Thursday, August 28, 2008

Convention Update - Hope

Many of us hanging out at the Convention tonight thought that the highlights were going to be: The delegate vote and the official delegate nominations; Bill Clinton and Biden's speeches. Well, when Obama came out at the end of the evening, I can't begin to relate the energy, the surprise, the utter astonishment the crowd expressed when he walked onto the staged. It was electric. People were cheering, stamping their feet, jumping up and down and crying - grown men! I was near many celebrities, and they too lost all composure. It was beyond incredible.

Tomorrow is the big speech at the stadium. We were all instructed to arrive shortly after 1pm for an 8pm acceptance speech by Sen. Obama. I have my knitting true, but, I haven't been able to fully focus on it. This entire experience of being at such an historic event has caught my imagination and turned it toward hope. I find myself transfixed.

Regardless of what the media people have said on the air (except for Faux News, of course); you should see the faces of the various reporters. They are overcome too. I see it in their haste to get to work each morning rushing to arrive at the Pepsi Center. I see it when they take their breaks and I see it when they pack it in at night. They don't quite grasp what the feeling is either. They know something is shifting and they too seem hopeful.

7 comments:

Ina said...

I'm very glad you are there. Words are such poor vehicles sometimes, but it seems to me that everyone fortunate enough to be present knows in the deepest way possible that they are a participant in and a witness to History.

I was so happy when NJ cast its votes unanimously! I'll be watching tv tonight to cheer all the speeches.

hope said...

I am so jealous. I would give up all my yarn just to be there tonight. You are a surrogate for so many of us. I keep looking for you when the cameras pan the crowds. I'll be searching through the tears in my eyes tonight.

And thanks for the 'shout out' in your post title. I thought it was a personal message to me :-)

Melodye said...

I agree with Hope. I'd love to be there in person. I'm working from home today and glued to the T.V.

Jeanine said...

I've been mesmerized watching at home. I can only imagine what the energy must be like there in person. I'm looking forward to hearing tonight's speech on an important day in history.

Heidi said...

Wow, it gives you goosebumps doesn't it, and I'm Canadian. Thanks for writing this.

del said...

I hope this excitement carries over to the polls in November! We cannot have another 4 years.

cici said...

I'm filled with happiness and pride right now and when I really stop to think about the whole thing I feel a butterfly-in-my-stomach excitement. I can feel the collective imaginatiion of the people for hope and change for our future.:D