As long as I live, I will never forget November 4th, 2008. That was back when Scoob and I were still on the 7pm-Midnight shift. Normally, we would be in studio together, but that night, Scoob was doing call ins from a Democratic rally, anticipating the historic outcome of the election.
On a normal night, we would’ve done our mixshow, “The Thunderstorm,” live, but we weren’t sure when the election would be called, so wisely, we prerecorded it. At 10pm, at the exact same moment “The Thunderstorm” was set to begin, CNN called the election after correctly predicting that California’s 55 Electoral Votes would go to Obama. As soon as CNN made their prediction, I saw the hotline bling, it was Scoob, and I don’t know if I had ever heard as much joy in his voice as I heard that night. He did his final call in and if you didn’t know where he was, you would’ve thought he was broadcasting live from a club on New Year’s Eve. The energy in the building was unlike anything I had ever heard on air.
After the show, I rode around Nashville for a little while, just taking it all in. People were out on the streets celebrating. That may have been THE most lit night in the history of Jefferson Street. Students from Fisk and TSU, with nowhere to go, were just walking around in a state of pure elation. Barack Obama was the 44th President Of The United States.
I was inspired by Barack Obama. I voted for Barack Obama. Twice. If a third term was a “thing,” I would vote for him again. That night meant a lot to me, and I’m a white man. I can’t imagine what it meant to our black brothers and sisters. And although I heard it in Scoob’s voice, I don’t know if I was able to truly comprehend what it meant to him.
I’m 38 years old and I easily remember a time in my life when a black man becoming President was not possible, probably because that time was the first 30 years of my life. Tupac addressed the impossibility of an African American President in “Changes,” which was relevant when it was released just 10 years prior to the ’08 Election. Barack Obama ran on a campaign platform of “Hope and Change,” and hope and change is exactly what we got, simply by his election.
President Barack Obama left the country in much better condition than he found it, and for that I am thankful. His list of accomplishments is long, as is his list of people that were unfairly critical of him. Most people that we remember as great were very unpopular among certain groups during their time, but history will remember his messages of hope and change. History will remember the way he made us feel. History will remember him as a great man and an even better leader. Thank you President Obama.