Tonight in the West Village, I sat in a restaurant with some friends of mine and watched the election returns on a sole TV placed on a shelf behind the bar. When the network called the election for Obama, the entire population of the restaurant erupted in a standing ovation. Then the waitress brought around shots for everyone, on the house.
Shortly thereafter, walking to the subway train, I heard shouts and cheering coming from around every corner. Taxi drivers honked their horns randomly as they drove down Seventh Avenue South. An elderly woman walking her dog tunred to me and said, "It sounds like we just won the World Series."