Friday, October 24, 2008
Well, I know I'm talking about politics again, but this was sort of an exciting opportunity.
Yesterday a girlfriend and I took off and drove down to Sarasota for the McCain rally. Sarasota isn't a large town, and we heard that the doors were to open at three; McCain was to speak at six.
Sharon and I arrived at 3:15 and found a looooong line already stretching down four blocks. We walked to the end of the line, greeting others, and found a real sense of delight from everyone. Nobody was griping about having to stand in line--everyone was delighted and maybe even surprised to find so many others present.
We stood in that line for three hours, and we didn't even get in. We heard that the stadium seated 4,000, and there had to be more people than that outside the arena. When it became clear that we weren't going to get in, everyone just moved down to the front of the building to stand and wait . . . no one wanted to leave. Everyone was just happy to be there and show support.
The one statement I heard over and over was that the media would have us think that there's no one voting for McCain--well, lots of folks are.
Enjoy the photos. I had fun snapping them. Click on any to enlarge. :-)
P.S. I forgot--one lovely thing happened while we were all standing outside the arena, knowing we couldn't get in. We all had this urge to do something, and then it happened--someone started to sing "God Bless America." The song spread throughout the crowd, and we all finished in a rousing chorus.
God bless America, indeed.