Greetings from Obamaville!

for The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Exit polls show that Barack Obama got 95 percent of the black vote nationwide. But in one mostly white corner of Park Slope, he did even better.

In the micro-neighborhood bounded by Sterling Place, Union Street, Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, unofficial election night numbers indicate that GOP nominee John McCain got just 11 votes out of nearly 1,000 cast.

It was the biggest Obama landslide in all of Brooklyn. And few were shocked.

“I’m not surprised at all,” said Howard Duffy, an architect who voted for Obama. “This area has a lot of college-educated people, entreprene­urs.”

“All my friends voted for Obama,” added Sarah Blankman, a first-time voter. “On Election Night, it was like Yankee Stadium after the World Series. There were block parties, firecrackers and car horns until 3 am.”

Of course, not everyone was celebrating. Republicans who backed McCain not only lost, but say they feel like an oppressed group — an island of free-thinkers in the middle of a lockstep neighborhood.

“I tell people, ‘I’m Republican,’ and they look at me like they want to shoot me, like I’m Hitler or something,” said Keith, a businessowner. “I see people put Obama buttons on little kids and babies. That’s ridiculous.”

Susanna Rose, whose husband voted for Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, said the mass consensus was a little worrisome.

“People at [my husband’s] office made fun of him,” said Rose. “People here want to promote free thought, but where is the free thought if everyone is for Obama? It’s intimidati­ng.”

But such anti-Obama sentiment is easy to dismiss in a zone where 94 percent of the registered voters are Democrats — a strong liberal base, even though the average household income of $81,000 suggests a possible empathy towards GOP economic policy.

Obama voters said that if Republicans feel bad about the results, well, they should get used to the feeling.

“A lot of Democrats have felt intimidated these past eight years,” said Matt Fried, a freelance writer and comedian. “It feels good to live in a neighborhood that overwhelmingly supports the next president.”

Updated 5:09 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

L. P. from Park Slope says:
I live on 6th ave and St Marks, and I can tell you that the PrObama sentiment around my block is overwhelming. I am a 24 year old conservative Libertarian, and I voted for McCain because Bob Barr is a maniac. My roommates voted for Obama, but have never been able to tell me why ~policy-wise! Yet they have berated me for my choice of candidate for the simple reason of its unpopularity. One of them said to me mid-October; "You're a young minority earning less than $50k, living in Park Slope, voting for McCain... and you're probably the only one!"
He was almost right (1 of 11 lol).
My question is this, did Brooklyn vote for Obama because he promised "ice cream" or is it because of the symbolism that a Black Man brings to the job? I love black people, and I do value the change that this election has brought them. I just don't see any of the promises coming to fruition.
Nov. 13, 2008, 4:05 pm
Charles from Park Slope says:
2/11 here - and one of the buildings on my block has had a McCain/Country First sticker up for months now...
Jan. 21, 2009, 3:23 pm
Joe from Yonkers says:
How's that HOPE and CHANGE working out for you schmucks?
May 26, 2010, 12:12 am

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: