Tuesday, October 28, 2008
History in The Making or My Date with Barack Obama
When Dave read that Obama would be in Reno on Saturday, I did not have to think twice about going to the rally. Hooray!! With much excitement we made our way to Nevada on Friday afternoon. There were no rooms available for us in Reno on Friday night so we made our first stop at Harvey's in Lake Tahoe. For those that know me well, you know I love my slot play, but since we've been diligent in our budgeting to purchase our first home I don't get much of a chance to play. So I was thrilled when Dave pulled out a big win within our first hour there.
Saturday morning we were up EARLY to pack it up and hit the road for the hour drive to Reno. The gates were scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. with Obama appearing at 10 a.m. We had no idea that we were going to join a few thousand supporters already there by 7ish. We stood in the line and got the coveted 'colored sticker' to show that we had signed in and could indeed enter the stadium. Very exciting. We had nice, easy conversations with people in the line. Before we knew it there was a long line behind us. Everything was very organized and very well ran, although this gal really wanted some hot coffee - it was 39 degrees! We stood waiting for the hour and a half that we had left before the next president was to appear. It was a festive environment with music. The only time I have ever fought crowds to be a part of something was for my kids - once for a New Kids On The Block Concert and then for a Harry Potter cast event in Hollywood and I hated the experience but of course you do those things for your kid. This was so different - I felt like I would never have the opportunity to be a part of history and I was not disappointed. Barack Obama delivered. He was warm, relaxed, confident and definitely in charge. He spoke of all the things that I admire him for. I would stand for many more hours to have that opportunity. Dave and I were both emotional to be so near this man that represents all the things a leader embodies. There were no cheap shots made - I was proud to be an Obama supporter and proud to be an American. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had been able to shake his hand. Dave took lots of pictures and some video. I hope you enjoy them but I know it is just not the same if you're not there.
We have one week to go to elect our next President. Please vote and vote early if you can. We CAN make a difference.