Students react to presidential election results

Students on Sproul Plaza cheer as victory for Obama in Ohio is announced. Victory in Ohio secured enough electoral votes to ensure a win nationally. (Anna Vignet/Senior Staff)
Anna Vignet/Senior Staff
Students on Sproul Plaza cheer as victory for Obama in Ohio is announced. Victory in Ohio secured enough electoral votes to ensure a win nationally. (Anna Vignet/Senior Staff)

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While hundreds of students danced in celebration of  President Barack Obama’s re-election to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley, members of the Berkeley College Republicans were huddled around a television in an apartment south of campus.

The site where various campus groups spent weeks pushing students to voice their opinions at the polls through voter registration drives became the site of hundreds of crossed fingers — and then chants of victory — when students took to the plaza for an election result viewing party Tuesday evening.

“It is nerve-racking, but exciting, because it’s the first time I’m able to see the outcome of the things I voted on,” said UC Berkeley junior Kenzie Mittelman from Sproul.

The viewing event, which live-streamed CNN election coverage on a Jumbotron on the steps of Sproul Plaza, was organized by the ASUC and the campus Graduate Assembly.

“Being here makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger,” said UC Berkeley sophomore Jonte Grant.

South of campus, the Berkeley College Republicans held a much smaller viewing party of around 40 students who were hoping for different results. They squeezed into former BCR president Shawn Lewis’ cottage-like apartment, where Mitt Romney posters covered the walls and a bonfire burned outside.

At the beginning of the night, the BCR members were fixated on the television as results poured into a mostly quiet room. Some stood, others sat and all awaited the election results for who would be named the next U.S. president.

The news of Obama’s win sunk in slowly.

“We still need to wait, watch and see,” Lewis said before all of the results for Florida and Ohio had come in.

“(Romney) would’ve been moderate,” said Mia Lincoln, a senior and active member of BCR.  “He would’ve been fair … he was going to be someone that really brought people together.”

Lincoln said she was worried that Obama’s re-election would negatively impact her father, who owns an insurance business.

“He’s really nervous,” Lincoln said. “I’m trying to reassure my dad — my family — that everything is not lost.”

Less than a mile away on Sproul, the jubilation continued more than an hour after the election was called.

“I was jumping up and down with joy,” said UC Berkeley sophomore Roxanne Rohnama. “He deserved to win, and I know that he is going to keep moving America forward.”

But standing on the edge of the plaza’s Ludwig’s Fountain, UC Berkeley junior Samantha Derrick looked less sure.

“I’m more excited about Romney staying out of office than Obama staying in,” Derrick said.

From around the bonfire, BCR members continued to discuss the election and incoming results.

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  • edbanger

    womp womp womp… BCR lol

  • Stan De San Diego

    The girl in blue looks like one of those true believers from some 1930’s political rally.

    • a

      This isn’t a place for personal attacks. Take your superficial comments over to Perez Hilton, would you?

    • Truthsayer

      In general, GOP supporters seem to me more likely to wear brown shirts than Democrats.

  • alum

    There’s a huge political and ideological divide between 2 of the branches of our government for the next 2-4 years, we all lose on this one.

    • AnOski

      So it’s the Republican way or the highway? Lol.

  • grateful

    Have to admit, you had us worried. We see you walk around with ears buds and eyes fixed on iphones, which creates an appearance of disconnection. Fortunately, you really are paying attention, your vote to reelect President Obama is proof, the future is in good hands.

    • Youth of Today

      You’re welcome! We’re reading the news on our iphones, not Facebook and Angry Birds. Thanks for the leg up, I think we got this.

  • whats.a.liberal

    sure, mitt is a soul-less automaton but what is obama?

    a corporate whore who delivered you into the hands of the proven exploiters that are the private health insurers…
    a self-styled king who has arrogated for himself the power to assassinate US citizens w/o due process…
    a wall street stooge (daley, lew, geithner, summers, goolsbee, emmanuel) who – along with three other bankster whores at DoJ and SEC (holder, breuer, khuzami) – refuses to address/prosecute fraud on a historical scale (despite ample evidence already read into the congressional record)…

    watching daniel ellsberg (he of pentagon papers fame) shill for obama (whose administration has prosecuted more whistle-blowers under the espionage act than all previous administrations combined) was priceless.

    the craven hypocrisy of the institutional left is astounding.

    • AnOski

      >a corporate whore who delivered you into the hands of the proven exploiters that are the private health insurers…

      Well, I haven’t seen anything like this yet, but you’re welcome to make predictions about the future.

      >a self-styled king who has arrogated for himself the power to assassinate US citizens w/o due process…

      Huh?

      >a wall street stooge (daley, lew, geithner, summers, goolsbee, emmanuel) who – along with three other bankster whores at DoJ and SEC (holder, breuer, khuzami) – refuses to address/prosecute fraud on a historical scale (despite ample evidence already read into the congressional record)…

      Versus Romney & Co., who are actual fraudsters and tax-evaders.

      >watching daniel ellsberg (he of pentagon papers fame) shill for obama (whose administration has prosecuted more whistle-blowers under the espionage act than all previous administrations combined) was priceless.

      Depends on your definition of whistle-blower, and how they’re releasing information. Remember when the Bush administration ousted a CIA agent a few years back — because the fellow was sympathizing with the Democrats? Not cool.

      >the craven hypocrisy of the institutional left is astounding.

      Beats the spectacular idiocy of the institutional right. But hey, not every party can claim to be run by dogma.

      Didn’t vote for Obama or Romney. Real change isn’t in either one’s vocabulary. But I’d rather see my taxes go towards improving this country than into increased military spending, which is largely why we’re in the fiscal rut we find ourselves in today.

      • Bill J

        “Versus Romney & Co., who are actual fraudsters and tax-evaders.”

        And your evidence is what?

        • AnOski

          Tax returns, Bill. He’s not hiding them due to his own moral indignation at being accused of tax evasion. Never mind his son’s escapades.

          http://www.thenation.com/blog/170546/tagg-romneys-company-misled-reporters-about-its-relationship-ponzi-scheme-linked-firm#

          You blind, or what?

          • Stan De San Diego

            Romney released his 2011 tax records back in September, idiot. When hid your hero ever release his birth certificate info and college transcripts? Or is it only personal details about Romney that bother you, because like most brainwashed little liberals, you have a double standard?

          • AnOski

            One year, and not all documents. Every other presidential candidate since 1980 has released 4+ years of tax returns.

            http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/01/bill-clinton/its-typical-presidential-candidates-release-10-or-/

            Clinton’s statement was a bit much, but the facts we’re concerned with are below.

            Most presidential candidates haven’t released college transcripts, and I’m not sure why you’d ask for those, anyway. You might as well ask for copies of Romney’s car insurance record. I mean…you’re welcome to do it, but…why?

            No double standard. I know plenty of idiots here at Cal with straight A’s and some geniuses who have dropped out. Since most candidates who have posted their grades did have crappy marks, I don’t particularly care how Obama did in school.

            Oh – and here’s Obama’s birth certificate.

            http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/birthcertificate.asp

            Or are you one of those conspiracy theorists who won’t believe the state of Hawaii, Snopes, or anyone else? If that’s the case, I’m really wasting my time here…to a greater degree than I initially thought.

      • Stan De San Diego

        “Remember when the Bush administration ousted a CIA agent a few years
        back — because the fellow was sympathizing with the Democrats?”

        I don’t, because it never happened.

        • AnOski

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plame_affair

          She was a covert agent at the time and this resulted in a criminal conviction that stands. You can play it down all you want, but it is as I described it.

  • Stan De San Diego

    We will see you you starry-eyed puppets will cheer when you can’t find jobs. Or will you merely blame Bush for another 4 years?

    • Truthsayer

      Stan, you’re the delusional one if you think one man has the power to affect the downside of an economic cycle in any meaningful way. This current slump is the chickens coming home to roost after a decade and a half of artificially-maintained “prosperity”.

      • guest

        Ironically, the top election issue (the economy) is possibly the one politicians have the less impact on.

      • I_h8_disqus

        I am quite impressed with your point. Folks place too much of the strength or weakness of the economy on the president’s shoulders. Presidents can’t really affect something that is controlled by the millions of people in the country.

      • Stan De San Diego

        If Obama didn’t have the power to move such changes forward, why did you bother voting for him in the first place?

        • Truthsayer

          Who said I voted for him?