“There’s a left-wing tradition of being systematically opposed to the U.S. government, knee-jerk reactionary – most of our presidents have made it fairly easy to do,” said Jo Freeman, author of “At Berkeley in the Sixties,” a memoir of her student activism. “Those who view everything the U.S. does as automatically suspect already have a problem doing that with Obama.”…

A similar, if earnest, display on election night “did strike me as funny and ironic,” said Mark Rudd, who organized campus protests in the 1960s as a national leader of Students for a Democratic Society and who has been critical of President George W. Bush.

“For the last eight years – and probably for much longer – most radicals have been mourning for our country,” he said. “Obviously the empire is not going to fall overnight, but at least there’s been a popular vote that changes the direction of the last 40 years.”