Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The President in My Front Yard

So, President Obama is visiting my town today. I sort of forgot until I left this morning to take the kids to the sitter (yeah, I'm supposed to be working right now...)

I got out to the car only to realize that Cory forgot to leave me Calvin's booster seat. Since I was only going a little over a mile, I didn't worry too much about it. It's not like I'd be cornered by a police officer on my measly one-mile drive, right?

I counted 39 of them.
And a Bomb Squad vehicle.
And a truckload of snipers.

Luckily, Calvin sat so low in his seat that no one was the wiser.

I stopped off to say hi to my cutie-pie nephews. Right after this shot was taken, a bitter dispute over a play cell-phone ensued.

The Policeman in my sister-in-law's driveway said he estimated that roughly 500 officers were in town for the event. That probably comes close to doubling our population.


I finally got my wits about me and headed home to work. The local news showed Air Force One landing in South Bend, so I headed out to weed my flower bed and wait for the Show.

It wasn't long before the media choppers arrived.

I took these photos from my drive way. The barn belongs to my next-door neighbor.

A few minutes later, these guys showed up.

I waved and pointed to my flower bed, but I don't think he cared.

I've got a bad feeling that he's not a farmgirl - at heart, or otherwise.

The President's speech was televised and was nothing new. He didn't mention the fact that his crowd of screaming fans were Union people bussed in from outside the area, or the fact that the Administration withdrew the town council members' invitations to the event earlier this morning. He must have run out of time for those tidbits.

Cory is headlining a Republican rally at this very moment and I wish I could see him speak. He's all gussied up and ready. He will be completely in his element.

All in all, it was fun and kind of exciting for this sleepy, little town. Everyone was wound up and lining the streets. It's fantastic to live in a country where we are all afforded the option of choosing to respectfully agree or disagree with our leaders.

And no matter who you are, it's pretty dang cool to see Marine One from your own front yard.

**For much cooler photos, check out my sister-in-law's blog! She was really up close and personal.