207. A night to remember
12 thoughts from the night of November 6th 2012.
a) People walked in like they were attending a funeral or a prayer meeting for Sandy victims. There was no festivity and the body language was giving it away
b) It was a great decision to restrict crowds to a few thousands and have it indoors compared to the 2008 election rally which was outdoor in Grant Park
c) The evening began with the national pledge, national anthem and a very inspiring prayer which started getting people charged up
d) There were large screens displaying news from different screens and when the news was not favourable they would play videos from the campaign trail which was a smart move to lift spirits
e) The invitation only event had three categories of passes – guests, special guests and honoured guests
f) It was about the people rather than the President all the way
g) The not so good part was a thirty minute wait for the President with a filler in the form of a medley of songs at 12 midnight after Romney delivered his concession speech
h) When the first family finally got on stage it began to sink in that Barack Obama had won a second term and drove people wild yet composed
i) I think Obama had prepared a concession speech and Romney an acceptance speech from what I could gather
j) The discipline with which people gather, respect each other and assemble with dignity is really admirable
k) It seems like business as usual and some aspects of the election are indeed facinating – like the spped at which results come in and the fact that both candidates organise a rally – win or loss
l) Lastly, I was glad I volunteered in Iowa – a battleground state that the President had to win in order to make up the big numbers and that act of volunteering was rewarded with a guest credential to attend the Election Night
So much to learn from the way America acts and reacts!