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Our New President

November 5, 2008

Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama—as prepared for delivery
Election Night
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Chicago, Illinois

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

I support Barack Hussein Obama – Updated

October 26, 2008

Update – President Obama is proving me wrong on this. He is following the same old line about how we have to be involved in everyone’s business. He has yet to condemn Israel’s vicious actions towards the Palestinians, his new Secretary of State is still saying Iran wants nukes, and he is sending more troops into Afghanistan. What a disappointment.

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That’s right. I do. I just re-posted all my Obama posts because I realized something; I may not agree with everything BHO says or does. I may not like that he voted for the FISA bill, or that he supported Israel bombing the crap out of Lebanon. But something last night reminded me of why I do support him.

I was out with some friends last night, and after a pint or three one of my friends asked me what I thought of the Army commercials where the kids talk to their parents about joining the military. I said it kills me because joining the military was a good thing for me, hell, it probably saved my ass from going to prison. Then it hit me. When I was in the world was just as shitty a place as it is now, but what was different was who was in the White House. My commander in chief never sent me to steal oil from anyone. My commander in chief didn’t use me for war profiteering.

I would not tell someone to join the military right now because of who is at the top. This is a horrible time to join; you will get sent to kill brown people for no good reason. But under Barack Obama, I think things would change. Now, I know he says he wants to intensify things in Afghanistan, but I think even that is coming to a close.

I support Obama because I think he would only send in our troops when needed, and only with international support. If McCain gets elected we will go into Iran, maybe even start a war with Russia. So that is a big part of why I initially started supporting Obama and why I stand by that today.

He ain’t perfect, but who is? I want to be able to recommend serving again one day because it helped make me the man I am today. Under President Obama I believe I could do that again.

MeandBHO

It Looks Like Home

September 27, 2008

Ok, so I think everything transfered over here. If not, well, it’s gone now.

I am anxious about the debate tonite. It’s not that I think McCain is smarter, it’s that he has a whole team of shitheads feeding him one liners intended to put Obama on the defensive, or at least screw with the flow of the debate. But Obama has made it this far, even surviving against the force that is Hillary Clinton, so there is hope.

On the upside I want to see McCain get confused without Mrs. Homewrecker by his side to hit reset. And if we can just get some anger, some flustered pissiness, well all the better.

But McCain is not some new kid on the block. And though he is not the man he was in 2000, he may still pull it out of his ass and come across as sane. Let’s hope not. The best scenario to me is Obama getting it right on the surge not actually working because of several factors outside of our control, then nailing the Pakistan issue (they are shooting at us now), not going retarded with his Israel love (though it may be better if he keeps that up tonite for mass consupmtion) and then bringing it home with our failure to capture Osama bin Laden.

And oh please, please let McCain slip up and mix Obama and Osama, that would just make my night. Or at least come across in his usual condescending tone; that would make him look even less presidential then the past couple of days.

Now, he will no doubt play the POW card all night, jerking off his hero worshipers. That’s where Obama has to tread lightly without constantly saying how he just respects McCain to the point of making himself look like he has no point being there. This is where he really has to find a way to trip up McCain, get him off message; if Wes Clark can get slammed for not even saying anything bad about McCain, then Obama does have to manuver with some grace.

Anyhow, I guess it’s up to Barack to win this thing tonite. Good luck Mr. President.

Ok, forgot Georgia. McCain will bring up Putin and Georgia. Obama will have to give a history leason to get through this one. Hope he has the time.

The Speech

August 28, 2008

Tonite is The Speech to end all Speeches. After this night no human will ever again be able to communicate to large crowds of people in any manner.

Actually, that may not be true. I’ll have my people check into it.

This is the night though for Obama’s acceptance speech, and if I was a cool “progressive” I would post a Martin Luther King Jr. speech video. But everyone has already done that today, so I guess I need to pick another speech giver-er.

How about LBJ;

I’d never seen that before. Truly amazing. The ending is brilliant.

It simply cannot be denied that tonight is historic. And I have little doubt that Obama understands fully the importance of this moment. I hope he makes the most of it. If the past is any indication, I’m sure he will.

This was a no brainer

July 9, 2008

Here are the reasons why Senator Obama’s vote FOR the final FISA bill is wrong:

1. Senator Clinton voted NO. This means she gets to hang it over Obama’s head just like he hangs the Iraq vote over hers. Giving her more leverage is never a good idea, especially when her top contributors are holding out, demanding she be declared Obama’s VP choice. Her hands are clean of this one.

2. Senator McCain didn’t vote for it. Actually, he didn’t vote at all, but to the Straight Up Lying Out His Ass Express facts are meaningless, what really matters is that now, if the media and/or public ever do decide to make FISA an issue, McSame can honestly say he didn’t vote for it. His supporting it is not relevant, there are countless examples of him talking out his ass already documented, but none of it phases the guy. And this time he won’t have to lie. He didn’t vote for FISA on the record. His hands are clean as well.

3. Remember all the talk about how Obama taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago? Well, Professor, care to comment on how voting against the Constitution, while simultaneously making it ok to break FISA law, is a change from the past? Haven’t we experienced this type of governing for the past 7 years? Here he is, this man with amazing oratory skills, someone who I have personally watched mesmerize 18,000 people, yet he can’t go out and explain to people why this is wrong? Why this hurts our nation? With McInsane pulling the “I got tortured, if you vote against me you hate America” card, this was an issue Obama could have fought back on. For fucks sake, he taught this shit! McFucksicle can’t remember what he is saying while he is saying it half the time, beating him down over this should be a snap. And don’t start with the “Republicans will call him a terrorist lover” argument, because they are already calling him a terrorist. With his skills he should have been showing real leadership and stood with Senator Dodd and filibustered the hell out of this. He could have argued this on television, controlling the debate. Major missed opportunity.

4. Only 40 votes were needed for a filibuster. The last amendment received 42 votes. If Obama hadn’t waffled he could have made a real fight of this. And after the news of his shifting to the center more, this would have re-energized his base.This would have shown him to be a man of his word, and it would have proven that he will not back down, that he will fight the good fight. But instead we now have him saying he would never vote for this back when it was politically easy and flipping when it matters. How are we supposed to believe him now? How are we supposed to believe in change? Does the Constitution only matter in off years? He has just shot himself in the foot with a lot of people, and I honestly don’t know how he will, or if he will even bother, to repair this, much less explain himself. And yes he needs to explain himself.

And 5. Does he really want to be the next Colin Powell? If I can think of that, a lot of other people can too. The people that want to bring him down can and very much may use this line of attack. Obama did after all just cave to Bush and do his dirty work for him. Just like Powell. And to make matters worse, I bet this comes from the center-left (Clinton, Bill). Not exactly the way we want this to go down.

So yes, this was the wrong vote. I don’t know if Obama has lost his way, if he was always a tool, or if he has become surrounded by, and influenced by, some typical insider idiots. Whatever the reason for the catastrophe, Obama has been tarnished pretty bad. I can hear his minions saying this is about winning elections, that the spin on the bill will make him look good anyways. Well good for him, I’m glad he is working so hard to appease everyone. Because that’s different how?

Oh well, it’s not like Obama took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Oh shit, he did:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

My candidate is an idiot

June 22, 2008

Now that the primary is over, it’s time to acknowledge the fact that my candidate isn’t perfect. In fact, despite a lot of education, he’s apparently an idiot. Senator Obama supports without supporting (?) the FISA “compromise”, essentially saying that even though we know the government and the telecommunication industry violated the Constitution of the United States, we don’t care. We may pretend to, but we don’t. Or as Hunter on DKos put it:

The glowing embrace of the right-wing and administration logic used to foist corporate immunity to lawbreaking upon us: President Bush is so terribly put upon that he cannot possibly follow existing law in conducting espionage against American citizens, and nobody should expect him to, so we must urgently change the law.

But FISA was not expiring. FISA was not falling into a legislative black hole. It continued to exist, as the exclusive means for electronic surveillance of the American people, and all it required was a warrant, and all the warrant required was probable cause. That’s it. That’s what this entire, months-long parade of panic, bluster and torn hair has been about, that it was just too damn difficult for the administration to be asked to show two sentences of probable cause to a judge in a secret hearing before collecting whatever electronic information about you, your neighbors, your family, your friends, everyone in your town, everyone in your social organizations, everyone in every restaurant you’ve ever been to, etc., etc., etc. they wanted to collect.

And if you object to it, then even Barack Obama will hold the threat of imminent Terror over your head as justification for why we should ignore past violations of Constitutional rights and declare a massive, flag-waving, star-spangled do over that simply declares there’s no more problem.

I would expect more from someone who has taught Constitutional law. Now, the actual senate vote is Thursday, but don’t expect any challenges.

Reid said the Senate may try to remove a provision from the bill that shields telephone companies from privacy lawsuits. Holding a separate vote on that issue next week may provide political cover for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Even though the attempt may fail, Reid said the vote would allow those opposed to the liability protection to “express their views.”

“I’m going to try real hard to have a separate vote on immunity,” Reid said in an interview to be aired this weekend on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt.”

“Probably we can’t take that out of the bill, but I’m going to try.”

In other words, we will try to cover our candidate’s ass so that he looks like he cares about the Constitution, while not actually upholding the laws we swore to defend.

And this isn’t the only thing Obama has his head up his ass about. He is in Israel’s pocket. From his support of the illegal and uncalled for bombing of Lebanon in 2006 to his speech to AIPAC, declaring that the US must defend Israel at all costs, Obama has effectively tied our hands so that once Israel bombs Iran we have to run in and kill some more brown people. Shame on you Senator.

Israel is the problem stupid. They have nukes and have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which means that we are not supposed to even be providing them any military support at all. They want war with Iran, and Obama has stated that we will protect them, that it is our duty to. Really? It’s our duty to protect a bunch of people that run concentration camps? It’s our job to defend people who steal secrets from us? Who spy on us? Really?

Change we can believe in my ass. There are war against Iran resolutions (H. CON. RES. 362 in the House, S.RES.580 in the Senate) out there right now. Let’s see if Obama jumps on the war wagon. Because it comes down to this: if Obama supports war with Iran even though there is no proof that they are trying to acquire nukes while defending Israel, who has them and won’t sign any non-proliferation treaties, then he is a worthless candidate and a liar. He is not a change from the past, he is the same as every one else.

Your call Senator. Did you learn anything from the Iraq fiasco, or are you just full of shit?

Reality Check

March 16, 2008

Senator Obama reminds us of what this campaign is about:

Hat tip to Yalin.

And annatopia brings the funny.

That’s my name, don’t wear it out.

March 1, 2008

Over at Informed Comment, Juan Cole breaks it down:

I want to say something about Barack Hussein Obama’s name. It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is a blessed name. It is a heroic name, as heroic and American in its own way as the name of General Omar Nelson Bradley or the name of Benjamin Franklin. And denigrating that name is a form of racial and religious bigotry of the most vile and debased sort. It is a prejudice against names deriving from Semitic languages!

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Barack is a Semitic word meaning “to bless” as a verb or “blessing” as a noun. In its Hebrew form, barak, it is found all through the Bible. It first occurs in Genesis 1:22: “And God blessed (ḇāreḵə ) them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.”

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The other thing to say about grandfathers named Hussein is that very large numbers of African-Americans probably have an ancestor ten or eleven generations ago with that name, in what is now Mali or Senegal or Nigeria. And, since so many thousands of Arab Muslims were made to convert to Catholicism in Spain after 1501, many Latinos have distant ancestors named Hussein, too. In fact, since there was a lot of Arab-Spanish intermarriage, and since there was subsequent Spanish intermarriage with other European Catholics, more European Americans are descended from a Hussein than they realize. The British royal family is quite forthright about the Arab line in their ancestry going back to Andalusia.

The whole post is worth a read. Very interesting little bit of history. I might have Arab ancestors also since I am half Croatian, and the Ottomans at one time conquered most of the Arab world and a good chunk of the Slavic one as well.

One More Weekend Texans

February 29, 2008

It occurred to me this morning that we have been going pretty much nonstop here in Texas for three weeks now. Every day has been filled with answering phones, greeting new volunteers, setting up events, training precinct captains and going to rallies. There have been countless house parties thrown, meet-ups held and connections made. And it’s all happened because of the awesome effort put forth by the staff and volunteers.

Campaigns are strange creatures. They can wear you out and lift you up at the same time. Everyone, from the candidate to the volunteers has this slightly dazed look about them. March 4th has become an event horizon, drawing in more and more resources yet giving not the slightest clue what lays beyond. The campaign is reaching a fevered pitch.

The staffers are working the phones at an almost frantic pace, getting a hold of every single precinct captain, making sure they are contacting every voter they possibly can. The volunteers are pouring in, making phone calls from the offices or heading out to knock on doors and work the polling sites. And having now seen a glimpse into the inner circle, I can say that they too are working nonstop to ensure a victory, actually 4 victories, in as many days.

Personally, this has been a life-changing experience. A little bit of my faith in humanity has been restored by the tremendous outpouring of support and the amazing coming together of so many different people behind a common cause. I have stood amongst 18,000 fellow citizens and cheered the language of unity, celebrated the audacity of hope, and prayed for change. I have spoke with so many people who had lost all faith in government only to have it restored by a notion that we are all Americans, that we are all in it together and that we can fix the problems facing our nation. And I have been reminded that even though times can get tough, that it can look as if there is no future, if we really believe in ourselves we can overcome anything.

I don’t know what happens from here, but I do hope that at least some of the goodwill that has sprung from this campaign and the surrounding social movement survives. As I stood in the Fort Worth Convention Center last night I took a moment to look around the entire place, to witness the people who had come together there and what I saw was awe-inspiring. Thousands of people standing and cheering, laughing and at times even crying, because they all want the same thing; a better America. What I experienced in that room was what our politics is supposed to be like. We are supposed to stand united in defense of our rights and in support of each other.

That’s why all this is so exciting, because it finally feels right. People are beginning to remember what it means to be proud of our democratic institutions, people want to vote, are going out and getting their friends and family excited about voting. This is the real deal people, and we better seize it with all our might and hang on to it before it slips away because our country can’t handle much more abuse and neglect. This is the moment, this is the time we as citizens speak in one voice and demand that our government work for us, that our politicians remember they are servants of the public, and that we all finally look each other in the eye and see ourselves looking back. Because we are one people, brothers and sisters, each with a stake in the survival of this nation. Our freedom from tyranny comes from our shared belief that the ideas enshrined in the Constitution are worth fighting, and even dying, for. We are only as free as we fight to be.

This isn’t about Senator Obama anymore. He is but the vehicle, we are the drivers. And I believe he understands that. We are demanding more from our government, and in return more will be demanded of us. This battle is only just beginning, but already the powers that be are gearing up for a fight. Know that the attacks will only grow more vicious, the lies more insane, but we cannot be dissuaded, we cannot be lead astray. Now is our time to lead this nation, to set it on the right course. And it’s going to mean staying active after November 4th, because the next president can’t do it alone. We have to put people in Congress who will support this movement, and we have to hold them accountable. We have to take it upon ourselves to get educated on the issues and then share that information with those around us. We have to be the true foundation of government, both providing and restraining it’s power. This is our duty as citizens, this is our birthright.

I implore you to get active this weekend. Cancel your plans and work for change. Go by your nearest field office and volunteer for door to door canvassing. If you live in a state not voting March 4th, please do some phone banking. We need everyone’s help right now. This is the weekend that can put it away, but it will only happen if every one of us does our part.

This is your campaign now. This is our campaign now.

Super Secret 2.0

February 29, 2008

I want my own motorcade. That is a seriously cool way to travel. I got to drive the staff van again yesterday, and if I keep this up I am going to get spoiled. What a crazy, crazy world we live in.

The event in Fort Worth last night was pretty amazing. Over 11,000 people filled the convention center to see Senator Obama. But getting the event set up was quite frankly a fucking nightmare. I had shown up early to get pictures of the crowd was asked by one of the field organizers if I wanted to help train some of the volunteer staff before I had to leave for the motorcade event.

We gathered all the volunteers in the convention center to give them instructions. Each field organizer was in charge of a specific area, moving people to their seats, signing in future volunteers, etc. So we were all standing there starting to explain to the volunteers what needed to be done and suddenly, with out any warning the doors were opened and people started pouring in. Pandemonium ensued.

No one knew where the VIP crowd was to be seated. No one even seemed to know where the VIP check in was. The TSA personal screening people coming in had conflicting instructions. The staff was caught completely off gaurd and were scrambling to rally their volunteers. Signs directing people to various places weren’t hung yet. It was insane, just insane.

But thanks to the dedicated work of those amazing staffers, we managed to pull it together. Slowly but surely we got control of the situation. Eventually everything was running somewhat smooth. Somewhat.

I left the scene while it was still a little panicked for the motorcade, and when we got back to the convention center everyone was seated and ready to the the senator. The staffers saved the day. Who ever opened the doors early should be drawn and quartered.

In the end it was a great rally. And that’s what matters.