Throughout the day Tuesday, Culver City’s Culver Studios’ Stage 3 lot was a hub of phone bank activity as locals and celebrities made calls to voters throughout the nation urging them to cast their ballots for President Barack Obama.
However, the evening was reserved for celebrations as local officials including Culver City Sen. Rep. Curren Price joined with residents and campaign volunteers in a victory bash. Even Stevie Wonder showed up to join the festivities.
By 8:30 p.m. local time, Tuesday, the projections were clear: Barack Obama would serve his second term as president and everyone was excited. They lined up to pose with a cardboard cutout of Obama or spend $5 on blue Slushies (named Barackberrys) mixed with alcohol. They drank the free-flowing coconut water and bought dinner from the myriad of food trucks lined up in the parking lot outside.
People sat on chairs or crowded around the stage staring at huge screens projecting Obama victories in various states around the country and listening to local officials speak. They sang, they danced, they hugged each other in a mixture of delight and disbelief.
One attendee, Michelle, told Patch, “I didn’t believe this was possible. I was so scared [Obama] wouldn’t win. Now I'm just so happy.”
Yet despite Obama’s win and the ensuing party atmosphere, Sen. Curren Price noted that while the night was one of celebration, “Tomorrow the hard work begins.”