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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Obama in Portland

This afternoon, Happie (my grandmother) and I went to see Obama speak at the waterfront. She's been a fan of Obama for longer than I have, and was very excited to see him in person. At first we weren't sure we'd get in because the lines was blocks and blocks long, but we did. People were very gracious and helpful to Happie, helping her up and down from the grass, bringing her cold water. Not so bad to be 88, maybe. :)

They say there were 75,000 people there, a record for any rally in any city during this campaign (more than twice his next largest crowd). It was pretty awesome. Makes me damn proud to be a Portlander. See below for some video clips, one of a political nature, one not so much (posted with permission though).








PS And then there's a much clearer better video of Obama speaking, no shaking like mine. I like having my own though. But I just watched this one and it almost made me cry. I can't say why, but he just feels a lot less like a politician than everyone else. Maybe it's naive to be smitten by it, but I'll take it. Bless the Clintons for trying for so long, but they're done. Gotta love the ending music on this video, signed, sealed, delivered...

12 Comments:

  • At May 18, 2008 at 7:54 PM, Blogger Carrie Wilson Link said…

    Happie makes me happy! Love everything about her, starting with her name and ending with her groove thang!

     
  • At May 18, 2008 at 7:54 PM, Blogger Carrie Wilson Link said…

    Oh, love everything about Obama, too. He's it on a stick!

     
  • At May 18, 2008 at 8:46 PM, Blogger riversgrace said…

    Oh my god, watching Happie get down is the highlight of my year. She is the hippest thing.....

    Obama comes in second to her. Love them both.

     
  • At May 19, 2008 at 1:28 AM, Blogger hm-uk said…

    Your grandmother rocks the world!

    xHilary

     
  • At May 19, 2008 at 11:11 AM, Blogger Michelle O'Neil said…

    OMG! Happie is so freaking kick ass perfect! I LOVE the first picture. it should be entered in a photo contest, or sent to the campaign for their use. So great Jess.

    And that's quite a fancy fence ya got there!

    I'm jealous of your photo booth too!

     
  • At May 19, 2008 at 7:37 PM, Blogger Katherine said…

    I sent the picture of Happie to Rachel, who liked it very much. I also made it my wallpaper, it is tooooo cute!

     
  • At May 19, 2008 at 10:05 PM, Blogger Go Mama said…

    Love Obama. Love Happie doing her Happie dance!

     
  • At May 20, 2008 at 3:26 PM, Blogger Jerri said…

    Carrie stole my line. Happie makes me so very happy.

    And today, thanks to you, I was able to tell my know-it-all, Hilary loving nephew that I was pretty sure Obama would take Oregon.

    75,000 people at a rally. That's HAPPY!

     
  • At May 21, 2008 at 2:54 PM, Blogger Peter Armstrong said…

    That first picture of Happie could single handedly get Obama elected.

     
  • At May 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM, Blogger Jess said…

    You know, I actually submitted that first picture and a few others to oregon@barackobama.com, but of course got no response. If anyone knows a better place to submit it, tell me.

    I think Happie is getting more comments than I have ever gotten on this blog. :)

     
  • At May 21, 2008 at 9:47 PM, Blogger Alexandra said…

    gonna have to agree with everyone. the video of happie is great...can't wait to show it to my parents:-)

     
  • At September 1, 2008 at 1:20 PM, Blogger Little Miss S said…

    I found your blog through the Obama/Biden facebook page.

    You're a lucky woman to have such a hip grandmother. This video makes me miss my grandmother (and father). They would be right out there with her dancing.

     

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