It didn’t take long for CNN and other networks to call the U.S. presidential election. Shortly after Ohio and Virginia were colored blue, about 10 p.m. CST, the 24 TV news networks displayed large, “Obama wins” graphics that sent throngs in Chicago’s Grant Park into a frenzy.
Not bad, to have the election called three hours after polls closed in most of the Heartland. But don’t get too cocky, media types. The Amazing Kreskin called it 11 months ago. We’ll find out today whether he was right:
“I am staking my reputation on this prediction, and I’m completely confident that I’ve picked the winner. There is no doubt in my mind.”
The above quote is from a press release making the rounds. Kreskin made his prediction last December — back when there were more than a dozen candidates — and sealed it in a lockbox under the purview of Rabbi David Rosenn (pictured above, left). The box has been on public display at a trendy New York City bar; an NYC radio talk show host has held on to a backup. The lockbox will be opened at 1 p.m. EST today in the bar, and we’ll find out if he called it. The prediction will also have other important predictions relevant to the state of the world, according to the release.
As part of the prediction, Kreskin challenged anyone with enough cash to bet him that he was right. Strangely enough, no one accepted. But we didn’t need Ohio or Virginia to call THAT.
UPDATE: He did it.