Obama in Portland
Went for a 50-miler or so bike ride yesterday morning and was winding my way back home through downtown, where Obama was getting ready to speak. I wasn’t able to stick around for the event, but just seeing the energy and the amount of people that had turned out was amazing. Local news sites reported there were 60,000 people in the park and another 15,000 that couldn’t get in! When I was riding through downtown, people were wrapped around blocks and blocks and were slowly filtering into Tom McCall park.
One amazing thing was that bike parking was scarce and bikes were locked up next to just about anything you could get a lock around. BikePortland had a nice little write-up about that.
I was bummed to not make the event, but caught the speech on TV and was definitely inspired. I’ve mostly heard Obama in sound-bytes, but listening to his 30-minute stump speech is impressive, regardless of your politics. He’s an inspiring speaker and I, for one, hopes he gets into office and can use his charisma and brains to bring the US back to something that many of us don’t feel like we have to apologize for…