At least we were for this evening. The state of Iowa was in the spotlight of the country as we were the first state to hold our caucuses. For the first time since 1988, I participated in the process.
I almost went to the wrong precinct altogether. It was my thought that I could just show up at any precinct to be counted. I guess I'm supposed to go to the one closest to my physical residence which was Goodrell Middle School. That worked out better anyway since I'm all about saving gas.
I don't know if it was the school itself or the small cafeteria trying to hold nearly 200 adults, but that place stunk. One of my frat brothers had this saying he always used when someone smelled funky saying they smelled like sauteed ox ass. That's what it smelled like in there. At least the free cookies they were offering up helped thwart the odor a little bit. Very little.
It was quite the interesting collection of individuals in the Obama corner. There were several 18-year-olds there (one of them pregnant). One Korean war vet, complete with wheelchair, defected from the Bill Richardson camp to our side. There was also some brotha there wearing a Des Moines East High 1961 letterman's jacket. As if he had just graduated from there. I should have gotten a picture of that. That was cracking me up.
7pm was approaching and we were just getting ready to start. That's when someone said they would close the doors as soon as President Clinton comes in. Us supporters over in Obama's corner thought it was somebody in the Clinton support group trying to be funny, implying that Hillary was close by.
The one and only President Bill Clinton was actually in the house. He only stayed long enough to greet some caucus-goers and make his presence known. He shook a few hands than was disappeared quicker than he arrived. No clue why he picked our particular precinct. At least I got a chance to take this photo before he left. That's the closest I have ever been to a President so I was a little stoked. He was the one president who served during my lifetime that I actually liked.
When all the smoke cleared, the final voting at our precinct was as follows:
- John Edwards - 71
- Hillary Clinton - 45
- Barack Obama - 42
I was almost about to be a little discouraged regarding the outcome. The Obama precinct captain said the goal was for the Obama camp to come away with two delegates from that location. We ended up with 1. Not to mention third place. Thankfully, the same could not be said for the entire state.
For those that haven't seen the news, Barack Obama has been declared the winner for the Democrats for Iowa. 37%! Hillary and Johnny were virtually tied at 30% each. So we're off to a good start afterall. White House, here we come!
We ARE #1!