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We were having a late supper when the President Elect of the United States and his family took the stage in Chicago and we looked on from the TV screen at the 5 Spot restaurant on Queen Anne. The restaurant went to a hush and patrons left far tables to draw closer and listen to the memorable and inspiring speech. There was spontaneous applause at several points and moist eyes at others, and a feeling in the air of sharing a special moment. I had heard Senator McCain's gracious concession speech earlier on the radio while in transit. Before that, just after 8:00 PM when the polls here closed and the announcement went out, the streets I drove were nearly empty. There were fire crackers and whoops here and there, but hardly a soul on the street. I heard from a classmate that the streets in parts of Capitol Hill were filled with celebrants and nearly impassable. For the most part, versions of this scene were taking place indoors all over the city in private homes and neighborhood gathering places. We were part of the larger American family gathered around TVs and radios, sharing this moment, in victory or defeat, as one people.