Yes, I have to admit that I'm caught up in Obamamania. Way back in January, I was one of the fans (as the McCain campaign likes to describe me) in the crowd when Barack Obama spoke at Denver University to what now seems as a small gathering of 14,000 people.
To ready myself for the big event, I awoke early and picked out a smart outfit just in case Obama caught my smiling enthusiasm in the midst of the throngs of people. Because Denver is going green, I decided to leave the car behind and take a train to the arena and joined the crowd in line, which at the time I arrived was about 5 blocks long outside in the cold Colorado winter weather.
I chatted with the white people. I chatted with the black people. I noticed people of all ages, shades, genders and a few people I couldn't even identify to place in their proper demographic. I held onto my warm cup of Starbucks coffee and thought how cool it was that I was part of a diverse and embracing community eager to hear Barack Obama and proudly chant in unison "YES WE CAN!"
I was so nervous that after all of this effort and excitement that I wouldn't be able to get to hear Obama. I snaked my way to the front and got a good seat inside the arena which was a bit too far away for Obama to notice my beaming smile and smart outfit. It turns out that there was an overflow crowd in an alternate indoors area and another crowd who gathered outside because they were unable to get in.
The daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, introduced Obama as the candidate who will "restore our commitment to civil rights and equality." I was moved when Obama eloquently said, "If you put your trust in me, I will stand up at that convention and say our divisions are behind us, our hope for the future and our time to change has come."
But did I trust that Obama would be the one standing up at the Democratic Convention? Did I really believe, along with so many Americans, in his message of hope and change and that he would actually become the Democratic nominee to be the next president of the United States of America?
Yes, I believed! Now Obama is coming back to Denver to accept the Democratic Party nomination. He will give the historical speech of our time that's expected to draw over 75,000 "fans" (who vote) in a stadium that is home to the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
This is great news! And . . . this is cause for panic. How do I get a ticket? I'm sure all of Obama's voting "fans" will be beating down the stadium doors to get in. The Denver Post reported that in just 24 hours 60,000 people applied for tickets set aside for Colorado residents for the Democratic nomination acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High. The challenge is that only 30,000 seats have been reserved for Colorado.
I rushed online to the Obama campaign and signed up to be alerted when tickets became available for Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field. I was so nervous that Obama is so busy campaigning that they would forget to alert me, or that there would be a computer meltdown, or the website would be hacked by low life opportunistic ticket scalpers.
Just as the Obama campaign promised, I was alerted and went to the next stage of being placed on the list to receive a ticket -- but at this point it's not confirmed that I will actually get one. I am so eager that I also volunteered to make some Obama campaign calls to increase my odds of getting a ticket (which was an option on the "get on the list" process).
Since I am a McCain designated "fan" of Barack Obama, I took a cue from the throngs of tween fans of Miley Cypress, aka Hannah Montana, crying and trying to score concert tickets. I fanatically emailed my sister, cousin and peeps to go sign up on the list to increase my odds of getting a ticket. It's most likely that they'll keep the tickets for themselves, just like Miley fans, but who can blame them? Barack is the hottest ticket in town.
Now I wait for the big August 15 announcement of who will get to hear the big speech. What to do while I wait? Be full of hope and pick out a smart outfit to be seen by Obama in a crowd of 75,000 screaming fans! Perhaps bright florescent Denver Bronco orange with matching face paint to highlight my enormous smile will do the trick.