August 28, 2008
"It was just wonderful," said Daria MonDesire, a delegate who lives on the Canadian border in the Vermont town of Derby Line. "Wonderful. I keep saying 'wonderful.' I don't know what else to say." Earlier Wednesday, MonDesire cast her vote for Obama as history was made with the first nomination of an African-American for the presidential candidate of a major party. History happens. "You couldn't ask for a better convention," MonDesire said. Nate Vandershaaf, a Colorado delegate and Longmont engineer, couldn't stop waving his Joe Biden sign during the Delaware senator's address. "This is just an incredible night - electrifying," Vandershaaf said. He, too, is an Obama delegate. Shawn Coleman of Boulder, 30, has participated in the Youth Caucus and the Black Caucus during this week's convention. Wednesday night, he watched Biden's address and Obama's appearance just a few feet from the stage. "I'm so proud of my state," Coleman said, moments after being interviewed by a television reporter who he told, "This is about taking our country back. Now is the time." After three nights in the Pepsi Center - the last two of which saw seating areas closed down by fire marshals because of capacity concerns - the show moves to Invesco Field for the big finish Thursday night - when history will again be made, as Obama accepts his party's nomination. "It's just so amazing to be here," Vandershaaf said.