD, and I will therefore pray that God will guide Mr. Obama, (and that Mr. Obama will seek the LORD's counsel, as he claims to know Him), and I will respect him and his leadership until God apponts a new man. "Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God." - Psalm 20:7