Obama at CSM

Barack Obama

  • Mines

I’m about a week late in blogging this, but such is the case when more important things arise. In any event, Obama was at the Colorado School of Mines last Tuesday. I managed to get four hours of sleep before I arose at the crack of 6am. I was on campus just before 7 and then proceeded to wait another hour and a half before we (the working press) were able to get in.

Kind of ridiculous if you ask me.

We finally did get in. I got setup and the waiting started. Several times, people would stand up and share some reason why they were going to vote for Obama and everyone would cheer and applaud. A woman, who I was told was part of the Avenue Q cast, also sang a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

The program finally got underway:
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Kyle Caskey, president of the CSM Young Democrats, lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Jacob Smith, Mayor of Golden.

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John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver.

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Bill Ritter, Governor of Colorado.

And then there was some waiting. We were running a little bit a head of schedule and Obama was running a little bit (well, 30 minutes actually) late.

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Federico Peña, former Mayor of Denver, filling the time.

Finally, the program got started:
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Peggy Roach, a local woman from Lakewood, has the pleasure of sharing her story and then introducing Senator Obama.

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Senator Barack Obama quites the crowd.

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Senator Barack Obama.

Don’t forget, there are always more pictures (and video) over at Flickr: Barack Obama at the Colorado School of Mines

Best guess is around 2300 spectators in attendence. Not terrible traffic. I had two classes canceled because of Obama and two more canceled because a professor missed his connection at JFK. Surprisingly, there were very few protesters.

See also: The Oredigger: Barack Obama at Mines

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Ticket #9540124 is a Winner!

While the Colorado School of Mines isn’t sponsoring the event (as the Obama campaign paid for the use of the facility), Student Activities was able to get a hold of and raffle off 140 tickets to students this morning. On a whim, I put my name in the hat. And I won.

Ticket #9540124 is a winner!

But wait, didn’t you just write a scathing letter to the CSM president despising him for allowing this event to happen? you might ask.

I did. And I stand by that letter. However, when life gives me lemons, I try my damnedest to make lemonade. It’s an old cliché, but usually true. Tomorrow morning, I will be putting on my photography/press hat and taking pictures for the Oredigger, making the best of the circumstances.

It’s also worth nothing that a large part of my decision and ability to do this is the fact that my first class was canceled, which will help to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety of tomorrows hoopla. It’s still going to be crazy though.

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