Black Voters In L.A. React To Obama Victory "The sky is the limit now," says a California man, who grew up amid racism in Georgia. A black nine-year-old says that the election is evidence that he can do anything he wants. Optimism and enthusiasm reign supreme at a Starbucks owned by Magic Johnson.

Black Voters In L.A. React To Obama Victory

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ALEX CHADWICK, host:

It's Day to Day. I'm Alex Chadwick. With my co-host Madeleine Brand back in the studio, I'm at the Magic Johnson Starbucks in a neighborhood here in Los Angeles, a mostly black neighborhood. We got here early, maybe 5:30 this morning. It was quiet, just a few people running in and out to get coffee. Crowds have built up since then, and we've been stopping people on their way in and out, some with school kids, some kind of in a hurry to get past us. Just a moment, we say, just this moment, talk to us about what happened yesterday and what you think is going to happen next. So, here are some of those interviews from this place.

Ms. EVETTE TOWNSEND: I'm Evette Townsend (ph), and I live right here in Ladera Heights.

CHADWICK: And what's your reaction to what's happened?

Ms. TOWNSEND: You know what, tears are in my eyes, but not this morning because I've been crying last night. I'm so proud of Obama and this nation for electing him. He's the man of the moment. He has the poise to do this job. We're going to have some tough times ahead, and I pray for him to get through this. We've got to get through this war, get that ended. We've got to raise this economy and get some jobs to this community.

CHADWICK: This is all the things that you're going to want to get done here?

Ms. TOWNSEND: Oh, yeah. And I think those are the things he wants to get done.

CHADWICK: You know, those are the hard things for a president to do. You wonder about the expectations on Barack Obama.

Ms. TOWNSEND: Well, he's got some high expectations, and we have high expectations. And it's going to be tough, so we're going to have to have some patience with him because the way he wants to do this, you know, is to start at the bottom and work with people who need to have their voice out there and also manage the country. And it's going to be very difficult.

CHADWICK: What does this mean about race in America?

Ms. TOWNSEND: I think it means that everybody is OK in this nation now, and it doesn't matter about their color. I'm proud of, not only African-Americans, but I'm proud of everybody else who said, this is what we need now.

Mr. STAG BROWN: My name is Stag Brown (ph). I'm from Los Angeles. I was born in Arkansas, and I'm of the Party of Freedom. I'm a Republican Party, but lo and behold, on election day, I had to go with progress, change, and go with God, so to speak.

CHADWICK: If you had Barack Obama on the other end of this cell phone, what would you say to him now? What would you ask him?

Mr. BROWN: I think I would ask him to, whatever he decides to do, go with God. Let God be a part of his decisions, his going in and coming out, his - whatever he does, always remember that God is at the head. He's there, but I want him to be the best he can be.

Mr. EFRON POLK: My name is Efron Polk (ph) from Englewood, California. It just shows that how far we've come as a people, and I'm just waiting for him to get in office, so he can start making the changes and doing what he has to do to be president and unite this country like everybody knows he can.

It's just not the United States. It's the world. This has been an election that's been watched worldwide, and everybody wanted to see the outcome of it. And I think they got the outcome that they wanted, and I think our relations worldwide will be better than ever, better than ever.

It's not going to happen overnight, and I understand that. And anybody that thinks that's going to happen overnight, they're mistaken. I just think that, given the chance, and he has it, that he will do what he can diligently on a daily basis. And I'm looking at eight years.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. POLK: I'm looking at eight years because a lot of things that need to be taking place, it's going to have to take - it's going to take eight years. Four years is a good start, but we need him for eight years. We need a Democratic president in office for eight years, whether it's Obama or someone else. We need a Democratic president for eight years.

Mr. AMCOLLY OSHINOBIBI: I am Amcolly Oshinobibi (ph) from Nigeria originally.

CHADWICK: But now, you're an American.

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: Now, I am an American.

CHADWICK: You voted?

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: I voted.

CHADWICK: If you could get a conversation - if you could talk to Barack Obama today, what would you want to say to him, and what would you ask him to do as president?

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: Fix the economy. I would tell him, Mr. President, you've got it now, now deliver. That's all. Now deliver. It's not whether you're an African-American or not, now, you've gone into the office. Show us what you got. Show us the change.

CHADWICK: You are an African-American. You were born in Africa.

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: Yeah, I was born in Nigeria.

CHADWICK: I wonder how you feel about this election as a man who comes from the old world and is in the new world, too.

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: My feelings are, Americans are not as involved in the electoral process. See, coming from a third-world country, where it's not a given. Every four years, it's not a given. You never know when the military is going to come and overthrow the regime there now. So, you learn to appreciate that.

CHADWICK: I wonder how you think this might change the conversations we have in this country about race?

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: It's not going to change it that much. It's, you know, race is something that - I mean, the racial differences is always going to be there. Distrust is always going to be there. It's how we deal with it that, you know, that's going to determine just what kind of society we end up with. We can agree to disagree, and we just have to learn to get along and maybe trust each other more. That's all.

CHADWICK: Thank you.

Mr. OSHINOBIBI: Thank you.

CHADWICK: So, Madeleine, that's the scene here. These are the people we're talking to in the Ladera Heights neighborhood here in Los Angeles, where we've been, and now, back to the studio.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

And you can see photos of those people you just heard,and read interviews with other people Alex met at our blog npr.org/daydreaming.

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