REVERB 10 – Monumental: The Night I Saw President Obama

Today’s Reverb 10 post comes from one of my favorite artists/scrapbookers Ali Edwards.

Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

This one was hard… there have been many moments where I felt alive, but the one I’ll never forget is seeing our President, Barack Hussein Obama in person for the first time. Originally only my significant other was going to be “on stage,” while I would be in the crowd. I was okay with that. On November 4th, when Barack Hussein Obama won the election, I was there in Grant Park but in the overflow area.

This rally, called “Moving America Forward” was happening right in my back yard, in walking distance from my house at the Midway Plaissance on the campus of the University of Chicago. As we approached the entrance to the rally, there were lines… long lines of people. Everyone had on their Obama for America gear – buttons, hats, jackets and t-shirts. The weather was unbelievably warm for this time of year in The Windy City. We met a secret service agent who my significant other has known for a long time who “upgraded” my ticket. I would get to go in the bleachers, with my sweetheart.

We went through the security check several times and were finally allowed to enter the bleachers area DIRECTLY behind the stage. I couldn’t believe how close we were to the podium. I would see our President with my own eyes, for the first time ever. I’d only seen him on the Jumbo Tron. Supersized. Massive. Monumental like what he was able to accomplish in 2008.  I was in the overflow area on that historic night on November 4th watching as all the brown and dark skinned people cried, while the “white” people cheered. It was electrifying.

A series of political heavy hitters made their speeches. Common performed and then it happened. President Obama walked down the long fashion show looking runway. He waved his signature wave and we screamed. It felt like I was at a Minnesota Vikings or Kansas City Chiefs football game. I jumped up and down. My significant other laughed and said, “Baby, he’s right there!” I looked at him and squealed and I cried tears of joy because I was so excited. We were breathing the same air. This was the definition of elation. We listened to him speak. We were directly behind him and all of the media cameras were there. Our cell phones which were put away by Secret Service were buzzing with texts and missed calls from our family and friends who’d seen us on TV.

This was a moment that I’ll never forget #1 Because I LOVE and am borderline OBSESSED with the President and his wife Michelle. #2 Because I shared this moment with the love of my life and it will be something that we will always remember.


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