Barack On!

31 Jan 2008 01:19 am
Posted by: Krista

Here’s just a quick snippet before I head to sleepytown.  The Barack Obama rally was incredible!  I was awestruck to see so many people turn out for a presidential primary rally.  The only thing I had to compare it to were a couple of rallys I went to when I was stumping for good ol’ Howard Dean, and those did not compare to this.

Justin and I were in the nose bleed section, but we had an excellent view of the crowd and enjoyed watching the VIPs mingle on the court.  Caroline Kennedy gave a very short introduction, but I wish she’d spoken longer, and Janet spoke for a few minutes and got the crowd revved up.  The crowd jumped to their feet when she announced Obama, and we cheered him onto the platform.

Barack’s speech was fantastic.  He’s one talented man.

The things that stood out for me were the bits about poverty, education, and health care.  These are some of our core topics as democrats and can sound redundant, but when he told us what he wanted to do, I believed he was the man who could actually make it happen. 

He didn’t shy away from controversial topics. In fact, what stood out most for me was that he stands for all people and wasn’t pandering to any specific group. 

The best laugh of the night was when he joked about his cousin, Dick Cheney, and how he would have preferred being related to someone else. 

His best word of the night was Hopemongering.  I’m a word geek, so I loved that.

I’d tell you more, but you’re better off watching it on youtube. 

Good night, and Barack the Vote!


  1. Comment by Donna on January 31, 2008 12:19 pm

    Hey Krista! I’m sorry I didn’t see you there. I was volunteering, herding the mass of humanity into their proper portals.

    My favorite line was “we don’t need someone who’s ready on day one, we need someone who’s right on day one.” Amen to that.

  2. Comment by Jon on January 31, 2008 3:54 pm

    Mr. Obama is exciting a lot of people. He has intelligence and charisma. We will see if that is enough to overcome his lack of political experience.

    I think intelligence and leadership ability and the ability to inspire people is enough to overcome inexperience.

  3. Comment by Alicia on January 31, 2008 8:25 pm

    I quite enjoyed the line of boiling the hope out of him. And I definitely thought of his education themes when buying watercolors for my class tonight, as my school doesn’t provide art supplies to regular classroom teachers.

  4. Comment by Krista on February 1, 2008 8:49 am

    He had so many good lines! The whole speech resonated with me. I can’t wait to cast my vote for Obama on Tuesday!

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