Reaction continues to Obama's victory

November 5, 2008 4:22:00 PM PST
Politics and social issues are often discussed in semi-private settings.But around the Delaware Valley, Barack Obama's win was the topic of the day wherever you went.

Spontaneous celebrations among Obama Supporters continued Wednesday at the Total Eclipse Barber Shop on Market Street.

Voting booths sat covered in the corner of the struggling West Philadelphia business that doubles as a polling site.

People there said the election of the nation's first black president, a man they believe is for all people, Hasn't fully sunk in yet.

"Because it's important that we realize that this is a paradigm shift, something of such a magnitude that it's going to change how we see things from here on out. And that we can never go back to the way it was," said James Hawkins of South Philadelphia.

"I've been crying off and on everytime I talk about it. I just get so filled up and they're really tears of joy," said Gloria Flores of West Philadelphia.

Talk of Obama was at the top of the play list at WDAS radio, a station that has supported the now president-elect's candidacy.

"When see people crying, for those not here, for the ancestors. Crying for the journey that it took to get to this place," said Patty Jackson of WDAS.

For some, the election inspired a sense of hope and responsibility.

"No one is looking for a miracle. But just for things to be a little better that's all," said Chris Morris of Southwest Philadelphia.

"It's going to be hard work. not going to be easy. Going to be work. Not going to be a piece of cake," said Mary Livingston of West Philadelphia.


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