That's what Obama said yesterday and I swear, I'm starting to believe him. We will know for sure next week!
I joined 28,000 of my fellow North Carolinians at the Obama rally in downtown Raleigh yesterday. It was so wonderful to get to hear him in person! Notice that I said "hear" not "see" because I was very far away from the stage! I took some photos and well, you gotta trust me on this, he’s in the photo below. LOL. The Raleigh News and Observer has a slide show here with some nice close-ups of him.
Like many others, I was just holding my camera up as high as I could and snapping. At one point, I climbed up on a wall and had a very good view but the police came and made me get down before I could get a photo.
Obama is so eloquent and inspirational, of course, but he’s funnier and more informal in person than he is on TV. I loved hearing him laugh!
My favorite part was when he was talking about how McPain wants to privatize Social Security. Obama said, can you imagine if our Social Security money had been invested in Wall St. last month? We would all be walking around clutching our hearts like Fred Sanford, saying "Wheezie, I'm a coming!" It cracked me up and made me think about my late grandfather whose favorite show was Sanford and Son.
Obama also had this great line about being called a socialist:
"By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich." Big cheers for this!
I don't think Raleigh was really prepared for so many people, all of whom had to go through a metal detector. When I arrived, I saw this line of people and then I had to walk 15 minutes to get to the back of the line!
The line snaked all over downtown Raleigh, and it was 1.5 hours before I finally got inside. But it was worth it, and the people I was standing in line with were a lot of fun. The crowd was great with such good vibes overall. I had a great time hanging out with these folks!
I walked in just as Obama was starting to speak. I read in the paper that over 1,000 people were turned away so I was lucky!
This is when he asked us how many of us make under $250,000 a year. Then he told us that our taxes will NOT go up. He explained his tax plans thoroughly and addressed all the Republican "misinterpretations" very clearly.
A few more photos:
Secret Service guys were on top of the surrounding buildings watching the crowd with binoculars.
People leaving after Obama finished speaking. They were playing the song "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" as we left. I hope that's an omen!
A few scenes from the surrounding streets (lots of vendors had set up shop):
These folks from California had a cool van and were selling hand-painted shirts. I think they might be former Dead Heads turned Obama Heads.
Love this scooter!
After the rally, I decided to skip work for the rest of the day and make a "Staycation" day of it. I walked around and took some photos of churches and then went to the NC Museum of Natural Science to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Pretty cool exhibit. I went to 42nd St. Oyster Bar and had some shrimp for lunch and then when school was out, I went over and played with my nephews for a while. They took me on a hike to show me this tee-pee they are building in the woods. FUN!
I think 28,000 people is a GREAT turn-out for a work day. By contrast, 9,000 people showed up to hear McCain on Tuesday. All of us standing in line were joking about playing hooky from work; I said that I had called in "sick of Republicans."
Will NC "turn it blue"? All I really want is for Obama to win, but if North Carolina becomes a blue state, that will be the icing on the cake. I'll be overjoyed!