Flashback Special: Nov 4, 2008

Photo courtesy of Yelp.com
Vote for Yelp! Election Night Soiree, courtesy of Yelp.com

As all my friends can attest, I don’t talk politics with anyone, save my wife. (My vote is always a closely guarded secret.) So yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me. And that was actually kinda cool, because I didn’t get caught up in any hype or despair, and pretty much enjoyed just being in DC during a major, national election – which just happened to make history.

What I’m most pleased with is just how awesome the voter turnout was. This, my friends, is what democracy IS. Not who’s “team” won or lost, but the fact that we, as Americans, have the privilege to have a say in who our leaders are to be. And to see such excitement, such passion for the chance to exercise our voice – THAT is what the United States of America is all about.

So take a moment and enjoy a cross-cut of photos taken yesterday by citizens just like you and I, as they shared how they spent their Election Day.

Photo courtesy of zeul
voting, courtesy of zeul

Photo courtesy of marrngtn (Manuel)
Free “I voted doughnut”, courtesy of marrngtn (Manuel)

Photo courtesy of voteprime
I voted, courtesy of voteprime

Photo courtesy of MatthewBradley
In line to vote, courtesy of MatthewBradley

Photo courtesy of SantaRosa OLD SKOOL
DSCF3315, courtesy of SantaRosa OLD SKOOL

Photo courtesy of urbanbohemian
Turnout, courtesy of urbanbohemian

Photo courtesy of kkfea
Camraderie, courtesy of kkfea

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Gemstone
Polling Place with Line, courtesy of Mrs. Gemstone

Photo courtesy of Travlr
dancing on the cars, U Street, Washington DC, courtesy of Travlr

Photo courtesy of mlovitt
Obama election celebration on U Street, courtesy of mlovitt

Photo courtesy of JCardinal18
Lafayette Square Crowd with White House, courtesy of JCardinal18

Photo courtesy of lorigoldberg
VOTE, courtesy of lorigoldberg

Congratulations to EVERYONE on exercising your right to vote. Yesterday was history, people. And we were all a part of it.

Having lived in the DC area for ten years, Ben still loves to wander the city with his wife, shooting lots of photos and exploring all the latest exhibits and galleries. A certified hockey fanatic, he spends some time debating the Washington Capitals club with friends – but everyone knows of his three decade love affair with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A professional writer, gamer, photographer, and Lego enthusiast, Ben remains captivated by DC and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.

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