Obama supporters gathered in large numbers to celebrate their leader's election as the 44th President of the United States at the Bay Area Democratic party headquarters.
The historic victory was celebrated American style with fast-food, assorted varieties of cheese and fruits, pastries and cans of beer. The champagne flowed and the crowds cheered at the party office, which had been decorated with red, blue and white balloons.
Reflecting Obama's mass appeal across the country, a number of party volunteers, families with children in tow and members of several cultural and religious groups turned up at the party headquarters to watch their leader give his first speech as the 44th President of the United States of America.
Amidst pin drop silence, the crowd inched closer to the big LCD screen as Obama readied for his momentous speech.
As Obama addressed the crowd in Chicago, saying "...Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of red states and blue states; we are, and always will be, the United States of America," the message resonated miles away in the Bay Area.
And when Obama declared, "It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America," the crowd applauded and cheered.
Text & Photographs: Rujuta Paradkar
Image: Supporters listen to Barack Obama's speech at the Bay Area Democratic party headquarters.
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