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"I feel so relieved, I feel like I can breathe again!" A part of the United States rejoices after the election of Joe Biden to the presidency


New Yorkers dancing in the streets, Black Lives Matter activists shouting their joy in Philadelphia, thousands of residents converging on the White House in Washington... The announcement of Joe Biden's victory in Saturday's U.S. presidential election has sparked scenes of jubilation across the country.





After four days of counting and waiting, Democratic candidate Joe Biden was elected Saturday, November 7 as the 46th President of the United States. It was 5:30 pm, French time, when the news fell, 11:30 am on the East Coast of the United States, causing scenes of jubilation in several American cities, such as Washington, New York or Wilmington, the city of Joe Biden.

In Washington, a few minutes after the announcement made by CNN, a crowd headed for the White House. A massive crowd came by car, by a horn, by bicycle, on foot. These thousands of people, with American flags, portraits of Joe Biden and his future vice-president Kamala Harris, celebrated, uncorked many bottles of champagne, sang We are the champions of the group Queen, also danced to the sound of a sound system installed on a truck.

In this crowd, there is Cecilia, surrounded by an American flag and masked on her face to protect herself from the Covid. "I feel really relieved, it's a feeling of peace after four years of tension," she says. What she now expects from Joe Biden is "kindness, the ability to work with the rest of the world again". Coronavirus is also a very important topic for her. "I disagreed with Donald Trump," on how to manage the health crisis, she explains. But today is Joe Biden's "moment of triumph" that Cecilia came to celebrate in front of the White House. All around her, jubilant Americans and signs reading "Bye Don" and "Goodbye Donald Trump".

In New York, the atmosphere is also festive. Here, too, thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate the victory of the Democrat. In a Brooklyn neighborhood, brass bands, guitarists, horns and pots and pans resounded for hours. Shey, 19, was voting for the first time and can hardly contain her tears of joy today. "I feel so relieved, I feel like I can breathe again," she says. "I hope that Joe Biden will bring justice back to this country, justice that has been taken away from us," the young woman continues, in tears. Shey is "so happy that there was so much participation, that people rushed to the polls," she says. And it's true, the turnout is historic, the emotion too. On the streets of Brooklyn, residents of the neighborhood say they've never seen such emotion.

In Wilmington, a city of 70,000 people in the state of Delaware, where Joe Biden was first elected Senator in 1973, there is excitement. Biden, after whom the train station and the municipal swimming pool are named, is known to everyone here and almost everyone has met him. This is the case of Faith, who wears a Joe Biden mask and T-shirt, as well as a tray with a cuddly toy with the effigy of Joe Biden and a photo on which she poses, when she was young, next to Joe Biden, then newly elected senator. That was almost 50 years ago. "A wonderful person," she recalls. "Look at all these people around us. He loves all of us, he has time for everyone," explains Faith, who is one of those lifelong Democrats who followed this "local guy", this "normal guy" as we say here.


These last few days have been difficult for her. "There have been many sleepless nights, but I have kept the faith. You know, faith is my name, I knew he was going to win," she says. But even though it's a time for euphoria, Face also knows it's not going to be easy afterwards. "It's not going to be an easy job because of all the mess that's been going on for four years. We're going to have to disinfect this house which has been polluted. Maybe we're going to have to build a new White House," says Faith as activists around her chant "Clean the house! Activists who feel like they are emerging from a nightmare and who, while knowing that things will be complicated tomorrow, are for the moment in the joy of the moment.



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