The Barack Obama for President campaign headquarters reopened last night at 321 S.Main St. in Providence. The rally was not held in the office. There were too many people to fit so they set up a stage across the street in the park by the Providence River.
I canâ€™t estimate a crowd, especially when Iâ€™m in the middle of it, but organizers were signing people in, so we should have a number — it was big.
â€˜Diverseâ€™ is such a cliche. There was a mix of people I have never seen at one event. Young and old, Irish and Cape Verdean, old hippies, young students and women in business suits talking into cellphones. There were white-haired brahmin Yankees and people just off work. I ran into Stan Israel from S.E.I.U., Sen. Rhoda Perry and Edith Ajello, my friend Karen, a retired nurse, and I saw a Tai Chi teacher in the crowd, as well as a semi-famous artist. I said hi to my friend Carol, who is one of the dreaded â€˜community organizersâ€™.
Things ran mostly on schedule, the setting sun put a limit on how long the speeches could run. Among them were Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Pat Kennedy, Congressman James Langevin, and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts. She was great. If it snows, I would count on her.
Organizers were signing people up to work the phone banks and canvass in New Hampshire. Thereâ€™s high energy and lots to do. If you want to be a part of it, find out more here.