First Visit to the Convention Floor By Frances Barbour
(Editor’s Note: The latest from CC’s intrepid, embedded journalist from the Democratic National Convention. How many pedometer steps is a mile?)
Tonight was my first night on the “convention floor.”
It was fun. Really fun.
By the time we got to the California delegation, there were no seats left. They organize the delegates’ seats around the states that elected them. There’s Michigan, Alabama, Idaho nearby. Tomorrow we’ll get there earlier and grab our seats.
We went to see Maria Shriver in the VIP section. Everyone stopped to talk to her. She seemed so popular. She was there to see her “Uncle Teddy” speak. When we went up there, there were lights flashing, people taking pictures with her. It was really busy. But she was very nice to us.
When we went back to our seats in the California delegation, my mom and I had to hold hands very tightly. it was so crowded. We found seats right in front of the delegation because some nice delegates moved over for us. Even though we couldn’t sit next to each other, it was better than standing.
I was getting a little tired, so my mom said we would leave after Michelle Obama spoke. There were about four people who spoke before her and tributes to former President Carter and Sen. Kennedy (“Uncle Teddy”).
When Michelle Obama spoke, it was way better than I thought it would be. She talked about how she and Barack met at a law firm and how she thought he had a really funny name, so he must be weird.
She also talked about how it was the 45th anniversary of when Martin Luther King led the march on Washington D.C. and gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.
My favorite part of Michelle Obama’s speech was when she talked about the troops.
She said “I believe Barack will be a good president. He will get us out of the Iraq War. Everyday families are saying their prayers at dinner, and they have one extra seat at dinner that is empty.”
When Michelle Obama was done speaking, a man came onstage, and I said to my mom, “Who is this guy?” She said at the end of every convention session there’s a person who offers a prayer.
It was so crowded getting out that my mom and I couldn’t see each other but we were still holding hands and that’s how we stayed together — by feeling each other ‘s hand.
While all of this was happening, I was wearing a pedometer that came in our gift bags. I’ve been wearing it since Sunday afternoon. I have 10,275 steps in all. I will keep reporting my pedometer steps all week.
t.t.y.l (talk to you later)
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