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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Joy in Seattle

posted by on November 5 at 15:47 PM

Video from the Showbox…

Kate, who shot this video, writes…

It was wonderful euphoria, and I don’t remember when I started crying but by the end of this video there were tears running down my face. I hugged strangers who had become friends (nice to meet you, Regina!). An older man who had been drinking tall boys all night was standing next to me and gently crying. I tapped him on the shoulder and said “cheers.” We clinked beers and he said, “Something just happened.” “Yes it did, yes it did,” I replied. My face hurt from smiling. And that night, as we danced in the streets and the cars honked their horns in rhythm (beep beep beep. yes we can.), it felt like we were all thinking and celebrating as one conscious person. This must be what unity feels like, I thought. How amazing to be a part of it this moment.

I went to The Showbox by myself since my friend had bailed on me (something about catching a plane that night, details), but I never once felt alone. Thank you for last night, for giving me a community. The Stranger and The Slog got me through this election (and my boring day job). I don’t know if it was because I was sitting close to the doors or just because of the energy in the air, but I had the chills all night.

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I'm somewhere in the front, holding Monique and crying like a little bitch with a skinned knee.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 5, 2008 3:57 PM

I don't remember you throwing anything on the crowd.

Posted by (drugs) | November 5, 2008 4:01 PM

By the time I made it there from work around 6:30, they weren't allowing anyone else in. I brought jam and everything. Boo.

Posted by Carollani | November 5, 2008 4:01 PM

Dan, I'm not sure, but I think I heard you say something dangerously close to Reverend Wright's "God damn America." Ha ha.

My SO and I were at home here in Baltimore enjoying the night together. This so beats 2004.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | November 5, 2008 4:04 PM

Thanks for the props to Prop 1, ECB.

I hope you whooped it up when you heard.

Posted by AJ | November 5, 2008 4:05 PM

I started crying just looking at the video.... Dan, good to see you hopping up and down like a kid...

Posted by Womyn2me | November 5, 2008 4:08 PM

Who is the completely opportunistic tone-deaf idiot that ran to the middle of the stage to jump up and down?

Posted by cool moves | November 5, 2008 4:09 PM

When is this shit going to stop? Seriously. I'm thrilled to death that he won, but I swear to God, one more of these fucking posts and I'm going to seriously lose my shit.

Quit acting like a goddamned bunch of 11 year olds already. The world is still fucked, in too many ways to count. It's a start, yes. But we are still light years away. So all this "we are one" and - even worse - "I got SO fucking hammered" last night shit makes you look like a dim witted herd indeed.

Posted by Throwing up non-stop | November 5, 2008 4:22 PM

I was in tears, they wouldn't stop. Me, Poe, and Abby hugged and jumped around while the guy from ABC stood around looking 'too cool' for us.

Great video!

Posted by Original Monique | November 5, 2008 4:22 PM

That ACB guy didn't lose that expression once. Not even after Obama won. He looked bored the entire night. Even when Savage went to talk to him, he looked like he just wanted to be left alone. Must've been a McCain supporter, m-hm.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 5, 2008 4:33 PM

*ABC. Fuck.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 5, 2008 4:34 PM

thank you dan savage and everyone at the stranger for the most exciting, joyous and unforgettable party i have ever been to. i can't wait to tell my grandchildren someday about where i was, and who i was with, on the most amazing night of our generation.

Posted by rosemary | November 5, 2008 4:35 PM

@8: After 2004, folks were despondent and morose for a solid week. Let us have a full 24 hours to savor this, Grumpelstiltskin, and then we can go back to stressing out about the state of the world. Sheesh.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 5, 2008 4:41 PM

I'll always remember being there; the dark ages are over!

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | November 5, 2008 5:01 PM

Last night I almost felt the same euphoria as I did for Edgar's series-winning double in '95. Almost, but not quite.

Posted by Lined down the third base line... | November 5, 2008 5:03 PM

the dark ages are over?

I thought the same thing the night Clinton won. After iving through 12 years of reagan and bush it seemed that everything was going to change. Some things did, but to quote tim robbins, clinton was the first republican I ever voted for.

Posted by stinkbug | November 5, 2008 5:13 PM

Let me clarify as Stink makes a good point; The Dark ages of Gay Americans being invisible to the President while addressing the nation are over. THOSE dark ages are over. Did that help?

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | November 5, 2008 5:20 PM

The horror! The horror!

Posted by John Bailo | November 5, 2008 5:22 PM

Jesus Christ, every single one of these videos makes me cry.

Posted by Damien | November 5, 2008 6:13 PM

pleeeease has anyone found a link to video of the corresponding reaction at any GOP gatherings? I want tears, gasps of shock, sobbing, spreading peestains on trousers...

Posted by please help | November 5, 2008 6:40 PM

YAAAY! So glad there's video of this.

Because I was simultaneously screaming and sobbing so hard I couldn't see. Some nice person put champagne in my hand. Bless them. LOL

"Congratulations, we fucking saved this goddamned country!"

Let's fucking hope so.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 5, 2008 7:46 PM

@ 10, Mr. Poe: "He (the ABC Guy) looked bored the entire night. Even when Savage went to talk to him, he looked like he just wanted to be left alone."

Wow... how is that possible? Someone didn't fall all over themselves for Dan?

I love Dan Savage, but y'all are getting hard to stomach. Bye Slog.

Posted by robo | November 5, 2008 7:57 PM

As we yelled at the Victory March (that's being so pooh-pooh'd tnite): THE DEMOCRATIC "PARTY" IS JUST GETTING STARTED...

Posted by Andy Niable | November 5, 2008 7:58 PM

it IS what unity feels like. i never really feel unity. not so total and utter and exhilirating like that UNITY. it has a feeling. it's not just for fundie christians. christ, it feels so good not to be ironically alone.

Posted by OOF DAH | November 5, 2008 9:39 PM

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