Thursday started off crisp (read: COLD) as Shawn, Violet, and I headed downtown for the Obama rally on the American Legion Mall. We picked up Peggy and some Long's Donuts, and found our way into the serpentine lines that were weaving their way into the gates. It was a long morning for Violet, we left home at 9am and didn't get back until after 1 o'clock, but I am sure that someday she'll be thrilled to know that her political activism started in some small way when she was just 5 months old.
The crowd was huge (estimated at 35,000!), diverse, and electrified. Less than 2 weeks until the election and it looks like Obama is actually leading nationally. Indiana is still too close to tell, but after living in this reddest of red states most of my life, I am thrilled to see it even looking a bit purple. If we actually went blue, holy hell, I'd jump for joy!! I am excited at the possibility of raising Violet during a period of progressive thought, rather than with the evil empire under which she was born. With luck and leadership, maybe the mistakes of the Bush years will be overcome before she is old enough to understand how scary this time has been.