People filled the streets of Oakland Saturday morning in reaction to major news outlets projecting Joe Biden and Oakland native Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the U.S. after days of counting votes from Tuesday’s election.
The area outside Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater was filled with supporters waving Biden/Harris signs and the theater marquee read:
“This is America we must count every vote.”
Biden, the former vice president, and Harris, former San Francisco district attorney, California attorney general and U.S. senator, are projected to defeat President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to take the White House.
Harris, who grew up in the East Bay, will be the first female vice president in the country’s history.
56 years ago, my grandfather delivered @KamalaHarris at Kaiser hospital in Oakland.
My grandfather, the first black OBGYN in Oakland, delivered the first Black, female vice president of the United States.
I wish he could be here today. #BidenHarris2020
— mariah (@Mariah__Driver) November 7, 2020
Molly Glocker, one of the people who gathered outside Grand Lake Theater, said:
“I’m feeling very good. This means a better future for my two daughters.”
— Sarah Belle Lin (@SarahBelleLin) November 7, 2020
Cheryl Davis of Piedmont said she came to the theater to celebrate and with a sense of relief, adding:
“I don’t have to be depressed for the next four years because of the evil perpetrated by a venal president.”