I’m generally not much for rallies, but today’s was too important not to support. My plan was to add at least one more body to what I had hoped would be a tremendous crowd of at least one- to twenty- million.I was initially disappointed by the turnout (10-15K acc to WaPost), but then Sen. Obama’s talk reminded me that rallies like these are more a means of pepping up (err, rallying?) volunteers than a political end in and of themselves. Only an impossibly large crowd could ever really hold any hope of immediately or directly influencing the political process, right?Obama, departing from the choir-preaching that we had been hearing all afternoon, spoke eloquently about how each of us attending had a responsibility to think of ourselves as representing at least 100 other people charged with contacting and pressuring our Congressional leaders on this issue. Now we’re talkin’.
I was also really glad to run into half a dozen of my coworkers at the rally — a good reminder that not only do I have the luxury of working with people of conviction but also that those convictions of theirs are good, not evil.The photos: I just posted a set of my best shots from today (lots of color) to Flickr, although having now seen the Post’s slideshow, I’m far less enthusiastic about mine than I was earlier. I’m particularly proud of the way I ordered the photos, so I’ll just have to cling to that in repairing my damaged ego. Click HERE to see my slides, or click the photo at right.