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I am a self proclaimed coffee addict and Executive Director of a non profit missions agency working primarily in the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Ensenada. I've been married for over 30 years to Chelle, and we have one grown son, Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Barack Obama in Las Vegas

Last Friday night I had the opportunity to see Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama speak at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. I got tickets after talking with one of his precinct walkers earlier in the afternoon. My wife and I arrived about an hour before the doors opened and we were already about 100 yards back in the line.

Finally after 3 hours of waiting, [I was reminded of the lines I have endured for many movie openings in Los Angeles] we got in to the gymnasium, where it was standing room only.

He spoke about the "Urgency of Now" and how he is a "Hopemonger." After about a twenty minute speech, he took questions from the audience for almost an hour, shook hands and then jetted back to Illinois to be with his family the next day.

Here are some of the thoughts that struck me that night. First, like many politicians, Obama has many things he would like to do as President. This does not make him much different from people like McCain, Clinton, Edwards, or even Fred Thompson. My question is this...how you gonna pay for it? Isn't that the sixty four thousand dollar question? I mean let's get real here. If you want to provide universal health care, big tax breaks, or even a stronger military, the money has got to come from somewhere. Taxing the rich, who already pay for the lions share of our government expenses can only go so far.

Second, what I saw there that night was inspiring. I saw hope. Not only in Obama, but in what we as a people could become. And it was powerful. When I was a small kid in church we learned the song "Jesus Loves the Little Children." It had a refrain that went like this "...all the little children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight..." That night I saw all of those colors together, hoping. Hoping for a change in our country. Hoping for a country that was not divided by color, class, political party, or background. I saw young and old, dads with their kids, high school students, and senior citizens all in one place together to hear Obama call us to be better, for America.

I do not know if Barack will win the Democratic party nomination. But I do know this, for one night, for a couple of hours, I saw what hope in America looks like.


[Above] Barack shaking hands before the event. That is my friend Evan smiling right in front of Obama. [Below] Two good pictures of the overflow crowd at Del Sol High in Las Vegas.


Flickr Set of photos from the Del Sol event.

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Comments on "Barack Obama in Las Vegas"

 

Blogger roy said ... (3:38 PM) : 

Dave,

I'm not sure whether Obama is my first choice for his policies... but that hope that you speak of sure resonates with me... and there is something inside me that says it is the most important quality that we as a nation need right now.

 

Blogger Abigail said ... (1:23 PM) : 

Hi Dave. hope everything is going ok over there in every way. i'm writing to ask for help, about a week ago my grandmother fell over her hip and broke a peace of bone, we took her to the hospital three days ago and she is geting worse, the doctor sais that because of the fracture people loss blood, lo siento no puedo pensar en ingles, ojala me pueda entender. ella esta empeorando, por medio del seguro se solicito la protesis y mas material para operarla, pero puede tardar de una semana a un mes, es mucho tiempo pero no tenemos para comprar una protesis y urge operarla para que puedan darla de alta. solo creo que merece que hagamos lo posible para su calidad de vida, no me niego a que tal vez ya es su hora, que Dios ya la llamara a su lado; solo que no quiero que sufra. por favor ayudeme si se puede juntar una ofrenda especial y mucha oracion. gracias por leer esto. espero su respuesta. saludos con todo mi amor: Abigail

 

Blogger Dee said ... (9:07 PM) : 

So who are you rooting for, Obama or Hillary????? Or maybe Edwards ;-)?

To be honest I think Hillary is the weaker candidate for us to face but if I was a Democrat it would be a no brainer. In my opinion, Hillary and Obama have identical positions but Obama lacks the baggage and corruptness to the core stuff.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:51 AM) : 

I am for Obama. I agree that hillary is the best candidate for the GOP as she'll bring 'em out in droves to keep the Clintonistas out of 1600.

 

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