all photos by ajcranford
Sometime shortly after Barack Obama said his final “yes we can”, my friends and I turned off CNN and left the apartment over Williamsburg’s taco outpost San Loco, where we had watched the Senator from Chicago clinch this historic election. When we ventured out towards the obvious epicenter of Williamsburg celebratory politics – Bedford and North 7th – we ran smack dab into what Texas must’ve been like for every Bush win since 2004. Brooklyn kids fucking totally filled these streets.
Some would call it a riot, but even the cops tonight realized that things were cool. It was the most celebratory street take-over I’ve experienced, sans-broken shit, and up until I left there was no threat of police violence, overturned cars, broken bottles, or anything. I hope I don’t wake up and see that changed. (Ed note: When I left, there was a definite impending police presence that threatened to turn uncomfortable, should the crowd had chosen to stick around…)
The thing is, though, everybody was having a great time. There were the bongo kids, hanging just off the southeast corner of No. 7th and Bedford, with a healthy crowd of improvisers keeping things going. There were the wealthy roofians, perched out on their 50k a foot overhang porch cheering the crowd on. The bodega dudes couldn’t be missed – they sold out on tall-boys shortly after I grabbed my Bud. I spoke with a few screaming people, but in general, our conversations were drowned out by the constant refrain of “Obama! Obama! Obama!”. And who the f*k is gonna mess with that?
It was honestly, a beautiful celebration of democratic finality at the corner of Williamsburg blase (my e’s don’t accent) tonight. When I finally left the party and hit the train for the two stop ride back to Graham, it seemed like the chants came with me. In the Bedford subway, “Obama! Obama! Obama!” echoed around the station walls. At Lorimer, “Obama!, Obama! Obama!”, and at Graham, “Obama! Obama! Obama!”. Things feel freaking awesome. Politics have been rejuvenated and Brooklyn has a new President that’s worth getting behind. Expect this borough to be a staple of his most innovative, supportive demographic. Barack, Brooklyn f’n loves you.
I spoke with one dude, Andrew Perez of Brooklyn, who brought a poster of Cesar to the rally, because he felt Obama “was a Roman who overcame the odds…It’s like history repeated itself tonight.” I think that picture’s in here somewhere, but really Brooklyn, God knows because it’s 3am and Barack just got elected to be our next President and I’m f*cking so excited I can’t contain my emotions – nor my blogging skills! We wish you the best, and look forward to hearing your stories of “The Night That Barack Built”.
Check out some pictures that AJ Cranford took for us, capturing the sheer insanity that our little Williamsburg Times Square wrought.
See more pictures (via AJ Cranford) from the Obama/Williamsburg victory party, after the jump!