I witnessed history this week.
I watched the first black man accept the role of President of the United States of America and I couldn't be more stunned, amazed, silenced, relieved, proud, rejuvenated, excited...
To go to Grant Park and to sit with my peers was an affirmation that the future of this country is not what the news reports or the pie-chart of a stodgy op/ed columnist. Not because of the fact that Obama was elected, but that so many different people will come together in support of one effort. The crowd was so respectful and aware; conversations were not about Paris Hilton or US Weekly but of real issues that actually impact the world.
I haven't heard any numbers as to how many people turned out, but I have not seen a crowd that large in my lifetime.
I could continue to sing the praises of November 4 but I'll spare you and just show you the images that I took prior to my camera's battery running out.
The returns and Obama's speech were shown on this large jumbo-tron
The real stage is the large bluish light.