I’ve been having conversations with Minneapolis City Council member Ralph Remington since Jan. 3, the day of the Iowa caucuses. Remington was ecstatic that day. “Can you believe it!” he said, when Barack Obama received 38 per cent of the support in the caucuses, finishing ahead of John Edwards (30 per cent) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (29 per cent).
Remington, who is black, was overcome with emotion on Aug. 28, when Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president. “This has happened in my life time,” said Remington, tears in his eyes.
When Remington showed up at his south Minneapolis polling place today at 7 a.m. at the 1st Universalist Church at 34th and Dupont Ave. South, the line of people waiting to vote stretched for three blocks. No one seemed to mind waiting, he said.
At 7:45 this morning he filled in his ballot.
“I did it!” he said. “I voted for the first black president of the the United States of America. Oh gosh, that felt good.”