Saturday, August 23, 2008

Great News from Springfield

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.

3 comments:

Robert Gable said...

It's great you were there.

This reminds me that my parents, good Hoosier Republicans that they were, attended the speech by Dan Quayle in his Indiana hometown after he had just been selected by Bush Senior as his VP.

I still have a poster from the event, for better or worse.

Elaine Fine said...

I remember when Dan Quayle came to our Illinois town (2 hours or so Southeast of Springfield). I remember a group of people organized to picket the event, and the only thing I really remember about him had to do with his spelling of "potatoe." Whatever he did as Vice President escapes my memory.

Scott said...

First, I agree that it is so cool that you were at the event. I spent Saturday morning knocking on doors with the area Field Unit Coordinator, and had to miss the speech since I was playing at our opening convocation.

Second, VP Quayle was known for attacking a fictional character (Murphy Brown) about morality, because she actually decided to continue a pregnancy. I can never figure out the actual moral stance of most Republican politicians.