It was an amazing experience from the start. Lines were long like nobody’s business, but they eventually started moving. Gotta love the 56474572358667583 people trying to sell me and my bro campaign buttons and shirts and stuff. But you really shoulda just seen that crowd.
Getting in was interesting, security was tight, but fast-paced. Take note, airports. More crowds. Diverse, interesting crowds. We met up with my possible future brother-in-law, he’s an ok guy. I approve.
Then, the Shaw marching band entered. A famous, urban, all brass, small band, big sound group. When you first hear them, they are amazing. This was my 3rd time seeing them, first time in uniform. They did a pretty good job, not the best in my opinion.
Then a million-and-five people spoke. Insert sarcastic commentary from my and my bro.
Then Common performed. Definition of awesome.
Next we had the governor, then vice president Joe Biden, then the main speaker, Obama himself. The president is an amazing orator, and he really reached the audience. 3 guys sitting not very far from us started randomly yelling, without knowing this Obama started a “Yes we can” chant, making a counter-demonstration. As the 3 were being escorted out, I yelled “Watch your assholes in jail!” I was later informed those guys were Gay Rights activists, can you say “instant regret?”
The speech continued, this guy really can talk. I admire that. Afterwords, we went to the board of elections so my brother-in-law could vote, Shaw band paraded by, on the sidewalk. I’ve never been that close to such a great band. That was quite the adrenaline rush.
All and all, this was a great experience, one I can really look back on. It doesn’t matter what the politics involved were, I really enjoyed this wonderful opportunity.