Nobama? Obama? Yes, we can? Oh, yes, he did.
For the first hour, the diverse group of people ate confidently at tables and even sipped on some wine as they watched the states on the big screen turn blue or red. Children ran under tables. Screened t-shirts with Obamaâ€™s face decorated the room.
One KMJ reporter was walking around tables and interviewing people.
â€œI have voted Republican my whole life,â€ a woman said. â€œI never thought Iâ€™d be sitting at a Democratic party.â€
â€œItâ€™s a different world,â€ her friend said.
â€œIt will be tomorrow,â€ the reporter said.
As a journalist, I am to be unbiased, but I couldnâ€™t help but feel happy.
When Obama was announced president, the rooms were overcome with emotion. Older women cried at tables.
Theyâ€™ve been waiting for this.
One gentlemanâ€™s shirt caught my attention. It had Martin Luther King, Jr., and Obama on it. Above MLK, Jr.’s picture, it read: â€œIt was his dream.” Below Obama’s picture, it read, “And now heâ€™s living the dream.”
Very true, my friend. Very true.
Paige Ricks was reporting live from the Democratic Election Night Coverage meeting at the Holiday Inn in downtown Fresno.