Ordinarily, of course, I write about theater in this spot. But, given the chance to attend the Barack Obama rally at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 30, I immediately saw it as a chance to write about another kind of performance. After all, what is a political campaign but theater, complete with moments of high drama and low comedy? A nearly two-year-long presidential campaign is one of the longest-running shows there is, and when it comes to town, you want to be in the audience.
The crowd at Ed Smith Stadium.
When music started blasting from speakers near us, it felt as if we were at a rock concert, rather than a political performance. As we saw the plane carrying Obama approaching, about 10:30 a.m., cheers went up from the crowd, anxious to greet the star of the show.
The plane carrying Obama approaches.
But Nelson delivered his lines swiftly, and then, as Obama approached, a quick hug was exchanged before the Democratic candidate for President began his speech.
The candidate speaks.