Posts Tagged ‘Inauguration’

JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Volunteers and supporters of President Obama got all dolled up and gathered at McCormick Place on Tuesday evening, January 20th, to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th president! Go Obama!

PS: Fellow Street Teamer, Reggie Brown, does an awesome Obama impression in the video!

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Justin Allen, NBC5 Street Team

On November 4th, 2008 I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the Grant Park celebration for then President-Elect Barack Obama.  And while I wasn’t one of the fortunate million to be on the National Mall for our 44th President’s inauguration, I was in the next best place: Chicago.

The front page of yesterday’s Sun-Times said it best, with the headline proclaiming, “Chicago’s President.”  It’s true.  You don’t have to be a high-paid network political pundit to see that.  You could see the pride in the faces of the several hundred Chicagoans gathered in Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue, as they watched history unfold via jumbo-tron.  So armed with a camera and assignment from my client, Ragan.com, I embraced the bitter cold to find out how President Obama’s speech resonated with the crowd.  The result is the following video.

Special thanks to Mike Zaruba for the production help.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Chicago Street Team

Like  the many Americans that were not able to make their way to D.C. yesterday,  I made sure I was in front of the TV,  Internet, and on Facebook by noon to witness the inauguration of our new President Barack Obama! After witnessing such an inspirational speech, I could  not wait to  join the  Chicago Hispanic professional community and celebrate such a historical event at the Presidential Inauguration Celebration at Rumba Restaurant.

Alfonso Barrera, Jose Cruz, Mark Flores

Alfonso Barrera, Jose Cruz, Mark Flores

As we toasted in honor of our new President Barack Obama, one of the hosts, Alfonso Barrera, told me the event was a way to celebrate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and bring the Latino community together to  shed some light on some of the issues that many Latinos face — including immigration reform.

But it all wasn’t such serious stuff. Prizes were raffled off,  people started dancing, and fun was had by all. After attending my first Presidential Inauguration Celebration,I could not help but sense the pride and hope that President Barack Obama has instilled in myself and in the Chicago Latino Community.

For those of you that are interested in more information on these organizations or  participating in any future events such as this one check out HispanicPro.com , and  Immigration PAC.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

Okay, so let’s face it, you and I have much more in common than we realize. For one thing, we both go to NBCChicago to get our news and learn of the latest happenings around the city of Chicago. Secondly, we both wake up every January morning wondering why we’re not tuning in to NBCMiami instead. We both agree that when people tell each other “go to Hell”, Chicago Winter is what they have in mind. Like me, you are a strong believer that winter is the invention of an ugly angel who did not want people looking cute. And both you and I agree that if we hear one more sadist say “It’s not that bad” the population count in Chicago will have just decreased by one.

Oh, and neither one of us has a ticket for the Obama inauguration. Face it. And don’t lie about it, saying that you could have scored one but had a very important meeting with a client that day. Like me, you have no clients. So there.

Which is fine. Because a great place to catch the inauguration is Wild Pug. The new gay bar in the up-and-coming Uptown is hosting a fiesta to benefit the Illinois Safe School Alliance. The Alliance is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT youth around the city. Given the historic nature of the event, it only makes sense that the place to be that night is an event that celebrates difference and acceptance, both of which have propelled Chicago’s very own Barack Obama to presidency. So put on your favorite pair of snow boots, your most cherished parka, your most flattering pair of long underwear, and join in on the fun!



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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

This morning I woke up to an irritatingly loud spanking sound that could only mean one thing: millions of my brethren had their panties up in a bunch! I quickly glided out of my Cher-printed duvet, put on my Marilyn wig, slipped into my bunny slippers and rushed to check the news. From coast to coast, my fellow homosexypants were crying “Foul!”, “Mary, stop!” and “Bitch please!” at President-elect Obama‘s choice for his inaugural pastor. Rick Warren, as many of you know, is no friend of the homosucculents (but if his Republican leanings–and I’m just guessing here–are anything to go by, he is a friend of the public-bathroom foot tappers, but that’s a whole other story.) Anyhoobie, Joe Solmonese, the president of the HRC and American Way president Kathryn Kolbert have expressed their concern, disrespect, shock, awe, disbelief, outrage, and other euphemisms for pissed-offness at Obama’s choice.

And I say: relax, ladies and ladies-impersonators. Are we to take Obama’s every choice as reflective of his own belief system? Absolutely not. Time and time again, Obama has stated that he aims to use as many diverse building blocks as circumstances (and logic) would allow in constructing his cabinet so that every American would feel represented. It is only through the revering of difference and the inclusion of Otherness (especially regarding minority status, something that Obama is all too familiar with, needless to say) that the oh-so-tiresome Us vs. Them national bifurcation can be mitigated and overcome. Obama did not elect Warren to hold a prominent position in his cabinet; he did not appoint him to the Supreme Court; he did not announce him to replace Biden as his veep; and he did not change his own stance on LGBT rights. It is only fair that we inspire those who are against us to love us by loving them, to accept us by accepting them, and to grant them the very same equality and access that we so fervently fight for. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to rehearse for my Holidays party tonight, I think I’ll be performing Cher’s “A Different Kind of Love Song.”


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