Grant Park Chicago; Election Night 2012. Place and history for Obama

A very different feeling, a different kind of place than four years ago. Rainy, still, the party moved indoors… I took a walk around near Grant Park earlier tonight. Four years ago flooded with joyful citizens hailing a brand new hopeful day. Four tough years later, and after a brutal campaign the drizzly park felt gloomy and uncertain. The announcement of Obama’s victory comes as relief this time rather than thrill.  I’m hopeful though. Hopeful that the next four years could allow for less extremism. Maybe even some healing. Hopeful too that that’s not too much to hope for.

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