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Election Night Snapshots: Obama Drama at Laguna Democrats Club Bash

Thrills and chills permeated the old Boom Boom Room Tuesday night at a party that spilled out into the streets.

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the mood at Laguna Beach Democratic Club headquarters on Coast Hwy.—in the shell of the old Boom Boom Room—was optimistic but guarded among the 100-plus revelers. People chatted loudly over beverages and watched the two television screens intently. With each announcement of something beneficial happening for the Democratic party, cheers filled the room.

Joe and Linda Filipi brought their son Luke, 9, to the bash. They also brought him in 2008 when he was 5.

"I wanted Luke to catch the buzz of what's going on," said Joe Filipi. "And to experience this first-hand. Most kids his age aren't going to be able to experience it like this. He's in the room. People are excited and charged up about being patriotic and being American."

Linda Filipi wanted Luke to experience an historical event. She thought maybe he would look back 20 years from now and remember the evening.

"I like Obama because he's for 100 percent of the nation," said Linda, "not just the other 47 percent. He's for the people that can't help themselves, especially on the medical aspect of it. I'm a nurse and I see, across the globe, we're the only industrialized nation which doesn't care for its own. [President Obama's] medical reform needs to happen."

Dr. Nicholas Hernandez sat by a sculpture he created of the head of President Obama. Hernandez explained that there's a "good chance" that a copy of his sculpture will go into the White House.

"[I admire President Obama] for breaking this ridiculous racial barrier," said Hernandez, "and being a man of the people ... representing the lower and middle classes. He's multicultural and that's important to me. He's all the things that make up what it means to be an American."

Genny Boccardo wanted President Obama to win and be president for another four years because she agreed with his policies on health care, social services, women's rights and jobs.

At 8:13 p.m., President Obama was declared the winner, and the room went wild. People hugged and whooped and cried and raised their hands with joy.

"I'm so relieved and so excited," said Kathleen Shanfield.

"We were here four years ago," said Kathy Gibson, "and it's just as exciting now as it was then. I gotta let my heartbeat [slow down] a little bit."

Melissa Brunicardi was an Obama delegate in 2008 when she lived in Texas.

"Women's rights will be upheld," said Brunicardi. "I'm a nurse and I love the idea of ObamaCare because of all the people who have no insurance right now and getting rid of pre-existing conditions and getting college kids covered on their parents' [insurance] ... preventative care ... everything."

"I would have wanted to throw up if I had to wake up to Mitt Romney as president," Brunicardi said. "It would have been going back to Bush politics and worse."

Lash LaRue November 08, 2012 at 05:13 PM
The Layoffs Begin Boeing Announces Big Layoffs in Defense Division 7 Nov 2012 http://www.cnbc.com/id/49729998 ING Layoffs In State Are Unrelated To Massive Staff Reduction In Europe November 7, 2012 http://www.courant.com/business/connecticut-insurance/hc-ing-layoffs-20121107,0,5645363.story Caterpillar’s Layoffs Parallel A Falling Monthly Copper Price Index November 7, 2012 http://agmetalminer.com/2012/11/07/caterpillars-layoffs-parallel-a-falling-monthly-copper-price-index/ More Layoffs May Be In Store for Alcatel-Lucent November 6, 2012 http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/11/06/more-layoffs-may-be-in-store-for-alcatel-lucent.aspx Boeing Telegraphs Layoffs in Defense, Space & Security Unit November 7, 2012 http://247wallst.com/2012/11/07/boeing-telegraphs-layoffs-in-defense-space-security-unit/ Umatilla Chemical Depot plans layoffs this month, in 2013 November 6, 2012 http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/11/06/2160493/umatilla-chemical-depot-plans.html#storylink=cpy Hawker Beechcraft to close plants in Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, cut more jobs November 07, 2012 http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/52f3fff526904fc68717a1cf890c9f9c/KS—Hawker-Beechcraft-Layoffs How is that hope and change working out?
mocker November 08, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Its the self hating white people, the platitudes of gratitude people and those in lala land. The first country to give itself away. They would smile if they were on the titanic as it sunk, as long as Obama flew by and waved, telling them its okay, the government is coming to save them...Its all free on my EBT!. Lets cover grown up college students as if they were still children on their parents insurance policy. Its not up to them to pay their own way, let the company do it. If they go BK, let the American people pay it..
Lash LaRue November 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Dow down 434 points in the two days after obama reelected. forward!;)
Dawn November 11, 2012 at 07:08 AM
An African American co-worker was always spewing his love for Obama and arguing with people in the office about Romney. The day after the election he was so excited until the security guards escorted him along with many other employees out the front door. Massive layoffs. They did have some time to gather their things in a box under close supervision, though. He's probably not that excited anymore. People don't want to listen to the facts.
Dirk Peters November 13, 2012 at 07:35 AM
First off, I'm not a conservative or liberal through and through. As a (legal) immigrant to this great country, I don't have the handicap of needing to 'root for the home team' in US politics. So bear with me here... Let me get this straight... we should continue to expand the military industrial complex, just to preserve jobs? Those jobs are on the way out anyway. It won't be too much longer until the military consists mostly of drones and unmanned vehicles. Just like it won't be more than two decades until cars are automated (which by the way negates the need for high speed rail - which is supposed to take 16 years to complete) Democrats may be full of s*&t on a lot of things, but holding on to the past (coal, no such thing as global warming, we need a bigger military etc etc) is just a sad delaying of the inevitable. You 'conservatives' seem to just want to conserve the past. Much like supporters of the whale oil industry of the 1890s. Or slave owners of the 1840s.

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