Obama’s Pakistani-American Supporters Rejoice on His Victory
By Yousuf Bhuvad

The jubilant crowd celebrates Obama's victory in Phoenix

Phoenix: Barack Hussain Obama 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois, shattered more than 200 years of history by winning election as the first African-American president of the United States .

 A crowd of 5,000 people jammed the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix to witness the results of this historical election. Governor Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Terry Goddard, Democartic party leadership and Pakistani, Bengladesh and Sikh Americans   were present in the crowd along with many prominent figures of the Phoenix valley.

Pakistani Americans,  Dr Arif Kazmi, Yousuf Bhuvad, Basma Latif, Fatima Lodhi, Sabra Zain and many other prominent Obama supporters, joined the celebration with friends from other South Asian communities. Dazzled by the media coverage, giant screen TVs and exuberance, the election party projected the scene of a major concert.

 The crowd cheered as the TV networks projected Obama as the winner in various battleground states. The elation reached its peak when Obama was projected winner of the presidential race. People screamed, yelled and danced in jubilation hugging one another in a rare spirit of unity and harmony. Others cried as they were overtaken by the emotions of this transformative event.

Everybody settled down to hear John McCain’s concession speech and then waited patiently to hear Obama’s victory remarks.

Obama’s victory speech energized the crowd once again with remarks like “change has come to America ”.

Congratulations to all the Pakistani American Obama supporters in the valley for being part of the history.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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