If you haven’t seen Obama’s speech and the crowd response in Manassas on Monday night, it’s very much worth watching and holding onto as we begin the new era. In Chicago Obama seemed a little subdued and thoughtful, feeling the weight of his responsibility and the whole world on his shoulders. He was still able to articulate in his masterful way the hopes and dreams of the extraordinary moment, to explain our interconnected lives and fortunes, but he wasn’t smiling. The monumental task of mobilizing citizens and getting elected was complete, the job of governing has just begun. He needs to rest and think and listen and plan.
But on Monday night you could see the power and potential that this man and movement has to get things going. The story of the “small woman from Greenwood” is told in a classic way, and Obama works his way through it and feels and enjoys every little detail and twist, then builds the idea of how one voice, one room, one city, one country, can change the world. It’s all quite spectacular. But the best part is still to come: what it can do to the crowd.
“So I just have one question for you, Virginia? Are you fired up?” Crowd roars.
“Are you ready to go?” Crowd roars.
“Fired up?” Loud “Fired up!”
“Ready to go?” Loud “Ready to go!”
“Fired up!” FIRED UP!
“Ready to go!” READY TO GO!
FIRED UP! FIRED UP!
READY TO GO! READY TO GO!
“Thank you, Virginia–let’s go change the world.”
Would have loved to see the Grant Park crowd do the chant, more appropriate than ever now.