Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I picked Harry and Jack up early from school to take them to campus to SEE BARACK OBAMA! LIVE! IN PERSON!
(That's him: the tiny guy behind the Teleprompter)
On the way there, I saw two police horses running riderless down the street, which was pretty effing freaky.
Then, Air Force One flew over us while we stood in line to get into library Mall, a place Ben and I normally walk through everyday. The plane was awesome. Lining up to walk through my own campus? Unnerving.
This building is usually just the quiet graduate library. Today, though, it became THE PLACE BEHIND OBAMA!
On his way to work this morning, Ben took a few pictures of Library Mall getting a facelift for the President's visit-- like this giant VOTE sign that popped up next to the brand new fence.
And the surprisingly efficient and festively tented metal detectors.
By the time we got there, a crowd of line-jumping students had swarmed all over everything.
And there were snipers on the library roof. Just like every Tuesday.
Clearly there was a noise associated wit this face
And this one
We opted to stay away from the standing throng of people and instead sat on some cement steps near the back of the mall. Police were keeping the cement walkway in front of our steps clear in case of an emergency, so the kids had plenty of space to run, and when we stood up, we were able to see the stage. The first thing we did was celebrate our awesome spot by eating hotdogs, natch.
Then Harry and Jack tried to kill me with my own scarf
Jack tried to tied Ben's shoes together
And they both wrestled and sprawled on the filthy ground.
Really, they were excellent kids. They played with the few toys I managed to cram in my teeny purse, and they danced to Ben Harper, the National, and a local band. I took a couple selfies between acts:
Harry played with his iTouch
and an Obama sign
Jack took his pants off and screamed "Nay Nay" and made Ben take him to the Port-a-Potty about 5 times.
We had a great time!