CHANGE - Obama Wins; America Wins
Election Day 2008 was a dreary day here in Philly. The rain never quite came down, but it never went away. A constant dribble all day. It's supposed to rain for the next five days. It'll be a cleansing rain. Barack Obama is the new #1 and I'm proud to say I voted for him and not simply against the other guy.
Sneaker Villa on 10xx Market St was selling a few final Obama t-shirts outside today.
The Philly Chinatown office was buzzing all day. 20+ people were making final rounds of phone calls to make sure people voted.
People were sent all over town. I was deployed to North Philly, just north of Temple east and west of Broad St. We went and knocked on a few dozen final doors to get out those last votes. I heard others get sent far outside of Ward 5.
At center is Anna Perng, the Chinatown office chief. She ran a tight ship and she ran it well. It was incredibly organized every single time I was in that office which is more than I can say for other offices from what I heard anecdotally.
Here are a couple of people coming back after the polls closed. They had heard in the cab on the way back to the office that PA was already called for Obama. They were greeted by cheers from the office which had already heard the news.
And here's a photo of all the staffers still in the office at the end of the night before everyone headed to the afterparty at Finnigan's Wake. I was proud to be a part of the effort for the last week or so. Incredible. A few more photos from the day.
Locally, it seems like we'll have an anti-choice Attorney General and anti-choice Auditor General. There is still plenty of work to be done here in Philly. Even with a 400k+ margin, within that 400k, is a lot of wiggle room to the left.
Here's to tomorrow...