Hey everyone, I just thought I share first hand what exactly happened today at the fairground for all of you who are interested in getting it straight from the source. I got there at about 11:45 PM Monday, expecting to read silently into the night, but I became fast friends with my immediate neighbors and we just talked politics all night. I was within the first 400 in line and was pretty ecstatic about my chances of being in the presence of President Obama, but unfortunately a crowd of late comers had assembled toward the front of the line and at about 6:30 AM they triggered a panicked, mad dash to the front gate… No one was injured but many hundreds of people cut their way to the front of the line then and for the rest of the morning. Shortly after the media started going live, and I might mention they had hardly any of the facts right. Some said they were selling the tickets, other said only 1000 were being giving out, I even heard a reporter say that 1000 tickets had been reserved for “dignitaries”.
There was ZERO crowd control staff and maybe 10 deputies for 2,000 people. At about 8:00AM, a person speeding in the parking lot rams (accidentally I’m sure) a sheriff’s department cruiser pretty badly, no one was injured but the Deputy was pretty pissed. By the end of my wait there at the fairgrounds (noon-ish) they ran out of tickets and I was about 40 away from the front gate.
All in all, there was MASSIVE disorganization. No clear lines made (we organized ourselves, until the mad rush)Â no rules respected, people cutting into line if they managed it. At about 10:00 AM there were an excess off 2,000 people waiting in line. We could see then go off into the street and beyond. A White House intern came by and told hundreds of people they were in the “Grey Zone” . It started about where I was and he continued telling hundreds of other people after me the same thing.
Sadly, my G1 ran out of battery very early in the morning, so the only pic I have for you all to enjoy is one of me, bundled up and waiting, waiting, waiting.