New York — New Yorkers were buzzing with excitement at Rockefeller Center today, as the area had been transformed into “Democracy Plaza”, courtesy of NBC.
Javier Soto, who lives near Battery Park City in lower Manhattan, took the day off from his job in advertising to attend this event. “Election day is like the Super Bowl for me. I am more interested in this than the Super Bowl, so I always take the day off, watch the coverage and wait for the results,” said Soto.
Red, white and blue decorations covered Rockefeller Center, as crowds wove in and out of different activity booths stationed around the plaza.
Children drew caricatures of themselves with the presidential candidates on plasma screens, while others joined in mock newscasts, reading off a teleprompter as if they were real newscasters.
Heather MacDonald, a physician’s assistant at a hospital in Manhattan, saw the event on the news in the morning, and decided to stop by. “I think it’s interesting they are playing these political statements from presidents in the past to sort of get everyone motivated. It’s colorful, it’s nice,” said MacDonald.
While MacDonald did not disclose whom she voted for, she did say it was a tough call this year, as she found herself switching between parties.
Soto voted for Obama and hopes he gets re-elected for a number of reasons. “For me, it has always been about foreign policy and social issues,” said Soto.
As NBC’s event placed a large emphasis on democracy, MacDonald admitted to feeling fortunate to be living in the US. “We all argue against each other when it comes time to vote, but at the end of the day, it’s nice we have the opportunity to vote. I waited in line for two and a half hours to vote today and everyone waited with me. No one left,” said MacDonald.
Thousands are expected to appear in Rockefeller center later tonight, in order to watch coverage of the election. Rockefeller ice-skating rink will be lit up, as NBC will be projecting a map of the United States, with states turning red or blue as election results are announced.