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[clinton]Democratic Rally in Seattle, WA

September 18, 1996

 

 

[s_vega]My intention was to get down to Pike's Market Place before 6 pm, to catch a glimse of President Clinton. On my way down, I thought I had some time to kill, so I stopped off at Borders bookstore. They didn't quite have what I was looking for in the HTML books, so I decided to go upstairs and see if they had any music on sale. To my surprise, Suzanne Vega (folky musician) was doing a free instore show starting also at 6 pm. Oh the delemma...do I stay and see Suzanne perform live, or do I leave and try to catch my possibly one-time chance to "look" at the president of the United States? What's more fun? I chose Suzanne!!

Lucky for me, Suzanne's show was only a half hour long. I said a few words to her (I love your stuff--I'm a dork!) and left. I headed down to Pike's Market Place. I saw absolutely no one in the streets. Lame, but I figured the President would be hanging out where they throw fish. I walked down Pike and rounded the corner. Whew, there were ALL the people. I went through the metal detectors, had my camera examined, and was allowed entry.

Once in, there was a huge crowd. I digged deep into my moshing experience and got myself through the crowd. Clinton was at the tail end of his speech and I caught the last five minutes of it. "Education, blah blah blah." "Help build this country, blah blah blah." "Money, blah blah blah." I paid no attention because 1) I had a goal of getting up front; and 2) If I wanted to hear, I would have stayed home and watched it on TV!

While getting through the crowd I caught a couple glimpses of Bill. Though I was making good progress, I had started much too late, and he was leaving before I could even get halfway there. I was slightly bummed, but didn't come with too many expectations. I was happy knowing that when I jumped up and saw a red faced man, that was our president.

[thestage]The crowd quickly started to disperse. Yay! I kept trekking forward. I guess I figured if I could get up to that silly stage, that would be better than nothing.




[flag on ground]Tons of people were hanging around. I figured they were doing what I was -- trying to see something. Anything worth while for the trip down and all the time spent in the rain. (Have I mentioned yet, that it was raining the whole entire time? It did.) While waiting for something to happen, I shot off a number of pictures (like this lovely flag on the ground, most likely under a republican's foot!)




After hanging out awhile, to my surprise, Clinton was walking along side the crowd shaking hands, and kissing babies!

[BC old time photo] [BC in crowd 1] [BC in crowd 2] [BC in crowd 3]

 

I ran to the left side, the direction inwhich he was heading and found myself a good spot. But he stopped 5 feet short of me, turned around and headed back the direction he'd come from. I ran back to that side and found a spot behind one woman. She was about my size so I knew I could throw my hand in past her and get my hand shaken too. Sure enough, he makes his way down and shakes my hand. Then he lets go to move on, and grabs mine again. No complaints from me.

I backed out quickly and let someone else move in, to catch a glimpse if nothing else. I meandered around and finished my role of film. I shot pictures of the cops, media and general crowd.

I do not claim to be very patriotic, or even very democratic. I can hardly hold up a conversation in politics. However, this night I felt involved. It was something I will probably never have the chance to do again, so I soaked up what I could. It was fun.

 

[cop on roof] This seemed so "grassy knoll", or "book depository-ish".

 

[loitering cops] "Anyone got a light?"

 

[media & mess]This is directly across from the stage where the networks and cable stations set up their cameras. As you can see there was alot of trash after the rally.








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