Sunday, April 19, 2015

From North Philadelphia, cheers

At Dowling's Palace, a haven for jazz and food on Broad Street and Thompson, the crowd broke into cheers when Obama was declared the victor and then took to the street. They jumped, clapped and screamed "Obama! Obama!"

From North Philadelphia, cheers

Kia Gregory reports:

At Dowling’s Palace, at Broad and Thompson Streets, shortly after 11 pm, the crowd erupted into cheers when news flashed across the television screen: Barack Obama elected president. They jumped, clapped and screamed “Obama! Obama!” as they ran out into the street, where they were met by blaring car horns from passerby.

“I feel amazing,” said Nicole Dowling, 38, whose family owns the popular venue for jazz, food and spoken word. “You know how your parents talk about Martin Luther King? I feel like we’re in a new phase -- Barack Obama!”

Her husband, Stacey, 40, could only muster a few words: "I feel elated ... satisfied ... fulfilled," and hug his wife.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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