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The view from the park

  • Nov. 5th, 2008 at 1:27 AM
Hey all! I've finally got a moment to post about the massive Obama rally in Chicago.

The biggest thing that impressed me was the peaceful, orderly nature of the crowd. Everyone was friendly, polite, and terribly excited to be there.

Few words can describe how Grant Park looked. I have lived here my entire life and I've never seen the city like this. We cheered, booed, chanted and celebrated as one. I saw more than a few tears shed as CNN called the election on the Jumbotron.

There was dancing in Hutchinson Field as we waited for our new President, and when his speech was done, the streets exploded with people. It felt like it was half street party and half victory march. There was enough pride in the air that you could practically reach out and grab it.

The other thing I found notable was the security setup. Getting in was not as hard as the campaign warned it would be. We did go through three checkpoints, but our tickets were not scanned. There were no metal detectors when we went in.

On the other hand, the Secret Service was not messing around. We played "spot the sniper" along the rooftops of Michigan Avenue while we waited in line. There were helicopters circling the area, too. Finally, I was not surprised to see lots of mounted police in riot gear, but I was very startled to see U.S. Marshals brandishing large rifles at the entrance to the garage below the Federal Building.

Now I am on the Metra train back to the suburbs, along with nearly 1500 sleepy Obama fans and several armed railroad police. This is definitely a night I will be telling my grandkids about - the night Chicago sent one of its very best to the White House.


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crystalstarr wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
anya1976 wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
man i am so upset i didn't end up going to grant park tonight.
I am also from the burbs of chicago and thought it better to just stay at home tonight.... but as it got later and later the more i wanted to be there and was kicking myself.
fishnetmom wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
that's incredible, i live up here in gurnee and i remember thinking it probably would have been a great thing to attend. i'm so glad the crowd was an easy, peaceful one.
hanjuuluver wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
I wished so much that I could be there...But I live all the way in New Mexico... *sniffles*
silversisters wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
As a former Chicagoan (even though I left when I was only thirteen)I was beyond impressed with the turnout in Grant Park. I was there about two years ago for Taste of Chicago, and that is one huge venue to be packed as it was. When you realize that it was just one small part of what was going on all over the country last night, it is sobering. This President Elect will live on in history long after his presidency has run it's course. Congratulations to the citizens of the United States who refused to let a fear and hate based opposition campaign by the opposition rule.

Anyway, one of the most gratifying results of the fierce fight for the White House, was the level, polite demeanor of the the Obama campaign as mentioned by commentators all over the media. Sure, each side threw its slings and arrows, some accurate, some not, but according to the media the organization and courtesy of the Obama/Biden campaign was very impressive. It was a measure of the man in stark contrast to threatening Robo-Calls filled with hate and skewed facts, the attempt to scare voters into abandoning the candidate of their choice or coercing others to choose because they were made to feel afraid. What we saw last night was the toppling of the Karl Rove style of fear mongering that has permeated the past three campaigns.

As important, the wide spread in the popular vote along with the landslide in the Electoral College precluded any challenges for recounts. The people have spoken. For those who are McCain supporters, I respect your right to your opinion and understand that you are quite disappointed. I urge you not to turn that disappointment into rage that would ultimately destroy everything that John McCain wants for his beloved country. Let's be united in getting the US back where it should be.

Senator McCain's concession speech was made by the "Mac" I liked back in 2000. Somewhere along the line he was sucked into a fear and hate mongering campaign and, in my opinion, that, some poor choices and a faltering economy is what cost him the nomination. He might have weathered one, but not three.

Let's help get our economy and respect in the world back on track.

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wtf wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
It's funny, I said the same thing about the McCain concession speech. If he had been 2000-era McCain, I would have had a really hard choice to make with my vote. I really think that his selling out is what cost him the election. I hope, now that it's over, that "old" McCain will come back. We need him.
silversisters wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Sometimes a person will do anything to get what they want so badly, even when in their heart they know it's wrong.

As John McCain gave his gracious speech last night, and had to implore the booing crowd to calm down and work for the good of the nation, it was as though he'd awoken from a nightmare and saw what had happened while he was sleeping. Welcome back John.

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princess_mahi wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
i AGREE! teh pride was like a solid thing, Barack Obama won! the first minority president, the first! SPirits of minority are soaring, we dance and sing in teh streets!
aimees wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I wish I was in Chicago to witness it!!! I'm out in San Francisco and watched it live on TV :)

I was so happy, I literally cried as well.
xlightbringerx wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
That sounds amazing. I wish I could have been there, but I didn't know about it until it was too late. Someone told me about it earlier in the day, but the way she described it made it sound like some random people were planning on throwing a riot near her apartment! Ugh...
treesdancealone wrote:
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
I went to the rally as well, I had to go to the metal detector but the security was really friendly and organized.

I posted my photos here
celtickath wrote:
Nov. 7th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm glad they did whatever they did to keep HIM and all you guys safe. It's past my bedtime but I was a huge volunteer in the Atlanta area. I am having TV/internet withdrawal. No sleep if Huffington Post/Drudge/CNN....were awake. SERIOUS withdrawal & being off work 2 study the last 2 days..wasn't wise planning on my part!
wtf wrote:
Nov. 7th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
I know the feeling. XD We got home at 2:30, after leaving just as Obama's speech ended. My husband had to work the next day.

I brought him coffee ;)
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