An estimated 80K people turned out yesterday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. Cloudy and chilly, with a little rain near the end. Given the delays to work our way through the line and go through the metal detectors (uniformed USSS agents in charge), plus speeches by various Ohio politicos, it was almost four hours before Bruce took the stage. He played solo; his set list was:
“Here in Youngstown”
“Working on a Dream” (his wife Patti joined him in singing this)
“This Land is Your Land”
Then he gave a brief speech strongly backing Obama, and talking about restoring the American dream, before performing “The Rising.” Then he introduced Obama, who came on stage with his wife and two adorable daughters. Then Springsteen’s family came on stage, and they all greeted each other (some embraced), and Obama thanked him for his music and his support.
Obama’s speech was good, although mostly stuff I’d heard before (the best was when he zinged Cheney for endorsing McCain, quoting Cheney as saying he was “delighted” to be backing the GOP nominee. Obama said, “You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Cheney ‘delighted’!”). The crowd ate it all up and was hungry for more. My 11-year-old son and I were to the left of the stage, maybe 20 yards from the podium, and had a great view.
All in all, a very exciting day. On to victory!