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One member of the SECB remembers what it was like in Seattle in 1992, when Bill Clinton won the White House: absolutely comatose. The bars were empty, the streets were quiet. What a difference 16 years makes.
It's like the old joke: "Why are you hitting yourself on the head with a hammer?"
"Because it feels so good when I stop."
The Bush Administration: Eight years of hitting ourselves on the head with a hammer.
Man it feels good to stop.
My sis just called me from there...I could barely hear her. I wish I was there!
Seeing this is making me cry for like the 20th time tonight. You are all amazing, people!
Thanks for posting this one. I'm a Seattle expat, but it makes me happy to see Obama-revelers in the streets a block from where I used to live.
As sad as I am to miss this, in my hometown of Seattle, I can't tell you what the emotions are like in NYC. I live in a prominent African-American community and people are just in a state of bliss.
What I most remember is 4 years ago at the state Dems' party. By 8 o'clock, it was utterly funereal, everyone was in total shock. We were wandering around the hospitality suites, which were all dark, silent, deserted. It was horribly depressing. We had a hotel room on the 32nd floor, and it's a damned good thing the windows didn't open. We were not emotionally prepared for that.
This...oh, this feels...oh, this feels like vindication. If only Prop 8 and Saxby Chambliss had lost, my life would be complete. But jeebus, I'm not complaining!
Bellingham, too! Hundreds of people parading through the streets!
When you get the chance, thank middle america.
NBC just called Indiana for Obama.
THANK YOU OHIO. THANK YOU LORRAINE, WOOSTER, CINCIN, MEDINA, TOLEDO, THANK ALL OF YOU IN OHIO.
And all Obama volunteers, you ran so many offices you had one within 30 miles of every voter.
THANK YOU PA.
THANK YOU MICHIGAN. WE WILL REBUILD THE AUTO INDUSTRY INTO THE GREEN AUTO INDUSTRY AND WE WILL TAKE THOSE HEALTH CARE COSTS OF THE BACKS OF YOUR EMPLOYERS.
THANK YOU VIRGINIA. The capitol of the confederacy goes for Obama. Wonderful.
THANK YOU FLORIDA, CO AND NM.
And we're looking at NC MO too.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
i was just there. next to the most gracious police officer. it was MORE than priceless.
tomorrow is a brand new day.
Thank you, Middle America!
I was there five minutes ago. A man climbed up the traffic pole and sat on top of the "Walk" sign to get a better picture. A police car backed slowly out of the press of people -- I didn't even know there was a police car in there -- with a black man sitting on the hood, whooping. The crowd yelled back. It was wonderful.
they have live feed of this on cnn right now
God damn what a great night. History. Right here. Right now.
YES WE CAN
I just got home from Pike/Bway. It was just incredible - the most loving, happy street party evah. Traffic was allowed through, a guy was handing out Rainier beers to whoever, fireworks were being set off, and everyone was hugging, giving high fives, and smiling to each other in the way that Capitol Hill denizens really just don't on an average day. Absolutely incredible.
Of course as soon as I got home my friends called to tell me I missed an impromptu parade on Broadway. Drat!!
Today is so beautiful!
The Revolution is victorious! Celebrate while we can(yes we can!) for this is but the beginning. There is much work to be done. We have a world to change! And, finally, we can.
My experience mirrors #16's. Oohh, I think I just came in my mouth a little bit.
more photos here
the best night ever. EVER.
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