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Grant Park with the President-Elect

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It was a great night. I was so tired by the time I went to Grant Park after a hard day’s work. There was an energy all around me though. There was an energy in the newsroom and there was an energy beyond. The energy beyond was unreal. All shapes, colors and sizes formed columns and marched to Grant Park. 
Street vendors sold everything from T Shirts that said Yes We DID and Obama 44th President to water purportedly from Obama’s fridge. Some sold buttons, others sold scarves. 
Through it all, the march continued. In some ways the throng was a metaphor for the march Obama embarked upon in Iowa- a march that five years ago, two years ago, a year ago was most unlikely. 
Some said then it was dubious at worst, others said a test run for the future at best.
The future is now though and all doubts have been shoved aside. 
The folks gathered in front of mounted big screen tvs as the results trickled in. CNN was conservative in their projections allowing the expectation to mount. There was a good feeling in the air when the city of brotherly love and the suburbs like King of Prussia came through for the brother. 
The crowd murmured anytime the best political team was on spewing their profound knowledge. Then the CNN jingle came on. Wolf Blitzer calls AL for Sen. McCain. Booooooo. CNN has projected Senator Obama will win NY. Yeaaaahhhhhhhhhh. O BA MA! O BA MA! went the cheers. Then Ohio fell and like a pack of cards Sen. McCain’s collapsed. While jubilant, it was as if the crowd still needed confirmation. Call it the product of many a disappointing election for most. So they stayed and talked to each other. Couples hugged and did what they do. Singles were kept company by cameras and camcorders, there to chronicle what one t-shirt said “I was there on the 4th of Nov. when it happened.” 
In this time, people began to weary. Only until the next called state though. 
And then the big one. 
“CNN is ready to project that Sen. Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States.”
Delirium.
He walked in at about 11pm CST as the President-elect poised and with his family by his side. Can you imagine that? The President-elect.
At that moment, there was a crescendo as the crowd summoned up its reserves to scream their loudest for the one. The 44th one that is. Tears streamed down their faces. And then he gave his speech. 
It was a soothing speech. A calming speech. It was a speech that recognized that he was going to face some challenges in office. He acknowledged as much that the change he has been talking about will fizzle into thin air if the very people who were at celebrations like Grant Park’s did not take a more active role in their lives, pay more attention to government and become active. His message to the people was to harness that energy that was palpable in the park. 
For a slideshow of the event, click here
Pictures were taken by Bill Healy, Medill News Services. My profound thanks to him.
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What a night!!!

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Motherlanders, 

I can say I was there. In 40 years I can look back and say when the first brother won the presidency, I was there to hear him feely feely, live and direct. 

Throngs of people flocked to Grant Park, Chicago Tuesday night to witness a seminal moment in American history- an African American won the American presidency. For the first time in this nation’s history, we were able to say President-elect and following the title was Barack Obama, an African American.

There was just too much I witnessed to write about eloquently so soon after it occurred. 

Let’s start though with the screens at Grant Park capturing Kenyans celebrating. That was priceless. 

The crowd was unbelievable. It was expectant. Everyone seemed to hang onto Wolf Blitzer’s words. Everytime the CNN jingle sounded indicating a state was going to be called, the crowd shushed. If it was an Obama state they cheered wildly. A McCain state, the booed almost obligingly. It wasn’t really from the gut. 

I was on my feet for close to three hours total. I was tired and yet the anticipation to know what story the voters had authored kept me up. Many shed tears. I mustered all my steel but all the emotion served as a cauldron of heat and it melted away eventually just as he walked on stage. 

And then he came. In a stirring speech, he announced it was a new day in America. He called on the nation to continue the march toward change.

Man, once again we have lost another one to the brain drain!!!!  

Pics to come.

Any thoughts?

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It’s halloween weekend and folks are spooked

Posted on November 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Motherlanders,

I am on a roll with this election stuff. The final days of the election got me thinking. On the sunday talk shows everyone is predicting an Obambi victory. I mean some of the predictions have him winning over 350 electoral college votes. Somehow I think this is too good to be true for the Obama campaign. If this country fundamentally for the last few election cycles is split then how does one explain all these predictions of a landslide?

Evidently my skepticism is shared by some liberals. Or has halloween just got them spooked? My theory on these liberals is that they are like lovers who have been jilted so often they have become jaded. They are so in love with their candidate and want to see him do well. Yet, they’ve got that feeling they will be surprised, disappointed, hurt and rejected!!!!

The media here always talks about an October surprise. Was Onyango Zeituni’s emergence it? Will it impact the race at all? Will it increase latino turnout because they think he will be more sympathetic to immigration issues?

One more thing. Where did this lady emerge from? The man has been running for two years and all of a sudden this comes out? If it smells fishy it must be fishy!!!!

Any thoughts?

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BO in AZ?

Posted on November 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Motherlanders,

Is the Obama campaign really running ads in Arizona? Isn’t this a bridge too far? I mean are we really to believe he is that dominant in this race? Is this real or is this what it seems like- a feint? This is akin to a football game where Brazil playing against a lesser foe is up 3-0 and Robinho starts to do some shoeshine. 

Any thoughts?

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Prank calling Galin

Posted on November 1, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Motherlanders,

You have to check this out. Is this how world leaders talk to each other? Sarah moose hunting Palin is priceless in this one.

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