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Barack and Me! Well, Almost



The minute I saw the email, I was out the door. But it wasn't soon enough.

The news: Barack Obama is coming to Malvern for a town hall meeting at Great Valley High School! The email, which I read yesterday at about 1 p.m., said I could pick up tickets at 234 Bridge Street in Phoenixville. I jumped into my car and went right over.

Turned out the tickets were already gone! The nice young woman who had set up a table outside Bridge Street Fine Arts was very sweet and apologetic. She whipped out her digital camera and showed me pictures of the people who were camped out on the sidewalk when she arrived that morning. The ticket giveaway started at 10, and by 11:30 the last ticket (and we're talking more than 1,000 tickets!) had been handed out. I signed onto the waiting list and took an Obama sticker for my jacket.

I wandered into and out of a few shops, and noticed that people continued to stop by the Obama table, hoping for tickets. The owner of one shop mentioned she had tickets for herself and a friend, and had just given her last ticket to a customer -- sigh!

So a large crowd of local folks, including some very lucky students at GVHS (motto: "Patriot Pride: Be a Part of It!"), will get to hear Sen. Obama in Malvern at around lunchtime today. Not I, though.

I never thought I'd say this, but the man is too darn popular! :-)

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On my way home, I stopped at Staples for printer cartridges. As I left the store, I saw an older woman standing in the parking lot, staring at the bumper of my car. (This car, as you might imagine, has a collection of very liberal bumper stickers.)

I called out a greeting to her, and she turned around and said, "I wondered if you've decided who you're voting for!"

Just as I told her, she caught sight of the Obama sticker on my jacket. I asked her if she had decided, and she said she was still thinking about it.

There are excellent candidates this year, she said, a better choice than we've had in years. I agreed, I wished her a good day, and left her with these parting words:

"Anyone but McCain!"

(P.S.: Before dinnertime, my old, curling-at-the-edges Kerry-Edwards sticker had been removed and replaced by a beautiful new Obama '08 sticker. Bring on the primary!)

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Great comment. I agree. Anyone but McCain!
Thanks for coming over to my blog and sharing the love. I wish we lived in a country where people knew it isn't appropriate to spew hate just because they have differing political views. It was nice to see some friendlier comments when I posted today.
Thanks again.
Peace,
Kelly
(Anonymous)
Apr. 10th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
So what is it about Obama that's captured the nation's attention? What is it for YOU? I hope that doesn't sound bitchy. It is definitely NOT meant to sound bitchy. I'm asking because I get overwhelmed with all of the political stuff so easy -- the last few months I've stuck my head in the sand. I liked Hillary but I like Obama too. (But I like them for different reasons.) Seems Hillary incites a certain passion amongst people -- they either love or hate her. Obama has charisma and he's got ALOT of people who really love him. I've read a bit about him but obviously need to start doing my homework so I can make an informed decision come November.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 10th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
So what is it about Obama that's captured the nation's attention? What is it for YOU? I hope that doesn't sound bitchy. It is definitely NOT meant to sound bitchy. I'm asking because I get overwhelmed with all of the political stuff so easy -- the last few months I've stuck my head in the sand. I liked Hillary but I like Obama too. (But I like them for different reasons.) Seems Hillary incites a certain passion amongst people -- they either love or hate her. Obama has charisma and seems much more a "people person." I've read a bit about his background but not much about his views and experience but obviously need to start reading more...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 10th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Linda -- the clueless person who inadvertantly posted twice? That's me. hi!

(Lisa @ Midwestern Mommy)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
PJ and I took a 5.5 mile walk on the Perkiomen Trail yesterday and of course, Hillary vs. Barack came up in the conversation. I really need to sharpen my knowledge of them both in order to make an informed decision, but my own twisted mind has already decided that I like Obama.

I came to this conclusion because I like his inexperience. My perception (and it could be completely wrong, of course) is that he hasn't been in the game as long as Clinton; doesn't owe as many people favors as Clinton does, etc. I'm thinking he might be a little less corrupt. Again, this is just my perception.
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