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November 5th, 2008:

From The Daily Californian

Groups of students moved along Bancroft Way, Telegraph Avenue and Durant Avenue, and rallied on Sproul Plaza, shouting cheers of “USA, USA” and “Obama”. At one point, a group of several hundred that had assembled on Bancroft near Wells Fargo broke into a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.”

We’re somewhere in that crowd.


It’s 1:30 in the morning as a write this. Obama’s electoral vote total stands at 338 with leads in Indiana and North Carolina, and a Missouri race that looks headed for a recount. The reaction here in Berkeley has been ecstatic. I started following the race at 3:45 local time. It was eight o’clock here when McCain called to concede, and we watched both his speech and Obama’s before heading out into the night. Wandered down Shattuck and into south Berkeley were we were caught up in a giant wave of celebrating students, with drums, people climbing streetlights, crowd surfing, shouting and chanting. Even as I write this I can still hear cars honking and people cheering.
But don’t take my word for it: