Holy bejesus on a crackerstick! I just got back from the Obama rally here in Austin Tejas: Totally awesome. I was there with my fifteen year old daughter, and let me tell you, she treated him like a rockstar and was totally hyped up. Anyway, I've got too much to do right now and can't give my full reaction, but the short answer: I totally dug it. I've never been to a political rally before, but this one seemed pretty damn good. Good speech. Didn't think anyone minded the policy details he mentioned. Lots of humor. Crowd seemed to get into it. I don't know how many people were there, but there were a lot.
My only complaint about the speech: Couldn't see a god damn thing. I took a crappy picture on my cellphone, but I'm having trouble sending it to my computer. Oh well, I guess I'll just save that for my full rundown tomorrow. But it sounded great and most people seemed enthused. Even the Republican looking older guy in front of me seemed like there were parts he really liked. Diverse crowd. People of all ages and types. Fratish party guys. Lots of hippy guys. Respectable people. One loser with a Ron Paul sign looked totally out of place. Basically, it looked like a decent cross-section of Austin, but without any of the a-holes you normally see driving around in their big-ass SUV's. I was even able to get a few laughs with some well-placed wisecracks during the speech.
Oh, and my other complaint: Obama totally stole the platform I was going to run on someday, and did it better than I thought I could. But I guess he's got a whole team of experts helping him, and all I've got is my single biobrain. Anyway, I'll try to write more about it tomorrow. And if you haven't been to an Obama rally yet: Sucks to be you.