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Election Euphoria

IMAGE: Revelers take to the streets after Obama

Revelers take to the streets after Obama’s speech on Capitol Hill in seattle on november 4, 2008. (pi photo/Karen Ducey)

People watch Obama make his victory speech at Neumos on Capital Hill in Seattle, Wash. on November 4, 2008. From left to right: Tricia Bollen, Brianna Camarda, and Jesse Holt, all from Seattle.(Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

IMAGE: People watch Obama make his victory speech at Neumos on Capital Hill in Seattle, Wash on November 4, 2008.(Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

People watch Obama make his victory speech at Neumos on Capital Hill in Seattle, Wash. on November 4, 2008.(Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

 

Revelers happy about Obama’s victory pass a bus where a women seems to be on her cell phone as they march down Pike Street in Seattle on November 4, 2008. (PI photo/Karen Ducey)

Revelers happy about Obama’s victory cheer and gather on Pike and Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district on November 4, 2008. (Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Revelers happy about Obama’s victory cheer and gather on Pike and Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district on November 4, 2008. (Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

IMAGE: Brianna Camarda and her friend Jesse Holt watch Obama make his victory speech at Neumos on Capital Hill in Seattle, Wash on November 4, 2008. (Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Brianna Camarda and her friend Jesse Holt watch Obama make his victory speech at Neumos on Capital Hill in Seattle, Wash on November 4, 2008. (Karen Ducey/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

IMAGE: Revelers down at Pike Place Market celebrate in the street in Seattle on Novemeber 4, 2008. (PI photo/Karen Ducey

Revelers down at Pike Place Market celebrate in the street in Seattle on Novemeber 4, 2008. (PI photo/Karen Ducey

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Eight is enough.  After 8 years of George Bush revelers hit the streets starting on Capital Hill, marching down Pike St. to the Market, and back again.  The mood was total euphoria.  Two wars, countless corporate scandals, sinking economic markets, rising temperatures, they raised their voices “O – Bam – A!”  and “Yes We Can!”.  They screamed.  They danced. They pounded drums until late in the night after Senataor Barak Obama was pronounced the winner of the 2008 US Presidential elections.

 

Also noteworthy was the passing of Initiative 1000, Washington’s Dignity with Death law, spearheaded by former Washington Governor Booth Gardner.

IMAGE: Former Washington state governor Booth Gardner is greeted by Eli Stutsman (left) and Kirk Robinson (right) both who helped him on the campaign I-1000 at the Rockbottom in Seattle on November 4, 2008. (Seattle PI/Karen Ducey)

Former Washington state governor Booth Gardner is greeted by Eli Stutsman (left) and Kirk Robinson (right) both who helped him on the campaign I-1000 at the Rockbottom in Seattle on November 4, 2008. (Seattle PI/Karen Ducey)

Quoting Wikipedia (updated), “While governor, Gardner signed into law a health care program that provided state medical insurance for the working poor. He helped develop land-use and growth-management policies that made Washington an early environmental leader, he steered hundreds of millions of dollars of increased spending toward state universities, increased standardized testing in public education, and improved legal protections for gay people.”

He was Governor from between 1985 and 1993. It goes on to say ” In 1994, one year after his retirement, Gardner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In 2006 he announced his support for assisted suicide. In 2008 he filed and successfully spearheaded the campaign for Initiative 1000, Washington’s Death With Dignity Act, which was closely modeled on Oregon’s assisted dying law; he remained involved in implementing the Act. Gardner said that he supported going even further than the current Washington and Oregon laws, to eventually permit lethal prescriptions for people whose suffering is unbearable without the requirement that the sufferer have a terminal condition.

 

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