It was a long and tiring day (and freakin' HOT - 117!!), so I'm not going to do a full write-up of the event, but here are a few impressions -
...The Obama campaign had the only candidate booth at the event; none of the others, from either party, put in even a token appearance. I know it's early, and Arizona isn't considered a 'significant' state in terms of getting the nominations, but there were still more than 50,000 people there.
That's a lot of missed contact, and that kind of attention to detail and "grunt-work" campaigning is a major reason why Barack Obama is getting so much grass roots love and money.
...Harry Mitchell stopped by to say hi to everyone and to meet and greet people. Even though he was at three events today (a parade in Ahwatukee, a picnic in Scottsdale, and the fireworks in Tempe), he looked fresh for the low-key appearance. He's been busy this week, but apparently a few days at home is a great tonic.
...Even though the Republicans didn't have a booth in Tempe, there were still idiots on site. For example, while we were giving out 'We love our Gov' stickers, one loudmouth grabbed a sheet, exclaimed "this is horseshit!" and tore it up.
We didn't sweat it - we had 400 more just like that one.
BTW - the vast majority of attendees had a *far* different opinion of Governor Napolitano. We gave out most of the stickers. :))
...In an amazing development, Arizonans were doing their best imitation of LA baseball fans - they started leaving halfway through the fireworks show.
What's up with that? They paid to get in, probably paid to park, and leaving early only meant they were going to get stuck in the traffic snarl earlier.
Their loss. They missed a great show.
...All in all, it was a great day. The only thing I would change would be MORE ICE! LOL
Hope you all had a fun and safe 4th!