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17 January 2009 @ 11:13 pm
Obama in Wilmington  
Today I saw Barack Obama speak. In person.

He was really far away...but it was still really, really cool.

The whole thing was pretty amazing. When we got down to the riverfront, we actually had a really easy time parking (because we decided to park kind of far away) and getting through security and everything. We found a spot to stand, pretty far from the podium but not obscenely far, and then stood around for probably an hour until anything happened. It was fucking cold out, but I had hand and foot warmers and the sun was shining and there was a whole lot of body heat, so it really wasn't bad.

I mostly cared about three of the various speakers, the first being Jack Markell. He gave a really nice speech about Thomas Garrett and Harriet Tubman (since we were in/next to Tubman-Garrett Park). I kind of had a "this person who I actually know is giving a speech at an Obama rally oh my god" moment. XD The next was Joe Biden, who talked about riding the Amtrak and how Delaware will always be in his heart and other cheesy stuff... XD; Actually, I liked it a lot at the time, but it sounds really cheesy in hindsight.

Then there was Obama, of course. He talked about how Delaware is so awesome and full of nice people like Joe Biden. I'm serious XD And however much we all complain about Delaware, it is REALLY fun to have our state recognized once in a while!

Everyone around us in the crowd was really nice, too. We were all just excited to see Obama, even if we had to stand on tiptoe. There was one crazy girl a little ways behind us who climbed way up in a tree and started yelling "I love you, Mr. Obama!" and flailing around...the people next to us said they were going to put her on YouTube. XD;;
Current Location: Wilmington, DE
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
olorwenolorwen on January 18th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Woah my gosh, that rocks!! I saw it on tv, because my dad wouldn't go, but still it was pretty cool! How early did you have to get there?
Syomimashou on January 18th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
We didn't get there too insanely early... We were probably parking around 11:15 and then we had about a ten-minute walk to the train station. I was surprised at how close we were given that we were only about an hour or so early.
>:(: Andy Pedo9kinds on January 18th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Delaware represent! \o/
Syomimashou on January 18th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
:Doh_i_know22 on January 18th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
wow yeah we saw it on tv on cnn- but missed most of Markell's speech cause the cnn newscasters were like "it appears that someone is speaking. Perhaps we should be listening in.." it was really funny. and my dad kept saying we can still make it in time to see the train leave! but i had to catch my bus
Syomimashou on January 18th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Silly cnn. XD;
<3~Naomi~<3i_llbthere4u on January 19th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I'm so jealous. I really wanted to go, but I was in CT visiting my boyfriend yesterday. I'm back now, but I really wanted to see that. I'm glad it was fabulous. I took Amtrak down to DC for a Math conference two weeks ago and I thought of Joe. I was secretly hoping he'd be on my train. He wasn't : (
Syomimashou on January 19th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's too bad that now he has to have all sorts of crazy security and probably will be on private trains/planes from now on. Although I never take the Acela anyway XD
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S: usa-chan squeeyomimashou on January 20th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! XD