I arrived at the Obama rally in Columbus today late, about 10 minutes before it started (which was actually on time!). I knew the crowd would be big and I knew I wouldn’t get very close to the stage.
But boy did I really underestimate the size of the crowd.
Not only could I not get anywhere near the stage – I couldn’t even SEE the stage. And I walked all the way around the State House and tried from every angle.
Not only could I not see the stage, but it took me ten minutes to fight my way into viewing distance of the big video screen they had set up on High Street – and even then I couldn’t see crap.
And you know what?
I don’t care at all. Not even a little bit.
It was an amazing experience. And honestly I think I would have been disappointed if there were any fewer people at the event.
Tens of thousands of people wearing Obama t-shirts and button and holding up Obama/Biden signs or signs they made themselves.
I’ve been to a lot of political rallies and, as I may have mentioned before, I normally don’t like them.
But this one was different. The crowd was different. The attitude was different. It really, really was more than just a political rally for this year’s candidate.
I don’t want to get all mushy or anything – but this really was one of those events that people are going to talk about for the rest of their lives.
This really was my little piece of history.
Now I’m just left wondering what it would have been like had I actually been able to see the stage.