Circa 2012, The Presidential Election race between Obama and Mitt Romney.
I’ve always had interest in politics from a very young age. Not sure when it began but as far back as I can remember I enjoyed listening to speeches and debates outlining views for making America the best country it can be.
The first Black President…that title speaks volumes but my personal connection to President Obama is unique far beyond just appreciating his historical achievements.
The 2012 Presidential race was a close one with many news outlets foreshadowing a Romney victory. Mitt Romney served the majority of his political career in Massachusetts and so it made sense that on the eve of the biggest night of his life he would spend it in middle of downtown Boston.
I have always had an act for being at the right place at the right time to experience something truly incredible and far beyond the typical reach of a young city slick like myself. This evening was no different, as I was able to gain access into the biggest event of the year…Election Night.
There was so much security everywhere and the size of the guns wrapped around the police officers chest gave a sickening feeling felt deep in the soul.
When I finally made it past all the bag checks, medal detectors and very up close and personal body frisks, I found myself entering a world I had only read about it or seen on tv. The opulence that surrounded me left me speechless, the sight of filthy rich old Bostonians casually walking by and laughing left me in a trance. These people were here as Republicans who loved Mitt Romney and as the richest people not perhaps just in the city but in all likelihood… the planet.
This was one of the most riveting nights of my life, to be around so many wealthy 1% ‘ers as a Democrat who loved #obama
It was eye opening to say the least.
Their clothes ? , their jewelry ? and all of the free expensive food ? was something straight out of a Forbes magazine !
And there I was among them- a rebel without a cause, a random invitee who was there all because I make indie movies in Boston and someone liked the film just enough to want to offer me the chance to witness history in the making.
I’ve been around white people my entire life and have so many friends that are non black that I feel welcomed no matter what event and no matter how little diversity… but this night I’ve never felt as much of an outsider then at that moment when news broke that Romney lost the election.
A shift was felt in the room that is difficult to describe, mascara was running down the cheeks of all the women dressed to the 9, the men in fancy tuxedos started drinking and shouting profanities at the screens showing Obama. When Romney finally made it to stage to give his final speech of the presidential race there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
I felt the intense pride and jubilation of watching the candidate you were rooting for win and I saw in real time the opposite reaction when your on the other side of history.
– CEO/President of Rise Celestial Studios, Ralph Celestin shares details on the night he was present to witness Mitt Romney concede the 2012 election.
Barack Hussein Obama II (/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪnoʊˈbɑːmə/ (listen) bə-RAHK hoo-SAYN oh-BAH-mə; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.