Thursday, April 21, 2011

Obama in LA

Imagine how exciting it would be for a little kid to see the President speak. His family was standing right in front of us among the crowd in a sound stage on the Sony lot. He seemed pretty happy to be there, but was starting to get sleepy by the end of the speech, and he might be so young that he won't even remember this event very well. For the rest of his life, however, he'll be able to tell people about how his parents brought him to see President Obama at the beginning of his 2012 re-election campaign. Obama supporters need to capture this kind of enthusiasm without getting tired themselves.

This early campaign speech, which I would judge as a work in progress, was still strong enough to fire up the crowd of supporters, and remind us of how important it is to keep working for change. It's always a challenge in a re-election campaign to re-kindle the candidate's original supporters, and especially where the first campaign was based so much on the promise of something new and different. Almost by definition, the 2012 campaign can't promise something new and different. What it can promise is to preserve and strengthen the gains of the last two years, against forces that are trying mightily to tear down everything that has been accomplished so far. Is that still hope and change? Maybe it's more hope and more change. The President's speech was about what we have accomplished so far, and what we have yet to accomplish. And as Mary Jane Stevenson, California director of Organizing for America, who spoke before the president, reminded us: "Our opponents are getting organized; we need to out-organize them." Though this campaign is going to be much too long and very tiring, and it will be difficult to re-capture the spirit of 2008, it seems necessary to start early, so we can out-organize them.




(photos by moi)

12 comments:

  1. Is it just me, or does it look like there is a fly-swatter superimposed on that picture of Obama?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes Jack it's just you. Everybody else knows what a teleprompter looks like. Presidents have been using it for years.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you for the little behind the scenes info. If I was waiting for MSM I would never hear or see anything pertaining to President Obama. Love the pic of the little boy, how wonderful for him.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Really cool for that youngster!! That must have been fun, Joe.

    dayingdayang -- interesting comment -- my impression was that our President was almost over exposed. Would you mind sharing your sources of MSM?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Silly Jack... to think Obama would go somewhere without his telepromter! Tricks are for kids.

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's funny how I went all prepared to the event and took a bunch of pictures of the entertainment and the president and the crowd, all with a real camera. But the best picture I got all night was of this kid five feet away from us, which I happened to shoot with my cell phone camera.

    And Jack is right, it is a fly swatter, which the Secret Service puts up next to the president just in case he is attacked by giant flies while he is speaking. I was there, so take my word for it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. You people are brain dead lunatics.
    How can you possibly still support the jug eared liar?

    I dare you to publish this.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for dropping by, Anonymous. I'm happy to publish views from all sides of the spectrum. I want to warn you, however, that I discourage name-calling, so if you engage in name-calling, I reserve the right to delete your comment. Besides, calling me or anyone else who comments on my site, a brain dead lunatic does nothing whatsoever to advance your argument, whatever it might be. And what do the shape of someone's ears have to do with anything?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Joe and I often disagree on policy. However, we almost always agree on one thing: discussion of policy should remain civil and focused on specific relative issues. I will say it as Joe has not yet; what is so disturbing about your post is the emotional element that has no constructive input attached. Whatever your agenda is, you undermine it if you are not more focused.

    ReplyDelete
  10. As I always say, someone who goes by "Anonymous" clearly stands by their convictions.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Harrison is funny. Hope you have the Bus back.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm working on it. Perhaps by May Day!

    ReplyDelete