Election Night at Grant Park

Waiting on the Lawn

I didn’t intend to spend election night at the Obama rally at Grant Park.  I didn’t have a ticket to the viewing area, so I planned to spend the night watching election returns at a friend’s house.

Still, I figured it would be worth stopping by Grant Park to see the crowds and get some photos before I went home.

Paint by Numbers Obama

But when I got there, the crowd was alive.  It was like New Years Eve, the 4th of July, and AwesomeDay all wrapped into one.  Excited smiles were on every face.  I can’t remember when I’ve seen so many joyous, hopeful people all in one place.

More Smiles for Obama

I never left the rally until well after Obama’s victory speech.  It was exhilarating to be in the crowd, and I felt I couldn’t miss that historic night in Grant Park.

After Obama spoke, there was much cheering and celebrating.  The world felt different and more optimistic.  Seeing all the happy young kids there, I realized they are now going to grow up in a much different country.  It was pretty amazing.

Flag Girl

More photos from the Obama election night rally.