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  • 07:47:52 pm on November 4, 2008 | 2

    The buzz in the air today is incredible. Walking through the streets, I feel as if I am in the midst of the pre-game festivities for a professional sports playoff game. Perhaps Cubs and White Sox fans had lingering pent-up energy they never really got to spend on a successful postseason. Either way, for lack of intellectual articulation, this is awesome!

    As bitter as I have become the past month about this election, the slate was wiped clean today and my excitement returned. I suppose my passion for sports has caused me to approach the activities occurring today with the “fan” mindset. I cannot deny a persistent flutter in my stomach and twinge in my chest has accompanied me throughout the day, similar to past postseason baseball games and Super Bowls.

    Tonight really is like a Game 7, with all the marbles on the table. Of course the prize is incomparably more significant. The trophy hoisted represents the ideals, experiences, and pride of an entire nation. The power a championship has to bring together a city and fans of diverse backgrounds seems similar to the uniting force of an election day. Partisanship aside, we stand today as a nation exercising a fundamental democratic responsibility. That is just as exciting as any Super Bowl game.

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Comments

  • meghanb123 8:47 pm on November 5, 2008 | #

    I completely agree with you. I could not believe the number of vendors selling Obama merchandise, before he even won. After the rally, every street was blocked off, with hundreds of officers crowding around, people cheering and blasting their horns. There were even count downs when the results of each state were announced. The crowds were so larger that people were comparing the rally to the Taste of Chicago, with most people saying that it was even larger than the Taste. The rally went off without any hitches and reflected well on the city, Mayor Daley and will hopefully prove that we should be granted the Olympic bid.

  • Joe Siebelts 3:01 pm on November 20, 2008 | #

    I certainly do not know the inner-workings of IOC minds, but based on the recent success of many events Chicago certainly cannot be hurting its cause. From the successful World Boxing Championships last October/November all the way through to this rally, Chicago seems to be flexing its “big event” muscle. Of course with a different election outcome more challenges would probably have been presented, but it did not get to that level. With less than a year to the official announcement, this topic is sure to be again revived and brought to the center of attention.


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