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Yesterday, our Sociology faculty had a teaching workshop in the morning. Afterwards, three of us decided to get Obama tickets for his appearance at our university - Indiana University Southeast in New Albany which is just across the river from Louisville, KY. which had just been announced for the following day.

The event was to be held in our largest place - the gymnasium which holds nearly 3,700. Chelsea Clinton had appeared weeks earlier but she was put into a smaller room that probably holds several hundred at most. I missed the event but even Obama supporters had high praise for Chelsea - she had a strong command of facts and issues.

Back to Obama after the jump.

We heard tickets might still be available downtown at Obama headquarters. Our university is really outside the city in a previous cow pasture - but it is a nice place. As we are leaving campus we hear we can get tickets on-line. Sara’s office is closest so we enter cyberspace from her portal. She gets a ticket. Ben jumps through the portal next while I go to my office for that portal.

LOCKED OUT! All on-line tickets are gone - Ben and I have nothing.

We jump in my car and head to downtown New Albany and Obama headquarters. They had a few tickets left so Ben and I get two each - that was a mistake but we hated to be greedy and to be honest I had no one to give my second ticket since my better half had a conference she could not skip out on to attend the event.

I downloaded and cleaned my camera’s memory card and got extra batteries. We were told that even with tickets we might want to show up 2 or 3 hours early to get a seat. I put student papers in a folder in case things got boring waiting for our next President to arrive.

Checking my email, there was an email from a Sociology student wanting tickets for the event. I had already given my extra ticket to a retired colleague and lifelong diehard Democrat. So, I didn’t have an extra ticket - just my ticket.

Well, to make a short story longer, I thought long and hard. I will definitely vote in the primary and for Obama. My student is young and in the demographic group least likely to vote. Maybe seeing Obama would cinch her vote. But I really wanted to see and take photos of the crowd - hey, I’m a sociologist - I watch people as much as the caged animals when I go to the zoo.

I looked at my camera. Then looked out the window at my back yard that needed cleaning up before Saturday’s end of year party for my students. I called my student and told her I had a ticket for her that should could pick up at the department’s office. Then I called our secretary and told her a ticket was next to the phone on my desk and that a student would be by shorting to pick it up. Then I got to work on the back yard.

Hopefully Obama will visit Southern Indiana again in the next week. Or maybe he will make a visit across the river here in Louisville to put down a Derby bet. Or maybe I’ll just have to watch him on TV as he takes the oath of office.

Here is a link to the story with photos of the event.

Originally posted to SocioSam on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 08:19 PM PDT.

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  •  Great! (12+ / 0-)

    You better do a follow up with her and make sure that she does vote! Let us know, if possible, what she thought about the event. Good work!

    p.s. I have a Bachelors in Sociology so I'm a little biased to your diary =)

    Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any. Emerson

    by ElizabethAM on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 08:25:48 PM PDT

  •  I want you as my advisor! (5+ / 0-)

    Except, wait, I'm not a sociologist... whatever.

    It's important to save the frog.

    by mtundu on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 08:25:53 PM PDT

  •  Pretty awesome thing to do (10+ / 0-)

    And this will come back to you in a positive way. Of that, I have no doubt.

  •  You are the type of professor I always sought out (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for having a view beyond the hedges.

    GOBAMA

  •  Awesome Spirit...but (5+ / 0-)

    if you really have your heart (and your enquiring soul) set on going...I would go anyway (relatively early). I've been to dozens of Obama rallies, and never once have they checked tickets.

    They tend to use them more as crowd anticipation counters...and to acquire the email addresses they use so gracefully and successfully.

  •  Great story; thanks! n/t (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    IngeniousGirl, Dragon5616, Jezreel

    Isn't it a good feeling when you see the paper in the morning, it says 'Axe Slayer Kills 19' and you say, "They can't pin that one on me!" - Jean Shepherd

    by razajac on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 08:33:42 PM PDT

  •  IF.... (1+ / 0-)
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    IngeniousGirl

    IF the national Democratic nominees
    are Clinton/Obama, would you vote
    for that slate?
    I am interested to know. You sound like
    a decent, well-mening person.
    JIM
    sfe

    •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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      koNko, IngeniousGirl

      McCain is not my type.

      I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

      by SocioSam on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 08:50:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  GOOD (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        koNko

        McCain is really no alternative
        to C. or O.  He's more Bush and
        that will defeat him in the end,
        though Americans have shown a sad
        propensity to self-destruct.
         I will happily vote for either
        Obama or Hillary at the head or
        second of the ticket, and I
        pretty much expect to.
         The hard-core internalized
        Obama-leftness of daily.kos, however,
        with their sky high attitude, is a
        most dismal prospect, however, if
        that is what it takes to nominate
        Obama. Fie on such extremism.
          In the end, such attitude is
        what cost Kerry the 2% he needed
        to beat the foul Bush. We don't want
        that again.
        JIM
        sfe

        •  I'll take issue with this. (0+ / 0-)

          It may be true based on informal reading of this site, but if you look at actual polling data, Clinton supporters are more likely to sit it out or crossover to McCain than Obama supporters.

          I'm sure if you asked this question on DailyKos verses MyDD you'd get polarized, opposite responses, but in the general populations polled, Obama supporters are far more likely to support Clinton than visa-versa.

          I believe there is a very high degree of polarization and animosity in the Clinton camp, an interesting phenomina given her negative campaigning, so I'm really interested in the reasons for this. I'm quite concerned about party fragmentation whatever the outcome and think we need to bury the hatchet ASAP.

          I could be mistaken in this assessment, but I think the polling data bears this out. However, contrary opinions are welcome.

          Again, the critical questions are not a combined ticket, but a split ticket where only one of the two is the Dem candidate.

          Just for the record, I support Obama (ex-Kucinich) but would vote any Dem, no clothes pins required.

          The reason I include a McCain/Clinton combination above is a litmus test for Dem verses Clinton loyalty; so many Clinton supporters seem to find McCain an alternative, and (frankly) Clinton has cozyed up to McCain so often as a wedge against Obama, I'm wondering how this squares with Party/Candidate loyalty in the Clinton camp.

          Got to say, any Dem seriously considering McCain needs a long holiday in Iraq to get their attitude fixed, and visit to a skid-row soup line for a preview of the future. Not a clever idea. Or so I think. Just say'n.

          When harmonious relationships dissolve, respect and devotion arise; when a nation falls to chaos, loyalty and patriotism are born - Daodejing (paraphrased)

          by koNko on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 12:33:32 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Suggest to get past this. (0+ / 0-)

          Please consider your own words carefully, and the attitude they reflect.

          McCain is really no alternative to C. or O.  He's more Bush and that will defeat him in the end, though Americans have shown a sad
          propensity to self-destruct
          .

          :: snip ::

          I agree with that. I'd even say Dems have that propensity in spades.

          The hard-core internalized Obama-leftness of daily.kos, however, with their sky high attitude, is a most dismal prospect, however, if that is what it takes to nominate Obama. Fie on such extremism.

          :: snip ::

          Snark, right?  Irony, no?

          First, DailyKos or MyDD hardly reflect the American public as a whole. Activists tend to hold stronger opinions, so that's why it's importiant to look at polling, contributions, etc. to get a more balanced view.  And then we can look at the campains, the messages, the tactics.

          Obama is leading becuase he has built a base, an organization, and a message that works; it crosses over ethnic divides and even party lines. Overall, his message has been positive and moderate.

          The real question is, what does it take to get Clinton elected? How much negative campainging does she need to tear down her opponent? How much fabricated experience?  How many fear & smear ad campaigns?  How much DNC arm-twisting?

          This isn't my imagination. It's the facts before our eyes, why she lost me (I considered her before Obama), and why she is losing even long-term supporters.

          I'm really for settling differences and moving on. Whàt seems to stand in the way is the candidate herself - seems to be no end to nonsense, and as long as that is the case, the in-fighting is kept alive (so we can question if that is the true purpose). What is your take on this? Do you think Clinton's mesage/tactics engenders division?

          "Sky-high attitude"? Please explain. I'm wondering how a candidate/camp who assumed a win from the start and did nothing to reach out to Dems across the country/across the board is somehow down to earth, while a candidate/camp that has worked from the begining to build a grassroots organization with a 50 state strategy has a sky-high attitude.

          Perhaps I use the wrong criteria.

          I'd certianly agree that DailyKos (Obama) and MyDD (Clinton) have turned into loyalist camps, but unless you are cross-posting the opposite observation at MyDD you're not being fair to us members of both who don't fit the profile of the zealots you disdain (apologies if I'm wrong in my assumption you would apply the same remarks to hard-core Clinton supporters).

          Lastly, re the "extremism" bit - coincidentally, the Republicans are running ads with that meme in South Carolina this week. Seems they are already running against Obama, so let's suppose they expect him to head the ticket.

          Do you think Obama is an extremist?

          And if so, would you casting your vote for him as you expect and have promised make you one as well?

          When harmonious relationships dissolve, respect and devotion arise; when a nation falls to chaos, loyalty and patriotism are born - Daodejing (paraphrased)

          by koNko on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 01:24:39 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  And You? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      SocioSam

      Based on polling, Clinton supporters are more likely not to crossover, but a substiantial number from both take this position. So I've got to ask you (and everyone else here) would you vote for:

      - Obama/Clinton

      - Clinton/Obama

      - Obama/xxx

      - Clinton/xxx

      - McCain/xxx

      - McCain/Clinton

      I'll take any of the first 4 and none of the last 2.

      The last 2 are the real Litmus tests.

      All honest answers (regardless of choice) appreciated.

      When harmonious relationships dissolve, respect and devotion arise; when a nation falls to chaos, loyalty and patriotism are born - Daodejing (paraphrased)

      by koNko on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 12:10:40 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I loved the paragraph where you describe the (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    American in Kathmandu, dawnt

    process of thinking your way toward the right thing to do.  Camera.  Yard.  Camera.  Yard.  Obama would agree with you that you did the right thing to let your student go, and get to work cleaning.  

  •  what? no quid pro quo? (0+ / 0-)

    She should of guaranteed to vote for Obama in exchage that ticket ;-)

    In all seriousness, what a gracious gesture.  Well done.

    One Man with Courage Makes a Majority - Andrew Jackson

    by Nick A on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 09:16:42 PM PDT

  •  I had to do the same thing (3+ / 0-)
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    Ckntfld, Empower Ink, IngeniousGirl

    When he was here in Portland, OR.  

    I had tickets, but realized a few days beforehand that I was due to head our elementary chess team at the state championships--which was only two blocks away from where he was speaking!

    I made sure my ticket went to someone who really wanted to go, and put my energies into helping the kids win state--which they did!  

    I'll go next time he comes--hopefully we'll be the state that pushed Clinton out of the race!

  •  You did the right thing. (0+ / 0-)

    Rec, Tips, Mojo & Good Karma.

    When harmonious relationships dissolve, respect and devotion arise; when a nation falls to chaos, loyalty and patriotism are born - Daodejing (paraphrased)

    by koNko on Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 12:02:15 AM PDT

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