Friday, October 22, 2010

A Meeting with the President

I've never before seen a president in person. Either current or former.

 So yesterday Megan and I decided to remedy that deficiency. 

President Obama was in Seattle for a rally for one of our WA state senators, Patty Murray, at the University of Washington. We got up at the crack of dawn and headed down to campus. 

Where we were met by these hordes of people:

20,000 of them, evidently. 

We stood in line for a few hours, people watched, and moseyed past a few protesters:

Some were kind of funny:

Some were bizarre:

And some were downright tacky:

We finally made it in to the stadium, though. Hooray!

It's been a while since I've been to anything political in nature. It was loud. Reminded me of a pep rally. 

We listened to a few state representatives, the WA State governor, Senator Patty Murray, and then...the president:

At least, I think that's him. We were faaaar away from the podium. 

We could tell he was coming because the place was suddenly overrun by big men in dark suits and exceptionally stern expressions. Those secret service guys don't mess around. 

And, although I brought the zoom lens for the big Nikon, I forgot the SD card. So no pictures with that camera. Dumb mistake. And poo on Nikon for not building any internal memory into the D5000.


It wasn't until we got home that we realized that the president had spent his entire morning (while we were waiting in line) at one of his 'backyard chats' only two blocks away from the house...



  1. Cool! We have seen former President George Bush Sr. at several Aggie baseball games. He's a real presence at A&M (since his Presidential Library is there).

    You'll have to send a birth announcement for Baby J to the White House greetings office. You'll get a note from the President and First Lady. (Well, at least one stamped with their signature.) We have one for our wedding and one for each child. :)

  2. Wow, very cool. I think a presidential library visit should also be on our agenda.

    I'll definitely add a presidential birth announcement to the list of things to do for Baby J. What a neat idea!

  3. Julie7:38 AM

    My mom was there too! Then the prez hopped on air force one and came to our neck of the woods... but I went to the Giants game instead (my work colleague saw him however).

  4. Dangit, I wish I would have spotted her.

    The Giants are good, too. :)