to the Presidential Debate!!!! Uh. . . . or to the Barack Obama press conference. Drat! Today was going to be the day that I told the world (or at least our blog readers) that my husband and I scored a pair of coveted golden tickets to the presidential debate. But, at least it looks like SOMETHING is going to happen here in Oxford on Friday night. Everyone is going ahead as planned--full steam ahead debate preparation.
I am heartbroken for our town and for our state that the debate has been potentially derailed. Countless dollars have been spent (as my mom said, "People bought new clothes!"--not really what I mean here, however) and countless volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure the perfect debate venue. State of the art press tents have been constructed and wired for every conceivable high tech hookup. People from all over the world have traveled here. And, I must say, our town looks amazing--every home is sporting an American flag, and my house is appropriately "blinged" with flags, balloons, and streamers. Tomorrow night we are having a community celebration on our town square to celebrate the big event.
Tonight, my husband and I were interviewed by a Dutch radio station about our thoughts about John McCain's whammy of an announcement this afternoon. We expressed our disappointment for our town, for our state, and for our country whose citizens may be denied the opportunity to hear their presidential candidates debate important foreign policy issues. Seriously, I know the bailout plan is important--but SO IS THIS ELECTION!! Senator McCain, you can hop on a plane and be here in a few hours. Really, you can.
Anyway, I'll be going to the event on Friday night--whatever it ends up being. Regardless of this major glitch (and I'm thankful the glitch could not be blamed on Mississippi for once!), I'm excited beyond belief to get to attend. Check back for a full report . . . .
(photo credit: Anne Hardy)