Michael and I spent the day (in the sun) in Springfield today as part of the 35,000-person group of supporters who watched (or in my case, because I am so short, listened to) Barack Obama introduce Joe Biden as his running mate. It was a thrill to be part of such a fine, diverse (and I mean it in the most literal sense), orderly, and like-minded crowd.
Now that I am home, it is totally surreal to watch the event on television again and again, particularly after not really being able to watch it when I was there. But I was there, and I have the sunburn to prove it. I was able, along with 35,000 other people, to be a part of the experience. My clapping, cheering, and booing (when it was appropriate) meant a lot more in Springfield today than it does when I clap, cheer, and boo in my living room.
Here's one of the pictures that Michael took:
and his detailed post about our day.