The sounds of celebration around the White House were so loud that they could be heard a couple blocks away after the presidential race was called for Barack Obama.
Mobs of people were on each side of the White House and cheering was boisterous. Cars honked. Strangers high-fived. People held cut-out pictures of Obama and signs reading ‘‘four more years.’’ One man walked around shirtless with an Obama ‘‘O'’ on his chest.
— Donald Borenstein
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