Obama Supporters Fill Greenville Streets

By: Heather King/Lynnette Taylor
By: Heather King/Lynnette Taylor

The streets quickly filled with Barack Obama supporters in Greenville Tuesday night.

Hundreds of Obama volunteers watched the election coverage at Starlight Restaurant. Many of them began to pour into the streets of West Fifth and Evans, with signs waving in the air and tears in their eyes, when Barack Obama was named president. Young and old came together to see this historic event of an African-American man making this dream come true.

Supporter Elijah Jackson said, "This goes far beyond race it brought people of all ethnicities together for a common cause, who was the right person for the job."

Greenville Police quickly offered crowd control and rerouted traffic around fifth street. Witnesses say a crowd of McCain supporters caused some tension during the celebration, but we had no reports of misconduct.


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  • by Sierra Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    Some people don't know the entire plan of Obama's but smarter people than most are endorsed the man. Colin Powell, Warren Buffet, and most of the Generals. I trust their opinion over how much I know how thins will affect us in the long run. The great thing is that every one in this country has the right to feel and think how they want. That is what makes this country. Hate has been in our lives for too long I hope with Obama as president that we can start taking hate out of everyone!!!! We all should realize that hate in this world has caused too much destruction. I would like someone to tell me what good hate has ever has done int this world!!! I was in the middle of the crowd down town. I hugged more and never felt so much love and joy in my life. I even talked to some McCain supports and we shook hands. I just have one more thing to say. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I hope now we can stop th insanity.
  • by Obama Supporter Location: Pitt County on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    Yes, I voted for him..it was time for a change. From the first to the forty-third president we had was white. I am not racist or anything. I feel for a long time we as blacks stayed on the porch with the little dogs. So it took an big man to step up and out. Whites has always gotten credit for what blacks done. The only thing Obama has done is showed us that we all can live up to our dreams. It shouldn't matter if he's a Democrat or Republican the thing is he's not running this country, God is running the show. Let's be truthful nothing is going to change, because for those who read the Bible or whatever book your religion refer to. We are living in the book of Revelation. Nevertheless, it was time for a change. Congrats to Obama.
  • by Me Location: West Of Pitt on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    Interesting how revisionist the news is: "Greenville Police quickly offered crowd control and rerouted traffic around fifth street. Witnesses say a crowd of McCain supporters caused some tension during the celebration, but we had no reports of misconduct." I know of students who are still afraid to venture outside or have a difference of opinion on the election. (I will be surprised if this makes it past the 'free speech' sensors.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    I'm sure the enemies of our nation are celebrating in a similar manner.
  • by M Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    LOL@ at republicans still holding on the the FALSE idealogy that got straight up denied last night by the american people.
  • by DK Location: W'ville on Nov 5, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    MLK was a Republican for a reason. Republicans offer a hand-up, Democrats offer a hand-out with all their entitlements, permanently enslaving the poor. Most people will be just as bad off in 4 years as they are now.
  • by Nana Location: Southern Pitt on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    It's going to be interesting, folks. One thing I can't wait to see is who ends up being this "middle class" Obama kept talking about. God Bless the United States and please help us all!
  • by bosupporter Location: nc on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    I also voted for BO;however, his plan for America was my motivation.I believe his plan addresses inequalities amongst the status quo rather the racial injustices. His motivation was not to "free the people," or pursue MLK's dreams. I may be mistaken, but I never heard him dicuss MLK during the entire campaign. When he emphasizes "our dreams" he is referring to the "American dream" not "I have a dream." I really hope that his initiatives are not misinterpreted.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    Voted McCain. Will support Sen. Obama just as I did Pres. Clinton. Sen. Obama has a lot to deliver. Eyes are on him now. In four years what will his report card be? Don't mess with the constitution. Interesting to see those who argue separation of church and state were voting at, campaigning at, and celebrating Sen. Obama at "E" church in Atlanta. Hypocracy. A sign? I am proud to be a American. We live in a great country. Oh, those teachers who voted for Obama need not ask for more funding because they will need to share their present wealth with schools less fortunate. It is spreading the wealth.
  • by McCain Supporter Location: NC on Nov 5, 2008 at 03:39 AM
    The majority of the people I know who admit to voting for Obama could not give me one single answer when I asked them if they knew what Obama's plan for America was. Yes, Lee, we are all screwed! God help us and God Bless America. Obama is really going to need him now.
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