October 1, 2006

Obama thrills party faithful in Quad Cities

In the political equivalent of an personal appearance by Mick Jagger, Bono, Paul McCartney, Sinatra, or Elvis, (insert your idol here) at a local Labor Hall, Sen. Barack Obama made an appearance on behalf of 17th District U.S. Representative candidate Phil Hare in Rock Island Saturday afternoon.

As anyone who has met him will attest, Obama has the ability to make those around him feel a bit giddy and star-struck. But he puts people at east, radiates charm and friendliness, is approachable and charismatic. Obama stands out for being a just that much more handsome, impecably dressed, and graceful than anyone else in the room.

Obama has what is sometimes referred to simply as "it". Having spent varying amounts of time with nationally known celebrities and political figures, I know that there is a certain awe that people feel around them. It's a sense of "Look, it's really him! (or her)". But after some time around them, it tends to fade a bit. And with some, watching them for a while actually can be a big let down. ("Jesus, what an egotistical a-hole.", "My God, they're even more screwed up that me.", or "I had no idea a human being could GET that drunk and/or high and still function!")

But Obama has an aura. Just something about him that inspires excitement and admiration. Clinton had this quality and could make women in their 60's swoon like schoolgirls. And I know some may gag on the analogy, but Obama exudes the youth, hope for the future, and stylishness of JFK or perhaps RFK as far as the buzz and inspiration that people feel when hearing him speak.

As often happens with politicians who flit from state to state and time zone to time zone like most of us go from home to the store to pick up the kids from school, Obama was late in arriving and got to the hall 45 minutes late, which made the event a bit chaotic.

But luckily for all of us, intrepid photographer Jane A. Sharp was on the scene and got some great shots under difficult circumstances and is kind enough to share them here.

Congressional candidate Phil Hare and Sen. Barack Obama

former senator Denny Jacobs talks with R.I. County State's Attorney Jeff Terronez

Carl Bond (with a great sweatshirt), Jeff Terronez's father, and Judge Vicki Wright

Sen. Mike Jacobs talks with some attendees


At 10/01/2006 9:07 PM, Anonymous A 17th Voter said...

Hhmmmmmm... not a bad ticket for 2008. Just kidding. But two guys who definitely deserve our respect and our admiration, let alone our votes.

At 10/01/2006 10:13 PM, Anonymous wicked said...

real "profiles" in courage there.

At 10/01/2006 10:44 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

2008 Presidential candidate Senator Evan Bayh dropped by Rock Island this morning also to help Phil Hare. Wish I had taped Bayh's informal remarks at the fundraiser. If we bottle that message, which was very strong about solving problems instead of polarizing the country, Democrats could win back the White House.

QC Dems present, including Sen. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Pat Verschoore and Congressman-elect Phil Hare, seemed very impressed with Bayh.

Bayh was on his way to Iowa to help Bruce Braley later in the day.

At 10/01/2006 11:49 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

One last note about Senator Obama.
He proved that, despite his world-wide fame and rock-star status, he is still grounded and remembers who helped him at the beginning.
In front of the crowd of about 250, he singled out only four people to give thanks for helping him out early -- John Gianulis and Denny & Mike Jacobs and Lane Evans.

It's good to see that despite his stardom he tries to acknowledge the key local folks who were with him early when noone could pronounce his name.

At 10/02/2006 8:03 AM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

Demgorilla... at another campaign stop, Barack thanked Joe Schmoo, Harry Dorton, Ben Doone, and Phil McCavity for helping him out early in his campaign. You really fall for campaign rhetoric, don't you?

At 10/02/2006 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I held a fundraiser for Obama back in 2003 at a theater I ran, and I remember people saying "he'll never get elected, his name sounds too much like Osama". :)

He gave a speech to about 50 people and we were all floored.

With the horrible situation in Iraq, I can see why no one would WANT to be the next president...look at the problem he/she will inherit, and secondly, another attack is imminent, and the repubs will blame whoever is in office, not Dubya.

At 10/02/2006 11:42 AM, Blogger Craig said...

On Obama's cabinet I think Congressman Hare would make a great Secretary of Labor.

At 10/02/2006 9:03 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

For the record, John and the party establishment backed Dan Hynes in the 2004 US Senate primary.
Denny and Lane Evans did endorse Obama, though.

At 10/02/2006 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only problem with Hare being the Secretary of labor is that his invites would not be done by union printing. This is a real problem. If he is doing it to the printers, he will do it to school teachersna d pipe fitters next.
Watch what he does and not what he says.


At 10/02/2006 11:13 PM, Blogger Craig said...

What he does is this... He prints out last minute publications in his office. He has three or four printers, if you have been down there to volunteer you would know this. Phil is a card carrying union member, and former President. Why in the world would you think he is anti-union? His signs, his t-shirts, and "most" of his mailings are union made. Unions have endorsed him up and down. You would have to be an idiot, or on the Zinga payroll, to think that Phil is anti-union, or that Andrea is a more pro-union candidate.

At 10/02/2006 11:58 PM, Anonymous THESEXTON said...

In the future I trust Hare will see value in hiring union people to print his campaign invitations, signs and literature.

Knocking the food out of some union printer's mouth doesn't seem very pro-union to me. Does it to you Craig?

It's the little things that tell us much about a person.

At 10/03/2006 12:05 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sexton, that's rubbish and you know it.

Trying to paint Hare as anti-Union is like trying to insist Bush is anti-war. It's ridiculous.

It's crap like this that starts flooding in prior to elections that really gets tiring and makes going back to registered users only sound like a good policy.

At 10/06/2006 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TID it is easy to say don't worry about his not using Union printing when you are not a union printer or a union member at all. Us school teachers see this and cringe.

At 10/07/2006 1:30 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

If you're dumb or gullible enough to get freaked out about a candidate running off some non-union fliers because the deadline prevented using a union shop, then you're too stupid to be a teacher in the first place.

I think you can rest assured that any Hare campaign materials which are planned in advance will be union.

But I don't speak for Hare. Maybe someone else may want to.


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