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Kid Reporter soaks up the atmosphere at Obama election-night party

By Allie Sakowicz | null null , null
Kid Reporter Allie Sakowicz becomes part of the excitement at Democrat Barack Obama’s election night party in Chicago, Illinois, on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy Allie Sakowicz)
Kid Reporter Allie Sakowicz becomes part of the excitement at Democrat Barack Obama’s election night party in Chicago, Illinois, on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy Allie Sakowicz)

The Democrats split the delegates almost down the middle on Super Tuesday. Illinois Senator Barack Obama emerged as an even stronger opponent for New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the battle for the Democratic nomination for President. Early in the race, Clinton appeared to be a shoo-in. Not anymore.

Hundreds of his Obama's most loyal supporters attended his Super Tuesday election-night party in his hometown of Chicago. Even though the weather was dreary, the mood inside the Hyatt hotel was just the opposite.

Every person Scholastic News spoke to at the party voiced the same reasons for their support: Obama's visions of change and hope.

Supporters weren't the only ones competing for floor space in the crowded room. Reporters from all over the world conducted interviews and broadcast news in their respective languages.

Scholastic News spoke to a few prominent media figures in the Chicago area about how it felt to be at the center of this election.

"It is a privilege to cover such a historic race, and it is also a huge responsibility because people will see things through my eyes," said TV reporter Lilia Chacon from FOX News Chicago.

"It is a great responsibility because people listen, and I am an eyewitness to history," said CBS News reporter Jay Levine.

Many well-known politicians and leaders also attended, including Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Mayor Daley said that he supports Obama because "he can bring faith and confidence back into Washington." He also mentioned that people from all walks of life have joined the campaign.

Security was very tight, with bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors in place all along the perimeter of the ballroom. But no amount of stern-faced security guards could keep down the excitement in the crowd. "Yes we can!" supporters chanted throughout Obama's speech as the night came to a close. Although the whole motto is only three short words, it pretty much sums up Obama's campaign. He stressed again and again that, "This time can be different."

"Tonight, we know one thing for sure—our time has come, our movement is real, and change is coming to America," Obama said.


ELECTION 2008

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