Tears and traffic jams greet Obama's victory

Associated Press - November 5, 2008 4:13 AM ET

Honking horns. Hugs. High-fives.

Jubilant supporters of Barack Obama danced in the streets after he was elected president and they brought traffic to a standstill in many cities.

In Washington, hundreds spilled into the streets near the White House, carrying balloons, banging on drums and chanting, "Bush is gone!" In Philadelphia, drivers stopped in the middle of the street, opened their car doors and broadcast Obama's acceptance speech. The roar of thousands gathered in a plaza near Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater could be heard blocks away.

Many people marveled that they lived to see the day that a black man was elected president.

At Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, called it "an unbelievable night" and a "night of thanksgiving."

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