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Chicago Journalist Explains His Obama Vote

12/20/2008 01:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The cover of this week's Reader is one thing. The whole question of what comes next is another.

I just passed a woman on the street who was saying to a friend, "The sense of euphoria is palpable." It's true. In Barack Obama's hometown, I keep hearing people on the train or waiting in line at the sandwich place saying things like "I am so proud of my country" and "It's a new era" and "How fucking amazing is this?" that just a few days ago might have sounded trite but now actually resonate.

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