Complete Coverage: Chicago Celebrates Obama Election in Style; Common, Kweli, Others On Hand
Chicago, IL -- If you have never felt as though you were part of a truly historic moment, then Tuesday evening was your night. Just minutes after the clock struck 10pm in the Central Standard Time zone, Illinois Senator Barack Obama was named President Elect of the United States of America.
Earning more than 63 million votes, Obama will make his entrance into the White House as the 44th President of the U.S. and he has pledged that his arrival will bring the change that America wants and needs. In honor of the evening’s historical impact, as well as the promise of a better America, hundreds of Obama supporters gathered at the Chicago Hard Rock Café for Get Presidential: The Election Results Watch Event.
Grammy Award winning emcee Common and attorney Rahsaan Gordon, both of whom are South Side Chicago natives, teamed-up with Brooklyn lyricist Talib Kweli to co-host the event, which helped to further connect politics and hip-hop.
“The fabric of Chicago [was] weaved into this election, and a large part of the world’s attention [was] focused right here. These are two of my favorite lyricists in hip-hop, plus they incorporate progressive messaging within their music,” said Gordon.
Nearly 1,000 Obama supporters were in attendance, including local hip-hop talents GLC, Really Doe, Mikkey Halsted, and Rhymefest.
DJBooth.net had the opportunity to speak with several attendees, seeking insight and perspective on a truly monumental evening; their comments can be read below.
“This makes us all believe. With God anything is possible, but this means so much more than that.” – Common
“I am so happy for my children. During his entire campaign, I supported Barack Obama and he has done all the right things. I never imagined that this would be possible, but we are already seeing the changes [being made].” – Talib Kweli
“What an inspiration! This is great for the city of Chicago, but more importantly the world. The sky is the limit. We are all a part of history!” – Really Doe
“You can study history, but to live it? To be a part of this is to see a change in the culture of the United States.” – Sid V. (of Duo Live)