Capturing the mOment
November 5, 2008 1:39 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for news stories, blog posts, photos, video clips, mash-ups or anything else that captures the impact and emotion of Barack Obama's victory, especially on a personal level.

Some examples might be:
- Sheri Sheppard breaks down on The View

- a young black conservative writes about how Obama's victory affected him

- Stephen Cobert tears up when Obama is announced as the winner

- there was a clip I saw somewhere and can't seem to find again of Condi Rice's touching remarks this morning about Obama's historic win.

...and why not, even stuff from before the election like the clip of the elderly black volunteer who won a raffle to meet Barack Obama.
posted by Jaybo to Law & Government (15 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Check out this link to Juan Williams' reaction that someone posted in a question I asked earlier today.
posted by brandman at 1:47 PM on November 5, 2008 [1 favorite]

The World Reacts

There''s currently a nice photo gallery up on

The Big Picture is more pre-election night, but it brings it all home.
posted by girlmightlive at 1:52 PM on November 5, 2008 [1 favorite]

Go to YouTube, do a search on "obama celebration [name of city or neighborhood]", and then make sure to do a sort by date to see the most recently uploaded ones. The ones from all the different neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan are especially good; lots of people spontaneously partying in front of delis and bodegas, with African drumming and Latin musicians and New Orleans style jazz bands playing "When the Saints Come Marching In"...

I've been checking in there all day, and great new footage is showing up every few minutes.
posted by Asparagirl at 2:11 PM on November 5, 2008 [1 favorite]

Here's the Condi clip from AP.
posted by brownpau at 2:12 PM on November 5, 2008

Colin Powell reacts.
posted by MegoSteve at 2:24 PM on November 5, 2008

George Wallace's daughter.
posted by Brittanie at 8:41 PM on November 5, 2008 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I've got three times as many people favouriting this thread as posting comments to it with it already having dropped off AskMe's front page. So I thought I'd add a few more things I came across (mostly from Reddit's Barack Obama section) to the list to hopefully give this post some more usefulness in the future...

- a good place to start for links to reactions - the MetaFilter thread on Election Day and the subsequent one after Obama was announced as the winner.

- a 114-year old daughter of slaves, the world's oldest African-American, votes for Obama

- photos of reactions from around the world

- REM celebrate on stage in Santiago, Chile

- I love this cartoon showing Obama at the end of a long line of white Presidents.

- Another cartoon - "Holy shit - Obama won!"
posted by Jaybo at 7:50 AM on November 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

Don't forget to check out Daryl Cagle's round-up of newspaper editorial cartoons about Obama's win.
posted by Asparagirl at 10:16 AM on November 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

i thought that this was pretty striking.
posted by thatelsagirl at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

There are multiple links to celebration videos on the bottom left and middle of
posted by girlmightlive at 2:15 PM on November 6, 2008

Response by poster: "A Butler Well-Served" might be the saddest story I've come across yet.
posted by Jaybo at 7:27 AM on November 7, 2008

Response by poster: Alice Walker's message to Barack Obama.
posted by Jaybo at 4:13 PM on November 9, 2008

Response by poster: Two elderly women who traveled to Chicago for the celebration but are too tired to stand the lines for Grant Park hear of Obama's victory from a *very* unlikely source.
posted by Jaybo at 11:59 PM on November 10, 2008

This Daily Show segment on international rejoicing is a keeper - make sure you watch the last of the three minutes.
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:15 AM on November 11, 2008

WONDERUL set of four photos from the Election eve rally in Manassas.
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:19 AM on November 12, 2008

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