Video of Barack Obama Election Victory Celebration in Grant Park of Chicago, 2008

As we stand on Election Day, let’s look back 12 years ago when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. The excitement at Chicago’s Grant Park was electric!

I updated all the photos on my original 2008 blog post to be high-resolution to fill the page.

That magical night, I also recorded a handful of short videos in between my photographing. I dug into my archives and pulled out 15 short videos from that night at Grant Park, and compiled them into one celebration video.

Highlights from the video:

Video screengrab of old timey band playing at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At the 0:00 mark, an old-timey band plays while someone with a “YES WE CAN” shirt dances along with them.


Video screengrab of people dancing at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At 0:10 people are dancing on the street.


Screengrab of someone giving me a side glance for recording video at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At 1:02 someone gives me a hairy eyeball sideglance for recording video.


Video screengrab of people celebrating for Barack Obama's victory on Presidential election night 2008

At 1:04 is exactly when it was announced that Obama won, and the crowd goes wild!

Video screengrab of people celebrating the moment of victory for Barack Obama on 2008 election night
Screengrab of video people celebrating the moment of victory for Barack Obama on 2008 election night
Video screengrab of people celebrating the moment of victory for Barack Obama on 2008 election night

Video screengrab large crowd watching John McCain's concession speech at the 2008 Presidential Election

At 1:57 the crowd is silent as Obama’s opponent John McCain gives his concession speech.

Video screengrab of girl on a man's shoulders watching John McCain's concession speech at the 2008 Presidential Election

Video screengrab of people posing by Obama cutout at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At 2:25 people pose with a cardboard cutout of Obama.


Video screengrab of the happy crowd going home at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At 2:45 the crowd celebrates and starts to go home.


Video screengrab of chanting "yes we did! yes we did" at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At 3:09 standing on the Michigan Avenue median in front of the Art Institute of Chicago everyone chants “YES, WE DID! YES, WE DID!”

Video screengrab of chanting "yes we did! yes we did" at Barack Obama's victory on election night 2008

Video screengrab of police asking people to get off street medianBarack Obama's victory on election night 2008

At 3:23 I give a little recap thought before the police have me jump off the median.


Celebration photos available

In addition to this video, I also shot some high-resolution photos. Take a look at this gallery of 13 photos taken in Chicago on Obama’s election victory night in 2008.

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