There were over 70,000 people at Grant Park tonight. Shannon and I (and my friend from college) were among them. We were part of history tonight. While I do want to shout from my balcony, I have to concerns: I have no voice and this victory is just a step in the right direction. In his eloquent and brilliant acceptance speech, President Elect Obama (I got a chill writing that) made it clear that we have a long, hard road ahead of us. Not just the Blue States or the Red States. Not just me or Lewis. All of us.
But he has promised to do more than Bush ever could. The simple fact that we never chanted, “YES WE DID” for long (and lord knows I tried to) indicates that Barack recognizes that this victory is just a first step to, “creating a more perfect union.”
Yet given how long and difficult this process has been, I think we can take a break for a day or two. Without further ado, I present some of the best pictures we have from the night, and a sound track.
This is the beach ball we batted around while we watched election returns. Insanely difficult for a nub like me to get a good picture of–but I think I got it in the end.
Left to right: Shannon, me and Mike. I wish Tony was there; however, he had to vote. Other friends and family were at the event, but given the glut of cell phones, our texts were arriving hours late.
Finally, the soundtrack is how Barack and I are related, albeit distantly (hat tip to Hill for this one):