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Election Night at 4th and Main

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, November 05, 2008, at 09:34AM
Tim Gilmore Ed Fuentes

Tom Gilmore hosted the election viewing party at the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Those inside the Farmers and Merchants Bank last night will remember how Downtown's Obama supporters watched CNN’s coverage of the 2008 presidential elections together. In years to come, they will talk about the cheers when Barack Obama was projected to win, and again when Senator John McCain came out to concede.

They will remember how a Downtown community listened to Obama’s victory speech as its sharp, crisp cadence echoed inside the former bank with words like "if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.”

It was inside Main Street's adhoc town hall, known simply as "The Bank," that two kinds of reactions could be seen during Obama's claim of victory.

Most were like event host Tom Gilmore, who has supported Obama “since Iowa” and knows how this election will have special place in history when everyone looks back on this day.

Then there was the man who stood quietly by the door, alone with his emotions, his eyes listening to his new president-elect. For some it was a victory, for him it was a moment for history.

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