We went to see Barack Obama today in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he spoke mainly about foreign policy issues. The great thing about the Iowa caucus system is that you have direct access to the candidates. We sat ten yards from the stage in a middle school gymnasium with about 250 people around us. When you can feel the politics in this way, you naturally come out jazzed about the process and democracy.
We were all very impressed with Barack and his wife, Michelle. They are both extremely charismatic and reasonable. Of course, we heard a stump speech, so here and there we would have liked a few more details, but overall we came away excited about the prospect of Obama as president. In his prepared remarks, Barack countered the criticism he has received recently over his foreign policy pronouncements in a very clear and fairly compelling way. He stressed a new approach to foreign policy that is refocused on the 9/11 culprits in Afghanistan and Pakistan and away from Iraq, a policy that is not only based on military might, but also on diplomacy, foreign aid to help countries combat poverty, and an openness and respect for the American people as citizens and, ultimately, the overseers of the nation. After his canned remarks, he opened it up to questions from the audience. The whole event lasted about an hour or so.
Here are some of the photos I took:
Obama in action...
Barack working the crowd...
Drea after she shook Obama's hand:
"I'll never wash this hand again as long as I live!"
Drea and Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama was impressive. She'd make
a great First Lady and, hell, probably a pretty darn good President
I always like the various buttons that come out with each presidential cycle. I got this one from a woman outside the school after the event...
Here is a related article by the NYTimes:
NYTimes: "Obama Takes Sharper Tone to the Trail"
Would an Obama presidency be good for prosperity? Buffett thinks so...
For more information on Obama's campaign, to find out where he stands on the issues, to get involved or donate some money, go here: