Presidential candidates have been running amok in Iowa, so Iowa Senator Tom Harkin corralled some Democrats at a local balloon field. My wife and I live a mere 1/2 hour away so we decided to check it out.
The Harkin Steak Fry may not be the fanciest political event in Iowa, but it sure is the biggest. This year was an especially well run operation with multiple steak lines, chewable steak, and plenty chairs. By the time we finished eating, the natural amphitheater formed by Iowa's rolling hills had filled with people.
My wife was more interested in the speeches than I was. My job was to entertain little man. He has about a 5 minute attention span, and didn't even last through half of Obama's speech. Hillary was next and drew some big cheers. She has a lot of supporters in the crowd. Dodd was O.K., but he's no "ball of fire". After like, forever, Edwards came to the podium. My wife and I have been tentative Edwards supporters for most of the year, and from the sounds of the crowd, he was wide support in our area.
We camped out way on the edge of the crowd. This is the best we could get with our new camera. It sure beats our last picture of Edwards! My wife commented that it sure must suck to have to sit on that stage all afternoon with the sun on your face. Hope they wore sunscreen.
Just as Biden was coming on the stage, little man started to reverse his development. He tossed all the toys we brought for him, bit my shoulder, threw his glasses on the ground, and then laid limp on my wife's shoulder. That was our signal to leave. At the exit, the Edwards camp set up a platform with a gondola that shot flames into the air. Very Mad Max.
Special props to my wife for finding a back way into the Steak Fry. We totally bypassed the two mile long line of slow moving cars.
Huzaa to the democratic process!