One of the benefits of being semi-employed right now in the booming film industry (which has steamrolled right past me this summer...another story) is that I can pretty much take off during the middle of any day to do whatever I like. Yesterday's Barack Obama town hall meeting at Rio Grande High School was such an occasion. After waiting for a couple of hours in the bleachers... nosebleed seats ... making me wonder how come my $200 contribution so far to Mr. Obama's campaign didn't get me on the floor somehow... the boisterous crowd and I were treated to a forthright, down home, roll-up-your-shirtsleeves and "we've got some work to do" discussion with (let's hope) the Next President of the United States. Seeing the man in person engage the crowd with common sense solutions and true conviction that he's coming from the right place was inspirational and motivating. The man can really hold the public and he addressed us like we were part of the solution and part of the future. When I read the news summaries today about how he's going negative against McCain, I see some of that...but my take on it is that he's only pointing out the obvious about the Bush administration and how a McCain presidency would keep us trodding down the same old warpath. What I was really left with is a sense of optimism, and the feeling that this is truly a historic moment where we can elect someone who is representative of the real America - white/black/brown/whatever - a young man with energy, vitality and intelligence. The crowd of all ages was swept up in the moment, it was emotional and educational, he hit us in the head and also the heart.
Speaking of heart... I did notice a certain blonde woman in the crowd sitting in the midst of a bunch of rock-star looking dudes... and sure enough it was Sheryl Crow taking in the scene before her concert at Sandia last night.... lucky me to also have tickets to the concert. Sheryl really rocked the house and after her much-reported dumping by Lance Armstrong and her bout with breast cancer it was great to see her in an optimistic and righteous groove. She even broke into a call & response blues about changing direction, called the gusts that blew her hair around "the winds of change" and praised the beauty of our fair city. It was a great day to be a Democrat and a music lover in the Duke City.