2008 “A Whole New Generation”
posted by November 4 at 22:48 PMon
Thousands of people—mostly in their 20s and 30s—are streaming through the streets of Seattle. They are pouring down First Avenue, chanting, “Yes we can!”
At the Westin Hotel, a crowd overflowed from the grand ballroom. As Obama spoke, people hollered, shrieked, and sobbed. “I can’t recall anything like this,” says Council Member Nick Licata. “Before, at events like this, it has always been old politicians, but look at this. This is a whole new generation.”
Indeed, on the other side of the ballroom while Obama addressed the country, Angela Boone punctuated every break in Obama’s cadence with a “Yes we can!”
“This is Martin Luther King’s Dream,” says Boone, who is African American. “Not just because he is African American, but because he is bi-racial. It is amazing to see a a room of people of different ethnicities,” she says waving her hand over a sea of people. “I am so thankful to be alive to see this,” she says.
Outside, thousands of revelers poured down Pike Street, hollering for Obama. The police stayed back.
“This is our generation’s candidate,” says Jeff Wood, 27. He did a flip and the crowd cheered. Thousands of people hit drums and danced in the brick paved streets under the Pike Place Market sign. “Every one of us is involved in this change.”
“This is the first election I’ve felt like there was a candidate I could stand behind,” says 23-year-old Lauren Fellows. “He stands for everything I stand for.”