Chicago City Hall reacts to Obama win

November 5, 2008 2:08:54 PM PST
The eyes of the world were on Chicago Tuesday night. Now the city will remain a very big center of political activity. There is an all-out celebration going on at City Hall. The mayor and the aldermen could not be happier about Barack Obama's big win Tuesday night.

Outside City Hall, there are new banners hanging that congratulate Senator Obama, reading, "Congratulations Chicago's Own Barack Obama, President-Elect of the United States of America."

This celebration continued into Wednesday among supporters. Colin Middleditch even decided to sing a little song: "Obama we love you, you are the sweetheart of ours."

Across the street from City Hall Wednesday morning, Obama supporters were singing. Inside City Hall, aldermen were singing the praises of president-elect Barack Obama. Many City Council members were front and center Tuesday night for his victory speech.

"It was so exciting. I mean, people crying, high-fiving, hugging. I mean, you just -- it's just unbelievable. It was like living in a fairy tale in a movie," said Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th Ward.

"It was a great victory. I think it means a lot not only for Chicago, but it's really a worldwide thing. Certainly, I think the United States is going to profit from all of this," said Ald. Ed Smith, 28th Ward.

"It's just an incredible experience, one that is truly inspiring. You know, you hear Barack's message last night, his speech, very just touching, moving," said Ald. Manuel Flores, 1st Ward.

Obama gave his speech to about 240,000 supporters Tuesday night in Grant Park -- with millions more watching from around the world.

Wednesday, Obama supporters are still buzzing after Tuesday night's decisive victory.

"I'm feeling wonderful. I'm surprised, yes and no. I believe he was definitely qualified. It's just a blessing. It's unbelievable to be part of history," said Crystal Miller, Obama supporter.

"I thought it was fantastic. A very bright, intelligent man. I think he will make a great leader for the country," said Steve Taylor, Obama supporter.

Tuesday night's election rally started about 9 p.m. and ended around 11:30. Originally, fireworks were planned for the celebration, but Obama decided to cancel them. According to his senior advisor David Axelrod, Obama didn't think fireworks were appropriate, given the country's tough times.

The rally went off without any major problems, and Wednesday morning, many Obama supporters were feeling an overwhelming sense of pride in many ways.

"It's time...I'm proud to be living in Chicago. I had a son born eight weeks ago and I think he's in a better world now," said Scott Weinstein, Obama supporter.

ABC7 has no major security glitches or incidents to report from Tuesday night's rally. City workers are praising the work of the Chicago Police Department and the Secret Service for a job well done.

As for Mayor Daley, as he walked toward the City Council meeting Wednesday morning, he had a huge smile on his face. He is apparently very proud of how Chicago appeared in the world's spotlight.


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