Posts Tagged ‘President Barack Obama’

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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