- Posted November 5, 2008 by
Washington, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obama makes history
DC students rally at The White House following Obama's election
"Nah Nah Nah Nah.. Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye," chanted 1,000 D.C. students
gathered in front of The White House after Sen. Barack Obama from
Illinois was elected as the 44th President of the United States.
after news networks called the win for Obama, a literal explosion of
voices could be heard across the campus and throughout the city. In a
spirit of passion, students ran in droves to the white house to
assemble in an impromptu celebration.
felt like it was a historical moment...I was overcome by the
camaraderie and excitement that I felt from the College Democrats party
that when everyone was shuffling out of the Marvin Center I felt
compelled to run," said GWU freshman Kate Chaloux, in a raspy voice from
all the screaming last night.
In front of the white house,
hundreds of students chanted "Yes, We Can!" or "Yes, We did!"
continuing to sing the song "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye" by Steam.
the first time in history, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack
Obama reached out to the youth vote and mobilized a historically
overlooked subset of the population. It was clear last night that
students from around D.C. (Georgetown, GWU, Catholic, Howard, Etc.)
through the streets of D.C. with screaming college students and a 3
piece brass band playing celebratory tunes, stopping traffic and
high-fiving people through car windows...all of these images will
pervade my memories of last night's election.
I feel for the
first time that the voice of the youth was heard. I am now truly proud
to be an American, and I will never forget Tuesday, November 4, 2008.