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November 5th, 2008
07:40 AM ET

Stopped in your tracks

Ted Rowlands
CNN Correspondent

On the Vegas strip dozens of people, who'd had no intention of watching election results, stood on Las Vegas Boulevard, glued to the Planet Hollywood Jumbo screen showing CNN.

It was a watch party nobody intended to attend, and that people were reluctant to leave.

When the race was called, there were some cheers. And when Barack Obama finished his speech I saw a few glassy eyes and heard some applause.

But mostly people just stood and stared, taking in a moment of history they hadn't planned to experience, but will likely never forget.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Ted Rowlands
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. David, Indiana

    I've been glued to my television throughout election, from the beginning of the primaries to right now. I could not turn away. It filled my heart too, and I was tearing up looking forward to the future last night. I feel like I've been on the campaign trail and running for office for months. Barack Obama's remarks last night were deeply encouraging. It sounded to me like he's ready to get down to the business of getting this country moving again. Yes, this election has stopped me in my tracks.

    November 5, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  2. GINNY BEALLS

    FOLKS SORRY TO BUST YOUR BUBBLE WE STILL DO NOT HAVE A BLACK PRES.
    FRIST LADY YES. PRES. NO.
    OBOMA IS HALF WHITE.
    MCCAIN IS A GREAT MAN AND YOU WILL REGRET NOT ELECTING HIM WHEN YOUR PAYCHECK IS DEVIDED TO FEED THE LAZY AND TO SORRY TO WORK PEOPLE.

    November 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Shirley- Hoquiam, Washington

    My scandanavian blood is pumping and the tears are flowing. I am so proud of the United States of America. We are together as "one", walking the same road and with hope for a better future. And thank you to CNN for fantastic coverage and those who have contributed. We are moving forward together. My heart is full.

    November 5, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  4. Cindy

    I saw the results, watched McCain's great and eloquent speech then turned it and watched The Real Housewives of Atlanta. They are way more interesting than Obama ever will be!

    And the history that was made was the media bias actually electing a president. That is the history that was made!

    Cindy..Ga.

    November 5, 2008 at 8:58 am |