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More Obama! June 1, 2008

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We haven’t really been able to do anything on weekends since Tony started his paper job – because his job requires him to work from 2 until 6 AM both Saturday and Sunday mornings. So, when Liza’s brother Scott called her to say he was coming into Aberdeen for the weekend, she decided that she’d go to Aberdeen on her own to see her brother. Scott lives in Ft. Collins, CO, and doesn’t get home much. So, Liza was planning a trip to Aberdeen – when it was announced that Barack  Obama would speak there on Saturday at 5:30. Diane and Mark and Michael waited in line to get tickets, and were able to pick up two tickets apiece. Liza was even more excited when she found out that they were able to exchange their regular tickets for “blue” tickets, which would allowed them to sit in the priority seating area.

Tony decided that he wasn’t going to let work keep him from seeing Obama. He was supposed to have a meeting on Friday night, but after he found out that it got changed to Sunday afternoon, he went to bed on Friday evening after he got home from work at Walmart. He slept from about 8 until 1 or so, and then got up to do his paper route. When he was finished, he just kept driving, and arrived in Aberdeen around 12:30. Everyone was very excited to see him – even though he had to go back to Howard Lake after the Obama Rally.

The town hall meeting started at 5:30, so the Kollmans, Diane, Scott, and Michael got in the car and headed down there to get in line around 3. We waited in line for about an hour or so, and went through security, to get to our priority seats. We ended up being in the 4th row in a small section that was roped off – and was right next to the area where Obama would walk through when he came in. We sat and waited until about 5 – when the Rally started early.  Liza had just gone to the bathroom, so she missed his entrance, but Tony stood up and went to the barrier and was able to shake hands with Obama.

The town hall meeting was fantastic. He gave about a half hour’s worth of a stump speech, and then answered questions from the audience. It was a different atmosphere than the huge rally in Minneapolis, because it was a town-hall meeting, and there were only about 2,200 there instead of 20,000. BUT, the small atmosphere made it fantastic. We were close enough to see his whole speech and to see him clearly while he was giving it .

After he was finished, Liza, Tony, Michael, Scott, Mark and Diane went back up to th barrier to see if they could get close enough to shake hands with Barack. Tony backed up a little bit because he had already done so. Liza was standing right at the railing when Barack came near her. He held the baby that the mother beside her was holding out, and then he started shaking hands. Because Liza was at the railing, and people behind her wanted their hands shaken, for a few seconds Barack was standing directly in front of her, with his hands stretched out on either side of her and slightly above her. She could have leaned forward about 6 inches and hugged him. But, she just stood in his aura for a while. And it was fantastic. 🙂

After a dinner at the Mexican restaurant, Tony had to head back to Howard Lake. He called Liza every half hour to make sure that he was staying awake. He got back home at about 1:30, and left right away to do his paper route. He texted Liza at 6:30 AM to say that he was finished with his route and going, finally, to sleep.

Liza was supposed to come back to Howard Lake this afternoon, but when Tony was driving our car to Aberdeen from Howard Lake, something broke in it. The car dealership won’t be open until tomorrow morning, and since Tony took the van back to Howard Lake to do his papers, she will have to wait until the car is fixed before she can go home again. So, Liza and the dogs are in Aberdeen at least until Monday afternoon.


2 Responses to “More Obama!”

  1. Jamie Holts Says:

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  2. Jamie Holts Says:

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

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