Today we saw the president in passing. It looked a little like this. At the exact moment that his motorcade was going by, my iphone powered down all by itself.
We had driven to Nashua, NH where he was doing an event with the legendary James Taylor. We waited and walked in a long, long line, and then just a few moments before we would have gone through security, they closed it down. 8500 people before us, and they stopped admitting anyone else.
So we stood around hoping that they would stop putting away all the security, and when they didn’t we hoped they would set them up again and when they didn’t, we just stood there, wondering what to do next. I asked a police officer where the motorcade would be, and he pointed up the street. We walked up in that direction and suddenly, we were not permitted to walk any further in that particular direction, and were told by a military looking man to wait by the side of the road. Clearly we were in the right place. Presidential security, serious looking men and women in dark glasses, police in serious looking military green SWAT wear everywhere. We were backstage, behind the scenes, a part of the scene behind the scenes.
We waited. Suddenly it was there. The motorcade, preceded by many police cruisers, lots of black cars with flags and there he is we cheered I dropped my phone and he is gone. Just like that.
We hung out for awhile where we could hear James Taylor, and then when the president started speaking we left because the sound system was giving us the sound of his voice but none of the actual words.
I felt exhilarated, not even disappointed. It was an adventure, a nearness to this man who is of a kind of greatness and integrity I thought I would never see in my lifetime. A good day. Back to Laconia and more canvassing.