So it’s May now. Spring is in full swing – green things, humidity, rain and everything – and I haven’t posted anything in… I don’t even know. Weeks. Not like there’s some massive internet following, dying each day I don’t share my deepest reflections on life (ha!), but… more of a hobby that turns slowly into a kind of need, where you feel guilty if you don’t post. Fortunately, I’m over it – for now. I just haven’t been able to (a) find the time or (b) get too into any fashion-related stuff recently. *shrug* interests shift, I suppose… or I just realized there’s not much point for reposting other people’s outfits, other than for my own inspiration… idk.
More importantly, I GOT TO SEE OBAMA YESTERDAY!
Yes, my friend A and I got tickets – cough, ahem, through a meeting at a coffee shop in the rain in the early morning. So, while not technically legal, still fine. Traffic wasn’t too horrible in Ann Arbor (he was speaking at the UM commencement, if you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t live around here), and luckily, the rain let up by the time we were nearing the top/end of the line. I say the line for lack of a better word – “crowd” implies an unorganized mass, and this mass was relatively organized (and surprisingly – or not, since it is Ann Arbor). But anyway. After 1 1/2 hours of being in line, surrounded by poncho’d liberals, and going through a metal detector, we were in The Big House! And after another hour and a half of sitting around, waiting, the ceremony began. After the flags processed in, there was a silent lull; in the silent stadium, someone towards the bottom – I’m inclined to believe it was a graduate – yelled, “OBAMA!” The stadium erupted spontaneously into wild cheers and applause. I love Ann Arbor.
So… ceremony, etc. Student speakers were good, as were adults (Granholm was there as well). Obama got his honorary Doctor of Laws and GAVE HIS SPEECH.
It was a good speech. You can find the full text of the speech, as spoken (aka With Jokes and Audience Reactions), at the Michigan Daily.
Personally, my favorite parts were when he talked about bipartisanship and needing to see both sides of an argument – not necessarily agreeing with them or changing your mind, but being aware of them. And having your own opinion. Etc. It felt almost more like a national address than a graduation speech, but it was still a great speech and an incredible experience. For a while afterward, A and I were kind of in a daze – it seemed unreal, surreal, like an out-of-body experience… like, We just saw the President. The President. Obama. He was in the same stadium as us. He was on the field. He spoke.
It was awesome. Watch the speech if you can find it, read it if you have the time.