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I am stunned and happy and overjoyed. My neighbor, Barack Obama, was not only just elected the 44th President of the United States, he looked good doing it!

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 . . .


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Nov. 5th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Re: Hooray!
Every now and then we do something right here on our side of the pond!

I think the Peruvian shamans helped, too.
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
I went to the local Democratic party shindig. There was great energy (especially for North Dakota!) and a lot of celebrating. Sadly, Obama didn't take North Dakota, but in the words of our local grass roots organizer, "we lost the battle, but we won the war."

Nov. 5th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
North Dakota was pretty close, though. And we did get our guy in the end!
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Sadly, I am out of town. :-(
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Your life will probably be a little easier for it. But you'll miss a lot of dazed happy looks.
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I will miss seeing the dazed happy looks. I had to share my champagne last night with a friend who lives three blocks from Grant Park and kept repeating, "What a great night to be in Chicago. And I'm HERE."
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that Grant Park would have been a nightmare to get out of, and that getting home from there would have been a monumental chore. If even the U of C van had a hard time, imagine trying to get home from the park. But I thought the Reynolds Club was a good place to watch the election. Obama was a U of C candidate, after all, and a lot of the people in the Reynolds Club were young enough to be voting for the first time, and they were just totally gobsmacked by the whole thing.
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Damn. I had a beer out while the speech was on; if I'd actually been watching it, I could've done the Obama drinking game.

(Yeah, I'm well happy that our tribe beat their tribe. At least in this race—those marriage amendments don't make me so happy.)

Also: That icon always makes me giggle.
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
I think that the marriage thing will happen eventually. It'll be slow, rough going, just like it is now, three steps forward, two steps back, but it'll happen. I hope that an Obama presidency will dampen down a lot of the anti-gay hate groups that Bush encouraged. Maybe by the next go-round, we'll have a firmer voting base.
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
It would have been very cool to be that close. I am so glad the election went smoothly and we could name a president last night rather than waiting for recounts.
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
The Reynolds Club made for a great party -- food, company, nice seating, easy access to the returns and the bathrooms. Best place I could have been.

The ride home? Not so much.
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
It's so neat getting your Pony's eyeview of the happenings. I don't know anyone else so up close and personal to it all.
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
I think it's neat being able to have a Pony's eye view of things! Obama is the first presidential candidate I've really felt enthusiastic about, and the fact that he's part of my home just makes it all the cooler. I get to hear all the little stories that reaffirm for me just what kind of mensch he is, and then I feel even better about voting for him, and cheering when he won.
Nov. 6th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
It was moving to see the people so enthusiastic. Hope it lasts.
Nov. 6th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I ran into one girl on campus today whose mother had sent her out to collect all the newspapers she could find, just to have a record of all the front pages. It's incredible.
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