October 22, 2010

A Presidential Visit!

Because we aren't New Hampshire or Ohio, we almost never get visits from Presidents here in the 'other Washington'. So imagine my surprise to discover that President Obama had spent the morning at a backyard business summit just a mile away from where I live... in the quiet Seattle neighborhood of View Ridge!

Presidents usually only drop by for quick airport speeches... then they're gone. I'm sure no president has ever been to a backyard in View Ridge before. I missed the neighborhood summit, but at least I got to see the President of the United States yesterday... at the campaign rally at the U.W. It was amazing. I was lucky to even get in... I sat on the aisle steps.

I arrived late and didn't even realize that there was an overflow crowd of 2,000 in the football stadium. Obama was mesmerizing... at times you could hear a pin drop in the crowd of 10,000. He is a dreamweaver and spellbinder... I felt like I'd been hypnotized.

The President also told what has to be the funniest political joke I've ever heard. A sort parable about the broken down car in the ditch that is our present miasmatic economy. The perfectly timed joke was delivered with the moral lesson being - R for reverse - D for drive.

I'm glad he didn't stop at the View Ridge Top Pot donut shop... that would have been too much to miss!


Christiane said...

Wow, that's priceless!
Amazing stadium picture.

Your local donut shop I guess? Well you never know...! ;o)

Mary Haverfield said...

Hey John,
Loved this post. I got to hear him speak here in Dallas fairly early in the Pres. campaign. We had to park blocks away. As we walked toward the stadium it seemed as if all of downtown Dallas was walking towards Reunion Arena where he was to speak. The place was packed to the rafters and many more stood outside just to listen. The audience held every color, and every age. And he was mesmerizing then too. I will never forget it.