Woohoo! I beat the 11:00 news cycle! Eat me, Channel 30! (and they got some real a-holes working their cameras, if they're reading this!)
I've been to plenty of rock concerts in my life. Some were good. Some were great. And a few were awesome!
This was like one of the awesome ones.
A packed Hartford XL Civic Center played host to the biggest show currently on tour: The Barack Obama Express!
After securing my all-access press pass, I took a spot on the media riser and set up my camera. I ran into many friends, including TParty, TrueBlueCT, CT News Junkie, CT Keith, "Jailhouse" Ken Krayeske, Gabe Rosenberg, Colin McEnroe and many others.
I shared some space on the riser with a couple of guys from a German network that was here to film the event. They were cool, but seemed to not fully comprehend what was going on. Which is totally understandable. If I was in Berlin covering the election for Prime Minister or whatever they have over there, I'd definitely be less aware of what was happens in their political system than they were with ours.
The place was frickin' PACKED! Based on the seating, which was filled up to the ceiling all the way around the place, there had to be at least 15,000 people there.
Sen. Ted Kennedy makes some introductory remarks. He was joined by niece Caroline Kennedy, Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Larson, Murphy, and other dignitaries. JFK was invoked many times during the introductory remarks, and I couldn't help but feel that some of that Camelot excitement was in the air.
Here's a shortish video; sadly, I've got too much to do just editing these few bits together to get the entire speech online. But it will give you a sense of what it was like to be there.
We need someone to inspire our nation. I think we have found the right person for that.
BTW, this is my 150th Youtube video. I fucking LOVE these kinds of milestones!