By the time Jimmy Carter conceded, all that the party of six at the Foxtrappe club bar had left was a feisty hangman's humor. "I've got the boat tickets over here," said one tuxedoed guest at the door. "Hey, when was the last time we had a Republican president?" asked the bartender. The answer: "That was just four years ago, dummy, didn't it make the newspaper in North Carolina?"
"At least Carter had some black people like Coretta King, Andy Young and Jesse Jackson that he saw," offered Vincent (Sonny) Washington, an insurance salesman. "I don't think people voted for Reagan as much as against black people. Those folks out there didn't like seeing black people around the president."
Stephen Moss, a car salesman, was shaking his head, not in despair, but because he didn't know why people couldn't adjust to the new day. "I am in business in Fairfax County, so I am glad to see the government change hands. That's hard for a black to say. But the answer for us now is economics, not legislation."
Michael Dickelson, a federal agent, had kept up his tradition of voting Republican. "The man doesn't make a difference, as long as he adheres to the platform and the party. I think Reagan will surround himself with a good brain trust and get us out of trouble," said Dickelson.
When he got to the door, Dickelson took a parting shot. "Hey, Sonny, you better sell some more insurance," he yelled. "Black folks are gonna need it." b