"Yes We Did" and "We Did That" were two of about 20 text messages I received during the wee hours of the morning after it was confirmed that Barack Obama had secured the Presidency of the United States of America!
After the historic evening, Chicago is blazing today... and not just from the unusually warm November temps (I was over-heating in a three-quarter sleeved light jacket). The big Obama WIN has Chicagoans walking around with the biggest grins on their faces! There has also been a rush to grab today's issues of the Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune which feature President-Elect Obama on the cover and are special commemorative editions. Most places have been running low throughout the day but both news organizations have printed extra copies to match consumer demand. I was fortunate enough to slide into Walgreen's on Michigan and Chicago and grab two copies of each pub (don't worry mama, I will be hand-delivering yours soon). The Walgreen's folks had been concerned about the aggressive folks who were attempting to go all BAMN (by any means necessary) to get the papers, so the clerks decided to house them behind the registers as a security measure.
Check out the photos below from the Chicago Tribune. Some amazing photojournalists captured some of the most heartwarming events of the evening. See more photos from the rally here