Yesterday’s Presidential election, some are saying had the biggest voter turnout this country has seen in over a century. The numbers are pretty convincing I must say, some are estimating an over 60% of registered voters actually voted. The following story shows just how many people, and the insane variety of people that actually seemed to care about this election. A friend of mine and I went to San Fransisco to see our friends of ours who are on tour and were playing a show in San Fransisco (love you Pizza and Maine boys). As the election results were getting closer and closer to being the final nail in John McCain’s coffin we took a walk to Mel’s Dinner which was down the street from the venue. On the way out of Mel’s there was lady who definitely had a steady meth intake for probably a decade or so, had little to no teeth and probably haddn’t showered in weeks yelling OOOBBBAAMMMAAA!! over and over again. For me the fact that this lady probably had no idea where she was and knew Obama had just got elected and was excited about it blew my mind. After the Mel’s and the show ending and good bye’s were said, my friend and I were walking back to our car which was a little over a mile walk through The Tenderlion District in downtown San Fransisco. As we were walking another, more well put together than the previous meth addict, but a meth addict none the less started yelling at my friend and I. He was saying something to the effect of “it’s you guys, it’s you guys”, at this point we had no idea what this guy was trying to get across. He proceeds to say “It’s all thanks to you young, white college kids that we have Obama, thank you”. He yelled and mumbled this for about a block walk behind us. Again, the scope of how far this election actually reached blew my mind. An older, “semi-bumly”, African American male, thanking two 20 something white kids walking in downtown San Fransisco past midnight for the outcome of the presidential election. It was a very odd experience I must say. Everywhere we walked there were chants of “OBAMA” and “WE DID IT!”. Reguardless of who you wanted to win this election, republican or democrat, everyone should agree, people must have wanted change if bums in the street are celebrating over the outcome. I’m just glad that we were out of the city by the time it was more official that Prop. 8 would actually pass.
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]Election Night in San Fransisco ,