Another Joe post, this one about Joe Biden, the man who would be
vice-president. There’s only one of those this time. It’s about
2:10, the music fades, there are giant J-O-E block letters in the
stands, which are full. “We want change,” the crowd says. I’ll post
more. Norm spoke, got a big hand.
The music comes back, then it fades again so a guy can tell the
new people coming they have to go to the, um, uh, right field
The stage is on about the pitcher’s mound, facing homeplate. My
chair is about 30-feet away from third bases, where a Honey Bucket
Sun is out.
Oh no, they’re doing the wave. Is no place sacred?
2:23 p.m. Wave ended quite a while ago. Earlier, about the time
the sun came out, Norm Dicks got a genuinely enthusiastic welcome,
certainly better than the one he got at the UW commencement. He led
off with a “Darcy” chant. He told the audience Biden helped Warren
Magnuson win in 1974. “Today he’s here to make sure Washington
elects Barack Obama,” Dicks said.
Dicks then went into a pitch, from home plate you see, for
“Christine Gregoire.” (There’s not a Rossi sign to be found. I’m
just saying.) Dicks said Gregoire has done a good job for early
childhood education, jobs and schools.
The biggest applause came from the news of the morning, that
Colin Powell endorsed Obama. He quoted Powell as saying John McCain
is weak on the economy. “He’s very observant,” Dicks said. The
congressman said he can’t wait to begin working with Obama Biden to
restore the health of Puget Sound, Hood Canal and salmon runs. He
urged the crowd to keep working.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith did too. “We all have to stay paranoid for
the next 16 days,” he said, telling the crowed work every day for
the next 16 days like each candidate is behind by two votes.
I used to work for a company that did seminars. We’d always
fewer chairs set up than we needed. That way, we could add chairs,
giving the appearance of the event being in demand. That said, the
organizers here probably set the stage up in the right spot. The
only empty seats are behind the big American flag hanging from the
roof on the right field side. The bleachers, well behind the stage,
are pretty full. I other words, there are more people here than I
expected. I’ll see if I can get a crowd size estimate. It’s 2:27
p.m. and we’re still waiting. The candidate is late. That I
Our senators spoke. The governor’s talking now. I think the
right-field bleacher crew got to see biden first. 2:51 p.m.,
Gregoire just intro’d Biden, Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising” is