Senator John McCain:

"I urge all Americans ... I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."

President Elect Obama:

"Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too."

 

 
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Considering that our differences are real and based on deep, unwaivering convictions, it can be hard to imagine that reconciliation is possible, or what it might look like if it is. We can hope that our government tackles this problem responsibly, but we also have to decide how to treat each other as individuals, as neighbors, and as citizens.

The photos in this project are small gestures of reconciliation from ordinary people: from McCain supporters, from Obama supporters and from those who voted for a Third party. Perhaps this is a start. The fringes have dominated our political discourse for too long.