Here are some Erinflections on an amazing event.
The line to get into the Obama/Springsteen Rally winded all through downtown Cleveland. Click to enlarge the pic (or any pic in the post). You'll see the line of people all along the grass (that's our big "We Are All Witnesses" Lebron billboard in the background). It was unbelievable; no pic could capture it. We walked and walked and walked to find the end of the line! I never thought we'd get in.
We didn't get in, at least to the close-up venue on Mall B--but we got close enough to hear and see the action on a video screen. I was one little Erincule in a sea of peeps! Even so, I ran into two people I knew. Then two people I didn't know knew me! The Goat totally rolled his eyes when someone would point and yell "Erin O'Brien!" I am short and there was so so so many peeps ... weird but way cool and rock my face off.
Scary security guys on all the buildings.
Cleveland still has a mounted police unit.
Tons of cool peeps and I love it.
The screen we watched.
More scary security guys, but for good reason. There was no metal detectors, no pat-downs--no security check whatsoever for the peripheral crowds. Anyone could have open-fired (Ohio has goddamn conceal carry law) or detonated an explosive.
Lovey-dovey couple in front of me. Yay!
Despite the shitty quality of my vid, you still get an idea of how spine-tingling Springsteen's performance was. I misted over when he did "This Land is Your Land." "The Rising" put my heart in my throat.
Despite having been standing for hours in a tight crowd, everyone lit up when Obama took the stage. Your Girl Reporter was mashed by tons of taller peeps! This vid was the best I could do.
Confidential pic for Al TRAG.
For several minutes of Obama's speech, a security helicopter circled the BP building, focusing on one particular spot near the top. 'Bout scared the shit out of me. There was no quick or simple exit from where I was standing with Lil' OB and the Goat (see massive forehead in pic).
We love Obama!