The stage was empty Tuesday night at Locals Only Art and Music Pub, and yet they still maintained a full house. A hopeful crowd of Obama supporters were glued to the televisions, anticipating the results of the 2008 presidential election.
The crowd appropriately dressed in political attire — some wearing red, white and blue hats — eagerly awaited to see who would be the next president. Each time Barack Obama won a state the crowd cheered, and oppositely when John McCain won a state the crowd booed.
The supporters were from all demographics. It was almost as if they were celebrating the new year. A countdown was implemented by one gentlemen and everyone cheered when President-elect Obama received the 270 electoral votes he needed to win the presidency.
At the proclamation of Obama’s victory came a celebration among the crowd of supporters. One enthusiast in particular, Clint Walker, went around high-fiving everyone inside the pub.
When asked why he was so excited Walker said there were lots of reasons why and that he felt positive.
“From here on out there’s going to be a huge change,” Walker said.
Like so many in the crowd Tuesday night at Locals Only and other supporters all over the nation, there is relief that this election process is over. Now a new president can start his presidency and a lot of people are confident in Obama.