I voted for him because he's black.
No, but seriously. I was generally unenthusiastic about him because of his stance on civil liberties (his motto: "**** civil liberties"), but he claimed to be more environmentalist (did alright, but not great), and I thought he would add a greater note of seriousness to the presidency than we had before him (mostly right about that despite a few trip-ups -- his handling of the Libyan and Egyptian crises was pretty bad). I think his need to consider all the angles and approach things levelly was good but desperately needed a touch of that good old W. Bush "go **** yourself" can-do approach. Without that he missed some very important opportunities that we'll probably never get for a long, long time. But back to the election, it was Palin who got me off my ass to vote for Obama in the first place. Until she was in the election I was too apathetic to want to vote.