The family went to the Obama rally tonight and here is what I observed.
First, we go to the area round 2:45 and when we tried to park in some handicapped parking places promised by the Obama campaign, we were turned down by Metro. We saw numerous older and disabled walk from Freedom Park to the school. I saw numerous people in wheelchairs, using walkers and walk with canes. Clearly, the Obama campaign did not anticipate the number of disabled and they really screwed up in this manner.
From Freedom Park, we had to walk to the end of the line and the end of the line was on Parkhurst and Washington, at least 1/2 mile or longer line. Most people who waited in line were in line at least 2 hours to get in. We had some Obama volunteers come by and state to us that we would not be able to get into the rally unless we gave them our name, phone number and e-mail address. A lot of people were ticked off at that and I am sure they got a lot of false information.
Except there was 1 problem with what the Obama volunteer said. No one ever collected our ticket. All the volunteer and the Obama campaign wanted was our personal information- very dishonest. Further, the campaign said you needed a ticket to get in, but no one was checking tickets, so anybody could have gotten in. The most frustrating part of standing in line was seeing all the people who cut in line just because they could. Is this your typical Democrat?
While were sweating line, I did meet Steven Horsford, candidate for Congress. He seemed like a nice guy and it was nice to see a politician shaking hands with people and he was the only person I saw, so, goo d for him.
When we finally got into the park, after waiting for about 2 hours in line, they took our cool water and exchanged it for some very hot water. Apparently, the people running the show doesn't know how to cool down water- you don't put the pallet of water in the sun, you put it in the shade.
As for the speakers, Dina Titus, candidate for congress spoke, but she did not receive much of a reception, even when she spoke in Spanish first.
Surprisingly, Shelly Berkley as mentioned just once and Horsford and another guy running for Congress, john Oceguera were not mentioned at all.
Th rally started with a prayer, which kind of surprised me followed by a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.
There were many families in the crowd, which was kind of nice and there was an even mix of whites, blacks and Hispanics.
There was a Mexican rock band there and most people, especially the Hispanics enjoyed them, but the Blacks in the audience pretty much ignored them.
The creepiest moment was the music that came on just before Obama spoke. They were love songs and sang about how much we loved him, Obama. That part was very creepy. I have supported a lot o candidates in my time, but I would never say I love them or adored them. Instead of uplifting, rally music, the Obama campaign played love music.
Obama was introduced by a daughter of an illegal immigrant and she spoke the liberal talking points and to be honest, she was not that good of speaker.
Then the President spoke, but surprisingly, hundreds of people, if not a thousand people, walked out while he was talking. What was the point of seeing the president and then walk out when he is talking?
The worst line of the night by Obama was telling us how nice the weather was. Obviously, he didn't understand that most people stood in line for hours in 100F degree temperatures to see him,and that most people were were not thrilled about the weather.
There were about 6000 people at the rally, even though the Obama campaign was saying they had 10,000 there. Still, that was far more than I expected.
Finally, at the end, Metro police made us park at Freedom Park the cops were standing at the intersection for several hours. Then, as soon as the president's motorcade left the building, so did the cops, causing huge traffic problems by Freedom Park. Moron cops.
All in all, the rally was all about Obama and none of the other candidates, which surprised me.The standing in line for 2 hours or more was unacceptable and it ticked off a lot of people.
As a Republican, this is the kind of rally I would like to see Democrats have. Other than Obama, there was not much of a rally.
Finally, not one 1 speaker thanked those of us who stood in line for hours for being there and then waited in the heat to them speak. That is extremely rude and arrogant.
So, I don't care what the media says about the Obama rally, this is what really happened.