Barack Obama booster and Law and Order wisecracker Richard Belzer was standing around with Tony Ortega, editor of The Village Voice, in the Audubon Ballroom on election night. He said he got "very emotional" in the booth.
"Pulling the lever for Obama was pretty amazing. And here we are in the Audubon Ballroom, where in February of 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated. And tonight we may celebrate a black President, so let the healing begin."
If Mr. Belzer is lucky enough to have a victory tonight, what does he expect from an Obama administration?
"I expect for him to be a quick learner. He’s gonna be handed a lot of impossible situations. But I think he’s the one candidate that will have tremendous reservoir of good will from all political persuasions to get through this. So, symbolically, realistically, he couldn’t be more right for the moment."
"I think every black kid will tomorrow will be one inch taller when he goes to school. And I think everyone will be energized. And a lot of people who had given up hope in the last seven eight years are hopeful."