I spent a sleepless night Friday because I drove to New Hampshire at 3 a.m. so I could get in line to be among the first getting into the rally for President Obama and the James Taylor concert. I had no idea how many people would show up, but it was free, and I love James Taylor’s music, and respect our President. I don’t entirely agree with our President, but as far as policies go, he’s on the right side of history. The republican agenda against women – and against anyone but the monied elite, quite frankly – is just too repugnant to sit this one out.
It was a bit chilly, but the people who were directly in line behind me hailed from my area, which felt serendipitous. We banded together and did our best to get up as close as we could near the VIP paddock, but there were still so many people in front of us that seeing the President would be difficult.
Sadly, I had drunk a large coffee earlier, and as the people continued to press in, I couldn’t wait any longer to use the bathroom, and figured I’d never get back to where I was because the porta-potties were far away from where I was standing. I gave the people I had met my email address and asked them to send a picture of the President, if they were able to get a good one.
After using the bathroom, I tried to get as close as I could to the area I had been before, and started walking toward an open area. A volunteer standing there asked for my pass, and I told her I had been standing over there and had gone to use the bathroom and was just trying to get back, and I guess I was the straw and she was the camel, and she blew up at me a bit, and said ‘Oh, just go!’. So I did. I didn’t realize until then that it would lead me right into the VIP area, and I was a hundred yards closer to the President’s stage than I would have been if I hadn’t had to use the bathroom.
I was still about six rows back from the fenced area in front of the podium stage, and I so would have liked to hug the President, or shake his hand, or get a fist bump even, but I didn’t want to try to push through to the front, and felt grateful to be as close as I was!
After the rally was over, I saw the people I had stood in line with in the same area I was in, and asked them how they got there. Someone had opened up the gating and several of the people standing there got in the VIP area before security realized the breach and closed the gate off again. My acquaintances had gotten to shake the President’s hand, even though they didn’t get as close to the President’s stage as I did. Maybe I’ll get to meet the President at some point in the next four years during his second term. 🙂
I was so tired driving home, but so grateful for the experience.
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