CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Moments after the Democratic National Convention wrapped up, the FOX8 team headed down on the convention floor to get reaction from North Carolinians taking in a historic event that landed in their state.
“I am so grateful to be here,” said Zoe Foster, a Salem College student and member of the state Young Democrats executive board. “I’ve had an amazing week.”
“This is my son Jacob, and Jacob is here because I wanted him to see the culmination and manifestation of the American Dream, which I think Barack Obama embodies,” said Sidney Echevvaria, an alternate delegate from Belmontwith who attended with her 6-year-old son.
With all the excitement, there were still many people who had friends and family outside of the arena — people who were supposed to be present for the speech, but couldn’t get in because of the late venue move from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable arena.
“My parents were some of those people,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, a young volunteer from Iredell County. “They were supposed to come through with community credentials. I’ve been texting them pictures — and they were disappointed — but they were excited at a watch party back home.”
Carpenter’s friend, volunteer Sarah Parker, added, “One of the other things is we know we’re lucky to be inside, but what Obama stands for is family so I think the fact that people could even be back at home watching it, it’s the same enthusiasm. You get the same feeling.”
For Donald Hughes of Durham, the feeling he had Thursday night surpassed that of the election night in 2008.
“I never thought in a million years that I’d be able to look on that stage and see someone who looks like me running for a second term as President of the United States,” Hughes said. “I’m so inspired to continue doing what I’m doing, and I hope the youth is, too.”