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.
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.
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.