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3 Things I Learned Going to a Presidential Rally

President Obama made a stop in Madison yesterday afternoon to rally students to vote this November.  Lindsay and I were lucky enough to be guests of Mayor Dave for the event.   It almost felt like we were behind the scenes.   We weren't in the holding area where the President was waiting to come out and address the crowd and we didn't even get to meet him.  However, the picture on the left shows how close we were to the action.  I'd say we were about 120 feet from the President. We felt like we were backstage watching him speak to the crowd.  It definitely gave me a different perspective on the whole event.  We could watch the reactions of the crowd without really being part of the crowd.  It was very cool.  I'd love it if someday those who are in disagreement with the President would come to a rally to hear what he has to say.  The President was obviously preaching to the choir yesterday.  Who am I kidding?  Every politician at every rally is always preaching to the choir. I'm a supporter of Obama and believe in his mission, but yesterday I got a few things wrong.  I now know: 1) Mayor Dave Cieslewicz pronounces his name Chess-LA-Vich not Chess-LEV-ich.  Even Mayor Dave didn't know he was saying it wrong until Obama said it properly during the rally. 2) The Packers and Bears did not play on Monday Night Football.  Obama mentioned the game and said it was on Sunday. 3) You hear what you want to hear.  I thought his speech was great.  It sounded inspiring to me.  However, people I know who aren't Obama fans thought he sounded desperate.  They heard the same speech, but had a much different interpretation. Bottom line:  We all speak and understand English, but he yesterday he was speaking two different languages.

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09/29/2010 5:31PM
Anna Laube
Love it, Jonathan! Thanks for the behind the scenes recap :)
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