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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Did

posted by on November 5 at 8:33 AM

A local blogger writes

I ride the 7 bus to work those mornings I can’t face my bicycle. It comes up from south Seattle and traverses rich and poor neighborhoods, the International District, Pioneer square and Downtown. Usually, it is a hateful, loud, messy conglomeration of tired people. This morning, an older black man sat with a grin on his face. He was dressed for construction work. Out of the blue, he shouted, “YES, we can!”

It was completely infectious- people responded in a chorus of “Yes, we can,” and there was clapping, and there were grins, ear to ear. And we rode on together.

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I know! I woke up this morning feeling like a weight had been lifted, more optimistic than I've ever been about the future of this country. I keep tearing up, reading all the articles and reactions about last night.

Posted by Ivan Cockrum | November 5, 2008 8:39 AM
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Chills... what a great story. I am feeling a bit sorry for my parents, who are die hard Obama supporters living in a small town in downstate Illinois. They do not get to have these moments of shared celebration that those of us in Chicago (and Seattle) are enjoying. At their election watch party they were 2 of only 3 Democrats.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 5, 2008 8:42 AM
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Barack Obama brings the message of Openness.

Like Open Source and Linux -- a battle I have been fighting for 8 long years.

I look forward to the roll back of the represive technologists of the Puget Sound and surfacing of free and humble technologists.

Barack...these will be the longest 3 months ever...

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Posted by John Bailo | November 5, 2008 8:48 AM
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Cockrum - all of these accounts are making me an emotional wreck, too. I can't wait to actually see and be around people this morning - on the bus, in class, in the streets. There shall be high fives aplenty.

Posted by Bethundra | November 5, 2008 8:49 AM
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The horror! The horror!

Posted by John Bailo | November 5, 2008 8:53 AM
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Wow. Just... wow.

Posted by JP | November 5, 2008 8:59 AM
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Now what's this about facing a bicycle?

Posted by reality wreck | November 5, 2008 9:05 AM
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WE won! but I still had the post traumatic pessimism...the crowd had gotten so thick that cars were barely squeaking through, there was no tension between the cars and the crowd, it was as if the cars were part of an intimate parade, we stood by drumming on the cars and cheering at the passengers, we cheered at each other. A police car parked at the intersection of Broadway and Pine. Soon we realized that there was another crowd building up across the intersection, only the police car stood in the way of the two crowd’s union. We rushed for each other as the cliché of lovers running in the meadows into each other’s arms. I have never seen crowd behavior in this way, no inappropriate touching, no pushing. Instead strangers hugged strangers, people were kissing, crying, shouting out in spontaneous cheers. Fireworks cracked off, people sprayed bottles of champagne. Capitol Hill’s spirit was alive and well. A spirit of Unity and Fellowship spread among us. Capitol Hill used to be a predominately gay neighborhood, in the past 10 years it has become more and more integrated, I had such strong feelings about this, that it was loosing its culture, that it was too “hipster”, I related it to the gentrification going on in other parts of Seattle. My feelings were drastically changed, as I watched cha-cha lines of people weave in and out of the crowd, all of us, just like in President Barack Obams’s acceptance speech young, old, straight, gay, white, black, Asian, Latino/a, native American, disabled, not disabled. Some of the large Ethiopian and Eritrean community were represented as well. We heard music, a drag queen in a silver sequined cocktail dress, stood on top of neighbor’s nightclub with a speaker and a microphone. It was an electronic remix of Journey’s don’t stop believing. The crowd burst out in song! And started dancing, by this time the crowd was drunk but the passion did not subside. There was crowd surfing, a man with a large Obama Poster with the word “HOPE” diligently circled the crowd. I did not believe before that this type of sincere union was possible. I did not really think our democracy was much to take pride in, but it worked, this time it worked, we spoke and it was heard, we raised our voices in celebration. Yes we did!

Posted by jessica | November 5, 2008 9:34 AM
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@7: I was hungover. Heh.

Posted by Alex | November 5, 2008 9:40 AM
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yes! last night was beautiful. i love the energy today too

Posted by Sera | November 5, 2008 9:42 AM
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I am glad that we finally have a change in the regime that has been in the White House for the past 8 years. And I think that Obama is the right man to do it. There was definitely a sense of relief in the air last night. It is bittersweet though, here in California Prop 8 passed, banning gay marriage. 'Tis a double edged sword when you finally get people to vote, they might not vote the way you want them to.

Posted by Kate in LA | November 5, 2008 10:02 AM
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I am glad that we finally have a change in the regime that has been in the White House for the past 8 years. And I think that Obama is the right man to do it. There was definitely a sense of relief in the air last night. It is bittersweet though, here in California Prop 8 passed, banning gay marriage. 'Tis a double edged sword when you finally get people to vote, they might not vote the way you want them to.

Posted by Kate in LA | November 5, 2008 10:17 AM
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I ride a bike through Copenhagen to work and this morning a couple of young immigrant vegetable sellers who were unloading fruit yelled "Obama!" at me as I went by. When I laughed and raised my fist in the air, they cheered.

Posted by Chris in DK | November 5, 2008 2:31 PM

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