I’m posting to this somewhat old thread at the suggestion of WordMan, the OP. This seems the best place to report on today’s events.
I live in Chillicothe, Ohio, a city of about 25,000 people in the southern, Appalachian part of the state. We get more attention from presidential campaigns than you might expect based on our size.
Barack Obama held a rally in here this morning. Since it was a work from home day for me, my wife and I decided to walk down to the courthouse and check it out. Gates opened at 8 AM for a 10AM event. We left the house around 9 and strolled downtown, not expecting to get anywhere close to the candidate. As we were walking toward the throng in front of the podium, we were accosted by a young lady who asked if we would like to stand on the courthouse steps behind the podium and wave signs. Well, my wife had put her makeup on, I had shaved, why not? We said we would and were escorted to the top center step of the courthouse, about 20 feet behind the podium. One of our sons was watching MSNBC and took this picture from his TV screen. I’m the white-haired guy and my wife is the blonde at the left edge of the pic. After brief speeches by our congressman, senator and governor, Obama showed up on time and gave a 40 minute speech. Afterward he did the rope line handshaking thing, and my wife and I got a handshake from the man himself.