UPDATE: Video of the rally. Powerful stuff.
I’ll be honest, I was hesitant about going to the rally. I’m not the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan and I have no earthly idea where my winter coat is.
But I had a feeling this night was going to be different than your standard stump speech. It had to be. This is where it all began. So Emily, our friend Katie Rock and I stood in the multi-block long line and found ourselves a good spot by the jumbo screen so we, the vertically challenged, could see the evening’s events.
I was not disappointed.
Bruce Springsteen is amazing acoustically. It’s like Bob Dylan with a better singing voice.
I’m jumping ahead but I want to point this out: President Obama didn’t bring up his opponent once last night. He didn’t have to. The people of Iowa are the people who know this President best and we’re going to have his back tonight.
The significance of the rally spot didn’t hit me last night until about 30 seconds before the President brought it up. Instead of speaking in front of the Iowa State Capitol he spoke in front of the building that housed the caucus campaign office. The office where, as he said, hundreds of people got involved for the first time.
Young people from all around the country left their friends, jobs and schools to go to places like Des Moines, Nashua, Charleston and Chicago in the hopes of changing the world.
I saw places I never thought I’d see and met people I’ll never forget as long as I live. Most significantly, my wife.
All around the country, in offices like 323 E Locust St. here in Des Moines, we changed the world. One door at a time, one call at a time. One house party at a time, one caucus at a time. One county at a time, one state at a time.
Let’s go do it again, friends. Let’s go change the world. Vote today. Vote Barack Obama for President.