Posted by Daniel Hall on November 5, 2008
I went to vote after work today. There was rain in Washington most of this afternoon and into the early evening. I walked over to the school that was my neighborhood polling station with my umbrella.
I live in Brookland, a neighborhood mostly composed of African American families. At 11 pm Eastern, when the polls closed in California and the networks declared the election for Obama, I wandered out onto my front porch with a couple friends. In the distance I could hear a car horn going off, and someone was shooting off fireworks a couple blocks over. The rain had stopped. My neighbor across the street and a couple doors down emerged onto her porch. She unfurled an American flag and hung it on a column of her porch. My friends and I broke into cheering and clapping; my neighbor waved back and joined in.