The Moment Obama Won (in Dallas)

It’s over. President Obama has been re-elected. Look like Nate Silver was right. I got pretty close too. (Still a bit surprised that it looks like Obama will win Florida…).

Thought I’d post this video from tonight, here in Dallas.

It’s the moment that the television networks called the race for President Obama.

Have a look…

I wanted to post this for two reasons…

a) To show folks how electric the crowd was, and
b) To reflect back on how HUGE this crowd was, compared to 2004.

2004 was the year Dennise was first elected. It was such a strange night. Most of the folks we were with, Dallas County Democrats, were deeply depressed that John Kerry was losing. Many had expected him to win.

But in the midst of this, the small ray of light that was Lupe Valdez, Dennise, and two other judges winning extremely close contests. So, we were unbearably happy around folks who were pretty down. It was kind of surreal.

But! The entire “party” for the party that night took place in a room at The Iron Cactus in downtown. I mean, basically the party room of a restaurant.

Now? Tonight? Just look at that crowd.



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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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