President-Elect Barack Obama speaks at Grant Park

By Jody Warner

It was a waiting game. More than 240,000 people crowded into Grant Park on election night to cheer on Sen. Barack Obama. They waited anxiously all week, hoping to receive a pair of tickets to the event. They stood in line all day, and they lingered with thousands of strangers in front of giant TV screens to hear the results. Emotions were high and hearts were proud. When America learned the name of its new Commander-in-Chief, there was a collective declaration: Yes, we did.