Obama’s election night in New York City may have been my favorite single night / moment in 25+ years of living in Manhattan.
(You can read about it here: http://brianhassett.com/2008/11/election-night-2008/ )
That feeling was extended to a week-long celebration in my second favorite city, Washington, D.C. — a home-game in the History League — And lo, the magic gushed up like fountains showering the city in love and soaking us in positive human accomplishment.
And of course I was in the middle of it, sending out daily dispatches from the front, and one of them struck the great writer and editor Holly George-Warren’s ears as she was working with Woodstock producer Michael Lang on his book.
The guy who envisioned and produced “Woodstock” — the concert that changed everything — used my words on the climactic page of his book about the festival.
Forty years later, the Wall Street Journal would refer to Obama’s inauguration as “Washington’s Woodstock.” Experiencing the joy in coming together with a million celebrants on the Mall in Washington, a blogger named Brian Hassett put it this way: “As it was happening, every single one of the people I met was beaming with joy. In terms of a crowd euphoric, the only thing I ever heard of that was like this was Woodstock in ’69. That changed our country a lot, but this time Woodstock was in the seat of power. Jimi’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ was the prelude, and a scant forty years later, here’s that scorching soul of new thinking actually overtaking the reins of government.”
from “The Road To Woodstock: From The Man Behind The Festival” by Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren.
Here are the original dispatches that the quote was taken from … http://brianhassett.com/2009/01/the-dc-dispatches/
For an account of the most jubilant night in the history of New York — check the Election Night 2008 Adventure.
For a night in New York that started out just as joyous — check out the Election Night 2004 Adventure.
Or speaking of Woodstock, here’s going to Yasgur’s farm with The Merry Pranksters.
For the kind of creations that got us across the historic finish line — check out my poem and video for Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde.
For an on-the-campaign-trail adventure — check out the physical altercation I was in the middle of with Al Franken at a Howard Dean rally.
For my tribute to another great political reporter — check out my Tim Russert tribute.
For a full listing of great reporters and news sources — check out my Political Sources Primer.
For how well these sources work — check out my 2012 election predictions.
… or here’s the 2008 projections — in both, I’m over 98% correct. 😉
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