I stayed at school for the election viewing party in the campus center. My friend and I got seats right up near CNN, which is a fairly conservative station, so we figured they wouldn't get people's hopes up too much. Of course, by the time we got there, Obama was leading McCain with a 3 - 1 margin. Such a festive event I never did see -- bunting and banners and a bouncy castle in the campus center for kids, candy, pizza, and every time another state was called for Obama, everyone cheered and clapped. And then when California came in and sealed it, everyone started screaming.
We stayed to hear McCain's extremely classy concession speech and then to hear Obama's victory speech. What a relief to have an intellectual for President! Someone who's "like me," who thinks clearly, lays out his ideas in a reasoned way, and who promises his daughters a puppy for the White House.
Of course, there is a downside to all of this. Large portions of my neighborhood are blocked off, and getting home on the shuttle bus was a touch and go thing -- we had to go trundling all through Kenwood before we found a cop blockade that would let the U of C shuttle bus through. Getting to school tomorrow morning is going to be a hoot and a half.
So this is what happens when your neighbor is elected President of the United States . . .