Friday, September 05, 2008

Barack Obama

Yesterday afternoon I went to see Barack Obama. Seriously. He made a campaign stop in Lancaster's Buchanan park, just up the street from my house. So I rode my bike over there to see what all the commotion was about. I climbed a tree to get a better view, since there were so many people there. It was kind of like Zaccheus and Jesus, except that Barack didn't call me down from the tree and tell me he wanted to eat at my house. Good thing, too, since I didn't have any food ready. I heard him introduced and about five minutes of his speech, and then got yelled at by the secret service to get down from the tree. I guess they don't like people in trees around presidential candidates. That was as close to Zaccheus as I got. So I got down and listened to the rest of the speech from the ground - fortunately I could still see him ok, since I was taller than most of the people around me. He gave a good speech, I thought, given that he only spoke for 45 minutes. He has a comfortable and easy way of speaking, and he seems to think clearly, though the long hours of campaigning are showing their toll in his pauses and his lost train of thought. But all in all, a good speech. I've never been really interested in politics, especially presidential campaigns, but this campaign is a bit different - I think because both candidates are coming to my back yard. Good 'ol Lancaster. And they're both coming to places I can walk to. So I plan on going to see McCain in the flesh when he shows up on Tuesday - see what it's all about. Maybe then I can make an informed decision.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps when McCain comes to town you can find a spot that won't ruffle the feathers of the secret service.

Tip: Avoid windows on the 6th floor of a book depository

Anonymous said...

That was you in the tree? I saw that someone had climbed up in a tree and police officer on the horse was yelling at them to get down.