Michelle Obama Rally, Northwest Florida
This week’s Weird Health feature will be a Thursday edition.
You may have noticed both candidates’ campaigns are all over Florida this week. With 27 electoral votes and a very diverse population, this state is always a battleground. (see: election/recount 2000) Florida’s gone Republican in the last two elections and my particular area, the northwest panhandle, is extremely conservative. No Democrat since JFK in 1960 has carried the majority here.
Yet Michelle Obama held a rally here yesterday, and people lined up as early as 3 A.M. to get good seats. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go.
Fortunately! I had someone in the field.
In other words, meet my friend Cara Campion and her 10 year-old daughter, roving Asthma Mom photojournalists as of yesterday:
Cara and I have been friends for 13 years, and she’s been volunteering for the Obama campaign. Here’s a picture she took of the line waiting to hear Michelle speak. Look closely. You can see that it winds all the way around the venue:
Cara saw only a few protesters outside:
That white sign on the right is hard to read and partially blocked by the very edge of a *Veterans for Obama* sign that you can’t see well in this photo. The white sign says,
Check the Huffington Post. Colin Powell convinced the U.N. and both the Senate and Congress to give war power to the President but would not run for president because his wife would not let him fearing something bad happening to him. Hillary had bigger “cohones” than the General. I approve this message!
One person had a shout-out for Ohio:
Here’s Michelle herself, although I know she’s hard to see. Her speech focused on voting early, voting for change, voting for new energy and for a candidate who will work hard for everyone.
Which I did yesterday, actually. Early voting here in Florida started this week, and I had to wait in line approximately 25 minutes at the polling place yesterday to vote for Obama. The New York Times reports these early numbers:
In Florida, more than 785,000 ballots have been cast, with Republicans accounting for about 47 percent of them, compared with 39 percent for Democrats and 11 percent for independents.