Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Political Rally in Photos
The fella and I decided to go to the political rally on a bit of a whim. (His son decided to stay with the grandparents that evening, so we had a couple's evening all to ourselves. How did we decide to spend it? By attending a political rally held in our hometown.) It was freezing for KY in May (mid 50s), and we ended up being out there for about 5 hours, but it was totally worth it. (Boy, I was glad that I grabbed a sweater to take with me at the last minute!) The event was held outdoors at our restored L & N Train Depot; you can see the art deco building in the background here. As we walked from a downtown parking lot over to the train station, at least four different vehicles stopped to ask us what was happening and where we were going. I guess the fella and I look like safe people to approach at random - haha!
We waited for a long time for the candidate to arrive; he was scheduled to arrive at 5:00 according to local media, but he didn't speak until about 7:00. The people-watching in the interim was lots of fun. I kept my eyes peeled for people I might know. Apparently, I mostly know Republicans, because there weren't many people I recognized. Haha! I did see a few people I know, though. For example, I learned totally by accident that a relative by marriage is now the chairperson of the Democratic party in our county. Who knew? I never even knew she was a Democrat before this event. Haha! (We try to avoid political discussions at family gatherings; it's safer that way.) It was pretty fun to run into her at random.
I thought it was cool that the podium was set up at a refurbished train car entrance/exit point and that the grandstand was located in front of the restored train as well.
The fella patiently snapped more selfies at my request - I like the soft light/edges on this one even though it was totally accidental. Here's the close-up version..
And the one from a bit more of a distance... If only I'd remembered to grab my selfie stick from my purse...
Here, you can see the grandstands filled with people holding signs.
Before the candidate spoke, a campaign worker and a member of the executive board of our county's Democratic party spoke to us.
Bernie Sanders spoke to us for about an hour, and he was exactly the same persona in real life that I'd come to expect based on what I'd seen on television and read in the news. I found his speech to be well-written, direct, and moving.
He spoke for at least an hour, and the crowd was extremely supportive.
Our primary was held last week, and Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by less than 1/2 of 1% statewide, or about 2000 votes total. While the candidate I preferred didn't win the primary, I'm so glad that I was able to attend this rally and hear from him myself.