August 29th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

Eyes on the prize

Watching Obama's acceptance speech at William's Pub
John Walters and Sean G. Phillips among many
watching Barack Obama's acceptance speech party, William's Pub
Minneapolis, MN 8/28/08

Williams Pub is large and the crowd who came to watch and cheer the Democratic nominee for president did not pack the joint. Still, as Obama warmed up, so did everyone watching. An expectant and respectful silence (eg the standard dull roar of a bar) wafted through the first part of the speech, then applause and laughs as Obama hit the right notes.

The noise was too great for many interviews, but I did try for a few, including the two people in the foreground of this picture who are watching intently. I haven't listened to it yet, so can't say whether the background levels were too high. Everyone I talked to, whether recorded or in informal conversation, was really pleased with the speech.

I thought it was great. If Al Gore had given this speech in 2000, the World Trade Center would still be standing.