Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama wins

Everyone will be blogging about this, this evening. I'm tired, it's 2:28 in the morning, and I have to work in a few hours. I will tell you this, I was disappointed with the evening. Not one of the 65,000 people that attended looked like anyone I see and deal with on a regular basis. Lots of self-aware hipsters and cool upper-middle class, educated, pretty people, Ryan and me. Guess this event proves that there really is a technology gap between the rich and the poor.

All the homeless were still trying to get fed, the hustlers were not inspired by the change Obama will bring to America, they were trying to make change by selling Obama t-shirts, hats, and knick-knacks.

I think everyone was just had expectations that this would be our moment to experience in history, where we could say, we were there. That Obama's speech would be Kennedy-esque or a King type " I Have a Dream" speech, but it wasn't. It was just a spiced up stump speech with a few golden nuggets. There wasn't a real organic vibe to the event. If anyone has ever experienced a Bulls Championship celebration or rally, then you know that feeling of this organic wellspring of joy, excitement, and being a part of something bigger than yourself with people from all races and classes. I think the homegenity of the event made it feel subdued, awkward at times, and a feeling of disengenuos excitement. Overall, it felt fake. I expected more from an Obama celebration.

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