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New Yorkers Ponder Obama's Historic Win

New America Media, News Report, Anthony D. Advincula Posted: Jun 04, 2008

NEW YORK, NY In a dimly lit apartment in the West Village, Charles Cooke watched on television Sen. Barack Obama delivering his Democratic nomination victory speech on Tuesday night. The bright images of a roaring crowd flashed on the screen and the voice of Obama echoed in the living room.

His speech was inspiring and strong. Obamas presidential candidacy could lead to an era of greater enlightenment, Cooke, 46, said. That would break the racial barrier in the country. Although Rev. Jesse Jackson tried many years before, Obama has certainly the charisma and fiery appeal to a broad segment of people.

Like Cooke, many New Yorkers from the busy streets of Times Square and the crowded platforms of subway stations to the bedroom communities of the Bronx shared the historic moment of having the first African-American presidential nominee.

This is the most exciting event of the year. I feel that the country has chosen the right Democratic leader to change the broken policies in the government, whether it is the healthcare system or the war in Iraq, said Marvin Santora, 41, who works for an IT company in Long Island City.

Although New York is a home state for Sen. Hillary Clinton, Santora believes that the time has come to give full support to Obama, adding that it is a crucial step to having a new Democratic president in November.

But, of course, there were some who expressed a sigh of regret.

Its too bad, really bad. I think she (Hillary Clinton) is a better Democratic candidate because she has more political experience, said Lotus Chau, an immigrant journalist from Hong Kong.

Chau believes that the media throughout the primary elections had been unfair to Sen. Clinton. I feel sorry that now she just wants to settle for vice presidency.

In the exit polls after the New York primary, Sen. Clinton had the support of New York immigrants, particularly Asian and Hispanic American voters.

What can I say? Im sad for the Filipino Americans who supported Hillary Clinton. If she won, it would have been a double experience, considering she has been in politics for years now and her husband was a former U.S. president, said Miko Santos, who holds an office in midtown. But if Hillary runs as vice president on Obamas ticket, it would be a dream team.

According to Ethan Geto, a long-time New York-based Democratic political consultant and senior national LGBT policy advisor to Sen. Clinton campaign, an Obama-Clinton team could bolster confidence in the party.

Senator Clinton would bring additional strength and wide appeal to the Democratic ticket; she complements Senator Obamas base given her solid support among women, blue collar voters, Latinos and seniors, Geto said.

With Sen. Clintons extensive background in foreign policy and military affairs, Geto believes that she would add important credentials to the Democratic ticket.

By choosing Senator Clinton as his running mate, Senator Obama would instantly unite Democratic voters across the nation, inspiring Democrats to turn out in record numbers the way they have throughout the primaries, Geto added. I am convinced it would be an unbeatable ticket.

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