Poignant post-election pool report

From: Parsons, Christi [@latimes.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 01:52 PM
Subject: Pool 2 (potus)

One of the people standing on the street corner in Kenwood, looking over the barricades toward the Obama house, is TyRon Turner, who traveled here from Inglewood, Calif., to attend the victory party.

First thing this morning, he said, he woke up and decided he wanted to applaud the president personally, if only as he passes by in a motorcade.

But as he stood on the sidewalk in a sweatshirt and blue knit cap, the small business owner said he couldn???t stop thinking about the challenges ahead.

The divisions in the country were so evident on television on election night, he said, as cameras panned the saddened faces of Romney supporters and the jubilant ones around him at McCormick Place.

The crowd shots at the Romney party were disproportionately white, he noticed, while the Obama party reflected the racial coalition that won the president???s reelection.

???We were all hugging each other, black and white,??? Turner said. ???I said to someone, ???Look at all the different races in this room.??? We were all together as Americans, as we should be. This is what America looks like.???

Obama could lead the country to a new conversation about the polarization, Turner said, but he can???t do it alone. Republican leaders have to be a part of it, too, he said.

???Both sides have to give up something,??? said Turner, a small business owner. ???We have to clear the slate. Start over.???

–Christi Parsons


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