This past Saturday, my mom and I went to Manchester, New Hampshire, to see Barack Obama speak and take part in the rally.  It was a blast!

Here are the best pictures of the event:

Everyone loved my shirt — I got so many compliments on it!  Barack of Love.  I got it at Urban Outfitters.

I liked his shirt.  Cheney and Bush.

Ran into my friend Justin!

How hott is my mom?

Me and Mom.

Three generations of Obama supporters!

The huge crowd.  This is just a fraction of it.

Obama baby!  So adorable!

Republicans for Obama and Teachers for Obama.

The crowd goes wild!

The speech was great.  He didn’t offer anything too different from what I’ve heard already — and considering how much I read about this election, that’s not a surprise — but he hammered home his points.

Within 10 years, we will be off foreign oil.

Healthcare will be affordable for all, and insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate based on preexisting conditions.

If you serve your community or country, you will be able to afford to go to college.

95% of American families will receive a tax cut.

John McCain has rarely mentioned improving healthcare.  He has rarely mentioned improving the lives of the middle class.  He voted with George Bush over 90% of the time.

Oh, John McCain says he wants to bring about change — just not on the economy, healthcare, education, the war in Iraq, energy, taxes, or foreign policy.  But yeah, everything else.

How is that supposed to be change?

Our moment is now.

It was so much fun.  It was great to finally see him in person after being intrigued by him following the 2004 convention, then admiring him, then fully supporting his presidential campaign.

Mom and I bought some buttons.  We chatted up some supporters.  I told dozens of people where I bought my shirt.  🙂

After the rally, which concluded with Barack shaking hands (Justin actually got to shake his hand!) and U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” playing, Mom and I grabbed brunch at a very small, very quaint, very New England restaurant.

We sat next to a nice older couple.  We started talking about the rally — they had been there, too, though with considerably less Obama bling than us — and they told us about New Hampshire politics.  They are classic swing voters, having voted for Democrats, Republicans and one Ross Perot.

Their thoughts?  New Hampshire has been becoming more and more liberal, especially over the past few years.  (I think part of that has to do with increasingly expensive real estate in Massachusetts.  Many liberal Boston people haved moved to New Hampshire to save money.)  From what they’ve seen, although the race is close, they believe Obama will take New Hampshire.

I hope they’re right.  And I hope Obama takes it all the way to the White House.