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I had such a great time (me and 23,000 friends) yesterday at the rally at McArthur High School.  It was really worth the 9 hour wait in the hot sun!!  

I'm not very good at this diary stuff yet - I've only written one diary and this is the first time I've used pictures.  I tried to make them smaller, but they seem to be awfully big - hope that's OK.  

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This is the President urging everybody to make sure their friends and family Go Vote if they didn't do early voting already.  

More pix below the orange cloud (oh I wish we'd had a few clouds to hide the sun yesterday - my nose is bright pink - doesn't go with orange at all!)  

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He spoke for about 20 minutes then waved at everybody, shook hands with the crowd in front of the podium.  

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One of the speakers before the President was Rep. Frederica Wilson from Miami Gardens.  Loved her sunny, cheerful yellow outfit!  

Debbie Wasserman Schulz was there (my Congresswoman!), Charlie Christ (that was a surprise, but he talked about Hurricane Sandy and how WE knew what NJ was going through - oh yeah, WE know!  Pit Bull spoke to the Latinos (I didn't know who he was, but younger people sitting with me knew).  

I've got more pictures, but I want to see if this works before I put any more in here.  

I took a vacation day tomorrow to work on GOTV with one of our local volunteer offices and I've been making phone calls tonight from the Dashboard.  

Hoping that all goes well and we don't end up with another recount debacle - bad enough we're already having crazy issues with voter suppression and intimidation.  

GET IN LINE!  STAY IN LINE!  DON'T LEAVE UNTIL YOU VOTE!!  

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:16:25 PM PST

  •  beautiful pics!! (0+ / 0-)

    thanks! inspiring!

    liberal pragmatist. artist. obama supporter.

    by hardart on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:28:05 PM PST

  •  9 hours ouch! (0+ / 0-)

    My wife and I got there around 12:45pm we found a place on the field about 40 yards from where the President spoke, we stood there litteraly shoulder to shoulder in the crowd for the roughly 3.5 hours untill Obaba spoke.

    Sunblock was the oder of the day to be sure!

    You got way better pictures of the speakers and of the Prez. then I did though!

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    •  We wondered what the view on the field was like (0+ / 0-)

      We got there at 7:30 am and waited outside the gates until they let us in at noon.  

      Then we sat there and baked in the bleachers for 3 hours.  

      There were people passing out on the field, from the heat and nobody down there could sit down.  I know they passed out water like crazy - there were thousands of bottles all over the place (we waited until the field emptied out and the bleachers, too - we were parked in the school lot and couldn't get out anyway!)  

      Newspaper said the line was over a mile and a half long, going all the way down Hollywood Blvd and around the block through all the neighborhoods... we could see people walking from where we were sitting, you could see their feet under the school busses and then along the Blvd.  It seemed to be a never ending line of people - we had no idea if they were all going to be able to get in!  It was miserably hot, but I'm really glad we went early - it was very worth it!  We were in the middle about halfway up - I could see him pretty good, but I wasn't close enough to be able to shake his hand (darn!)  That's probably a good thing, I was crying just being there, probably would have been a blubbering hysterical idiot if I had been close enough for a handshake!  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:45:32 PM PST

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  •  My alma mater… (1+ / 0-)
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    McArthur High School, Class of ’64.

    I gave serious thought to making the four hour drive to go down there for this, but it sounds like we were well represented without me.

    Go Mustangs—and Democrats!

    P.S. I marched on that field back in the day at half time. Actually played on it once in an service club intramural game.

    Just think of me as an old liberal trying to recapture his yout'.

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