Obama House Party at the PAC

28 08 2008

Just got back from the Obama Watch Party at the PAC.  I decided it would be more fun to watch his acceptance speech in a crowd.  We parked on 5th Avenue, and as I got out of the car, I wondered how many people would show up.  The venue was the Discovery Theatre, so I figured they were expecting hundreds, but there’s always that fear at these things that you’ll show up and have a meager turnout.  The car parked right ahead of me had an Obama ’08 bumper sticker, which gave me hope.

As always, the Obama organization was smooth and well-planned.  The lobby was busy with attendees signing in and getting info packets.  House candidate Ethan Berkowitz arrived shortly after I did.

Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson was at the sign in table.

My fear of being one out of  8 or 9 other Obama supporters was completely unfounded.  I was pleased to see at least 400 people, maybe closer to 500 by the time the event started. 

We were all given packets with volunteer information, and 12 phone numbers of registered voters.  We were asked to see how many calls we could make before the speech started to see if people were planning on voting for Obama, and to invite them to watch the acceptance speech on CNN.  I was a good soldier and made all 12 calls.  When I turned in my sheet, I was rewarded with a cool little Obama pin with the big dipper in the background. Nice!

Ethan Berkowitz got up and gave an impromptu address the crowd before the speech started.  He said he wants everyone to vote “Obama – Obegich – Oberkowitz”.  Crowd laughed.

The speech was just astounding.  It was the perfect mix of personal narrative, policy specifics, and whacks on the knuckles of the knuckleheads.  The crowd at the PAC went wild, cheering, clapping, tossing beachballs, and even giving a standing ovation or two. 

It was really amazing to be sharing that moment in history with such an enthusiastic group.  The Republicans have got to be wringing their hands.  I don’t know how on Earth they will ever top this.  I’m sure it’s not an act they want to follow.

Between Convention Week, the Primary, and this incredible speech tonight, I’m overwhelmed and tired, and happy to be a progressive.  Next week the Republican convention will yank me back to reality, but for now I’m just going to enjoy feeling optimistic.


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29 08 2008
Florida for Change

Excellent photos and does my heart good to see such a large turnout in Alaska!

Obama/Biden ’08 – ’12

29 08 2008
Marie

Greetings from the state of Illinois to all of our Alaska friends. Great photos, hope you all enjoyed the speech… I feel a change coming.

29 08 2008
Buddy

Great to know that Alaska has some committed people working for change. We are doing the same here in Charlottesville, VA.

29 08 2008
akmuckraker

Progressive Alaskans have been somewhat of an underground movement until recently. This red red state can feel very lonely. So, I can’t tell you how great it was to see that big crowd. Change is in the air!

29 08 2008
Andromeda

Sarah news is taking over today, but in enjoying your Sarah coverage, we looked back at older posts and also really enjoyed this vicarious look at Obama night. (Amazing how Thursday night already seems so long ago.) We were at a private house party — good enough — but it sounds like the PAC was a real blast. Nice to hear it was well organized and that Berkowitz threw out some funny lines. Looking forward to many more such inspiring community evenings in the election season ahead. Thanks for doing this blog.

30 08 2008
"Rick" Brooklyn, Ct

Hello Alaska from the *other side* of the country in New England:
I’ve read some very interesting and VERY informative posts and articles on here about your Gov being the VEEP pik for John McCain.

HISTORY MAKING DECISION INDEED ! !

*IF* McCain were to win, and something happened to him that would make Palin take over as President, she would become one of — if not THE youngest and *inexperienced* persons in American History to take the office.

The ultimate hypocracy of the McCain campaign — when they have spent the ENTIRE Summer questioning Obama’s
*experience Credentials* they chose a woman to be the VEEP PICK who has less then 2 WHOLE YEARS experience as a GOVERNER !?!?!
An OBVIOUS Pandering to the Womens vote, made all the more obvious by her *acceptance* speech in Ohio.

It becomes an even worse decision when one HAS to consider:
The U.S. is in TWO wars at the same time !
Our foreign policy & affairs are in a disatrous state, thats going to need VERY Serious repairs thanks to the stupidity of the current administration.
Our economy is heading down the tubes,
And last but not for sure not the least:
McCain is 72 ! ! Palin isn’t *a heartbeat away* from president, she’s *HALF A HEARTBEAT away from being president.

Lastly, I have to ask a question:
I read on one posting that Palin *doesn’t believe* that Global Warming is caused by humans !??!

IS THAT RIGHT!?

When almost EVERY expert in the world of climatology says the opposite !?!
IS SHE FOR REAL ! ?
Even the current Administration has to some degree come to the — al-be-it — “Inconvenient Truth” that we ARE the cause of global warming.




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