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Faces tell story of Obama's victory

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The faces tell the story.  The faces of Obama supporters in the moments after Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president of the United States.

"To think that in this day and age a black man can be president, it still kind of boggles my mind," says Obama supporter Tunga Rukundu.  "It shows how far we've come as a nation."

"That's the most beautiful day for me," says fellow supporter Marie Pierre.  "I feel so much excitement because I work for something and I get it."

"I guess everybody from the Caribbean, we're all black so, no matter where you're from this is a great day," says Marie's boyfriend, Gray Bolivar.

Several dozen Obama supporters crammed into David's Place in Iowa City on election night. Some even sat on the floor. It didn't matter as long as they could be with the other people who shared their same dream.

"I'm really emotional about it because I worked on his campaign for the caucus," says Jaimie Hoskins.  "I was an intern and I spent months of my life working for this."

"Everyone here, if you were here you just felt it, this energy and everyone was there, right there with him," says Obama supporter Lindsay DeLand.  "It's like being in Chicago."

Just like Grant Park, eyes at David's Place were glued to Barack Obama.  A place and a night that won't soon be forgotten.

"It's something I'm going to tell my kids or grandkids about if I have them," says DeLand.  "It's something that I'm going to remember for the rest of my life."

In a lot of ways, the celebration in Iowa City was reminiscent of a big Hawkeye football victory. But for supporters of Barack Obama this wasn't just a win. This was history.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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