Saturday, November 8, 2008

Times Square NY Celebration for Obama

Just back from a few days in NYC, on business, and what a trip it was. I was lucky enough to be there over the election, when Obama was elected and as soon as I realized that he was able to be called the winner I jumped in a cab and headed to Times Square. I was stunned at what I saw. It was a sea of people, each and every one smiling. It was black and white, young and old all cheering chanting. Metro buses rolled by and drivers opened their doors and pumped their fist in joy, honking and flashing brights, cabbies and cab passengers cheering from their cars, young black men, young white men ran into traffic and gave high fives to every car. It was amazing to see us there. Not them, just us all together. There was no threats, no tough guys, no attitudes, no sad, nothing negative at all, just optimism polluting everyone to the point that we all crushed in close and watched his victory speech on any one of the many huge Times Square screens. All around you could hear people repeating, reading out loud, the words of his speech as they were subtitled on the screens. Whispers out of everyone's mouth totaled to all of times square chanting his words. It was cathartic, a release for the last 8 years of confusion and distrust. I stayed there, moving from corner to corner, until 2:30AM enjoying the moment, and only leaving as I needed to get sleep. NYC was out in full effect, and I was privy to a wave of optimism rolling across America. Pics to come later, the video below was not shot by me, but is near exactly what I saw.

10 comments:

Kris said...

Oh Creigton... Well, it may have been all "peace and unity" in Times Square. Maybe you should come in my classroom for a day and see what "unity" this has all brought to our youth.

Agen said...

That piqued my curiosity - what has "unity" brought to the yutes in yer classroom?

Agen said...

PS - Creighton, I've retired the Cracks blog (it's time, thankfully, has come to an end with this election), so you can point to this location for my blog going forward:

eggsy.blogspot.com

Tempestuous said...

Hopefully some "Unity" will do all children better than "No Child Left Behind."

Kris said...

Well, for those of you interested, the "unity" I spoke of consists of some of my kids being called the N-word in their classrooms out of hate from other people and other students of mine wearing black gloves on one hand and throwing up their fist and saying "Black Power". Pretty sure that's not building anything but a regression to a time well before all of us.

The issue was never of race for me- but kids, and people who are ignorant, certainly have made it the issue for them.

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