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Obama win excites Vail Valley voters

Lauren Glendenning
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyNWS Democratic Win 1 DT 11-4-08

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” It was a perfect storm for Sen. Barack Obama that also spread to Colorado’s Vail Valley.

As the map of the United States began lighting up blue on just about every American news channel and Web site and the electoral votes for Sen. John McCain just weren’t adding up, it was clear America had just elected its first black president.

A winter storm brewed outside in Eagle County, and by the time it became official, snow was falling hard. E-Town in Edwards looked more like a ghost town, along with the rest of Edwards, but there were a few happy voters watching the restaurant’s TV screens and smiling.

“I’m very excited,” said Avon resident Maria DeSimone. “This will make a difference in how people around the world have a relationship with the United States. … (Sen. Barack Obama brings) powerful and positive energy.”

For Jon Blaine, an Avon man sitting at the bar with a buddy, this election was the first time he felt a candidate truly represented him.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

And neither could Colin Meiring, a South African man who just became an American citizen this year. Not only did he vote in a historic election for America, but he felt it was also a major turning point for the world and its perception of this country.

“I think that instantaneously America will be viewed in a more favorable manner (by the world),” Meiring said. “The rest of the world will see America has the ability to adapt and change so quickly.”

The mood at Loaded Joe’s in Avon was also bright, and the place was packed. The coffee house and bar set up a big screen and patrons awaited Obama’s acceptance speech. People were happy and hopeful.

“I think Obama is going to infuse a different energy (into our country),” said Illinois native Samantha Karr, of Avon. “I’m very excited.”

An open-minded Tim Simpson, of Avon, observed the crowd as everyone waited for Obama’s speech. He was another happy face in the endless room of smiles.

“It’s an Obama nation,” he said.

Earlier in the day, before results were announced, voters were passionate about their choices for president.

Several McCain supporters referred to Obama as a socialist ” not someone they envision running the country. Lauren Phillips, a 24-year-old voter from Eagle-Vail, said she believes in the American military and doesn’t think we should pull out of the Middle East, which is why she believes in McCain.

“I don’t want a socialist running our country,” she said. “One of the best quotes I’ve heard is that McCain was a POW for longer than Obama has been a senator.”

For young voters like Megan Tate, of Avon, Obama has been inspiring from the beginning of his campaign. She believes in his promises for change and likes what she hears.

For Worrell, the promises mean more equality throughout American class distinctions.

“I think he’s going to turn it around and take care of the middle class for a change,” he said.

And change is exactly what voters talked about, whether they were supporting Obama or McCain.

“I don’t just want change,” Worrell said. “We need change.”

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