There’ve been a lot of presidential candidates coming to Grinnell recently. I haven’t gone, though, because I have a lot of work, and that doesn’t so much prevent me from going as it limits my face-to-face interaction with persons, so I don’t find out about them. Mitt Romney came, as did Joe Biden. I didn’t go to either of those. Today, though, I went and saw Barack Obama talk. Yep, right here at the college, in the Harris Center for those of you who are familiar with the place. I went at 1830, just as the thing was starting, and was disappointed to find myself shunted into an overflow theater. There was a live audio feed from the full concert center just across the hall. There was also a screen, but nothing was being projected onto it. I thought, “This sucks pretty comprehensively,” and stood in the hall, only to be told that I wasn’t allowed to stand in the hall. So I made to leave, but as I did, a door from the entryway into the concert hall was opened, and I and a few other people snuck in through there.
The entire room was filled, so it was good planning to have Obama on a raised platform. He made a rather good speech about how we need to leave behind the politics of pandering and start doing what’s right. Of all the candidates I’ve heard of, Obama is the only one I can support. This is probably mainly because I’ve heard very little about the other candidates. The Obama faction is pretty active in Grinnell, postering on all the walls and bathrooms. The posters I’ve read describe him as a really honest guy, who gave a carbon-reduction speech in Detroit because he wasn’t going to make two different speeches in California and Detroit. I know next to nothing about the Republican candidates; they don’t really get much attention in Grinnell. But Obama seems like a guy with real goals and a real plan, whereas the rest of the candidates are “Not George W. Bush!”.
I realize this bit of politics is extraordinarily biased and that I could do with knowing more about the rest of the contenders, but I think there’s at least some grain of truth in it. Obama’s a good guy.
File under: politics