Two Days, Two Rallies:Part One
By: Elizabeth Marion
I never supported Obamacare, but as a citizen who likes getting involved and enjoys following politics I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see the President speak as George Mason University on Friday. I wasn’t really looking forward to hearing what he had to say, but I thought it would be interesting to see an entire Obamacare rally for myself, up close and personal, as opposed to just seeing a few clips on television later.
I started second guessing my decision when I saw the size of the line. I also felt very out of place. These were not the kind of people I was used to being around. Everyone around me was talking about how great Obamacare would be if it passed. One woman expressed that she couldn’t understand why people didn’t like Obama, saying, “He’s so bright and articulate and inspiring.” I wanted to lean forward and say, “He’s also a liar, a hypocrite and a socialist,” but I figured it just wasn’t worth it. I put my headphones on and tried to relax.
When I was finally inside and took a seat the first thing I noticed was how small the stage was. Most of Obama’s “rally” speeches were given with a bunch of people standing behind him on the stage. There wasn’t much room for that.
The President wasn’t coming out for another hour and half. In the meantime I group of five was singing on the stage, singing songs any high school choir might sing. I was surprised when one of the songs encouraged people to “celebrate the blessings of the Lord”. It was quite a different tone from accusing church attenders of being clingy. It was strange, but I quickly got bored with it and returned to listening to Abba on my mp3 player.
After the singers left the stage we were asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. The woman who sang the National Anthem sang it so strangely and so off pitch that I struggled to sing along and gave up halfway through. I didn’t hear the audience singing at all. Then Rev. Denise took the stage. I didn’t catch her last name. She spoke of some science study that showed our connectedness and then said “In that spirit of connectedness please pray with me.” A mention of the Lord was one thing, but a prayer being led at an Obama rally shocked me. My first instinct was to wonder whether the President was okay with it, not that I really cared. The prayer began innocently enough, and was about thanking and worshipping God until she began praying Obamacare and said, “And there is no true security if one among us cannot get chemo.” The crowd applauded, except for me of course. The rest of the prayer was liberal nonsense. “If we could just reorder our thinking they could be made whole….Help us now to mature to an understanding of justice’s demands.” She ended the prayer by quoting Micah 6:8.
Barack Obama took the stage shortly afterwards. The lights flashing from the cameras were beautiful and the energy level soared. Their rock star had arrived. I personally felt embarrassed to be in the same arena as him. The first words he spoke were “I love you” in response to someone in the crowd. I took a few notes, but he really said nothing new. The crowd was more interesting than he was and the chants they broke out in were both amusing and disturbing. I scoffed a few times when he talked about how the plan would save money and create jobs and provide America with a brighter future. The only thing that stood out to me was the teleprompter. After all this time talking about health care he still needs the teleprompter when he’s speaking in front of his supporters and using all the same talking points he has been using for the past year and a half?
The event was interesting, but it was really nothing new and I laughed when I read an article the next day about how the speech had been one of Obama’s best speeches on health care. I will admit that the event did energize me. I saw past the lies and arrogance, and I couldn’t wait to take a stand the next day at a rally in opposition of Obamacare.