America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
From President Obama’s acceptance speech
For an explanation of the purple map, see Mapping politics (and the politics of maps).
Also, if you’ve never seen the West Wing episode that discussed maps, you should watch that too, especially the part where Josh looks at C.J. after the cartographer talks about the importance of size and power: West Wing - “Why are we changing maps?” (3m48s) from
“Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail” (Season 2, Episode 38)