Thanks for an unbelievable five days. As night falls and the skyscrapers light up, the calling of passengers for the overnight train following the Mississippi down to Memphis and New Orleans is imminent.
Highlights? Too many to remember coherently or put in one posting. The obvious one is 10pm on tuesday when the result of the election was announced, and what seemed like a million people in the park went in search of tea … no, I mean went delirious.
Am still sorting through pictures and videos I took, and the camera is not good at night – but here’s a few videos from the event:
Other things that come to mind:
- Seeing the crowds for the first time and getting a weird, really tight feeling in my stomach.
- Counting down the 10 seconds to 10pm when we’d figured out that would be the moment.
- The huge reaction of Oprah when she appeared.
- Two black women, I presume sisters, skipping madly down the street shouting “He’s going to the White House, he’s going to the White House”.
- People wandering down the street offering food from huge containers to anyone who wanted it.
- The utter multiculturalism of the crowd.
- Being interviewed by some Fox News outlet (thanks, Amy).
- The reaction of a Chicago policeman in the park when I asked him where I could purchase a cup of tea.
- The crowd starting to stampede when one of the big screens was switched from CNN to the park TV.
- Obama entering the stage on the big screen.
- One of the crowd next to us saying “Hey, you’re librarians, you know everything or where to find it.”
- Speaking to lots of different people about anything and everything. But especially Obama.
That’s my train being announced. Gotta go. Goodbye, Chicago, and thank you.