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Colorado Helps President Obama to Victory
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Denver, CO- At long last the presidential election has ended with a decisive victory for President Obama. Throughout the country, both Democratic and Republican supporters held events nationwide as audiences closely watched the electoral map take shape. This photo essay intimately captured the scene at the Democratic “Watch Party” in Denver, CO.
Tables at the event had stacks of posters highlighting the importance of “Latinos for Obama” and “Educators for Obama.” Inside the Denver Democratic event, which was held at the Sheraton Hotel, a ballroom had two large screen projectors which carried the latest election results from CNN and NBC. Each time there was a Democratic win for the President or other legislative races across the country, the crowd enthusiastically cheered and applauded.
A group of four young Obama campaign supporters featured their Obama “Change” wardrobes and reminisced of their work on the 2008 Obama campaign. Allie Mason commented, “While there was a little less enthusiasm than 2008, but we all we pretty excited to help Obama win again!”
As a Democratic political winner was announced for each state, the crowd cheered louder and louder. Emotions were high and the crowd was electric. You could feel that something big was going to happen. You could see cheers and tears of joy in the crowd.
As Obama reached the magic 270 electoral votes, the crowd erupted again with a large roar as people’s arms rose up and the cheering crescendoed.
In one of the more touching scenes, young Dejion Allen recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the crowd made up of several thousand. With Obama’s “Forward” poster over his left shoulder, it was a poignant moment which would end a historic day. As the photo was captured, it echoed the words Obama was using in his campaign speeches in the last few days.
President Obama said, “…. kids dreaming of becoming scientists doctors, engineers, or entrepreneurs, diplomats, maybe a president… they need a champion, because the future will never have lobbyists like the status quo does, but those dreams of those kids will be our saving grace, that’s what we’re fighting for, that’s what this election is about. To make sure their voices are heard. We have come too far to turn back now. We’ve come too far to let our hearts grow weary. To let our hearts grow faint. Now’s the time to keep pushing forward!”
And so as we move forward, one day after the election, perhaps it is for all those kids like Dejion and others that we need to have good teachers and champions to help prepare our youth for the uncertain world of tomorrow. At least in Colorado and perhaps all around the U.S. we can only hope that tonight will be the first step to help us move forward, and bring the country back together.