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He’s Still Got It

October 13, 2008

I just got back from a political rally for Obama. No, he wasn’t in Richmond, but President Bill Clinton came to campaign for the candidate. I went with a friend; actually she suggested it, I was thinking it would be too much trouble, too complicated on a weeknight, blah blah blah. But the event was scheduled to start at 8 pm, and Clinton was supposed to speak at 9:30. So I put the Bean to bed and got the Bug bathed and pajama’d before we took off.

We drove around looking for a parking space for awhile, and saw the line to get into the rally. It was wrapped around the block at 7:40! We found a space and queued up, figure we’d have to go through some security and join the masses. We were told not to bring bags in, so we assumed we’d be “checked out.”

We made it around the block pretty quickly and simply walked into the outdoor “student commons” area where the rally was happening. No security. Anyway, we found a spot with a little tree obscuring our view of the podium, but it was pretty good. We talked, about politics, about kids, about books. The stuff I talk about with my friend, C. We settled in for a long wait.

At 8:30, someone walked to the podium and said, “Please welcome President Bill Clinton!” We jumped up, taking our place on the brick wall where we would watch him give a great speech. He was very good, talked a lot about college loans, opportunities for everyone (the rally was held at a state university with an urban campus that has grown A LOT in size and profile in the past few years). Something like 20,000 students attend. Of course the main emphasis of the speech was the economy. His theme was that Obama understands the problems that got us to this point, and knows who to consult and how to figure out how to get us out of this economic crisis. He never mentioned McCain’s name, but the inference was definitely that he does not understand.

It was great, and I’m glad we went. And I was home at 9:30!

This election will make history, no matter what happens. Every election does, but the fact that Obama is even the nominee is significant in itself. But I think I might have just witnessed something even more historic… has Bill Clinton ever been an hour early?

Anyway, I’ve been rather annoyed with the Clintons over the past few months. They do think they’re better than everyone else, that they deserve special political treatment. But I would vote for him again today. No matter his personality flaws, he understands how to run this country. And that’s all that really matters. I don’t care who the President sleeps with, who his neighbors are, or how many houses he has. I care that he knows how to govern and can leave us better off, not in a hole we’re not sure we can dig ourselves out of.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2008 4:00 am

    Today’s Washington Post has an article “Va. Democrats’ Surprising Plan: Call Bill Clinton” which, of course, made me immediately think of you. It talks about his swing through your state (are you sure he wasn’t the guy at the gas station? 🙂 on Obama’s behalf. Like you, I would vote for Clinton again in a nanosecond. Glad you got to go to the rally!

  2. JEC permalink
    October 13, 2008 4:48 pm

    Hurray! I’m glad you got to go–was hoping you would. Now you’ve done two (more) things I’ve never done–you’ve seen Bill Clinton speak, and you’ve seen the Rolling Stones perform.

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