Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Saw Barack Obama

I attended a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday that featured a lot of the things I've come to associate with Obama: a shitload of "Change" signs, enthusiastic people of all kinds, American flags.  This time, however, things were a little different.

This time, Obama was there.

It happened around 8:30 in the morning in Progress Plaza in Philadelphia, as the sun was just making its way over a building on the eastern side of the square.  For a while, I felt like I could barely see.  Didn't matter.  I was looking at Obama.

He gave a great speech, an inspiring speech, that I've posted on Facebook and will post here soon.  He talked about the economy, he talked a bit about McCain, but most of all he talked about us.  He talked about all of us, how we're all in it together, how we can make it through these tough times, how we shouldn't be afraid.

It was surreal.  For one thing, I've seen him on TV eight million times.  I was also ridiculously tired.  But, most of all, I've never seen someone inspire so many people like that.  It was insane.  It makes me wonder how, after all this time, after he's been proven right on so many things, some people can still call him  "naive" or "risky" or "unprepared."

Folks, this guy is ready.  He walks like the President, he talks like the President, he seems like the President.  He's ready.  I saw it.

(Photo: yours truly)

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