- This is amazing
- What the f*ck am I doing here?
Don't get me wrong, the entire experience and the last 24 hours have been amazing, almost surreal, but the second thought did creep into my head about 9:30 p.m. after we had been standing for a few hours and the cold and aches in the legs were settling in. But looking back, I wouldn't trade that experience for anything!
We got our tickets through the campaign for being such awesome volunteers (woo woo!). A ticket there was the hottest ticket in town, so much so that some of the free tickets were being sold on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars. That's insane.
Being downtown last night was an amazing, dream-like experience. For a moment, I thought that it was the Superbowl or New Year's Eve because people were so happy and celebratory and just...acting like this was the greatest thing that was happening to the city in a long time. And it was, but it wasn't just for us, it was for the entire country. The reality of what happened last night didn't even hit me until this morning when I watched the TODAY show and started crying because it was so historic and moving.
- The outpouring of emotion from the crowd, including Jesse Jackson crying
- The happy looks on Sasha and Malia's faces
- Barack and Michelle embracing and saying "I love you" (the nose kiss was too cute)
- Hearing Obama talk fondly of his grandmother, which made my heart break more to realize she wasn't there to see this happen
- The way the crowd went INSANE when CNN surprised us all with projecting Obama's win. People were going crazy
- The crowd cheering and chanting as he spoke, getting everyone who was exhausted and sore all excited again
- Oprah actually mingling with the "masses" (in the VIP area of course)
- The crowd. I was overwhelmed by the possibility of people all around us, going in to take part in this event
- Believing that things will finally start to turn around for the country
- People walking down Michigan Avenue, cheering, chanting, taking pictures and clapping, it was like Chicago won the Superbowl and a ticker tape parade was taking place downtown
- Realizing that "we did it!"