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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Monday Rally In Virginia Moved To Ginormous Venue

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, the John McCain-Sarah Palin rally in Virginia has been moved to the Richmond International Speedway.

McCain and Palin are coming to VA! On Monday, October 13th, Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin will campaign in Virginia.

McCain and Palin will appear together at the Virginia Beach Convention Center along with special musical guest Hank Williams Jr. Following the rally, Governor Palin will continue to a Richmond rally at Richmond International Speedway, with special musical guest John Rich of Big & Rich.

If you haven't already signed up to attend visit virginia.johnmccain.com to RSVP and print your ticket online.

Are you ready for the capacity? 112,029! Some say it could hold 50,000 more, easily. Even half that, 60,000 would be amazing. This is a visual tonic they really need!

IN THE COMMENTS: Commenter Bekah says she and her family will be attending the Virginia Beach rally!

Luckily we work at home/homeschool, so we're showing up at an obscenely early time. As in, we might be beaten there by hoboes who spend the night in the parking lot.

So we should be able to get close enough to take some good photos, and hopefully meet Gov. Palin. (I'm hellbent on getting her to sign my prosthetic leg.)

Best of luck, Beks!

Wouldn't it be awesome if that photo made the newswire rounds?



  • Of course Obama can draw that even without bringing Biden along.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sun Oct 12, 01:44:00 am GMT-4  

  • We know, my dear Eli. But no one here cares about Senator Obama.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 12, 02:02:00 am GMT-4  

  • My family's going to the one in Virginia Beach. We're so excited there's no way any of us will get any sleep tonight. All the better for getting there hours ahead of time, I guess!

    By Blogger Bekah, at Sun Oct 12, 01:23:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Best of luck, Beckah!! I'll be sending you positive vibes for a wonderful time for all!

    Will you PLEASE blog about it? :)

    (I'm incomunicada until the debate on Wednesday, as I head out to my mini-holiday, but I look forward to any report you may have!)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Oct 13, 12:02:00 am GMT-4  

  • Thanks! Yep, I'll definitely share afterwards. Luckily we work at home/homeschool, so we're showing up at an obscenely early time. As in, we might be beaten there by hoboes who spend the night in the parking lot.

    So we should be able to get close enough to take some good photos, and hopefully meet Gov. Palin. (I'm hellbent on getting her to sign my prosthetic leg.)

    By Blogger Bekah, at Mon Oct 13, 02:17:00 am GMT-4  

  • Wow, Bekah! What an awesome idea.

    You know that would TOTALLY make all the headlines the next day. I might even post it, if so!

    Good luck, and God bless. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Oct 13, 02:50:00 am GMT-4  

  • That's great! Those two stuffed the Virginia Beach Convention Center today and I just kept thinking they should have held the event in a stadium.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Oct 13, 04:31:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Well, I didn't get to shake Palin's hand at the rally today. Instead, we spoke briefly, and she signed my foot and gave me a hug!

    We were the first people in line, and we got right up against the barricade around the stage. Palin is even more gorgeous in person than on TV, and looks tiny. If she were any more radiant, I think our eyes would have melted. Everyone looked great, but it honestly was hard to tear my eyes from Sarah at any point. She reminds me of Our Lady, something about her aside from just the "pondering those things in her heart" before baby Trig was born.

    When they were done, Sarah came bounding down the steps. Mom's was the first hand Sarah shook, and she started to move on. I was so disappointed. But Mom reached out again and grabbed her hand, and asked if she would sign my artificial leg. She started to move on, so Mom repeated herself (I love my mom!), emphasising "artificial," and then it registered. She lit up, said, "Sure!" and came over right away.

    Here's the video my mom got. It's shaky and she's so close that about a third of it is of Palin's belt buckle and waist, but you can hear everything and see most of it. It ends with a shot of Sarah's back when she hugs Mom, then Mom's hand, and then I think Todd's feet...ha.

    The only thing not on the vid is right at the beginning, when I jokingly asked if her guys (there were tons of SS agents around) would pounce on me if I took my leg off and tried to hand it to her, and she threw her head back and laughed. I thought she'd hurriedly sign one side of my ankle, but she signed "Sarah" on one side, then flipped it around and signed "Palin" on the other. It was all I could do to keep from turning into a weepy, snotty mess--and I would have if I'd looked to either side and realized Mom and my sister Libby were crying. After we hugged, I stepped back into my leg, and she looked over the barricade thing to check it out, and said I looked just beautiful and was inspiring. I just barely managed, "So are you!" before I started crying, and she said, "Thank you!" and then hugged Mom, too.

    What I wasn't able to say to her is that major reason I consider her a hero is the way she stands in stark opposition to the false compassion of our day, in which otherwise good people believe love means eliminating suffering by doling out death like it's the ultimate gift. All they can think is, "I wouldn't want to live like that," and they never have a chance to see that (as Gov. Palin said in her RNC speech) with a special challenge comes a special joy. My parents didn't know about my condition until I was born; if they had, I would have been one of the safe ones, because my mother is a lot like Sarah Palin. But babies with my condition and others--cleft palate, club foot, Down syndrome, etc.--never had the chance to live.

    Flannery O'Conner wrote, in response to people who said it would have been better if a certain disabled child had never been born, "In the absense of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber." If Flannery had lived to see Roe vs. Wade and its effects, I think she would have added "abortion clinic." Flannery is another woman I look up to--oddly, all of my heroines either died or were born in 1964--Flannery, my mom, and Sarah Palin.

    Here's an album with a photo of my family, a few of Sarah signing my leg, and then closeups of her signature. The clearest one of her is right when she realized what Mom was asking and looked at me, and I just about melted into a puddle.

    Sorry this is so lengthy. I know some people behind us were snapping photos and had video cameras rolling, but I have no idea if any of the media there got any photos of it. Guess we'll find out!

    By Blogger Bekah, at Mon Oct 13, 04:42:00 pm GMT-4  

  • What a great story, Bekah! No one minds a long story when it touches the heart.
    Best wishes always.

    By Blogger Darrell, at Tue Oct 14, 12:20:00 am GMT-4  

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