Local Diners React To Election Outcome
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — President Barack Obama won the electoral college– and the popular vote– as well as the state of Pennsylvania.
But despite the support for the president, some fear the nation is too divided.
The headline on Wednesday’s Tribune-Review says it all — Obama will see another term as the president.
This morning at Tom’s Diner, KDKA’s Ross Guidotti asked folks about the election results, like where’s the country headed post-election?
“Tonight more than 200 years after a colony broke to determine its own destiny,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, “the task of perfecting our union moves forward.”
Wednesday morning, at the diner, there were some people who were satisfied with the election.
“I was happy with it,” voter Gary Szarell said. “It was good to see President Obama get re-elected.”
And there were people who were not satisfied.
“I’m not surprised, but I am disappointed because I am a Republican,” voter Tom Fletcher said.
It also revealed, regardless of the outcome, people are worried about our more perfect union.
“I am disappointed that we are so divided,” voter Camille Huzzard.
“Lincoln said a house divided can not stand,” Fletcher said.
According to everyone that KDKA’s Ross Guidotti spoke to, this election has driven Americans apart as no other.
“It’s awful, it’s awful. There are people saying bad things, bad mouthing, it’s sad to me,” Huzzard said.
And once again according to the admittedly small sample at the diner, 10 percent of the right and 10 percent of the left are to blame.
“The 80 percent of us that I think are normal people, I think are really the losers,” Fletcher said.
Normally no matter how bitter the election, Americans more on and get along.
And it’s likely it will happen again, but Wednesday’s small sample group at Tom’s says this time, it won’t be easy.
“I don’t know how to fix it ,” Huzzard said. “I wish I did. I wish there was a magic spell we could cast. I don’t think we’re in trouble, ‘cause I still think we’re America — I still believe there’s hope there.”
And if unity is sought in America, there’s not a lot of time to establish it because the next election’s wheels will start to turn in just two years.